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GEORGE REYNOLDS. AKA - "Planxty Reynolds." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). F Major (Mulhollan). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). An early composition by the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) from the time he was living in the mansion of his first patron, George Reynolds, Esq., of Letterfyan, near Lough Scur, County Leitrim. The year was 1693 and O'Carolan was 23. It was Reynolds, something of a poet himself, who told O’Carolan of the two fairy hills nearby, telling him that a great battle had been recently fought between them, which resulted in “Sheebeg Sheemore” and “Fairy Queen (1)” and urged him to compose.
Sources for notated versions: Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's The Hibernian Muse: a Collection of Irish Airs, including the Most Favourite Compositions of Carolan, the Celebrated Irish Bard (London, c. 1786) [O'Sullivan]; Nancy Ward, at Letterfine (Letterfyan), Co. Leitrim [Joyce].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 157, p. 107. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 827, p. 401. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 6. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 157, p. 185.