The Princess Royal reel

Also known as An Árd Ḃanḟlait, Árd Ḃanḟlait Ríoga, The Arethusa, Bean Ní Ḋiarmuid Rua, Iníon Nic Dhiarmada, Iníon Nic Diarmada, Miss MacDermot, Miss MacDermott, Miss MacDermott Roe, Miss Mc Dermott, Miss McDermot, Miss McDermot’s, Miss McDermott, Miss McDermott’s, Mrs Mac Dermot, Mrs Mac Dermott, Mrs MacDermot, Mrs MacDermott, Mrs McDermott, Mrs. MacDermot, Mrs. MacDermott, Nelson’s Praise, Princes Royal.

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Nineteen settings

1
X: 1
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
GA|:"Gm" B2AB G2dc|"Gm" B2AB G2d2|"Cm" e2ed "F7" c2fe|"Bb" de "F" cd "Gm" B2{c}BA|
"Gm" B2gB "Dm" A2fA|"Eb" GABG "D7" D2dc|"Gm" BABG "D7" D2[C2^F2]|"Gm" [B,4G4] [B,2G2]:|
d2|"Gm" g2g^f "D7" {a}gfga|"Bb" b2B2 B2ba|"Gm" bagf "Cm" edcB|"F" ABcA "F7" F2GA|
"Bb" [F2B2]AB "F" [F2c2]Bc|"Bb" [F2d2][F2d2] "Eb" [G4B4g4]|"Bb" [F2B2f2][F2B2] "F7" [F4A4e4]|"Bb" [F2B2d2] "Gm" G2 "Adim" [E4G4c4]|
"Gm" BcBA GABG|"D" ^FGAF "D7" D2dc|"Gm" BABG "D7" D2[C2^F2]|"Gm" [B,4G4] [B,2G2]||
# Added by cj .
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X: 2
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:BA G2 F2 E2|BA G2 F2 E2|B2 c2 B2 A2|dc Bc BA G2|
B2 AB AG FA|FE DD EF G2|BA G2 FE GF|ED E2 E2 E2:|
|:B2 e2 cd e2|f2 g2 G2 G2|g2 gf ed cB|AG FG FE D2|
EF G2 FG A2|GA B2 B2 e2|c2 d2 G2 c2|dc B2 G2 A2|
BA AG FE DD|EF G2 BA G2|FE GF ED E2|E4 E4:|
3
X: 3
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ed|c2 Bc A2 e=f|edcB A2 (3efg|f2 d^c defd|edcB c2 BA|
B2 g2 B2 AG|ABAG E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BAGVB|(3ABA GB A2:|
|:cd|eaag a3 b|aged e2 ^cd|(3efg fa gfge|dcBA G2 AB|
c2 Bc d2 ^cd|ef (3gfe a2 ag|f2 A2 f2 gf|e^c (3ABc d2 ed|
c2 Bc ABcd|e2 E2 E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BAGB|(3ABA GB A2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|c2 B2 A2 e=f|ed cB A2 (3efg|f2 d2 d2 gf|ed cB c2 BA|
~B2 g2 ~B2 G2|AB AG E2 ed|cB Ac B2 ^G2|1 A4A2:|2 A4 AB ^cd||
e2 a2 ag ab|ag ed e3 d|ea gf g2 e2|dc BA G2 AB|
c2 c2 d2 d2|ef (3gfe a3 g|f2 A2 f3 g|e2 A2 d2 ed|
c2 B2 AB cd|e2 E2 E2 ed|cB Ac B2 ^G2|1 A4 AB ^cd:|2 A4A2||
5
X: 5
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
AG|F2 D2 D2 AG|F2 D2 D4|B2 GGGA B2|A2 F2 F3 A|
G2 F2 E2 D2|C2 D2 A,2 AG|F2 ED E2 A,2|D2 D4 AA|
d2 A2 d2 A2|d2 A2 d2 B2|c3 d c2 A2|G2 F2 E4|
D2 DE F2 G2|A2 A2 d4|cA3 B4|AD3 G4|F2 E2 D2 D2|
A2 A,2 A,2 AG|FE D2 E2 F2|D4 D2||
6
X: 6
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|F2 E2 D2 AG|FG EF D2 A2|B2 G2 GA BG|A2 F2 F3 A|
G2 F2 E2 D2|CD EC A,2 AG|FE DF E2 C2|D4 D2:|
|:A2|B3 A B3 A|B2 c2 d3 c|d2 c2 B2 A2|FE DF E3 A,|
D2 D2 E3 E|FE D2 d3 c|d2 A2 B3 B|A2 F2 G3 F|
G2 F2 E2 D2|CD EC A,2 AG|FE DF E2 C2|D4 D2:|
7
X: 7
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BB A2 c2|B2 d2 d4|e2 e2 d2 B2|A2G2 A4|
G2 BB A2 c2|B2 d2 d2 ef|g2 d2 B2 G2|A4 G2||
# Added by hetty .
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X: 8
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A/G/|FE DA/G/|FE DA|BA Gc/B/|A/B/A/G/ FA|
G/A/G/F/ E/F/E/D/|CB, A,A/G/|FE/D/ F/E/D/^C/|D2 D||
A|d3/2^c de|fF Ff|f/e/d/c/ B/A/G/F/|E/F/G/E/ CD/E/|
FE/F/ GF/G/|AA d2|c2 Bc/B/|A2 GA/G/|
G/F/F/E/ D/F/E/D/|C/D/C/B,/ A,A/G/|FE/D/ F/E/D/^C/|D2 D||
9
X: 9
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|B2 A2 G2 dc|B2 A2 G2 d2|e2 c2 cdec|d2 B2 BcdB|
c2 B2 A2 G2|FGAF D2 dc|B2 AG A2 F2|G4 G2:|
|:d2|e3 d e3 d|e2 f2 g3 f|g2 f2 e2 d2|BA G2 A2 BA|
G2 G2 A3 A|BA G2 g3 f|g2 d2 e3 e|d2 B2 c3 B|
c2 B2 A2 G2|FGAF D2 dc|B2 AG A2 F2|G4 G2:|
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X: 10
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|B2 A2 G2 dc|BcBA G2 d2|e2 ed cdec|d2 cB B2 d2|
c2 B2 A2 G2|F2 E2 D2 c2|B2 AG A2 F2|1 G4 G2:|2 G4 G3||
|:z|g2 g2 g2 fg|a2 d2 d4|gfed cBAG|FA D2 D4|
E2 EF GFGA|B2 G2 g4|g2 d2 e4|d2 B2 c4|
c2 B2 A2 G2|FGAF D2 dc|BABG A2 D2|1 G4 G3:|2 G4 G2||
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X: 11
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ed|c2 Bc A2 e=f|edcB A2 (3e=fg|f2 d2 d2 (3efg|edcB c2 BA|
B2 g2 B2 AG|ABAG E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BAGB|A2 AG A2:|
|:cd|eaa^g a3 b|a=ged e3d|(3efg fa gfge|dcBA G2 (3GAB|
c2 (3ABc d2 (3B^cd|efge a2 ag|f2 A2 f2 gf|e2 A2 d2 ed|
c2 Bc ABcd|e2 E2 E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BAGB|A2 AG A2:|
# Added by JACKB .
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X: 12
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|:c2 Bc A2 e=f|ed cB A2 (3efg|f2 d2 d2 ef|ed cB c2 BA|
B2 g2 B2 cB|AB AG E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BA GE|1 A2 AG A2 ed:|2 A2 AG A2-Ad|
|:ea ab a2-ab|ag ed e2-ed|(3efg (3fga ga ge|dc BA G2 (3GAB|
c2 Bc d2 ^cd|ef (3gfe a2 ag|f2 A2 f2 gf|e2 A2 d2 ed|
c2 Bc AB cd|e2 E2 E2 ed|c2 (3ABc BA GE|1 A2 AG A2-Ad:|2 A2 AG A2||
# Added by Mars .
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X: 13
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:GA|B2AB G2dc|B2A2 G2d2|e2dc B2c2|d2cd B2B2|
B2gB A2fA|GBAG F2dc|BABG|D2F2|F2G4:|
|:d2|gfga gfga|b2B2B2ga|bagf edcB|A2F2F2GA|
B2B2c2c2|d2d2 g4|f2d2 e4|d2G2c4|
B3A GBAG|F2EF D2dc|BABG D2F2|F2G4:|
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X: 14
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
GF|:E2 DE C2 G_A|GFED C2 (3GAB|A2 F2 c2 (3GAB|GFED EE DC|
D2 B2 DD CB,|CDCB, G,2 GF|E2 (3CDE D (3CB,C D|1 C4C2GF:|2 C4CD EE/F/||
|:Gc2B c3 d|cBGF G3F|(3GAB Ac B2 BG|FEDC B,2 (3B,CD|
E4 F4|GABG c2 cB|A2 C2 (3ABA BA|G2 C2 (3FGF GF|
E2 DE C (3DED C|G2 G,2 G,2 GF|E2 (3CDE DCB,D|1 C4CD EE/F/:|2 C4C2GF||
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X: 15
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
L:1/4
|:B/A/|G/A/F/G/ E B/A/|G/A/F/G/ E B|cB A d/c/|B/c/B/A/ .G B|
A/B/A/G/ F/G/F/E/|Dc B B/A/|~G F/E/ G/F/E/D/|~E2 E:|
|:B|e3/2^d ef|gG Gg|g/f/e/d/ c/B/A/G/|F/d/A/F/ DE/F/|
GF/G/ AG/A/|BB eA|dG cd/c/|B2c/B/B/A/|
A/G/G/F/ E/G/F/E/|D/D/D/c/ BB/A/|GF/E/ G/F/E/^D/|E2 E:|
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X: 16
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
V:1
e>d|:"Am"c2 B3/2c/ A2 e3/2=f/|e3/2d/ c3/2B/ A2 (3efg|"D"f2 d2 d3/2e/ f3/2d/|
"Am"e3/2d/ c3/2B/ c2 (3cBA|"G"B2 g2 B2 A3/2G/|"Am"A3/2B/ A3/2G/ E2 e3/2d/|
"F"c2 (3ABc "G"B3/2A/ G3/2E/||1 "Am"A2 A3/2G/ A2 e3/2d/:|2 "Am"A2 A3/2G/ A3/2B/ c3/2d/||
|:"Am"e3/2a/ a3/2g/ a2-a3/2b/|a3/2g/ e3/2d/ e2-e3/2d/|"C"(3efg "D"(3fga g3/2f/ "Em"g3/2e/|
"G"d3/2c/ B3/2A/ G2 (3GAB|"Am"c2 B3/2c/ "G"d2 c3/2d/|"C"e3/2f/ g3/2e/ "Am"a2-a3/2g/|
"D"f2 A2 f2 g3/2f/|"Am"e2 (3ABc "G"d2 e3/2d/|"Am"c2 B3/2c/ A3/2B/ c3/2d/|
"Em"e2 E2 E2 e3/2d/|"F"c2 (3ABc "G"B3/2A/ G3/2E/||1 "Am"A2 A3/2G/ A3/2B/ c3/2d/:|2 "Am"A2 A3/2G/ A4||
V:2
C>D|:E2 D3/2E/ C2 A2|c3/2B/ A3/2G/ E2 (3cde|d2 AG F3/2G/ A3/2F/|
G3/2F/ E3/2D/ E2 (3EDC|D2 B2 D2 C3/2B,/|C3/2D/ C3/2B,/ A,2 C2|
=F2 (3FGA G3/2E/ D3/2C/||1 D2 E2 A,2 C3/2D/:|2 A,2 C2 E2 A3/2B/||
|:c3/2e/ e3/2d/ e2-e3/2d/|c3/2B/ A3/2B/ c2-c3/2B/|(3cde (3def e3/2d/ B3/2A/|
B3/2A/ G3/2D/ B,2 (3EFG|A2 G3/2A/ B2 A3/2B/|c3/2d/ e3/2c/ e2-e3/2d/|
d2 F2 d2 e3/2d/|c2 (3EGA B2 c3/2B/|A2 G3/2A/ C3/2D/ E3/2F/|
G4 B2 c3/2B/|A2 (3=FGA G3/2D/ B,2||1 A,2 C2 E2 A3/2B/:|2 C2 E2 [A,4E4]||
# Added by Bazza .
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X: 17
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:GA|B2AB G2dc|B2A2 G2d2|e2dc B2c2|d2cd B2B2|
B2gB A2fA|GBAG F2dc|BABG D2F2|F2G4:|
|:d2|gfga gfga|b2B2B2ga|bagf edcB|A2F2F2GA|
B2B2c2c2|d2d2 g4|f2d2 e4|d2G2c4|
B3A GBAG|F2EF D2dc|BABG D2F2|F2G4:|
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X: 18
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:e/d/|cB Ae/d/|cB Ae|ff/e/ dg/f/|e/f/e/d/ ce|
d/e/d/c/ B/c/B/A/|GF Ee/d/|cB/A/ c/B/A/G/|A2 A:|
|:E|AA/G/ AB|cC Cc|c/B/A/G/ F/E/D/C/|B/c/B/A/ GA/B/|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ee a2|gc fg/f/|ec de/d/|
d/c/c/B/ A/c/B/A/|G/A/G/F/ Ee/d/|cB/A/ c/B/A/G/|A2 A:|
|:e/d/|c/A/B/G/ Ae/d/|c/A/B/G/ Ae|ff/e/ dg/f/|e/f/e/d/ ce|
d/e/d/c/ B/c/B/A/|G/A/G/F/ Ee/d/|cB/A/ c/B/A/G/|A2 A:|
# Added by JACKB .
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X: 19
T: The Princess Royal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|:BdAB GBdc|BdAB G/G/G Gc|Bcde dBgd|egdB c2dc|
B2gB A2BA|GFGE D2dc|BAGB AFGE|1 D2G2 G2dc:|2 D2G2 G3d||
|:gdga gdga|b2B2 BcBG|Aaag abag|fage d4|
c2 (3ccc cddd|deef g2fg|a2A2 g2ag|eged c2dc
BgBG A2BA|GFGE D2ed|BAGB AFGE|1 D2G2 G3d:|2 D2G2 G2||

Fifty-four comments

Princess Royal

A friend of mine and I play this as a duet with fiddle and harpsichord and it is wonderful - tho it has always been one of my favorite tunes anyway. It’s used as the lead tune for a Scottish country dance of the same name, and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society lists its origin as Gow’s Repository, but leaves it undated.

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Princess Royal

Thanks to HDSarah for here research on the thread - CJ

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It’s no strapshey, It’s classed as “hors répertoire” I said in French

Miss MacDermot

It’s in E minor.

I’ve always known this tune as “Princess Royal”. It’s attributed to O’Carolan, and there’s been words put to it, by composer William Shields and lyrics by Prince Hoare in the Opera “The Lock and Key (1796), under the title “the Arethusa” . Usually I heard it more as a slow air, but definitely not a strathspey…

I can only confirm what you say, it’s impossible to choose a good tempo for slow airs (I heard it from Filip Masure) … But it’s played sometimes lik a slow reel (?) see on “ La harpe à travers les âges“ by Armelle Gourlaouën

The Princess Royal / Miss McDermott

I’ve got four recordings of the tune, each at different rhythms and tempos but as far as the melody, they are all fairly similar by Irish tune standards. And, all of them are quite different from this version, particularly in the B part. I could still say it is the same tune but there is probably two different accepted versions. I really must learn this tune and if I remember, I’ll post the alternate version here.

For the record, my recording of the tune are:

*Angelina Carberry: An Tradisiún Beo
She plays it like a hornpipe with a kind of dotted rhythm. With the structure of the tune as it is, I suppose it could be almost called a set dance although this tune was not used for dancing and some bars with crotchets will also go against that as well!
She calls it the Princess Royal.

*James Keane - With Friends Like These
He plays it a lot slower than Carberry and makes it sound more like an old air, which it presumably was originally. He calls it Miss McDermott’s

*Paddy and Bridget and their Friends
They play this tune at a close pace to Carberry but not in a dotted rhythm. It seems to flow more like a slow reel but again, with an influence from crotchets, I wouldn’t quite classify this version as a slow reel.

*The Music of O’Carolan
This rhythm has an emphasis on certain notes but they don’t seem to be in any form. The player (who plays it on acoustic guitar) seems to put himself into the tune and put in the emphasis on the notes which he himself think sounds good. Therefore, I suppose it sounds close enough to an old air but there is still some definite rhythm running through it.

I’d like to say this version is preaferable for whistle (I play it with my low whistle in low D) and it’s wonderful!!!!! see on http://p.peyremorte.free.fr . Click on partitions, choose hors répertoire (after downloading a plugin!!!) Then choose “O carolan?” There is the place where I found it.

Shift the barlines?

Is it me, or should the barlines here be shifted one crotchet to the right? It then becomes very like a Morris type tune that’s fairly commonly played in Yorkshire (but can’t recall its name)

Let’s try this again.

And I looked around, and I’m surprised that this one isn’t on here yet… This version anyway. Really, this tune is almost nothing like the original tune composed by Turlough O’Carolan. If anything, this is a wacky version of Rodney’s Glory.

A lovely, lovely tune, no? I’m quite the fan of this meself. Apparantly this tune is a favorite of Tim Britton, and the only Carolan tune he likes. Technically, it’s not a Carolan tune anyway so… Yeah =P

Cheers,
Armand

The following is the version that I learnt in a nicely traditional manner. I learnt it directly from the fiddle playing of the late Peter Kennedy (great fiddler, great melodeon player, great friend) and he learnt it directly from Johnny Doherty - good, uh? (And I’m not even sorry about the name drops, ha!)

X:1
T:Princess Royal (Johnny Doherty version)
M:4/4
R:
K:Ador
ed | c2 B2 A2 e=f | ed cB A2 (3efg | f2 d2 d2 gf | ed cB c2 BA |
~B2 g2 ~B2 G2 | AB AG E2 ed | cB Ac B2 ^G2 | 1 A4-A2 :| 2 A4 AB ^cd ||
e2 a2 ag ab | ag ed e3 d | ea gf g2 e2 | dc BA G2 AB | c2 c2 d2 d2 |
ef (3gfe a3 g | f2 A2 f3 g | e2 A2 d2 ed | c2 B2 AB cd | e2 E2 E2 ed |
cB Ac B2 ^G2 | 1 A4 AB ^cd :| 2 A4-A2 ||

I’ll post some more about this tune shortly.

Calling on song

… and there’s this calling on song, which goes into an English Morris tune version of the Princess Royal, which I would have thought was already on the site, but maybe not …

Anyway, here’s the calling on song to be going on with:

X:1
T:Bold Nelson’s Praise
M:4/4
R:
K:Ddor
AG | F2 D2 D2 AG | F2 D2 D4 | B2 GG-GA B2 | A2 F2 F3 A |
G2 F2 E2 D2 | C2 D2 A,2 AG | F2 ED E2 A,2 | D2 D4 AA |
d2 A2 d2 A2 | d2 A2 d2 B2 | c3 d c2 A2 | G2 F2 E4 |
D2 DE F2 G2 | A2 A2 d4 | cA3 B4 | AD3 G4 | F2 E2 D2 D2 |
A2 A,2 A,2 AG | FE D2 E2 F2 | D4 D2 ||

Words:

Bold Nelson’s Praise I’m going to sing
Not forgetting our glorious king
He always did glad tidings bring
For he was a bold commander

There was Sydney Smith and Duncan too
Lord Howe and all his glorious crew
These were the men who proved true blue
Full of care
Yet I swear
None with Nelson could compare
Not even Alexander

… and here’s the morris tune version:

X:1
T:Princess Royal (morris version)
M:4/4
R:
K:D
AG | F2 E2 D2 AG | FG EF D2 A2 | B2 G2 GA BG | A2 F2 F3 A |
G2 F2 E2 D2 | CD EC A,2 AG | FE DF E2 C2 | D4 D2 :| A2 |
B3 A B3 A | B2 c2 d3 c | d2 c2 B2 A2 | FE DF E3 A, |
D2 D2 E3 E | FE D2 d3 c | d2 A2 B3 B | A2 F2 G3 F |
G2 F2 E2 D2 | CD EC A,2 AG | FE DF E2 C2 | D4 D2 :|

Add capers at will …

I’ve learn’t this from Pete Cooper’s book/cd. His version is near enough the posted one. I wish I could get it going at the local session, but I have to solo it if I try 🙁 (Lovely tune.)

The two last you’ve linked to, ceolachan, are *very* closely related (despite the nonsensical barlines of the second one). But they represent a different ‘strand’ as it were, of this tune.

I like best the Johnny Doherty version of Armand’s posting (my abcs above), and the second part is reasonably distinct.

I agree with you that people should check, but, in this case, I quite welcome having a lot of different versions, complete with sheet music, because it’s interesting *just* how different some of these have become.

btw, Armand, I don’t get the similarity to Rodney’s Glory at all …

The b part has similar ish phrases to Princess Royal.

AND I did indeed post this tune knowing that Carolan’s original version of the tune was on this site.. But if you compare them, they’re pretty distinct from each other. This tune might as well NOT be the Princess Royal, but that’s what everyone calls it.

Cheers,
Armand

Princess Royal- O’Carolan

I’ve heard the tale beforer that ProincessRoyal is an O’Carolan composition but its seems highly unlikely from a stylistic point of view. Does anyone have any evidence to support the idea or is this an urban myth.
Noel

Another calling on song

In all my years involved in dancing & playing for Morris I have never come across any reference to Carolan, but who know?

we used to sing a short verse before playing the Adderbury version of ‘Princess Royal’ I know nothing of it’s origins.
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
G2 BB A2 c2 | B2 d2 d4 | e2 e2 d2 B2 | A2G2 A4 | G2 BB A2 c2 | B2 d2 d2 ef | g2 d2 B2 G2 | A4 G2 ||
“Old Mrs Harvey, old Joe Hunt, went to Newnham on a punt, lost the punt and down they went (pronounced “wunt”) and they never got to Newnham”
Newnham being a village/town on the River Severn. one can travel from the Cotswolds to Tewkesbury/Evesham/Bredon and then by river all the way to Newnham.

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I like the many variations and ways with an air too, that history of it finding itself in different hands for different uses. You just reminded me I forgot to add this link to those… 😉

Just in case it is seen otherwise, as has happened previously, I have saved all of the above…

Angelina Carberry recorded this version of the tune on the banjo. Very haunting.

G Major version on MORRIS ON

I much prefer the major key version played by John Kirkpatrick (accordion) on MORRIS ON.

Pat O’Connor & Eoghan O’Sullivan recording

Pat and Eoghan recorded this on their recent (and I must say quite delicious) album Converstions at the Crossroads. Very spooky sounding. Great stuff.

Like some others I will admit, with trepidation, that I am a morris dancer, and I’ve heard this tune for over 20 years in that context (danced as a jig with 1 or 2 dancers and a musician, usually played pretty slow to match the capers and other moves), and the first time I heard it in a session, I did a tremendous musical double take.

TED

Another version

I know it slightly differentand in another key:

X:2
T:Miss MacDermott
R:Polka
M:C|
L:1/8
K:Dmin
A/G/|FE DA/G/|FE DA|BA Gc/B/|A/B/A/G/ FA|
G/A/G/F/ E/F/E/D/|CB, A,A/G/|FE/D/ F/E/D/^C/|D2 D||
A|d3/2^c de|fF Ff|f/e/d/c/ B/A/G/F/|E/F/G/E/ CD/E/|
FE/F/ GF/G/|AA d2|c2 Bc/B/|A2 GA/G/|
G/F/F/E/ D/F/E/D/|C/D/C/B,/ A,A/G/|FE/D/ F/E/D/^C/|D2 D|]

PS: you are right about the bars domhnall.

Verena Commins & Julie Langan on their album “Fonnchaoi” (“Funky”) play a version close to most shown here but without accidentals and nowhere near Carolan’s Number 87 Miss MacDermott also known The Princess Royal. The first phrases ARE similar but Cummings & Langan do the tune in Cm Dorian (two flats). The tune works out well one sharp (Am Dorian) using Am, D, and an occasional G

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“Princess Royal” and “Bold Princess Royal” - am I right thinking these are 2 different tunes?

Re: The Princess Royal

Yes indeed. There seem to be several tunes called ‘(The) Princess Royal’ - I know of the one attributed to O’Carolan and two or three from the English Morris tradition*. ‘The Bold Princess Royal’ is the title of a song about a ship that manages to escape from an attack by a pirate. It’s in ‘The Singing Island’ (ed. P Seeger & E MacColl. Mills Music. 1960).
* See http://www.rudemex.co.uk/library/Alphabetical/01tunelib_alphabetical.php for transcriptions.

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The Princess Royal, X:13

Version from The Winders of Wyresdale…
www.andyhornby.net/Winders.html

aka Miss MacDermott, The Arethusa
a minor setting of the well known Morris dance tune.
Attributed to Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) in “The Ancient Music of Ireland”, Edward Bunting 1840, where it is called “Miss MacDermott”.
It appears in Walsh’s Complete Dancing Master as “The Princess Royal, the new way” 1730
William Shield (1748-1829) retitled it “The Arethusa,” (a British ship which had engaged with
French frigate “La Belle Poule” in the English Channel in June, 1778)
He included it in his opera “Lock and Key” 1796
On deck five hundred men did dance,
The stoutest they cold find in France
We with two hundred did advance,
On board of the Arethusa.

Our captain hailed the Frenchman, Ho!
The Frenchman then cried out Hallo!
Bear down, d’ye see, the our Admiral’s lee.
No, no, says the Frenchman, that can’t be.
Then I must lug you along with me.
Says the saucy Arethusa.

Re: The Princess Royal

Anyone know if this would be considered a Set Dance? I know its listed as a Barndance but it seems like most Barndances have 8 bars for both A and B sections and often Set Dances will have 8 (or 12) for the A and 12 for the B.

Re: The Princess Royal

I had seen the “piece” listing on irishtune.info as well. I feel like since it’s often used in different dance styles that it would have a dance-based rhythm designation. The versions I’ve listened to either have more of a straight harp/Carolan style vibe or a fairly classic hornpipe-like swing. The more hornpipey versions remind me of King of the Fairies, with the A and B being different lengths and both tunes feeling very rambling

The Princess Royal, X:14

As transcribed from the Verena Commins & Julie Langan version, played with plenty of hornpipey swing. An unusual mode for ITM, apparently played on a Bflat box and fiddle. Really love the low tone of the Cdor but its fun to transpose up a string and play it in Gdor as well.

Re: The Princess Royal

Probably first heard this in Lancaster when being played by musicians associated with John o gaunt Morris Men.Then played it for Clitheroe Morris Men back in the 80s
These days along with a few other tunes commonly danced to by Morris men it tends to find its way onto my small pipes alongside Scottish and Irish tunes.

Re: The Princess Royal

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers have been dancing to this tune for well over 100 years, noted by Cecil Sharp 1n 1924, and have a “calling on song” to go with it “

Old Mother Harvey Old George Hunt
Went to Newnham in a punt
Lost the pole and down they wunt
And they never got to Newnham
Newnham being Newnham Courtney a short distance up the Thames from Abingdon.
I have sung this song for 40 years taught me by men who began dancing in the 1940s. No one seems to know where it came from.

Is Abingdon where the Addebury song, mentioned earlier, came from? or vice versa?

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When I started learning this tune, and tried to sort out the “Miss McDermott” from the “Princess Royal”, I was astonished to find here no mention of the virtuoso performance of Cormac Breatnach on his debut solo CD, released in July 1998, “Musical Journey.” (http://cormacbreatnach.com/discography/musical-journey). He does it there right after “the Humors of Tullycreen” starting at 1:50 https://soundcloud.com/cormacb/the-humours-of-tullycreen.

The Princess Royal, X:16

Here’s a two-part arrangement* of The Princess Royal (aka: Miss MacDermott’s) offered as something suitable for playing on World Nyckelharpa Day. (A celebration of the ‘harpa which takes place annually on or near the birthday of Carl Ersson Bössa - better known as Byss-Calle [1783-1847] - an eminent performer in his day and very influential in the instrument’s history. This year’s WND is today - April 24th, ’22.

Maybe the more energetic Irish music isn’t ideally suited to the Nyckelharpa, at least in my hands, but I think O’Carolan’s tunes lend themselves very well to it, and this is a great favourite.

* As ever, when I post an arrangement, the parts appear consecutively rather than as parallel staves. I must lean how to edit them accordingly, but if anyone could oblige …

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The Princess Royal, X:17

This version is from the Winder manuscripts of Wyresdale near Lancaster.
My notes…

Apparantly a minor setting of the well known Morris dance tune.
Attributed to Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) in “The Ancient Music of Ireland”, Edward Bunting 1840, where it is called “Miss MacDermott”.
in Walsh’s Complete Dancing Master as “The Princess Royal, the new way” 1730
William Shield (1748-1829) retitled it “The Arethusa,” (a British ship which had engaged with
French frigate “La Belle Poule” in the English Channel in June, 1778)
He included it in his opera “Lock and Key” 1796

On deck five hundred men did dance,
The stoutest they cold find in France
We with two hundred did advance,
On board of the Arthusa.

Our captain hailed the Frenchman, Ho!
The Frenchman then cried out Hallo!
Bear down, d’ye see, the our Admiral’s lee.
No, no, says the Frenchman, that can’t be.
Then I must lug you along with me.
Says the saucy Arethusa.