Brian Boru’s March jig

Also known as Brian Barou’s March, Brian Bohru’s March, Brian Boru March, Brian Boru’s, Tullinahaw.

There are 40 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Brian Boru’s March appears in 3 other tune collections.

Brian Boru’s March has been added to 20 tune sets.

Brian Boru's March has been added to 709 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

1
X: 1
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
ed |: c3/2B/A Aed | cBA Adc | B3/2A/G Gdc | BAG Ged |
c3/2B/A Aed | cBA A3 | Acd e2 d |1 cBA Aed :|2 cBA A2 G |
|: Acd e2 d | e2 d e3/2c/A | GAB d2 B | d2 B d3/2B/G | Acd e2 d |
e2 d e3/2c/A | A3/2c/d e2 d |1 c3/2B/A A2 G :|2 c3/2B/A A2 B |
|: c3/2B/A a2 a | c3/2B/A a2 a|B3/2A/G g2 g | B3/2A/G g2 B |
c3/2B/A a2 a | c3/2B/A a2 b | c'ba gfe | dcB A2 B :|
|: cde g2 e | g2 e g3/2e/c | GAB d2 B | d2 B d3/2B/G |
cde g2 e | g2 e g3/2e/c |Acd e2 d |1 c3/2B/A A2 B :|2 c3/2B/A A2 ||
2
X: 2
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B | G>FE E2B | G>FE E2A | F>ED D2A | F>ED D2B |
G>FE E2B | G>FE E3 | EGA B2A |1 G<EE E2 :|2 G<EE E3 |
|: DGA B2A | B2A BAG | DFG A2F | A2F AFD |
EGA B2A | B2A BAG | EGA B2A |1 G<EE E3 :|2 G<EE E3 ||
# Added by gone .
3
X: 3
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: e | cBA Aed | cBA A2 d | BAG Gdc | BAG G2 e |
cBA Aed | cBA A2B | cde e2d | cAA A2 :|
|: B | cde efe | efe edc | Bcd ded | ded dcB |
cde efe | efe edc | e3 e2d | cAA A2 :|
4
X: 4
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
ed |: c3/2B/A Aed | c3/2B/A Adc | B3/2A/G Gdc | B3/2A/G Ged |
c3/2B/A Aed |c3/2B/A A3 | A3/2c/d e2 d |1 c3/2B/A Aed :|2 c3/2B/A A2 G |
|: A3/2c/d e2 d | e2 d e3/2c/A | G3/2A/B d2 B | d2 B d3/2B/G | A3/2c/d e2 d |
e2 d e3/2c/A | A3/2c/d e2 d |1 c3/2B/A A2 G :|2 c3/2B/A A2 B |
|: c3/2B/A a2 a | c3/2B/A a2 a|B3/2A/G g2 g | B3/2A/G g2 g |
c3/2B/A a2 a | c3/2B/A a2 a | A3/2c/d e2 d | c3/2B/A A2B :|
|: c3/2d/e g2 e | g2 e g3/2e/c | G3/2A/B d2 B | d2 B d3/2B/G |
c3/2d/e g2 e | g2 e g3/2e/c |A3/2c/d e2 d |1 c3/2B/A A2 B :|2 c3/2B/A A2 ||
5
X: 5
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B | "Em"G FE E2 B | G FE E2 A | "D"F ED D2A | F ED D2 B |
| "Em"G FE E2 B | G FE E3 | EGA BAG | FEDD2 B :|
|"G"D GA BAG | BAG Bcd | "D"D FG AGF | AGF AGF |
|"Em"E GA BAG | BAG Bcd | EGA BAG | FEDD2 B :|
| "Em"GFE B2B | GFE B2B |"D"FED A2A | FED A2A |
| "Em"GFE B2B | GFE B2B | EGA BAG | FEDD2 B :|
6
X: 6
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
B |: GFE E2B | GFE E2A | FED D2A | FED D2B |
GFE E2B | GFE E2A | EGA B2A | GFE E3 :|
|: EGA B2A | B2A BAG | DFG A2F | A2F AFD |
EGA B2A | B2A BAG | EGA B2A | GFE E3 :|
# Added by TomI .
7
X: 7
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BA|: GFE EBA | GFE EAG | FED DAG | FED DBA |
GFE EBA | GFE E3 | EGA ~B2A |1 GFE EBA :|2 GFE E3 ||
|: EGA ~B2A | ~B2A BAF | DEF AFD | AFD AFD |
EGA ~B2A | ~B2A ~B2A | GFE ~B2A | GFE E3 :|
|: GFE e2e | GFE e2e | FED d2d | FED d2d |
GFE e2e | GFE e3 | EGA ~B2A |1 GFE E3 :|2 GFE EBA ||
8
X: 8
T: Brian Boru's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:e3/2d3/2"Am"c-|c2BA2A-|A2e3/2d3/2"F"c-|c2BA2A-|A2dc3|"G"B2AG2G-|G2d3/2c3/2"Em"B-|B2A G2G-|G2e d3|
"Am"c2BA2A-|A2e3/2d3/2"F"c-|c2BA2A-|A4 z E|"D"A2c d2"E"e-|e3 d3|"Am"c2B A2A-|A6|
z3 e2"Am"a-|a2g e2a-|a3- a2"F"a-|a2g e2g-|g3- g2"G"g-|g2a b2g-|g2e "Em"d3-|d2e g2a-|a3- a2"Am"a-|
a2g e2a-|a3- a2"F"a-|a2g e2"D"d-|d2e g2"Em"e-|e3 d3|"Am"c2B A2A-|A6-|A2:|

Twenty-three comments

Brian Boru’s March

Yes, I know it’s not a jig. But there’s no "march" in the tune menu, and even if there were, some marches are 6/8 and some are 2/4, and Jeremy has pointed out to me that the site is set up so that the time signature is set by the tune type, not by the abc code we enter.

Jeff

I guess you can march to it. Jigs always being in 6/8 (seems to me) to be something that happened around 150 yrs ago. I’m also under the impression that the Irish word for jig "port" just means "tune" not really defining the meter. I’m not too sure about all of the facts I stated but I’m sure some subscribers could shed some more light on this subject.

I like the tune. I have matched it up with a jig called "The Black Rogue", and they work quite well together.
Tom

I know another version of this song, a more simple one, I found the sheets on the "ceili house band" site
Tiago

Maurice Lennon’s "Stone of Destiny" (on this database) goes with "Brian Boru’s March" quite well, presumably because both tunes have a march-like feel to them, even though one is a jig and the other a reel.
Trevor

Sometimes it’s good to go from one type of tune to another (slip jigs to jigs and vica versa are quite common). The combination of the Brian Boru March and Stone of Destiny was tried out at the Monkstown Wednesday session for no better reason than the Maurice Lennon connection and because it worked well it now crops up most weeks and has also found its way into Foinn Seisiun Book 2.

In Master and Commander?

I think this is what those guys were playing in that scene with the pipes,fiddle and whistle.Am I right? I might be remembering it wrong.

Er, no. Didn’t we have this discussion over at O’Sullivan’s March? I don’t recall hearing this in the movie, and it wasn’t listed in the credits either.

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No bigee. 🙂

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Brian Boru March

There were many clan "marches". They were the themes of the clans. I’m not sure the word "march" means what we think of today, like Sousa and stuff. Many clan marches were banned because they incited sedition. Some only survived because they were used as dance tunes.

I noticed that this version is played in the key of A minor. I know it in the Key of B minor when I play it on the harp.It gives it a brighter sound in this key.

Phill

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Brian Boru’s March - take 100:

The tune is played in several keys and ways and combinations, including:
2-part: just A & B
3-part: adding the variant C
4-part: as given
6-part+: for the obsessive and the criminally insane…

… more on Brian Boru …

Yeah. I used to play this, with the reel version of the tune, which I’m about to post. The version I had - and I have no idea where I got it from - was in two parts, thus:

X:1
T:Brian Boru
M:6/8
R:March
K:Edor
B | G>FE E2B | G>FE E2A | F>ED D2A | F>ED D2B |
G>FE E2B | G>FE E3 | EGA B2A |1 G<EE E2 :|2 G<EE E3 |
|: DGA B2A | B2A BAG | DFG A2F | A2F AFD |
EGA B2A | B2A BAG | EGA B2A |1 G<EE E3 :|2 G<EE E3 ||

Very similar to the tune as posted. I prefer it, ‘cos it’s mine, of course 🙂

The third to last bar can be played | B2A Bcd | for variation, though that does, of course, ‘fill in’ the mode, which I’ve suggested in the past that I like to avoid doing …

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… for clarity, I meant the ante-penultimate bar …

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… the reel version …

It has been pointed out to me that the reel version which I have is already on the site, under the name: Sean Frank’s

https://thesession.org/tunes/102/details#comment100


It’s listed in Ceol Rince na hEireann, Breandan Breathnach as ‘Brian Boru’ - no 182 in Breathnach’s book, and goes great after this march, if you play the march also in Edor (which is what the reel should be in)

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Brian Boru’s March, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

Brian Boru’s March, X:6

2-part version played in Oxford

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Brian Boru’s March, X:7

From the playing of Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla.

Re: Brian Boru’s March

Maybe I missed this in the discussion, but could someone fill me in on who Brian Boru was?

Re: Brian Boru’s March

Brian Boru was High King of Ireland, founder of the O’Brien dynasty. (Reign: 1002-1014)
source: Wikipedia

Brian Boru’s March, X:8

Cécile Corbel’s (Breton Harp Player) version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swv0kFp-6Zw


Lyrics:
Comme le chant des pierres; Qui résonne en silence;
Comme l’eau qui serpente, Et qui gronde sous moi,
Tu sais, je reviendrais, Dans ma terre d’enfance;
Au pays des rêves, des fées et des rois.

Là-bas mon amour, Loin de la ville,
Il fait plus froid et les jours sont fragiles,
Brumes d’été, les clochers des îles tu verras,
J’irai là-bas.

Comme Brian Boru, Roi de l’irlande,
Je prendrais la mer et je rendrais les armes.
Brian boru, bientot je serai de retour,
E keltia.

Translation:
Like the song of stones; Which echoes in silence;
Like the water that winds, And rumbles under me,
You know, I would come back, In my childhood land;
In the country of dreams, Fairies and kings.

Over there my love, Far from the city,
It’s colder and the days are fragile,
Summer mists, the steeples of the islands you will see,
I will go there.

Like Brian Boru, King of Ireland,
I would take to the sea and I would surrender.
Brian boru, I’ll be back soon,
E keltia.