Marion Egan’s (reel)
Source: P.J. and Marcus Hernon - "Beal a’ Mhurlaigh"
Composed by whistle player Marion Egan.
I’ve heard this (and play it) in G rather than D.
Please all note that BLARNEYSTAR is wrong. Marian Egan (was Flannery then) did not compose it – ask her and she will tell you so. I composed it for her when we played together in our group SULLIVAN’S PRIVATE STOCK.
She played it as a whistle solo (in G) on my album SULLY’S FANCY (HM301). A few years later I changed the key to A, added a 3rd part and played it as a banjo solo on my album DUBLIN BANJOS (HM309).
But Marian’s rendition has become most popular (2 parts in G, or A, but not the key of D as shown here). Please note the correct details now are: MARIAN’S FAVOURITE, composed by Tony Sullivan, aka SULLY.
Comment from Tony (Sully) Sullivan, 7th July 2009.
Could you post your 3 part version?
I’d love to try it out! Thanks!
Setting #2 is transcribed from a session recording from Drumshanbo in 2011, played by a bunch of musicians from Belfast. This version, aside from being in a different key, differs significantly from the first setting but is much the same as the version recorded by Deanta, as Marian’s Favourite.
Thanks to Tradschool for identifying this tune.
Just out of interest, tonysully, which version is closest to your original?
I’ve only ever heard this played in G in sessions where I live - something like this…
T: Marion Egan’s
Bdde dBGB|AcBA GEED|Bdde dG (3Bcd|gedB ABGA|
Bdde dBGB|AcBA GE~E2|DEGA (3Bcd ge|1 dBAB G3A:|2 dBAB G2Bd||
|:~g3a gedg|egdg edBd|~g3a gedB|AcBA GEDf|
~g3a gedg|egdg edBA|G2 (3Bcd gedB|1 AGAB G2Bd:|2 AGAB G3A||