Brown Thorn (2) (The)
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BROWN THORN , THE (An Droignean Donn). Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). F Major (Roche): D Major (Ó Canainn, O'Neill): E Flat Major (Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Ó Canainn, O'Neill, Roche): AAB (Stanford/Petrie). The song can be found in John O'Daly's (1800-1878) Poets and Poetry of Munster, in a similar setting to O'Neill's. Two versions of the song appear in Amhrain Mhuighe Seola (1927), collected by Mrs. Costello, "both collected in Mayo but one, in fact, a Galway version" (Ó Canainn). Ó Canainn (1978) remarks that it is interesting that the song was alive in the tradition one hundred years after Bunting collected the same song in the same area (see "Brown Thorn (1) (The)" for Bunting's setting). Stanford claims his version of the air is "correctly set."
Source for notated version:
Source for notated version: "J. O'Neill" [O'Neill]. Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O'Neill's transcriber and collaborator on his early volumes.
Printed sources: Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; p. 21. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 32, p. 6. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 10, p. 9. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 451.