Annotation:Kilfinane Jig (The)

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X:1 T:Kilfinane Jig, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 273 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D d/B/|ADD F2d|cAA BAG|FDD A2d|cAF GAG| FED def|ged cde/g/|fed cAF|GFD D2:| |:d/B/|ABA fed|eAB cAG|ABA fed|eEF GAB| ABA fed|eAB cde/g/|fed cAF|GFD D2:|

KILFINANE JIG, THE (Port Cill-Finain). AKA and see "Boring the Leather (2)," "Come with Me Now," "Connaughtman (The)," "Down the Back Lane," "Humors of Ayle House (The)," "Shoemaker's Fancy (The),""Tollach an Leathair," "When You Go Home." Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Paul de Grae writes that it is likely Francis O'Neill obtained the jig from artist George Petrie's (1790-1866) manuscript collection, where it can be found as an untitled jig obtained from another collector, Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914), who had it "from D. Cleary, Kilfinane"[1]. The settings are close but not identical, perhaps the result of a reworking by Francis O'Neill's transcriber and collaborator, James O'Neill [2]. Petrie's following tune (Stanford/Petrie No. 966), another untitled jig collected from T. Davis, is also a cognate version of "Kilfinane Jig." See also "Connaughtman (The)," "Humors of Ayle House (The)" and "Down the Back Lane;" all are related tunes.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "J. O'Neill" [O'Neill]. Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill was a fiddler originally from County Down. He was a tutored musician and a good transcriber, and served as Francis O'Neill's collaborator on his early works.

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 65. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1070, p. 201. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 273, p. 60.

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  1. Denis Cleary was a fiddler from Kilfinane, County Limerick, from whom P.W. Joyce collected several tunes. Joyce himself played the fife, at least in his youth at school in County Limerick, and remarked, "I was the delight and joy of that school; for I generally carried in my pocket a little fife for which I could roll off jigs, reels, hornpipes, hop-jigs, song tunes &c., without limit" [P.W. Joyce, English as We Speak It, p. 158.
  2. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes from the O'Neill Collections", 2017.