Brian G.


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"Plangfty Safigh" by Carolan

musician/member name: Entertainment
Duration: 00:00:56
This is "Plangfty Safigh" from John Mulholland's Collection of Ancient Irish Airs, published in 1810.
For some reason, Donald O'Sullivan, in his authoritative book Carolan, The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper, places this tune in the section of "Tunes Without Titles", where it sits as Tune #174 (a name by which it is also known today) even though he notes that it is called "Planxty Safaigh" in the same Mulholland source from which he received it (note the different spelling from my copy of Mulholland).

Anyway, I happen to love this little tune as it's fun to play and fun to listen to.
Brian G.
04/17/20 07:07:13AM @brian-g:

Thanks so much, Ariane!

04/17/20 05:29:43AM @ariane:

Wonderful playing and sound, Brian - and I love to see your fingers dance on the fretboard. happydance

Brian G.
04/16/20 07:04:41AM @brian-g:

Thank you Steven!  I appreciate you taking the time to have a listen.

Steven Berger
04/15/20 05:07:47PM @steven-berger:

Beautifully played, Brian! That's a nice looking/sounding dulcimer you have there!

Brian G.
04/15/20 03:46:56PM @brian-g:

Hi Dusty,

Thanks for the kind words.  Apologies for the ending, I was going into another tune at that point so just stopped it in between the two.  :)

As for my source - it's tough to say. I wrote that out a while ago and while I do have O'Sullivan's book, I also have the source he used - John Mulholland's Collection of Ancient Irish Airs, published in 1810.  It's more likely I used that.

Dusty Turtle
04/15/20 03:19:06PM @dusty-turtle:

Beautiful tune, Brian, despite the abrupt ending.  Perky and clean playing. 

I surmise you developed your arrangement from the notation in O'Sullivan's book, correct?

The dulcimer sounds nice, too.  A rich, balanced tone.

Brian G.
04/15/20 01:50:48PM @brian-g:

Hi All!

I hope everyone is doing ok.  Thought I'd share a lesser-known Carolan tune.  About 213 Carolan tunes are known, but we typically only hear maybe 30-50 of them being played.  This one I had never heard played on a dulcimer, so I figured it was about time.  :)