Not the Queen
I noticed that both Kings of Inishbofin and The Queen of Mayo were linked to the same tune. Pity, because the Kings is also a lovely tune. Is this the one you meant Kenny?
Is this a Charlie Lennon tune?
Sounds like it might be… …I learnt this ages ago at the Scoil Eigse from Kathleen Nesbitt and haven’t played it for years and had totally forgotten its name… …i’m glad i’ve found it again!
Its the second tune this whistle player plays:
T: Kings Of Inishbofin, The
|:Add dAF|GEE E2B|Ace ged|cdB ABG|
A3 dAF|GEE E2B|Ace gec|BcA d3:||
|:fgf fdA|Bgg geB|Agg gec|Ace bag|
fgf fdA|Bgg geB|Ace bag|fge d3:||
Ben Lennon’s take on it.
Was given this by Ben in a workshop in Drumshanbo. I’ve included the ornamentation (which I wouldn’t normally) as I’d made the effort to note it down at the time. Big fingers, but all these little delicate flicks he makes when he’s playing really bring out the tune. So, I thought I might as well shove them in as indicators of the style of playing if nothing else. Played slowish, it’s a lovely delicate wee jig, and the variation in the second part just helps it flow along nicely.
NB: couldn’t think of a way to notate this, but he only plays the first bar that way the first time through the tune. Thereafter it’s replaced by:
B | ABd AGF |
which, again, helps the tune flow back into itself when it repeats.
ETA: one of Charlie’s compositions, according to Ben.
The Kings Of Inishbofin, X:4
Trying to remember where I found this online around 2010, close to how it is played by Ryan G Duns SJ (parts A and B anyway).
The Kings Of Inishbofin, X:5
This is a very close "take-down" of how Ryan G Duns SJ plays all 4 parts of his version.
I’ve looked up that version on Youtube, and I suspect it’s either a highly personal ‘take’ on the tune, or he’s playing two tunes together. The third and fourth ‘parts’ are definitely The Kings of Inishbofin, but the first two are not part of the tune as I was given it, nor as I believe it was written. It’s possible that’s closer to the orchestral version, but the tune as it is normally played is simply a two-parter.
Re: The Kings Of Inishbofin
It’s not a 4-part tune - it’s 2 tunes, both composed by Charlie Lennon and recorded by Vinnie Kilduff in 1990, although he recorded them the other way round. Ryan Duns is playing "The Queen Of Mayo" first, and follows it with "The Kings Of Inishbofin", changing at around 30secs in the video clip.
What "alangley" has posted above here as "Setting #4" is not "The Kings Of Inishbofin" at all, but Duns’ version of "The Queen Of Mayo", and to avoid confusion, should be moved over to :
Also to avoid confusion, "Setting #5" should be deleted altogether, as it is actually 2 individual tunes , and not 1 4-part tune.
Re: The Kings Of Inishbofin
Thought the first two bits sounded familiar - I’ve had Queen of Mayo from Ben as well. Should have remembered that. That’s why I didn’t automatically say "two tunes"… should have trusted my instincts!