Madame Maxwell hornpipe

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

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Carolan’s Concerto (a few times).

Madame Maxwell has been added to 2 tune sets.

Madame Maxwell has been added to 85 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.