Madame Maxwell hornpipe

Also known as Father Roche, Madam Maxwell, Mrs Maxwell, Planxty Madam Maxwell, Planxty Madame Maxwell.

There are 23 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with Carolan’s Concerto (a few times).

Madame Maxwell has been added to 3 tune sets.

Madame Maxwell has been added to 87 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Madame Maxwell
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AB A2 AF D2|F2 A2 A3 d|cd e2 de f2|ef g2 f3 e|
d2 A2 GFED|G2 B2 B3 d|c2 BA e2 dc|d2 D2 D4:|
a2 d2 a2 d2|g2 b2 b2 ag|f2 d2 a2 gf|g2 e2 e3 g|
fg a2 ga b2|a3 g f3 e|d2 d2 e3 d|c2 A2 A2 Bc|
d2 d2 cBAG|F2 D2 D3 d|cd e2 fe d2|c2 A2 A2 Bc|

Seven comments

An O’Carolan march rather than a hornpipe, I think. I think I first heard this on a John Whelan recording with Jerry O’Sullivan playing pipes. the transcription is based on this if I recall correctly.


I came on this tune in the "Thursday Sessions tune books" it is written here in 2/4 and I never thought of it as a hornpipe and I tend to try and play it on the fiddle with a bit of a lilting bounce to it.
It is subtitled in this tune book as "Planxty Madam Maxwell"
One of my own favourites that I keep coming round to

Re: Madame Maxwell

Recorded by Brian Conway

Re: Madame Maxwell

This is the same tune called Planxty Miss Maxwell on the Absolutely Irish All-Star CD with Mick Moloney. Correct? Reminds me of George Brabazan. I guess both tunes are attributed to Carolan. Both tunes sound like they should be played when the King or Queen enters the room.