Also known as
Ballinure Rake, Early Breakfast, The Knocknagree, Miss Lyon’s, Miss Lyon’s Fancy, Noel Hill’s, Over The Hill, Sonny Brogan’s, Sonny Brogan’s Favourite, Sunny Brogan’s Favourite, Thar An gCnoc, Up Against The Bachelon, Up Against The Bauchalawns, Up Against The Boughalauns, Up Against The Buachalauns, Up Against The Buachalawns, Up Against The Buachalláns, Up Against The Buchalawns.
I learned this off a borrowed tape recording of a festival session from the East U.S. coast. A banjo (I believe it’s Mick Moloney) kicks it off…I’ve left out most of the triplets he throws into the tune.
It’s pretty straightforward, except for those |a2 fa dafa| phrases that require fiddlers to cover one or two strings precisely in quick order. Until you get the swing of it, you might find it easier to play those bars as |a2 fa defa|…a way to gradually get used to the idea.
My favorite phrase in the whole tune is the little turn |GBAF GFEF| that brings you back down to the D2. For me, sometimes all it takes is a handful of notes to set a tune in my mind, and then the rest of it blossoms.
Recorde by the Eamonn Ceannt Ceili Band & the Chieftains (7?) as “Up Against The Buchalawns”
Ah, now that you mention it, yes, this does also go by that name. Dervish recorded it on Harmony Hill as “Up Against the Boughalauns.”
Mick Moloney recorded this on “Strings Attached” and called it Miss Lyon’s Fancy (a name I believe he got from Martin Mulvihill), Sully & John Keenan recorded it on “Dublin Banjos” as The Knocknagree and Noel Hill & Tony McMahon recorded it on their album, “In Knocknagree”, it’s track 13, first tune (Limerick Lassies), which it’s not, at least to my knowledge. There are a few dubious names on their other album too. I’ve also heard other names for it, but off hand I can’t think of them.
Over the hills
thats what they call this tune in clare possibly
James Morrison recorded this as Miss Lyon’s Fancy in the 1920’s, it is transcribed in Ceol Rince III and is on the new From Ballymote to Brooklyn CD.
Up Against the Buachalawns
Some people play the tune as “The New-Mown Meadows.” Isn’t it a mistake?
The confusion comes from the fact that Noel Hill & Tony McMahon (as mentioned above by ‘banjowalsh’) recorded it on I Gnoc na Grai - the track names given in the sleeve notes only list one tune in each of the sets, and there are no further notes given as to each of the tunes.
Funny enough this particular tune (Miss Lyon’s Fancy) was mis-named “Limerick Lassies” in that track listing (as was pointed out). To come round to your original question, The New Mown Meadow is the tune they play after Miss Lyon’s Fancy. I imagine people probably just lumped the two tunes together for years and gave The New Mown Meadow as the name, not knowing which of the two tunes was actually the one.
I believe this is the tune called “Sonny Brogan’s Favourite” on the album The Iron Man by Tommy Peoples and Daithi Sproule. Perhaps someone more qualified than I am will update the database–here, and under Recordings–if that’s correct?
A version of this tune appears on Frankie Gavin’s “Croch Suas E” album and is called “Early Breakfast”.