T: An Spideóg
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An Spideóg has been added to 5 tunebooks.
Josephine Marsh composition
This is not a hornpipe, it is a Planxty (but with a hornpipe rhythm if I’m not mistaken).
I got it from this video from TG4 YouTube channel:
No, that’s definitely a hornpipe! A planxty, as far as I understand is just a dedication to somebody, but that doesn’t stop it being a hornpipe.
Hi Gobby, sorry but it is not me who categorised the tune as a planxty, you can see it in the description of the original video from TG4’s Irish Traditional Music channel in YouTube.
It would be interesting to know the personal opinion of Josephine Marsh (jomarsh in thesession).
I completely agree with the use of the word planxty for this type of tune that is in the same style of the O’Carolan’s tunes. I suppose that the other option would be to call it a set dance.
"Planxty" is part of a tune title. not a tune category. Whether or not it’s a hornpipe depends totally on how you play it. You would only call it a set dance if there was a specific dance to go along with it.
I would love if the word planxty continues to be used as a type of tune.
I have another example: Vincent Broderick. In his book of compositions Turoe Stone, there is at least one tune categorised as planxty.
It is very rare to see people composing this type of tune these days. I am very thankful to Josephine Marsh for that, she has another one called Anne Foxe that is just wonderful.
Of course, Gobby and Kenny, there is an origin for the word planxty. You can see plenty of stories here:
You are right, Kenny. A "Planxty" is definitely not a tune category.
In Carolan’s music, "The term *Planxty* is often prefixed to the livelier type of melody in this first class [= Tunes for patrons] ; but it is doubtful whether Carolan himself used it in the names of his compositions with anything like the frequency with which it was subsequently employed. […] Yet numbers of tunes in these three books [Neale’s Collection; Celebrated Irish Tunes; Lee’s Collection] are found in later manuscripts and printed books with the original Christian name omitted and the word *Planxty* substituted."
Donal O’Sullivan, Carolan. The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper, Ossian Publications, Cork, 2001, p. 84.