The Plains Of Boyle hornpipe

Also known as Pretty Maggie Morrisey, Roscommon Airport, The Wexford.

There are 95 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Chief O’Neill’s Favourite (a few times), Cronin’s (a few times), The Flowing Tide (a few times), The Friendly Visit (a few times) and Kitty’s Wedding (a few times).

The Plains Of Boyle has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Plains Of Boyle has been added to 422 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Plains Of Boyle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FG | AFDE FEDF | (3ABA GB AFD2 | fedf edce | dBAB =cABG |
AFDE FEDF | (3ABA GB AFD2 | fedB (3ABA GE | F2D2 D2 :|
|: fg | afdf g2fe | dfed BAFG | (3ABA FA BAFA | ~A2FA BAfg |
afdf g2fe | dfed BAFG | ~A3F GBAG | F2D2 D2 :|
X: 2
T: The Plains Of Boyle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(FG)|uA(FDE) FEDv(F|(3ABA) GB AFD(e|{a}fe)df edc(e| dB)A(B =cA)GB|
AFDv(E {G}FE)D(F|(3ABA) GB AFD(e|{a}fe)dB ABAG|F2 D2 D2:|
|:v(fg|af)ud(f {a}g2)fe|dfe(d BA)Fv(G|(3ABA) FA BAF(B|(3ABA) F(A {d}BA)F(f|
af)df (3ggu(g f)e|dfev(d BA)F(G|A2) AF GBA(G|F2) D2 D2:||
X: 3
T: The Plains Of Boyle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F>G|A>FD>E F>ED>F|(3ABA G>B A>FD>d|f>ed>f e>dc>e|d>cA>B (3cBA G>B|
A>FD>E F>ED>F|(3ABA G>B A>FD>d|f>ed>c (3ABA (3GAG|F2D2D2z2:|
f>g|(3agf (3gfe f>de>c|d>ef>d B>AF>G|(3ABA F>A d>AF>A|B>AF>D d>ef>g|
(3agf (3gfe f>de>c|d>ef>d B>AF>G|(3aba F>A d>BA>G|F2D2D2z2:|
X: 4
T: The Plains Of Boyle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AFDE FEDF | (3ABA GB AFD(f | f)edf edce | dcAB =cAGB |
AFDE FEDF | (3ABA GB AFDf | gedc ABAG | F2D2 D2 FG :||
|: afdf g2 fe | dfed BAFA | (3ABA FA BAFA |(3ABA FA defg |
afdf g2 fe | dfed BAFA | A2 AF GBAG | (3FGA EA D2 fg |
afdf g2 fe | dfed BAFA | (3ABA fA gAfA |(3ABA fA defg |
afdf g2 fe | dfed BAFA | A2 AF GBAG | (3FGA EA D2 FG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Plains Of Boyle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG | FDDF ADD.A | (3.A.c.A GB ADDd | (3.g.f.e df edce | dcAB (3.c.B.A GB|
ADDF ADD.A |(3.A.c.A GB ADDd | (3.g.f.e dc (3.A.c.A GA (3.F.G.A D2 D2 :|
fg| afdf (3gag fe| dfed BAF.A | (3.A.c.A f.A (3.A.c.A/ g.A | (3.A.c.A fA BAdf |
afdf ~g2 fe | dfed BAFG | (3.A.c.A AF GBAG | (3.F.G.A D2 D2 :|

Eleven comments

The Plains of Boyle (hornpipe)

A beguiling tune, which comes up in my sessions now and again.
I learnt it properly yesterday from Pete Cooper’s workshop in Bristol (UK). He linked it with Eamonn McGivney’s Hornpipe, which he also taught us.
Trevor

The Plains of Boyle

Pete Cooper’s version of the Plains of Boyle is very close to the version posted here. I hope to post Eamon McGivney’s as soon as I can do a transcription.
Trevor

Plains of Boyle

Here is Pete Cooper’s version as played with ornaments and bowings. "u" = down-bow, "v" = up-bow, and "( )" encloses a series of notes played on one bow.

(FG)|uA(FDE) FEDv(F|(3ABA) GB AFD(e|{a}fe)df edc(e| dB)A(B =cA)GB|
AFDv(E {G}FE)D(F|(3ABA) GB AFD(e|{a}fe)dB ABAG|F2 D2 D2:|
|:v(fg|af)ud(f {a}g2)fe|dfe(d BA)Fv(G|(3ABA) FA BAF(B|(3ABA) F(A {d}BA)F(f|
af)df (3ggu(g f)e|dfev(d BA)F(G|A2) AF GBA(G|F2) D2 D2:||

Trevor

Here is Francis McPeake’s whistle version:

F>G|A>FD>E F>ED>F|(3ABA G>B A>FD>d|f>ed>f e>dc>e|d>cA>B (3cBA G>B|
A>FD>E F>ED>F|(3ABA G>B A>FD>d|f>ed>c (3ABA (3GAG|F2D2D2z2:|
f>g|(3agf (3gfe f>de>c|d>ef>d B>AF>G|(3ABA F>A d>AF>A|B>AF>D d>ef>g|
(3agf (3gfe f>de>c|d>ef>d B>AF>G|(3aba F>A d>BA>G|F2D2D2z2:|

Banjo tune

i learned this tune on the banjo a few months ago, from a kieran hanrahan recording. he plays it splendidly. it’s a great tune for all fretted instruments; one of the best banjo hornpipes that i know of.

For What It’s Worth….

Had this down on my list of tunes to learn, followed by (or so I interpreted months after jotting down the note) "Pretty Maggie Morrissey." Turns out they are one and the same! According to the discussion under that title, however, Leo Rowsome aficionados make a case that the true title is neither of the above, but rather "The Wexford." However it is called, and whatever it’s place of origin, ‘tis a grand tune altogether!
https://thesession.org/tunes/3564

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Titles confusion?

Larke: have you mistakenly inserted alternative titles for the tune "The Plains of Boyle" as "The Wexford", "Pretty Maggie Morrisey" and "Roscommon Airport" or did you mean that these are in fact titles of the other hornpipe "Pretty Maggie Morrisey"?

Recordings by James Morrison and Frank Quinn

Frank Quinn (1893-1964) of Greagh, Drumlish, Co. Longford recorded this hornpipe "The Plains of Boyle" in January 1929 on the melodeon. A month later the fiddler James Morrison recorded it also and paired it with "Lawson’s Hornpipe".

ConorW, the "Roscommon Airport" or "Roscommon Air Force" alternative title for the Plains of Boyle is an old joke. Boyle, being in Co. Roscommon, and ‘Plains’ sounding like ‘Planes’, I’m sure you get it ;-)

The Plains Of Boyle, X:4

A version I play

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The Plains Of Boyle, X:5

A version taught by Gay McKeon for the pipers.