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“Planxty George Brabazon” by Bill Lamey

“Planxty George Brabazon,” also known simply as “George Brabazon,” is a traditional Irish song composed by Turlough O’Carolan.

“Planxty George Brabazon” is one of 214 songs Carolan wrote in his 30 year career as a composer and performer, and aside from being immortalized in song, the eponymous Brabazon was also given the honorific “planxty,” which was Carolan’s unique way of designating which of his hosts were particularly upstanding people.

In the mid-1900’s, Nova Scotian fiddler Bill Lamey recorded a cover of this Carolan song, playing in the distinctive Cape Breton fiddling style he helped popularize. Although the rhythm of this recording is not particularly traditional, it is an excellent display of Lamey’s own cultural heritage and the musical style he passed on to his successors.

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