I came on this tune in the “Thursday Sessions tune books” www.andyhornby.net/thursday.html 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
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.
This version Of ‘Madame Maxwell’ is played a good bit around Wexford. There are two distinct airs attributed to O’ Carolan titled Madame Maxwell. The Wexford connection is that the lady in question - Madame Maxwell -was I believe married to a Captain Maxwell but she was a Wexford woman by birth. She was a Barry Of Bunclody. The pre-Independence name for the pretty little town of Bunclody was ‘Newtownbarry’, since the Barry family were the local landowners and designed the little ‘model town’ at the foot of Mount Leinster.
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