Mick Carr’s barndance

Also known as Mick Carr’s Barndances.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Mick Carr’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

Mick Carr's has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Mick Carr's
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 F>A d2 d>B|c>BA>^G B>A A2|A,2 C>E A2 A>d|B>A^G>B (3ABA (3=GFE|
D2 F>A d2 d>B|c>BA>^G B>A A2|A,2 C>E A2 A>d|(3cBA (3GFE D2 A,2:|
|:D<FA>d f2 f2|a>fd>B A2 A2|D>FA>d c2 c>A|B>A^G>B (3ABA (3=GFE|
D<FA>d f2 f2|a>fd>B A2 A2|D>FA>d c>EB>E|(3ABA (3GFE D2 A,2:|

Four comments

Things processed into sheetmusic so quickly that I couldn’t move faster than it to correct that I’d cut and pasted an old ABC of the tune with a couple of mistakes built in. The mistakes are obvious, and I can’t blame everything on dyslexia:

Part 1, bar 4, the ‘=G’: |B>A^G>B (3ABA (3=GFE|
Part 2, bars 1 & 5, a ‘d’ up: |Dd f2 f2|


In a previous discussion it was mentined that James Byrne’s doesn’t put quite the same swing into his playing of these. I love that recording, prize it, and I like his playing, but his playing of barndances could be called ‘pedestrian’, with more of a feel as ‘listening pieces’, sweet, but not quite the same as many players I’d heard swing these for dance, including in Donegal. My experience in listening is that the younger the player the more even the sound becomes, but also the further away you get from the dance. Here is how James Byrne puts it in the liner notes to his recording:

“Barndances as played in Donegal are more relaxed in tempo and less rhythmically accented than those recorded in America by James Morrison, the Flanagan Brothers, Frank Quinn and others.” - Dermot McLaughlin

Hey, I like it ‘pedestrian’ too, but prefer it with the dance in it, that swing. I acknowledge how things have changed and are changing, but I’m not completely in agreement with Dermot though that may be the current state of things, since barndances are no longer or rarely played for dance anymore and instead either feature as a ‘party piece’ on a recording, with usually a ‘slick’ treatment, in a performance, or occassionally in a session. At least they aren’t generally turned into reels like Highlands Flings are.

I must be out of it - I’d meant - ‘in the liner notes for James Byrne’s recording, but not by James Byrne but written by Dermot McLaughlin…’

“Nit, nit, nit!!!”
& Part 2, bar 4, same ‘=G’: |B>A^G>B (3AFA (3=GFE|

Part 2, Bar 7 - some variants:

|D>FA>d c2 B2| - & - |D>FA>d c>DB>D|

& the whole tune can be played, for those limited, without dipping below the ‘D’:

Part 1, Bars 3 & 7 - |A2 c>e A2 A>d|

Parts 1 & 2, the final bar finishing - - - D2 D2:|