Miss Brown hornpipe

Also known as Belle Of Claremont, The Belle Of Claremont, The Belles Of Clonallan, Miss Brown’s Fancy.

Miss Brown has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Miss Brown
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 (3DDD DFAF |dFAF BFAF | E2 EF GFGB | edcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D2 (3DDD DFAF | dFAF BFAF | EFGA Bgec |1 d2 (3ddd d4 :|2 d2 (3ddd d2 ag ||
|: fd (3ddd fd (3ddd | fdfg a2 ed | cA (3AAA cA (3AAA | (3Bcd ef g2 ag |
fd (3ddd fd (3ddd | fdfg a2 gf | gbag fedc |1 e2 d2 d2 ag :|2 e2 d2 d4 ||
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2
X: 2
T: Miss Brown
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3GFE | D2 D2 DFAF | dFAF dFAF | E2 E2 EGBG | edcB AGFE |
D2 D2 DFAF | dFAF GFED | FAdg faeg | f2 d2 d2 :|
ag | fddd fdad | fgaf d2 ed | cAAA cAeA | cdef g2
ag | fddd fdad | fgaf d2 ef | gbag fedc | e2 d2 d2 :|

Four comments

Gan Ainm

I came across this hornpipe played by an unknown ceili band on an old-ish cassette tape passed on to me by "Genny". Never heard it before, but instantly taken to it. The opening 4 bars have definite echoes of "The Donegal Reel", but it goes its’own way after that. Anyone identify it ?

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Gan Ainm, X:2

It can be found in Kerr’s Merry Melodies Book 2 (c1875) under the title "Miss Brown" - setting added above. It’s also in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883) under the same name, but as a reel, and later in the same collection as a hornpipe in C called "Belle of Claremont". A little later O’Neill published it as both "Miss Brown’s Fancy" and "The Belles of Clonallan".

Re: Miss Brown

It’s also as a reel in Pat McNulty (‘A Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland’. Ossian, 1988). The setting there is pretty much a mix of X:1 and X:2: a few phrasing differences but probably not distinctive enough to add as a separate version.

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Re: Miss Brown

Thanks very much for that information , gentlemen. I’m sure I must at some point in time have played it off the sheet music, but if so, it never registered as a good tune until I actually heard it played. Doesn’t seem to have ever been recorded, at least on any recordings posted on this website. A’ the best, Kenny.

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