Sheep on the Mountains (The)

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X:1 T:Sheep on the Mountains, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 95 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D||F3G3|A<dB cAG|A3 ~d3|A3 ~d3|F3G3|A2d cAF|~G3 AFD|G3 AFD|F3G3| A<dB cAG|AB/A/G/A/ D3|AB/A/G/A/ d3|FFF GGG|A<dB cAF|~G3 AFD|GFE D2|| f|fed efg|afd cAG|A3 ~d3|A3 ~d3|fed efg|afd cAF|~G3 AFD|G3 AFD| fed efg|afd cAG|A3 ~d3|A3 ~d3|f3 ~g3|afd cAF|~G3 AFD|~G3 AFD||



SHEEP ON THE MOUNTAINS, THE ("Caoire air/ar na sleibtib (Na)" or "Caoirigh ar na sléibhte (Na)"). Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Mixolydian (Breathnach): D Major (O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Breathnach (1976) notes this was the version played in Fingal, North County Dublin, and that O’Neill prints another version. See also the related “Oh! Hag You Have Killed Me (1).” Paul de Grae notes:

This jig is part of an extended tune family including "Will You Come Home with Me? (1)," "Ask My Father," "With All My Heart," "Oh! Hag You Have Killed Me (1)," and "Stolen Purse (The)." Petrie's "A dtiocfaidh tu abhaile liom" is also quite like the present tune.[1]


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - P.W. Joyce (1909) printed a version of the tune as an untitled jig from the collection of John Edward Pigot (1822–1871), an Irish music ccollector and lawyer; piper Jack Wade, 1968 (Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 41, p. 24. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 833, pp. 403-404 (appears as untitled jig). O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 831, p. 155. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 95, p. 31. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 112 (incorrect key signature).

Recorded sources: -



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  1. Paul de Grae, "Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017.