Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Drowsy Maggie (reel): Brendan (eile)

Drowsy Maggie (reel)

 A common session tune and one that has been recorded at a variety of speeds from the slow (Matt Molloy, Heathery Breeze, 1985) to the breakneck (a 1919 recording of the Galway-born piper Patsy Touhey) with a lot in between (The Chieftains, The Chieftains 4, 1973 & De Danann, WonderWaltz, 2011). 

Here's my slower-than-slow version ... 

The plan is to bring this up to speed between now and next summer's session in Sligo. 

Here's a great version by the Donegal fiddler John Doherty; incidentally, my father could recall him playing (whilst dancing) in his home in Glenaboghill in the 1950s. 

De Danann's change of pace and 'Ringo' McDonagh's bodhrán intro (from 1m 56s) is also magical.


Sheet music and ABC notation can be found HERE on www.thesession.org and for those (ex-guitarists, like me) who prefer tablature click HERE for www.traditionalmusic.co.uk


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