Knocknagow Jig (1)

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KNOCKNAGOW (JIG) [1] ("Cnoc-Na-Gaba" or "Cnoc na nGaibhne"). Irish, Double Jig. A Dorian ('A', 'B', and 'C' parts) & A Major ('D' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Breathnach): AABBCCDD (Carlin, O'Neill). Breathnach prints "Knocknagow" as two separate tunes, versus O'Neill's four part tune. The modern version, probably popularized by accordion player Joe Burke, differs from O'Neill toward a more dorian mode setting. Knocknagow was the name of an imaginary place by County Tipperary author Charles Kickham [1] (1826-82), an Irish Nationalist and Fenian. "Knocknagow,” or “The Homes of Tipperary,” was thought by O’Sullivan to be one of the finest tales of peasant life ever written, and Yeats described it as "The most honest of Irish novels."

Charles Kickham

Source for notated version: accordion player Joe Burke (Ireland) [Breathnach]; Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples [Bulmer & Sharpley].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRE III), 1985; No. 29, p. 14. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), 1976, vol. 4, No. 44. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 219, p. 128 (appears as "Baile Na Finne"). O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 76. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1113, p. 210.

Recorded sources: Arhoolie C-334, Seamus Connolly - "Masters of the Folk Violin" (1989). Green Linnet SIF 1139, "Eileen Ivers" (1994). Outlet Records SOLP 1015, Joe Burke - "Galway's Own" (1971). Michael McGoldrick - "Morning Rory."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [2]

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