Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Songs that Dulcimer Dandy plays in Black Baronet, Ch. XIII

Cruiskeen Lawn


The Old Music Project at http://www.oldmusicproject.com/

Merrily Kissed the Quaker


Bonny (Pretty) Brown Girl

"The Irish Fiddler." The Irish Penny Journal, 1 (Aug. 8, 1840):52-55. https://archive.org/details/jstor-60000040.

"I'll lay Shibby to a penny trump that you could dance your own namesake -- the Colleen dhas dhun, the bonny brown girl -- upon a spider's cobweb." (55)

The Traditional Tune Archive,

CAILÍN DEAS DONN [1], AN. AKA and see "My Pretty Fair Maid," "Pretty Brown Girl (2) (The)." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also similar melodic material from strains of "Big Bow Wow." http://tunearch.org/wiki/Cail%C3%ADn_Deas_Donn_(1)_(An)

CAILÍN DEAS DONN [2] (A Pretty Brown-Haired Maid). AKA and see "Pretty Brown Maid/Girl [3]," "Bobby in Bed." Irish, Air (12/8 time). F Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Does not seem to be related to "Cailín Deas Donn (1)". Also called 'Bobby in Bed.'" See also "Move Up to Me," "Did You See My Man Looking for Me? [1]." O'Sullivan (1983) points out that the tune was in the dorian mode in Bunting's manuscript, altered to the ionian mode in the printed collection: both are nearly exact mirrors of one another, save that the dorian mode tune is transposed down one step. However, the key signature for both versions remains the same. O'Sullivan is unable to account for this, save that Bunting may have been trying to 'improve' the tune in his published work.

Source for notated version: the index to the Irish collector Edward Bunting's 1840 collection gives that the tune was noted at "Deel Castle, Ballina, in 1792," though a note in Bunting's MS version states it was taken from the harper "Charles Byrne.

Printed sources: O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 53, pp. 82-83. http://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Cail%C3%ADn_Deas_Donn_(2).

Capt. Francis O'Neill, Dance Music of Ireland: 1,001 Gems. Chicago: Lyon & Healey, 1907. No. 151.


Andrew Kuntz, Fiddlers' Companion http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/PRAI_PRIM.htm#PRETTY_BROWN_GIRL_[1]

PRETTY BROWN GIRL [1], THE (An Cailín Deas Donn). Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning. AB. Roche Collection, 1982; vol. III, pg. 9.

PRETTY BROWN GIRL [2], THE (An Cailín Deas Donn). AKA – “Pretty Brown-Haired Girl.” AKA and see "Colleen Dhas Dhoun," “Colleen Dhas Dun,” "My Pretty Fair Maid," "The Pretty Fair Maid," "Máirín Buggerty.” Irish, Double Jig. Ireland, Connaught. G Major (Breathnach, Levey, O’Neill): D Major (O’Farrell). Standard tuning. AB (Levey): AABB (Breathnach, O’Farrell, O’Neill). The tune was printed by O’Farrell in his Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes (1810) as “Calleen Das Dawn.” Breathnach (1976) finds two settings in Stanford/Petrie under the “Pretty Brown Girl” title and as “A Connaught tune” (1327/28); he finds second part of Petrie’s “Buachallín Óg [1]," (1266) the same as the first part of “Pretty Brown Girl.” Aird’s “The Big Bow Wow” uses the same first part. O’Neill’s “Move up to me” has the second part of “Pretty Brown Girl” as does his song “Did you see my man looking for me? [1]” (in Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 24). Songs set to the tune have the parts reversed from the way musicians render it, so that the chorus goes with the first part of the music. Source for notated version: flute player Jim Conroy, 1970 (Cluain Cua, near Graigue, Co. Galway, Ireland) [Breathnach]. Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 14, pg. 10. Levey (Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection), 1873; No. 54, pg. 23 (appears as “Colleen Dhas Dun”). O’Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. IV), 1810; pg. 75. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1986; No. 151, pg. 40.
T:Pretty Brown Girl, The [2]
S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 151 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
A|B2d cAA|BGG cAG|B2d cAA|BGG G2A|B2d cAA|Bde dBG|B2d cBA|BGG G2:|
|:f|gee fdd|ece dBG|gfe fdf|ece d2 e/f/|gfe fdf|e/f/ge dBG|B2d cBA|BGG G2:|
T:Calleen Das Down
R:Jig or Air
S:O’Farrell – Pocket Companion, vol. IV (1810)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
A | F2d GEE | FDD GEC | F2d GEE | FDD D2 :|
|: A | dBB cAA | BGG AFD | ded cAA | BGG A2e |
fed cAA | ABG AFD | F2d GEE | FDD D2 :|

PRETTY BROWN MAID/GIRL [3] (Cailin deas donn). AKA and see "Cailin Deas Donn [2]." Irish, Air (12/8 time).

Red-haired Man's Wife

xxx Ment. "fair of Baltihorum" (???) Cf. Baltehorum Jig in "The Irish Fiddler" Irish Penny Journal, p. 54.

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