George Brabazon (1)

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PLANXTY GEORGE BRABAZON [1]. Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) who composed the sprightly drinking song for George Brabazon of New Park (later Brabazon Park), County Mayo. Donal O’Sullivan (1958) says Brabazon must have been a young man and a bachelor when O’Carolan composed the air, while the harper himself was near the end of his career. George Brabazon married Sarah, daughter of Dominick Bourke of Clorough, County Galway, and died in March, 1780. An ancestor, Sir William Brabazon, was Lord Treasurer and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland in the reign of Henry VIII.

Source for notated version: Edward Bunting manuscripts [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 6, p. 28. S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 3: Carolan), 1983 (revised 1991, 2001); p. 4. O’Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 6, p. 106.

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