Marian McCarthy (Set Dance)
Source: Here And There by Seamus Connolly
Transcription: gian marco pietreasanta
I got this lovely tune from the late Peter Fleming of Mitchelstown many years ago. He played it as more of a "set-dance" than a strathspey. I think it’s a Con Foley composition. Never heard anyone else playing it.
I love it, this is now one of my favorite strathspeys, thank you for posting it. Seamus Connolly is one of favorite teachers.
I have Con playing this on a recording, I’ll note to seek it out and post a transcription here. Another sweet man and a fine player…with quite a few compositions to his name…
"Marian McCarthy’s Hornpipe" ~ by Con Foley
Con had a playful nature, and a beautiful way also with his fiddling, charm all around. He also didn’t always stick with ‘convention’. Amongst his store of many tunes were barndances/schottisches, highland flings, and loads of Limerick joy in the way of slides and polkas. This tune her referred to as a ‘hornpipe’, despite the unusual measure count. He did also compose ‘set dances’, as for ‘The Penny School of Dancing’. Also, he didn’t repeat the second part for this, but there’s nothing keeping you from following it as Seamus Connolly carries it, another well respected musician. Anyway, as promised, direct and note for note from Con’s playing, not fussing about, but none of the ‘few’ ornaments he chose to put into it:
T: Marian McCarthy
K: A Major
|: A>B |
c>Bc>A F>A E2 | d>c (3Bdf e>c A2 | a>fe>c B>A F2 | (3cBA e>c B2 A>B |
c>Bc>A F>A E2 | d>c (3Bdf e>c A2 | a>fe>c B>AF>E | F>AA<B A2- :|
|: A>c |
e2 (3fga e>c A2 | (3fga (3fga e>c A2 | E>Ac>A e>Ac>A | E>A (3cBA B2- B>d |
f2 (3fga e>c A2 | (3fga (3fga e>cA>c | d>ef>d c>de>c | e<a (3ecA B2- B>c |
d>cd>f e2 (3cBA | E>Ac>A B>A F2 | a>fe>c B>AF>E | F>AA>B A2- ||
& how he ended it last time round ~
| F<AA>B (3Ace az | A4 z4 ||
The second time through the A-part he tended not to ‘skip’:
2 | F>AA>B A2 ||
I hope to transcribe a few more of his compositions for the site here, and you’ll see what I mean, some few others have their own take on the tradition, but with good humour…
His tempo: 112 bpm…
Sorry, that got past, the eight measure of the B-part, con didn’t ‘snap’ the e<a but played it with the usual swing shown through most of the transcription, or e>a. Since the given transcription wasn’t far off the recording I was using a cut-and-paste of that and just editing it to conform to Con’s playing… That said, you know I like an occassional ‘snap’ myself, but no wet towls please…
"A Wee Scotch" ~ jig by Con Foley
Submitted on June 4th 2006 by ceolachan.
Marian McCarthy ~
Named for a Limerick step dancer…
"The Penny School of Dancing" / "Planxty Penny" ~ set dance by Con Foley
Submitted on June 5th 2006 by ceolachan.
X: 3 "Marian McCarthy"
Just a step down to G Major…
X: 4 "Marian McCarthy"
G again, this time as a 32 bar tune with a first and second ending…