Richard Brennan's Favorite
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RICHARD BRENNAN'S FAVORITE. AKA – “Brennan's Favourite,” "Richard Brennan's Delight," “Richard Brennan's Jig.” AKA and see "Bad Luck to this Marching," "Exile's Lament (The)," "Origin of Ireland," “Paddy O’Carrol (1),” “Shaun Maguire's,” “Tell Her I Am (3).” Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Miller & Perron): AABB (Flaherty, McGuire & Keegan, Perlman): AA’BB’ (Mulvihill, O’Malley). Dick Brennan (d. 1968) was a fiddler from Killavil, County Sligo, and has been called (by Gregory Daly and P. J. Hernon) one of the finest players of his generation. Killavil is called Coleman Country, as it was also the birthplace of the famous fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-1945). Brennan (who was slightly older than Coleman) was a member of the Glenview Céilí Band with fiddlers Peter Horan (also a flute player, who was Brennan’s brother-in-law), Willie Coleman, Fred Finn, and other musicians. "Richard Brennan's Jig" was recorded in New York by both Michael Coleman (who recorded it twice for Decca Records, in 1922 and 1936) and James Morrison (1891-1947), who also hailed from County Sligo. Morrison recorded the jig as the second of a medley called "Maurice Carmody's Favourite" (preceded by "Stick across the Hob (The)" AKA “Morrison's Jig (1)."
The tune, however, is a derivation of an older jig called “Paddy O’Carrol’s,” appearing in different forms throughout the Britain and Ireland. In fact, Luke O’Malley has it in his collection as “Paddy O’Carroll,” though clearly it is the “Richard Brennan” melody. In England, an early version can be found in the c. 1847 music manuscript collection of Ellis Knowles (Radcliffe, Lancashire, north-west England) under the title “Dennis McCaster.”
Pipers and flute play the tune but forgo variations that go below these instruments' lowest note (D).
- The 1936 recording was a medley with "Tell Her I Am (1)", and resulted in "Richard Brennan" tune also sometimes being called "Tell Her I Am (3)".