John Brennan’s Dream reel

Also known as Mr Brennan’s Psychological Problems.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

John Brennan’s Dream has been added to 1 tune set.

John Brennan's Dream has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: John Brennan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FB ~B2 ~f3 g|fedf edBA|FB ~B2 FBdf|edBA ~ B3A|
FB ~B2 ~f3 g|{g}fedf edBA|FB ~B2 FBdf|1 edBA ~ B3A:|2 edBA B2ba||
|:bffe ~f3 g|fedf edBA|bffe ~f3g|e{f}ede fa ~a2|
bffe ~f3g|fedf edBA|FB ~B2 FBdf|1 edBA B2fa:|2 edBA B3||
X: 2
T: John Brennan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:FB B2 f3 g|fedf edBA|FB B2 FBdf|edBA B3A|
FB B2 f3 g|fedf edBA|FB B2 FBdf|1 edBA B3A:|2 edBA B2 BA||
|:Bffe f3 g|fedf edBA|Bffe f3g|e2 de fa a2|
bffe f3g|fedf edBA|FB B2 FBdf|1 edBA B2fa:|2 edBA B3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: John Brennan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:EA A2 e3 f|edce dcAG|EA A2 EAce|dcAG A3G|
EA A2 e3 f|edce dcAG|EA A2 EAce|1 dcAG A3G:|2 dcAG A2 AG||
|:Aeed e3 f|edce dcAG|Aeed e3f|d2 cd eg g2|
aeed e3f|edce dcAG|EA A2 EAce|1 dcAG A2eg:|2 dcAG A3||
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Ten comments

Mr. Brennan’s Psychological Problems

Transcribed from Gráda: Endeavour, 2nd tune in Track 10 - which consists of 3 reels:

- The Champion
- Mr. Brennan’s Psychological Problems
- Snow Leopard


It’s sort of like the Musical Priest but not as well-written.

Yet another bloody awful new tune.Bring back musical Darwinism!

Musical Darwinism?

Well, weighing all the pro’s and con’s of newly composed, sometimes heavily “constructed” tunes, to me the aim of this database - for the existence of which I am very grateful (despite all its flaws) is making literally everything(!) that can be found in our favoured musical genre available in sheetmusic to a the global community. If we’d stick to Sally Gardens and the old tunes - that I also mostly prefer, btw - we wouldn’t really need a database, would we?
Therefore I find destructive comments without further details (why do you think, is this tune so awful…..?) a little bit offputting and not really helpful for others.


Survival of the fittest, right? Let’s see if this reel will become more popular in ten years. I bet it’ll be a fossil.

I doubt it - you can still see fossils.

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Thanks for the transcription Josie!

We play this as:

- Glen Kabul
- Donegal Highland (minor version)
- Mr. Brennan’s

Not ten years yet…

…but I heard this one being played for the first time yesterday and I liked it very much, so it is not yet dead, let alone fossilized.

There may be old tunes like the musical priest or sweeny´s buttermilk that have some similar qualities, but one of these two tunes must have been there before the other one. So either the musical priest or sweeny´s buttermilk has been “Yet another bloody awful new tune.” at that time. Right now both are alive and well and I enjoy both every time I hear them.

Re: Mr. Brennan’s Psychological Problems

bravesentry, Sweeney’s Buttermilk was composed by Brendan McGlinchey, who’s still alive and kicking, AFAIK. So that makes it “yet another bloody awful new tune” as well 😉