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TONRA'S JIG (Port Uí Thomhnra). AKA - "Tonroe's Jig." AKA and see “Brendan Tonra’s,” "Carmen's Amber," "Joe O'Dowd's Jig," "Tony Rowe's Jig," "Tone Rowe's Jig." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Flaherty, Miller & Perron, Songer, Taylor): AABB' (Mallinson): AA'BB' (Breathnach, Harker/Rafferty). The jig was originally composed in 1957 by fiddler Brendan Tonra (‘Tone Rowe’s Jig’=’Tonra’s Jig’) of the village of Gowlaun, Doocastle, County Mayo (near the Sligo-Mayo border), and Boston. Brendan told Randy Miller that it was the third tune he ever composed, two years before he emmigrated to America. The first time he played the tune in public was at a fleadh in County Longford in 1958, and by 1960 was pleased to hear it had been recorded by both Sean Maguire and the Liverpool Ceili Band. The melody was composed in 1957 by Boston musician Brendan Tonra, while he was still living in his native Gowlaun, County Mayo. It was his third composition and he played it at a Longford Fleadh soon after. Tonra was a fiddler in the Tara Ceili Band in the 1950’s, although the melody was popularized through a recording by the Liverpool Ceili Band and their fiddler, Sean McGuire. Through the ‘folk process’ the title has become garbled or ‘distressed’ and sometimes appears as “Tone Rowe's” or “Tony Rowe’s.”

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - accordionist James Keane (Ireland) [Breathnach]; fiddler Jimmy Murphy (b. 1938, Meelick, near Swinford, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; fiddler Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ottawa Valley, Ontario) [Bégin]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker]; Irish fiddler Kevin Burke (Portland Oregon) [Songer]; set dance music recorded live at Na Píobairí Uilleann, mid-1980’s [Taylor].

Printed sources : - Bégin (Fiddle Music from the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 35, p. 47. Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 20, p. 10. Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 3), 1976; No. 69. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 42. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 177, p. 55 (appears as “Brendan Tonra’s Jig”). Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 38, p. 16. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music vol. 2), 1977; No. 34. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 39. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 197. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 28.

Recorded sources : - <meta charset=Coleman Center CD CC004, Phillip Duffy & Kevin Brehony – “The Mountain Road” (1999. Various artists. “A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo.” Appears as “Brendan Tonra’s”). Green Linnet Records SIF 1026, James Keane ‑ "Roll Away the Reel World" (1978). Outlet SOLP 1001, "Sean McGuire & Roger Sherlock." Outlet SOLP 1007, Seamus Tansey – “Best of Seamus Tansey” (197?). Outlet SOLP 1002, Sean McGuire – “Irish Traditional Fiddling” (197?). Shanachie 29009, Andy McGann & Paul Brady – “It’s a Hard Road to Travel” (1977. Appears as “Carmen’s Amber”). Wild Asparagus 004, Wild Asparagus - “Call of the Wild” (1993). Viva W103, Sean McGuire – “Irish Jigs and Reels” (c. 1960’s, a reissue of “Sean Maguire Plays,” the first recording of McGuire that Josephine Keegan accompanied on piano).

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