Sean Ryan’s Champion march

Also known as The Champion March.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Sean Ryan's Champion has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Sean Ryan's Champion
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EA|c>Bce d>cdf|eAce aecA|c>Bce d2 cd|BEGB AGFE|
c>Bce d>cdf|e>Ace a3 A|c2 ce d3 c|BE G/A/B A2:|
|:AB|cEAc eaga|fdAF DFAd|g>ebe gebe|a>ec'e aec'e|
c>EAc e2 ga|f>dAF D3 d|g2 f/e/c d2 B/G/B|A2 A>G A2:|
2
X: 2
T: Sean Ryan's Champion
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG|B>^ABd c>Bce|dGBd gd B/A/G|B>^ABd c2 Bc|AD- D F/A/ G/A/G/F/ ED|
B2 B/c/d c2 ce|dG B/c/d g2 Bg|B>^A B/c/d c2 F=A|G2 GF G2:|
|:G/A/B/c/|d2 G/A/B/c/ dgbg|e>cGe cEGe|f/e/d ad fdAd|g/d/B bd gdBd|
BD- DG/B/ dg gf/g/|e>cGE C2 E/G/e|f/g/f/e/ d>B c/d/c/A/ F/G/A|G2- GF G2:|
3
X: 3
T: Sean Ryan's Champion
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG|B>^ABd c>Bce|dGBd gd B/A/G|B>^ABd c2 Bc|AD- D F/A/ G/A/G/F/ ED|
B2 B/c/d c2 ce|dG B/c/d g2 Bg|B>^A B/c/d c2 F=A|G2 GF G2:|
|:G/A/B/c/|d2 G/A/B/c/ dgbg|e>cGe cEGe|f/e/d ad fdAd|g/d/B bd gdBd|
BD- DG/B/ dg gf/g/|e>cGE C2 E/G/e|f/g/f/e/ d>B c/d/c/A/ F/G/A|G2- GF G2:|

Six comments

"Seán Ryan’s Champion March" ~ another of Seán Ryan’s

I’ve given this twice through, in A and closest to the transcription in the Seán Ryan collection, and then in G as I have played it in the past, and a bit further from the ‘by-the-book’ take on it…

K: Gmaj
|: DG | B>^ABd c>Bce | dGBd gd B/A/G | B>^ABd c2 Bc | AD- D F/A/ G/A/G/F/ ED |
B2 B/c/d c2 ce | dG B/c/d g2 Bg | B>^A B/c/d c2 F=A | G2 GF G2 :|
|: G/A/B/c/ | d2 G/A/B/c/ dgbg | e>cGe cEGe | f/e/d ad fdAd | g/d/B bd gdBd |
BD- DG/B/ dg gf/g/ | e>cGE C2 E/G/e | f/g/f/e/ d>B c/d/c/A/ F/G/A | G2- GF G2 :|

THE BOOK ~ well worth chasing up and purchasing:

"The Hidden Ireland: The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan"
Compiled by Brian Ryan

Page 40: "Seán Ryan’s Champion March"

As with other marches, this one can also be played without the repeats, AABB or AB…

Marches as Dance Music ~

I know I’m repeating myself, but some may have missed it or forgotten?

YES!!! ~ marches were also danced to, used for sets (quadrilles & country dances) and for couple dances… Some notations are scattered about here on site. Links to these can be found in my details. I have slowed down on the dance notations but will be adding more in future. If any are confusing, just ask and I’ll do my damnedest to try to make sense of them for you. It is dance music and my greatest joy is when the two come together in ‘mutual’ respect and appreciation. I just hope that more people can discover that integral part of tradition ~ sans the politics and B.S…

Marches & Barndances ~

That is also why duple marches sit comfortably under the heading ‘barndances’, because the couple dance forms for this family share much in common…

"Seán Ryan’s Champion March" ~ Seán Ryan’s

Sadly, it turns out Jeremy had other ideas and the very different version of the march in G Major was deleted from the ABCs and not processed into sheetmusic… I guess he decided it wasn’t significantly different. If I’d known I would have put the A Major version, which is not that different from the book, here in the ‘Comments’ and the G Major would have been my main contribution. There is no way to judge whim. Here is the G Major version:

K: G Major
|: DG |
B>^ABd c>Bce | dGBd gd B/A/G | B>^ABd c2 Bc | AD- D F/A/ G/A/G/F/ ED |
B2 B/c/d c2 ce | dG B/c/d g2 Bg | B>^A B/c/d c2 F=A | G2 GF G2 :|
|: G/A/B/c/ |
d2 G/A/B/c/ dgbg | e>cGe cEGe | f/e/d ad fdAd | g/d/B bd gdBd |
BD- DG/B/ dg gf/g/ | e>cGE C2 E/G/e | f/g/f/e/ d>B c/d/c/A/ F/G/A | G2- GF G2 :|

Weird, now it seems the G Major version was moved into the first comment… I wonder why that didn’t show for me? Anyway, now you have it here twice…