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SIR FESTUS BURKE, PLANXTY (Fiacha a Burc). AKA and see “Festus Burke,” "Planxty Sir Festus Burke," "Sir Festus a Burca." Irish, Air or Planxty (2/4 time, "spirited"). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody, for which no words are extent, was composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). O'Sullivan (1983) notes that Sir Festus Burke was the 5th baronet of Glinsk, County Galway, who succeeded to the title on the death of his father in 1721 (he was the half-brother of Sir Ulick Burke, for whom O'Carolan composed another piece). Sir Festus married the eldest daughter of the Earl of Clanricard, Lady Laetitia, in 1708, though the union proved barren, and he died around 1730. See also Carolan's air "Lady Laetitia Burke."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - the melody was noted by the Irish collector Edward Bunting from the playing of harper Charles Fannin in 1792.

Printed sources : - Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 9, p. 30. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 244. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 696, p. 128. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 44, pp. 70-71. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 9m o, 108.

Recorded sources: - Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill & Donna Long - “The Morning Dew” (1993. Appears as “Festus Burke”). Outlet CM 009 (cass.), Horslips - "Drive the Cold Winter Away" (1975). Shanachie 79013, Derek Bell - "Carolan's Receipt" (1987).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]



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