Brian O’Lynn jig

Also known as Brian O’Lynn’s, Bryan O’Lynn, Bryan O’Lynn’s, The Cockled Old Man, Hitler’s Downfall, John Maloney’s, The Magpie In The Tree, The Planting Stick, Scully Casey’s.

There are 45 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Glendart (lots of times), The Woods Of Old Limerick (a few times), Banish Misfortune (a few times), Pay The Reckoning (a few times) and The Rakes Of Clonmel (a few times).

Brian O’Lynn has been added to 11 tune sets.

Brian O'Lynn has been added to 300 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|:cAd cAG|EDE GAB|cBc BAG|
EAA ~A2B|cAd cAG|EDE GAB|
cde =fed|1 cAA A2B:|2 cAA A2f||
gea ged|cAB cde|eaa age|
ed^c def|geg fed|cAB cde|
=fed cAG|1 EAA A2f:|2 EAA A2||
X: 2
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|:"Am"cAd cAG|"Em"EDE GAB|"Am"cAd cAG|"Am"EAA A2B|"Am"ccc cAG|
"Em"EDE GAB|"Am"cde =fed|1 "Am"cAA A2B:|2 "Am"cAA A2e/2f/2|
"Em"ggg ged|"Am"cAB cde|"Am"eaa age|"D"ed^c def|
"G"gaf ged|"Am"cAB cde|"Am"=fed cAG|"Am" EAA A2e/2f/2:|
X: 3
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B |cAd cAG | E^DE GAB | cAd c2 G | Ad/c/d =fed |
cAd c2 G | EGE GAB | cde =fed | cA^G A2 :|
|: e/f/ |gag ged | cAB c2 d | eaa age | ed^c def |
gg/g/g ged | c/B/AB cde | =fed cAG | EA^G A2 :|
X: 4
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|ced cAG|~E3 GAB|ced cAG|EAA [E2A2]z|
ced cAG|~E3 GAB|cde {g}=fed|cAG [E2A2]z:|
~g3 ged|cAc cde|~a2>a age|edc def|
gea ged|cAc cde|{g}=fed cAG|E[EA][EA] [E2A2]z:|
X: 5
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBc AAG|EcB cde|dcA ~A2 G|Ade fed|cBc AAG|EcB cde|dcA AGE|1GED D3:|2GED D2 f||
~g3 ged|cAB ~c2 d|.e2 a age|ed^c def|~g3 ged|cAB cde|fed cAG|EAG A2 f|
~g3 ged|cAB ~c2 d|.e2 a age|ed^c def|gba ged|cAB cde|fed cAG|EAG A3|]
X: 6
T: Brian O'Lynn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|:cAd cAG|E3 GAB|cAd cAG|EAA A2B|
c3 cAG|E3 GAB|cde g/f/ed|cAG A2B:||
|:g3 ged|cAB c2d|e2a age|edc def|
g3 ged|cAB cde|=fed cAG|1EAA A2f:|2EAA A2B||
# Added by JACKB .

Fourteen comments

Good Standard

Add this to your bread and butter list. It’s pretty easy to pick up. You have quite a few opportunities to customize the tune to your own liking.

If you are playing for the dancers and they need the jig to be played slow - this one does very well.

F sharps?

Heard Liam O’Flynn playing this tune (Brian O’Lynn’s jig) on a Planxty documentary, pretty much exactly like this, but with F sharps instead of F naturals. Sounded great that way too!

Goes lovely with…

I love this tune, I first learned it off East Gaway fiddler Breda Keville. I always pay Garrett Barry’s then go into this, it works really well =] i think played slowly it sounds nicer.

Brian O’Lynn-s

This is far from being the only jig or ditty called after the hero, see: http://chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/brian_olynn.html for a vibrant demonstration!
See also: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=43706 for related Scottish songs and dots.
In Hillsborough, Co. Down, there’s a plaque by the old court house dedicated to the memory of this local -legend of a- man!

Mary Travers* better known as La Bolduc wrote and recorded a French version of the same, almost a hundred years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ySU5NTh4Ik again set to the 6/8 meter.

*Not the Mary of Peter, Paul &..!

…Bryan O’Lynn

…was now the very rare ‘Johnny Monfarleau’.

A Paddy Canny Setting

For several years I’ve been listening to mp3s from what I think was an early Paddy Canny LP, circa 1955, I think. I was listening to a medley the other day: The Luckpenny jig along with a tune which was mislabeled "Father O’Flynn". The second tune sounded so familiar, and I eventually ID-ed it as a version of Brian O’Lynn. Someone probably mis-heard the title. The recordings seemed to be home recordings, with incidental noise and talking in the background.

I think I reproduced Canny’s playing pretty well in this ABC. The setting is pretty close to the way Bobby Casey played the tune, although Casey used more unison "A"s.

Brian O’Lynn, X:5

Patrick Street’s version, as I hear it…

Patrick Street’s version

I know this version as a separate tune, Guiry’s Favourite, no. 10 in O’Neill’s. It’s very similar, but not the same tune. But a good tune anyway.

Brian O’Lynn

I love this tune because it reminds me of bagpuss