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.
Another version of the tune: https://thesession.org/tunes/4139
Compare the 1st part of Old John’s https://thesession.org/tunes/57
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
Here it is by Patrick Street
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 &..!
…was now the very rare ‘Johnny Monfarleau’.
… which is, according to The Virtual Gramophone http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/028011-1038-e.html#b , a corruption of "Johnny McFellow" (?)
Check both tune and lyrics at: https://thesession.org/tunes/5387
bryan o’ lynn jig - etterem version
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.
I love this tune because it reminds me of bagpuss