Tommy Peoples’ mazurka

Also known as Doherty’s, Donegal, The Donegal, Francie Mooney’s, James Byrne’s, John Doherty’s, Johnny Doherty’s, Kitty’s Fancy, Phroinsias’, Proinsias Ó Maonaigh’s, Rachel On The Rock, Rachel On The Rocks, Tommy’s, Varsovienne.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Irish (a few times).

Tommy Peoples’ has been added to 6 tune sets.

Tommy Peoples' has been added to 179 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|AF A2 dc|BG B2 ef|ge cA Bc|BA F2 FG|
AF A2 dc|BG B2 ef|ge cA Bc|d4:|
|:fg|af dA cd|c2 B2 ef|ge cA Bc|BA F2 fg|
af dA cd|c2 B2 ef|ge cA Bc|d4 :||
X: 2
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF|:"D"AF A2dc|"G"BG B2ed|"A"cB c2BA|"D"F2F2DF|"D"AF A2dc|"G"BG B2ed|
"A"cB c2BA|[1"D"d2d2DF:|[2"D"d2d2fg||"D"af d2A2|"G"c2B2ef|"A"ge c2A2|
"D"Bc A2fg|"D"af d2A2|"G"c2B2ef|"A"gecABc|[1"D"d2d2fg:|[2"D"D2D4|]
X: 3
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DF A2 A2|dc B2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc B2 A2|
DF A2 A2|dc B2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc d2 d2:|
|:fg af dF|Ad c2 B2|
|:DF AD FA|dc BE GB|ef (3gfe cA|Bc (3BcB A2| -
|:DF AD FA|dc BE GB|ed (3cdc (3BcB|AE F2 F2| -
- |1 Bc d2 d2:|2 Bc d2 de||
|:fg af dF|Ad c2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc (3BcB A2|
fg af dF|Ad (3cdc B2|ef (3gfe cA|1 Bc d2 de:|2 Bc d2 D2||
X: 4
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D>F|A2 F>A d>c|B2 G>B e>f|g>e c2 A2|B>A F2 D>F|
A2 F>A d>c|B>G B2 e>f|g>e c>g f>e|d4:|
|:f>g|a>f d>F A>d|(3cdc B2 e>f|g>e c>A B>c|(3BcB A2 f>g|
a2 f>d A>d|c2 B2 e>f|g>e c>g f>e|1 d3 e:|2 d4||
X: 5
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F>G A>F A2|d>c B>^A B2|ed c>^B c2|(3ABc d>e f2|
F>G A2 A2|d>c B2 B2|e>d c2 c2|(3ABC d2 d2:|
|:f>g a>f d>e|d>c B2 G2|e>d c2 c2|(3ABc d2 d2|
f>g a>f d>e|d>c B2 G2|e>d c>^B c2|(3ABc d2 d2:|
X: 6
T: Tommy Peoples'
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF A2 dc | BG B2 ed | cB c2 BA | FE F2 DF |
AF A2 dc | BG B2 ed |c2 cA Bc | d3 d :|
af d3 A | c3 B ef | ge c3 A | Bc A A ef |
af d3 A | c3 B ef | ge cA Bc | d3 d :|

Twenty-six comments

Since many mazurka’s in the Irish trad repertoire don’t have official names, I wonder how these postings will link to recordings. You can hear this tune, however, on Kevin Crawford’s "In Good Company" cd, played with Tommy Peoples (track 15) in a set of mazurkas.

Nice post C!

Posted .

I learned this tune many years ago from a fiddle playing friend from Clare. He got it from Tommy Peoples. I don’t know if it was composed by Tommy Peoples but I suspect so.
Will,
As you can see many of the links to recordings will be spurious owing to the title. The same applies to Sonny’s mazurka (a.k.a. Vincent Campbell’s, a.k.a. any Donegal fiddler you can think of). Three gold stars to anyone who wants to do the research!

I learny this mazurka from Tommy Peoples’ fiddle tutor book some years ago - it was titled Doherty’s mazurka suggesting that it may have originally come from the great Donegal fiddler, Johnny Doherty.

Thanks for the name, Bannerman. I hope my setting wasn’t too far off the mark.

I’ve seen this mazurka, and a similar one in G, attributed to Phroinsias O’Maonaigh. Don’t know if he is responisble for them or not, but they work great together and we often play them as part of a set. I picked them up from "Fiddlesticks, ITM from Donegal" CD Nimbus 5320, track 13.

I can post the transcription from that performance (it’s slightly different from this posting), and the second mazurka if anyone’s interested.

ScottC

I’d be interested in the "Fiddle Sticks" Version, How about everyone else?

I posted the first mazurka from Fiddlesticks (variation of the one listed here) as Phroinsias’ Mazurka#1. Will post the second one tomorrow. I think I found these transcriptions somewhere on the web after I learned the tunes from the CD, and they are both very close, if not identical, to the recording.

Variant of the Tommy Peoples Mazurka

K: Dmaj
DF|:"D"AF A2dc|"G"BG B2ed|"A"cB c2BA|"D"F2F2DF|"D"AF A2dc|"G"BG B2ed|
"A"cB c2BA|[1"D"d2d2DF:|[2"D"d2d2fg||"D"af d2A2|"G"c2B2ef|"A"ge c2A2|
"D"Bc A2fg|"D"af d2A2|"G"c2B2ef|"A"gecABc|[1"D"d2d2fg:|[2"D"D2D4|]

This is a variant of the Tommy Peoples mazurka.
As Scott mentioned elswhere it appears on track 13 of "Fiddlesticks - Irish Traditional Music from Donegal" (Nimbus NI1752) played by M�ir�ad N� Mhaonaigh and Proinsias O’Maonaigh where it is the first in a set simply entitled "Two Mazurkas"
The Ds in the final bar should, I think, be an octave higher.

Second of these two mazurkas is posted. Also, my red-faced apologies to Jeremy for including a number in the title on the first one, which he had to strip out.

Correction

Correction Nimbus NI 5320 (NI1752 is the boxed set "From a Distant Shore" Irish & Cape Breton Traditional Music of which Fiddlesticks is CD #1)

Vs & Ms - - - & the Geography of Forms

Here’s this one played with an emphatic Varsovienne definition/phrasing, the ‘long’ and the ‘short’ of it:

|:DF A2 A2|dc B2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc B2 A2|
DF A2 A2|dc B2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc d2 d2:|

|:fg af dF|Ad c2 B2|
ef ge cA|Bc B2 A2|
fg af dF|Ad c2 B2|
ef ge cA|Bc d2 d2:|

& some variants:

A-part, bars 1-4:

|:DF AD FA|dc BE GB|ef (3gfe cA|Bc (3BcB A2| -

|:DF AD FA|dc BE GB|ed (3cdc (3BcB|AE F2 F2| -

A-part, second ending:

- |1 Bc d2 d2:|2 Bc d2 de||

B-part, with triplets and second ending:

|:fg af dF|Ad c2 B2|ef ge cA|Bc (3BcB A2|
fg af dF|Ad (3cdc B2|ef (3gfe cA|1 Bc d2 de:|2 Bc d2 D2||

Vs & Ms - See Jackie Donnan’s for something else about this close relationship, the rough and the smooth…

I admit being a mongrel, ragged and all bark and no bite, and I’ve played some Northern European members of these forms as well as even Polish, including dancing them, from the aristocratic and military ball forms to those from the countryside. I’ve also lived and worked in Eire, though I wish I were still there, and I’ve danced and played these there with those more tied into this history than I, by their grace and humour, dance and music, North, South, East and West…

There’s a passion to share this with others, but there will always be me in the way. If I could I would transport you to those sources rather than me. Sadly, they are no longer around and I find myself, with whatever my failings are, a connection to their greater wealth, understanding and charm. I can only hope I’ve given some of that and you find it valuable. I do try to filter out as much as I can of myself, but that really is impossible to do completely, as it is in Journalism or any writing. Best

Another swing to it - - - found under “James Byrne’s”

K:D

|:D>F|A2 F>A d>c|B2 G>B e>f|g>e c2 A2|B>A F2 D>F|
A2 F>A d>c|B>G B2 e>f|g>e c>g f>e|d4:|
|:f>g|a>f d>F A>d|(3cdc B2 e>f|g>e c>A B>c|(3BcB A2 f>g|
a2 f>d A>d|c2 B2 e>f|g>e c>g f>e|1 d3 e:|2 d4||

Armagh and the McCuskers - John and Vincent on fiddles -

#1 in a set of 3:
w/ some other variations incorporated -
|:F>G A>F A2|d>c B>^A B2|ed c>^B c2|(3ABc d>e f2|
F>G A2 A2|d>c B2 B2|e>d c2 c2|(3ABC d2 d2:|
|:f>g a>f d>e|d>c B2 G2|e>d c2 c2|(3ABc d2 d2|
f>g a>f d>e|d>c B2 G2|e>d c>^B c2|(3ABc d2 d2:|

2.) https://thesession.org/tunes/3499

3.) https://thesession.org/tunes/3293

To add to confusions in names (polkas/barndances) Mazurkas were sometimes referred to by other names, including ‘Polka-Mazurka’ (a particular couple dance, another mazurka variation), ‘Polkas’ and ‘Polkies’.

Is this really on the Joannie Madden CD? The link to "Johnny Doherty’s" in the discography goes to a completely different tune.

T: ‘Two Mazurkas - #1’
S: Proinsias O Maonaigh/Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh
S: Fiddle Sticks CD, Nimbus NI 5320, 1991
K: Dmaj

|: DF |
AF A2 dc | BG B2 ed | cB c2 BA | FE F2 DF |
AF A2 dc | BG B2 ed |c2 cA Bc | d3 d :|
|: ef |
af d3 A | c3 B ef | ge c3 A | Bc A A ef |
af d3 A | c3 B ef | ge cA Bc | d3 d :|

they follow it with another in G, I’d like to transcribe it, too, unless it’s already here?

Is this the same tune as John Doherty’s in the Comhaltas Foinn #1 book

Just checking,

is this the same tune as the Comhaltas Foinn #1 book’s John Doherty’s?

mazurka rhythm

Excuse my 2 cents but ceol and gravel walks seem to be the only two who understand mazurkas. The strong beat in mazurkas is beat # 2 (more rarely 3) so the settings that start with a pick-up are rhythmically wrong. They essentially turn this tune into a waltz. Waltzes are fine but this tune is a mazurka.

"so the settings that start with a pick-up are rhythmically wrong"

Yep, the second beat is usually the accented one, but that does not preclude an anacrusis.
Look at Chopin’s settings of mazurkas. He knew about them. Some do some don’t.

Yes Weejie, I am very familiar with Chopin’s mazurkas, also Szymonowski’s and a bunch of others. And I realize that mazurkas can start with an anacrusis. But the first two settings, the ones I was referring to, clearly should have the bar line moved over one beat and start on the downbeat.

I think you are confused with "rhythm" and convention. I don’t think this tune could easily be mistaken for a waltz. Convention might also make people think that 3/4 means waltz time, but there are many other tunes set in 3/4 - Polskor, retreat marches etc. If you saw a piece of 3/4 music that didn’t indicate it was a mazurka, how would you know where to place the stress? Perhaps the convention of placing barlines in mazurkas is the confusing part, and possibly misplaced.
There are many mazurkas in Swedish music, for example, that could easily be mistaken for polskor from notation (until the clichéd hambo-masurka crotchet minim ending appears). Play that tune in Voss or Bergen in Norway, and they might call it a polka (the Norsk masurka is a different beast).
What I’m saying is that people notating Irish mazurkas here the way they do, might not be clueless as to what a mazurka is but merely not understand the convention in notation. It wouldn’t be the first time that dancers and those notating tunes were at odds with each other.
Look at Ceol’s setting 4 - James Byrne’s. No way that could be a waltz, but the notation doesn’t follow the convention.
Methinks thou dost protest too much.

Good point Weejie-I’m probably more hung up on the niceties of notation than I need to be.

At the same time, if you try this experiment: at the piano, play the first setting as written, with the right hand playing the melody, and the left hand playing a simple "oom-pa-pa" accompaniment, then do the same, but moving the bar line over to start on the downbeat, the difference is instructive-waltz vs. mazurka.