( the tune )
I just noticed something unusual about this tune: there are no C notes.
To me, it has a similar kind of feel to The Humours Of Glendart (East At Glendart).
Very nice tune (but then, I like The Lark In The Morning so what do I know?). One for the tunebook.
Nice one, I’m gonna learn it….I’m also supposed to learn another Junior Crehan tune, Her Dark Hair or something like that…..it’s also quite lovely……
Junior Crehan’s (jig)
The absence of the C# and the G gives it that distinctive pentatonic feel, based on the pentatonic scale D-E-F#-A-B-d. This means you are allowed to give a good hard stare at a guitarist (or any other accompanist) who introduces a chord with a G or C# in it :)
Another Junior Crehan tune
Hey, I just thought of another tune with no C notes; The Mist Covered Mountain:
Composed by none other than Junior Crehan.
Hmmm… seems like he really liked that pentatonic-ish sound. In any case, he certainly came up with the goods when it came to composing jigs.
Junior Crehan wrote the best tunes!
He really did
And if you like Junior Crehan tunes, you *need* this album:
Yeah, I listened to the samples on Kevin Crehan’s website:
Sounds like really good stuff.
Kitty Hayes played this in a little session we had in Clare in January 2005, and told us Junior’s story (which she said that only he could tell!) about how it was written.
It seems that Junior and a friend (whose name I didn’t catch) were up late one night. They decided to try to catch the Luathradain (kind of like a leprechaun), so they raked the ashes over the coals and waited for him to come down the chimney. When he did, they grabbed him and demanded gold. He said he didn’t have any, so they asked him to give them a tune instead. Junior was able to memorize the A part and his friend memorized the B part.
If that’s what it takes to get a great tune, so be it.
I think Kitty plays it in F. I first learned it in D, but lately I’ve been playing it in G.
A great jig and his other composition "The Mist Covered Mountain" mentioned above by Jeremy goes nicely after it. We usually finish the set with Paddy Taylor’s jig. The Lurgadan also has similarities with Health to the Ladies which is normally played in the key of "A".
Here also: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1851
While there is no question that Junior Crehan is the source many have for this tune, here is some question as to whether or not this is actually one of his compositions…
However, while I have my doubts, Kitty Hayes has her story which is much better… ;-)
Except ~ it is only just dawning on me, it supports my original feeling ~ that it isn’t one of Junior Crehan’s own compositions but one he got from someone else… :-)
“The Lúradán’s Jig” / “Junior Crehan’s” ~ K: A, G & D Major
Key signature: A Major
Submitted on July 29th 2003 by Loa.
For 4.5 other settings in 3 different keys, including the earlier of these two duplicates…
How’s that Dow, I did what you asked me to do, was that what you wanted? :-P
I love the tune, so sweet :D
Played here by the Mucahy’s
Junior Crehan’s jig
There is a beautiful version of this, under the name "Dermot Grogan’s" paired with "Joe Derrane’s jig", under the name"Hardiman’s Fancy", played by Angelina Carberry on banjo. Her flowing melodic playing of these tunes are almost enough to persuade me to buy a banjo and learn to play this
much-maligned instrument - but I’m having enough trouble learning the fiddle! Anybody who hasn’t heard AC…. check her out. You won’t be disappointed.
This isn’t the version Kevin Crawford plays on the d Flute Album.