The Rooms Of Dooagh jig

Also known as The Banks Of Glenoe, Pat Canny’s, The Rooms Of Dooah.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Rooms Of Dooagh has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Rooms Of Dooagh
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:GEE cEE|GAG G2A|GEE cBc|ded dcA|
GEE cEE|GAG G2g|^fed cAG|Add dcA|!
GEE cEE|GAG G2A|GEE cBc|ded dcA|
GEE cEE|GAG G2g|^fed cAG|Add def||!
g3 ged|cAB cde|g3 ged|eaa age|
gea ged|cAB cde|fed cAG|Add def|!
g3 ged|cAB cde|g3 ged|eaa age|
gea ged|cAB cde|fed cAG|Add dcA:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Rooms Of Dooagh
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB || AFF dFF | ABA AdB | AFF dcd | efe edB |
AFF dFF | ABA A2a | ^gfe dBA |1 Bee edB :|2 Bcd ef^g ||
a3 afe | dBc def | a3 afe | fbb ba^g |
a3 afe | dBc def | a^gf edA | Bee ef^g |
a3 afe | dBc def | a3 afe | fbb ba^g |
af^g afe | dBc def | a^gf edA | Bef edB ||
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X: 3
T: The Rooms Of Dooagh
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:GEE cEE|~G3 G2A|GEE cBc|ded dcA|
GEE cEE|~G3 G2g|fed cAG|1 Add dcA:|2 Add def||
|:~g3 ged|cAB cde|~g3 ged|eaa age|
~g3 ged|cAB cde|=fed cAG|1 Add def:|2 Add dcA||
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Fourteen comments

The Rooms of Dooagh

From Mary Macnamara - TM from East Clare - This tune refers to a cave system between Maghera and Tulla

This tune is in Dmix, not in Cmaj. I mean they are all F#.

The Rooms of Dooagh

It sounds like the "home" is Cmaj to me, even with all the F#s.
:-)
Regardless, I like this in Dmaj (?:-)) and follow with "The Walls of Liscarrol" in Edor, a pairing from a Mary McNamara CD.
X: 1
T: Rooms Of Dooagh, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
dB || AFF dFF | ABA AdB | AFF dcd | efe edB |
AFF dFF | ABA A2a | ^gfe dBA |1 Bee edB :|2 Bcd ef^g ||
a3 afe | dBc def | a3 afe | fbb ba^g |
a3 afe | dBc def | a^gf edA | Bee ef^g |
a3 afe | dBc def | a3 afe | fbb ba^g |
af^g afe | dBc def | a^gf edA | Bef edB ||

I play the B part without repeating it.

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Modal soup?

Odd modality. To me, it sounds like a four bar cycle that starts in C major and ends in D dorian, with two pickup notes to restart in C major. Two of the cycles have a brief flirtation with C lydian and then into D dorian. I count three F naturals and two F sharps.

Call for a show of hands.

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Well, if you force me to choose, I’ll say C major, since the D dorian part doesn’t get firmly anchored. In general, how do you name a key when the tune clearly starts in one mode and clearly ends in another? Is there a convention about that?

If there’s a convention, let’s have it soon, in Costa Rica!

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I’d be very curious to find out when this tune was composed in relation to Brian O’Lynn’s. One of these tunes seems to have inspired the other. My suspicion is that this one came after Brian O’Flynn’s. It seems to be a variation on the first part that experiments with the tonality a bit. If I were writing out ABCs for it I would use Ador as the base key.

Here’s the version of Brian O’Flynn’s that I’m referring to.

http://thesession.org/tunes/830

Alan Ng’s irishtune.info shows the earliest source in transcription or recording for O’Lynn’s to be 1903; for Rooms of Dooagh, 1992.

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Ah… very good, Laitch. Yup, I’d say this tune is a very interesting variation of Brian O’Lynn’s. I’m not suggesting it was intentional; I think many tunes that are variations of existing tunes are composed without the intention or even the conscious knowledge of the tune that it is a variant of. Tom Doorly, of Danu, wrote a tune called "Are You Ready Yet?" that is as close to "Major Harrison’s Fedora" as this tune is to "Brian O’Lynn’s." I never asked him, but I doubt it was intentional.

The Rooms of Dooagh

Another closely related tune called "The Short Grass" here: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3058

In the sleeve notes of Mary MacNamara’s solo album, Jackie Small informs us that this tune was named after "a cave system in the hills between Maghera and Tulla," East Clare. Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O’Loughlin recorded it as Pat Canny’s Jig. Pat was Paddy Canny’s father.

Not the original name

The Rooms of Dooagh is a terrific name though.

David