The Broken Gold Ring jig

Also known as Nimble Fingers.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

The Broken Gold Ring has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Broken Gold Ring
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |dAF AFE | DB,A, D2 A | def e^de | fdB B2 c |
d2 F AFE | DB,A, DF/G/A | d2 f e^de | fdc d2 :|
|: B |AF/G/A dcd | B^AB dAF | DEF GFE | ADB, B,2 B |
AFA dcd | B^AB dAF | DD/E/F GEG | FDC D2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Broken Gold Ring
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f/e/ | dAF AFE | DFE DFA | ~d3ede | fdB BAB |
dAF AFE | DB,A, DFA | ~d3 ede | fdc d2 :|
B | AFA dcd | BAB dAF | DEF EDE | FDB, B,A,B, |
DFA ~d3 | BAB dAF | DEF EDE | FDD D2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Broken Gold Ring
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |dAF AFE | DBA D2 A | def e^de | fdB B2 c |
d2 F AFE | DBA DF/G/A | d2 f e^de | fdc d2 :|
|: B |A^GA dcd | B^AB dAF | DEF GFE | ADF E2 B |
A2 A dcd | B^AB d2 F | D2 F GEG | FDD D2 :|
ABC

Thirteen comments

“The Broken Gold Ring”

This is full of familiar bits, and I did search - here and elsewhere - but without any luck. I kept being directed to "The Gold Ring". This take on things I picked up from Matt Cunningham and family. Their transcription in "Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland", a varied and recommended collection published by Dave Mallinson (http://www.mally.com/), is somewhat different ~


X: 2
T: Broken Gold Ring, The
B: "Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland", page 13
S: http://www.mally.com/details.asp?id=64
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: DMaj
|: dAF AFE | DB,A, DFA | def ede | fdB BAB |
dAF AFE | DB,A, DFA | def ede | fdc d3 :|
|: A2 A dcd | BAB dAF | DEF GFE | ADB, B,2 B |
AFA dcd | BAB dAF | DEF GFE | FDC D2 :|

“The Broken Gold Ring” for the D-limited

X: 3
T: Broken Gold Ring, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|: A |\
dAF AFE | DBA D2 A | def e^de | fdB B2 c |
d2 F AFE | DBA DF/G/A | d2 f e^de | fdc d2 :|
|: B |\
A^GA dcd | B^AB dAF | DEF GFE | ADF E2 B |
A2 A dcd | B^AB d2 F | D2 F GEG | FDD D2 :|

Thanks for the link Dow, and maybe this will fade away, but, as obvious, and recorded too, some folks play this version with just two parts… It’s not unusual for multi-part tunes to have grown from smaller seeds, or smaller seeds to break away from multi-part tunes…

I can think of one in particular, a multi-part jig, for which there are at least half a dozen smaller and middlin’ offspring and even a lesser known bigger brother… :-D

Wasn’t the title hint enough? :-D

Actually obvious, not a hint at all…

So, does that mean we can have the Broken Bucks of Oranmore now?? Come to think of it, I’m great at mangling and breaking tunes!

Not exactly, this one is actually played for dances, has had some air time in sessions, and has been recorded in this form, and also, see above, published as such.

Adding this was a follow up to making sure all the tunes in a set of recordings by the Cunningham clan had representation in the tunes database. But, as already said, I realized the risk and this may not survive the usual cull. :-D

Hey, I once submitted a very large multi-part jig that got axed because it had the same name as a two part one already on site, and there was very little similarity in the two melodies… C’est la vie! ;-)

The real craic is playing this one and frustrating those who are sure they know it but caught off guard by just two parts. Then, you can always break into the full monte, and I don’t mean stripping down and spoiling everyone’s fun…

Besides, single reels don’t break up so easily, and those five-parters are just sweet joy to play… 8-)

I’ve added the version found in the book ‘Seán Ryan’s Dream’

published by his son Brian Ryan. In that book, it’s called ‘Nimble Fingers’ and is quite quite definitely the third and fourth parts of ‘The Gold Ring’.

What I like about Ryan’s version is the the very slight variation in the first part - bars 2 and 6 are different, whereas most people play both bars the same (using one or the other variant).

A tiny point but these sorts of things make any tune a tad more interesting.

Regards
David

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Thanks David, appreciated, I’d missed that. :-D