Planxty George Brabazon reel

Also known as George Barbazon, George Brabazon, George Brabazon, 2nd Air, George Brabizon, Second Air, Prince Charlie’s Welcome To The Isle Of Skye, There Were Twa Bonnie Maidens, Twa Bonnie Maids, Twa Bonny Maidens.

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Planxty Hewlett (a few times), Jim Coleman’s (a few times) and Morgan Magan (a few times).

Planxty George Brabazon has been added to 5 tune sets.

Planxty George Brabazon has been added to 320 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Planxty George Brabazon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|d2G2 cBAG|d2G2 cBAG|e2A2 ABcd|e2A2 ABcd|
|edcB g2fe|edcB cBAG|BAGE DEGA|B2G2 G2||
||ga|b2gb a2fa|g2eg edcB|e2A2 ABcd|e2A2 A2 ga|
|b2gb a2fa|g2eg edcB|cBAG DEGA|B2G2 G2||
X: 2
T: Planxty George Brabazon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g{f}e | d2 G2 cBAG | d2 G2 cBAG | e2 A2 ABcd | edcB A2 Bc |
d2 Bd g2 fg | edcB cBAG | BAGE DEGA | B2 G2 G2 ||
|: ga | b2 gb a2 fa | g2 fg edcB | e2 A2 ABcd | edcB A2 ga |
b2 gb a2 fa | g2 fg edcB | cBAG DEGA | B2 G2 G2 :||
X: 3
T: Planxty George Brabazon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g{f}e |: d2 G2 cBAG | d2 G2 cBAG | e2 A2 ABcd | edcB A2 Bc |
d2 Bd g2 fg | edcB cBAG |BAGE DEGA |1 B2 G2 G2 g{f}e :|2 B2 G2 G2 ga||
|:b2 gb a2 fa | g2 fg edcB | e2 A2 ABcd | edcB A2 ga |
b2 gb a2 fa | g2 fg edcB | cBAG DEGA |1 B2 G2 G2 ga :|2 B2 G2 G2 |]
X: 4
T: Planxty George Brabazon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|d2G2 cBAG|d2G2 cBAG|e2A2 ABcd|e2A2 ABcd|
|edcB g2fe|edcB cBAG|BAGE DEGA|B2G2 G2||
||ga|b2gb a2fa|g2eg edcB|e2A2 ABcd|e2A2 A2 ga|
|b2gb a2fa|g2eg edcB|cBAG DEGA|B2G2 G2||
M:6/8
|:G2g gdg|gdg fed|B2g gdc|Bc/d/B cAF|
G2g gdg|gdg fed|B2g gdc|Bc/d/B cAF||
|:B3 c3|d2g gab|B2 c3|Bc/d/B cAF|
BAG GAG|G2g gdc|BAG GDG|Bc/d/B cAF||
# Added by JACKB .

Seventeen comments

Since today (23 April) is St George’s Day I thought I’d submit a tune with "George" in the title (there are already one or two in the tune list here). I did a search in JC’s and found "St George for England", an absolutely dreadful cringe-making tune that I never want to see or hear again. Then I came across Planxty George Brabazon, a delightful little reel by Carolan, so it’s Irish and that’s ok then. I believe I’ve heard it played once or twice in sessions.
Trevor

Which came first?

This tune apaers in Scottish collections as "Prince Charlie’sWelcome To The Isle Of Skye". Which is the original ?
There’s a song to this tune , "Twa Bonny Maidens", about Prince Charlie fleeing to Skye after the battle of Culloden dressed as a woman to foo lthe Goverment "redcoats". A traditional Scottish song of transvestitism !

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Not a reel but a march

I’m sorry Trevor, but this is not a reel but a march; BTW there are two George Brabazon Planxty’s.

Not a reel but a march

Henk, as Jeremy has recently pointed out, there is no specific category for a "march" on this website, because a march can be in any of a number of time signatures - 2/4, 6/8, 4/4. There are probably some in 3/4, and modern "classical" composers have even used 5/4 (e.g. "Mars" from Holst’s "Planets" Suite).
Tunes can only be categorized as far as the software on this website is concerned by the time signature. The same reasoning applies to free-form tunes such as slow airs; we have to submit a slow air as a waltz or jig or whatever, and in the comments tell everybody to ignore the tune type and play it as a slow air.
Trevor

Despite the limitations of posting the ABC notation, you also called it a reel in your comments—so he might be responding to that. Given that, the correction seems on the mark.

Whoa! Slow Down There Guys

Henk Bos, this is most certainly NOT a march either. You might more closely describe as an air, but you’re way off with the whole march bit. This tune is often attributed to O’Carolan.

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How do you know O’Carolan didn’t compose it as a march ? If he composed it at all. Jack Campin’s CD-ROM of Scottish flute music has a version of this - as "Prince Charlie’s Welcome To The Isle Of Skye", as I said above, - but with 4 parts. If that was the original, being Scottish, it could well be a march.

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Well there Kenny, that’s why I said it is *often attributed* to O’Carolan, and not *this was written by O’Carolan*.

You could be right about the whole march thing though Kenny. Who knows what came first. Maybe somebody does, but I certainly do not. I’ve just never heard it played as a march is all, even by Scottish bands who call this tune Twa Maidens, or Twa Bonnie Maidens. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t start out as a march, and surely, if someone played it as a march, I wouldn’t be an ass about it.

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Reel Whose Name Is Unknown

This tune precedes Young William Plunkett on track 9 of the CD "Celtic Spring" by Casadh An tSugain. I learned it from the CD but cannot find its name. Can anyone provide a name, please? Thanks!

Track correction

Sorry .. Track 4, not 9 (that would be the jig set Swallow’s Tail-Kid On The Mountain-Star of Munster)

Thanks!

Thanks very much for identifying the tune, Nigel. I will remove this listing in a day or two and add the variation to the other entry.

Variation

Thanks to Nigel Gatherer for identifying the variation I posted above. I didn’t recognize the piece so scored it from track 4 of the "Celtic Spring" CD by Casadh An tSugain, where is leads into the O’Carolan tune "Young William Plunkett."

Note that O’Neill does not credit this tune to O’Carolan, for whatever value that may have in the discussion of authorship above.

Re: Planxty George Brabazon

I know it’s a sin but I sometimes play this in a hornpipe set. It has a nice Scottish ending to it - hup de deedle, hup de deedle dare I o.

Planxty George Brabazon, X:4

Lovely Carolan piece.

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Re: Planxty George Brabazon

I believe that Randal Bays plays it as if it was a hornpipe although I might be wrong in that it may be played like a march.