The Dusty Miller slip jig

Also known as Benny’s Jig, The Dusty Millar, Johnny Docherty’s, Top The Candle.

There are 49 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Dusty Miller has been added to 174 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Dusty Miller
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2d d2A BAG|E2A A2B cBA|B2d d2A BAG|D2G G2A BAG:|
|:B2d e2f g2a|a2A A2B cBA|B2d e2f g2a|g2e d2c BAG:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Dusty Miller
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:c2e e2B cBA|F2B B2c dcB|c2e e2B cBA|E2A A2B cBA:|
|:c2e f2g aga|b2B B2c dcB|c2e f2g a2b|a2f e2d cBA:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Dusty Miller
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: B2 d d2 A B2 G | E2 A A2 B c2 A | B2 d d2 A B2 G | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
|: B2 d e2 f g3 | a2 A A2 B c2 A | B2 d e2 f g2 a | g2 e d2 c B2 G :|
|: B3 B2 A G2 A | E2 A A2 B c2 A | B3 B2 A G2 A | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
|: c2 e e2 B cBA | F2 B B2 c dcB | c2 e e2 B cBA | E2 A A2 B cBA :|
|: c2 e f2 g aga | b2 B B2 c dcB | c2 e f2 g a2 b | a2 f e2 d cBA :|
|: c3 c2 B AGA | F2 B B2 c dcB | c3 c2 B AGA | E2 A A2 B cBA :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Dusty Miller
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2 d c2 A B2 G | E2 A A2 B cBA | B2 d cBA G2 F | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
|: B2 d def g3 | a2 A A2 B cBA | B2 d e2 f gfe | d2 B G2 A B2 G :|
|: D3 G2 A BAG | E3 A2 B cBA | B2 d cBA G2 F | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Dusty Miller
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2c d2B A2G | F2G A2B c2A | B2c d2B A2G | D2G B2A G3 :|
|: Bcd e2f g2z | B2d g2e dBA | B2d e2f g2z | D2G B2A G3 :|
ABC

Twenty comments

I originally learned this tune in A but I’ve transcribed it here in the more popular key of G. Still, don’t be surprised at sessions if someone starts playing this tune a whole tone higher than you. In the key of A, this tune has an even brighter, up-beat sound.

Tune type

I believe this is actually a single-jig or slide.

Slip Jig

No, I’m pretty sure it’s a slip jig. I can’t see how it could be played in anything other than 9/8 time.

It’s a hop jig.

Does anyone know

are there any words to it?

A

I also know it in A, it does sound brighter.

M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Amaj
|:c2e e2B cBA|F2B B2c dcB|c2e e2B cBA|E2A A2B cBA:|
|:c2e f2g aga|b2B B2c dcB|c2e f2g a2b|a2f e2d cBA:|

Alternative name ?

God I’m sick of these tunes in the same time sig with the same name !! It’s different if it’s a Paddy Fahy’s or Ed Reavy’s, named after the composer. I mean there are so many it don’t matter.

Hasn’t someone got a ’ The Ballykissangel’ or "James Sharkey’s" et al for this one ?

Dusty Miller 3/2 hornpipe

Here’s the 3/2 hornpipe version (from the manuscript "John of the Greeny Cheshire Way")

M:3/2
L:1/8
K:G
B3 c d2 B2 A2 G2 | F2 A2 A2 B2 c2 A2 |
B3 c d2 B2 A2 G2 | D2 G2 G2 B2 A2 G2 :|
B2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 | a2 A2 A2 c2 B2 A2 |
B2 c2 d2 e2 f2 a2 | g2 G2 G2 B2 A2 G2 :|

Chris

The Dusty Miller

The tune is a slip jig 9/8 sig: and is from O’Neill’s 1001 gems of Dance Music of Ireland. It’s a nice tune to play in G then lift it to A. It is also an excellent tune to play for a dancer dancing a ‘Slip Jig’ . Somehow they seem to relate to it.

The Dusty Miller

I learned this piece as a reel.

3rd part?

Where’s the third part I’ve heard so many times? The Comhaltas members who have heard me play it say it’s rather pretty…

You play a 3rd part, well, where is it, and where did you get it?? For the umpteenth time I’ve gone searching for a third part in collections, 3/2, 9/8 ~ and even 6/8, and all are just two parts in total, not one showed a 3rd part. So, you’ve had my interest and it is holding, let’s see your third part, with something about its origins… I’d love to give it a try, or any other 3rd part someone might have out there? :-/

The ONeill collections and Bremner’s Collections of 1757 ~ just 2 parts…
However, more to follow ~ ;-)

“The Dusty Miller” ~ the 3rd

X: ~
T: The Dusty Miller
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: G Major
|: B2 d d2 A B2 G | E2 A A2 B c2 A | B2 d d2 A B2 G | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
|: B2 d e2 f g3 | a2 A A2 B c2 A | B2 d e2 f g2 a | g2 e d2 c B2 G :|
|: B3 B2 A G2 A | E2 A A2 B c2 A | B3 B2 A G2 A | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|

X: ~
T: The Dusty Miller
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: A Major
|: c2 e e2 B cBA | F2 B B2 c dcB | c2 e e2 B cBA | E2 A A2 B cBA :|
|: c2 e f2 g aga | b2 B B2 c dcB | c2 e f2 g a2 b | a2 f e2 d cBA :|
|: c3 c2 B AGA | F2 B B2 c dcB | c3 c2 B AGA | E2 A A2 B cBA :|

No, I as yet haven’t found a clue as to where I got that particular 3rd part. What’s given was pulled out of memory. I haven’t yet gone fishing through my own notes… :-/

Does this bear any resemblance to what you know and play Vonnie? ~ or anyone else?

Always knew it as a 3 parter

I don’t remember where I first heard this tune at least 30 years ago, but it always had the three parts as far as I can remember. It probably is quite the same as your abc version in G. Years ago I took a copy for my "little black book" (actually a tome) that’s listed as #60 from JC’s Tunefinder. If you can’t find it there e-mail me again and maybe I can send you the dots.

Ps

Actually I just peeked over at JC’s and found it as version #160 submitted by marlboro college’s mahoney as an RR tune. Does that mean Richard Robinson’s version in computereez? Anyway, that’s the version I have saved in my notebook.

“The Dusty Miller” ~ Richard Robinson’s Tunebook

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/info/RRTuneBk/
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/info/RRTuneBk/gettune/00000948.html

X: 6 (311)
T: The Dusty Miller
M: 9/8
O: Ireland
R: Slip Jig
Z: Richard Robinson
K: G
|: B2 d c2 A B2 G | E2 A A2 B cBA | B2 d cBA G2 F | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|
|: B2 d def g3 | a2 A A2 B cBA | B2 d e2 f gfe | d2 B G2 A B2 G :|
|: D3 G2 A BAG | E3 A2 B cBA | B2 d cBA G2 F | D2 G G2 A B2 G :|

& as 3/2, a triple hornpipe in G, 2-parts:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/info/RRTuneBk/gettune/000002f0.html
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/info/RRTuneBk/gettune/000004e6.html

Another Setting…

Aside from the Chieftain’s Dusty Miller on Water From The Well, this is the only other Dusty Miller I’ve ever heard:

X:1
T:The Dusty Miller
L:1/8
M:9/8
R:Slip Jig
K:G Major
Z:EW
S:Seamus Ennis
|: B2c d2B A2G | F2G A2B c2A | B2c d2B A2G | D2G B2A G3 :|
|: Bcd e2f g2z | B2d g2e dBA | B2d e2f g2z | D2G B2A G3 :|