Kilfenora Jig (1)

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KILFENORA JIG [1]. Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'CCDDEE' (Harker/Rafferty): AABB'CCDDEE'FF'GG' (Mallinson). The tune was recorded by the renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band in the mid-1950's and played as its signature tune (followed by "Kilfenora Jig (4)"). Mike Rafferty also remembers it being played by the Laoichtín Naofa Ceili Band at Miltown Malbay with Willie Clancy (Harker, 2005). The jig "Is Fear Paidir na Port" is incorporated into the Kilfenora version of the tune, and is related to "Chorus Jig (3)" and "Chorus Jig (5)." O'Neill also prints a tune with cognate first strains, "Friendly Jack," from his flute-playing friend Father Fielding. The melody is similar that of the reel "Glen Road to Carrick." See also the related slip jig "Piper's Maggot." Compare also with the Northumbrian smallpipe jig "Holey Ha'penny."

The jig is thought to be a derivative of the "Ur" melody "Major (3) (The)," a tune widespread in Britain and Ireland[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 243, p. 75. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 33, p. 14. Brian Prior (Foinn Seisiún 2), 2001; p. 6 (as "Kilfenora Jig No 2").

Recorded sources : - Shamrock SLP 904, "Kilfenora Ceili Band" (1969). Dezi Donnelly - "Familiar Footsteps." Arcady - "Many Happy Returns."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]



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  1. Seán Donnelly, "A German Dulcimer Player in Eighteenth-Century Dublin", Dublin Historical Record Vol. 53, No. 1 (Spring, 2000), p. 81
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