The New May Moon jig

Also known as New May Moon, The Young May Moon.

The New May Moon has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G3 B,2D|EDB, D2D|G2G AGA|B2G GAB|
c2A c2G|A2G FED|GFE DB,D|1 E2D DEF:|2 E2D D3||
|:ded BGB|ded BGB|c2A ABc|e3 d3|
dBd cAc|BGB AGF|GFE DB,D|E2D D3:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c2A c2G A2G FED|GFE DB,D E2D DEF ||
c2A c2G A2G FED|GFE DB,D E2D D3||
|:ded BGB ded BGB|c2A ABc e3 d3|
ABC
X: 3
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: uG |vc2 vc uc2 uG | A2 G GAB | vc2 vc def | e2 c cde |
f2 f e2 e | d2 c BAG | AGF EFG | A2 G G2 :|
|: uG |vc2 vG uc2 uG | AGG GAB | cBc def | ecc cde |
fef ABc | dec BAG | AGF EFG | A2 G G2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: E/F/G |c2 c c2 G | A2 G GEG | c2 c d[G^c]d | e2 c E2 G |
f2 f e2 e | dec BB/A/G | AGF EFG | A2 G G :|
|: G/A/B |c2 G cGE | A2 G G2 G | cc/c/c dB/c/d | e2 c cc/d/e |
f>ff ee/e/e | d2 c BAG | FED cFG | A2 B c :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G |c2 c c2 G | [F2A2] [EG] [E2G2] G | [G2c2] c [Bd][Ac][Bd] | [G2e2] [Ec] [E2c2] e |
[A2f2] [Af] [G2e2] [Ge] | dec B2 A/G/ | [FA][EG][DF] [CE][DF][EG] | [F2A2] [EG] [E2G2] :|
|: A/B/ |c2 G c2 G | A2 G G2 G | ccc dcd | [G2e2] [Ec] [E2c2] d/e/ |
[A3/f3/]f/f [G2e2] e | ded B2 A/G/ | [FA][EG][DF] [CE][DF][EG] | [F2A2] [EG] [E2G2] :|
ABC
X: 6
T: The New May Moon
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |d2 d d2 A | B2 A A^GA | d2 d e^de | f2 d def |
g2 g f2 f | e2 d cBA | B2 A FGA | B2 A A2 :|
|: B/c/ |d2 A d2 A | B2 A A2 A | d2 d efg | fge dcd |
gag faf | ef/e/d cBA | BAG FGA | B2 A A2 :|
ABC

Nine comments

The New May Moon

I think this is one of those English / Scottish / Irish jigs that’s been around for a long time. I’m sure I’ve heard it as a slide on one Sliabh Luachra record or another, but don’t know how it was set as such, so have submitted it as a double jig.
(It’s very user-friendly on a D/G melodeon that has the bottom B on the D-row ; and the long notes in the tune can be broken up, e.g. -
||:GFE DB,D|EDB, DB,D| - etc.)

I meant, the bottom B on the G - ROW!

Third bar of the second part, last quaver should be a c, not a d.

(Have changed the above in the ABC’s.)

As a slide

This way it does sound Sliebh Luachra-ish
R:slide
M:12/8
L:1/8
K:Gmaj
G3 B,2D EDB, D2D|G2G AGA B2G GAB|
c2A c2G A2G FED|GFE DB,D E2D DEF ||
G3 B,2D EDB, D2D|G2G AGA B2G GAB|
c2A c2G A2G FED|GFE DB,D E2D D3||
|:ded BGB ded BGB|c2A ABc e3 d3|
dBd cAc BGB AGF|GFE DB,D E2D D3:|

X: 3 “The Young May Moon” - ‘Irish Jig’ - according to Kerr’s

B: "Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies", James S. Kerr, Glasgow, 1870s, page 28, tune #260
N: from Kerr’s - "Irish Jig"

Also known as an ‘English’ jig and ‘Morris Dance Tune’, and is to be found in several Scottish and English collections from the 1800s forward…

X: 5 “The Young May Moon” ~ Donegal

B: "Dances of Donegal", collected by Grace Orpen, D.M. Wilkie, London, 1931
The first few pages of this book, and its first tune & dance:
"The Fairy Dance" - http://thesession.org/tunes/424

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(page 25 - music notation & dance description)
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Dance: The "Pin" Dance
Tune: The Young May Moon (6/8)

Steps - - - - - - - - - Description - - - - - - - - - Bars

This dance is in the form of a game.
Any number of couples in a ring with one extra man, the "Pin," who stands in the middle.
Introduction as in Six Handed Reel. - - - 8
1 - - - Ring to the right and left. - - - 8
2 - - - Men turn the women on their left with right arms.
Partners swing. - - - 8
3 - - - Women drop out of the dance while men join hands in a ring. They dance round the "Pin" keeping time with the music with individual steps or dance ring to right and left.
During this tepthe music stops andeach man, including "Pin" secures a partner, the extra man becoming the "Pin."


<[ NOTES: One of a variety of ‘John Paul Jones’ dances, and very similar to one danced on the Aran Islands called by the locals ‘Stocaire’. In the above description the "Pin" is a man, but the "Pin" can also be a woman as well, and there can be "Pins", more than one. In another version of this, as with the ‘Stocaire’, the swing finishes with non-Pin sex dancing around the "Pin" ACW, while the others of the Pin’s sex dance outside and CW for 8 bars, then the two circles switch and the non-Pin sex now dance outside and CW while the pin joins his own group inside and dancing round ACW. The music stops and everyone scrambles for a partner. The one, or more, left over steps into the middle as the new "Pin(s)". As you might expect, there are variations to this. The musicians can have fun, if they’ve got the control and understanding, with hesitations and tempo changes, teasing the dancers, including stopping quite short or letting it go on for a spell, all in good humour.

Most of the versions I’d come across were not limited, as might be suggested here, to basically the same melody as both the A & B part, but were more often danced to 32 bar single jigs. In some cases any 32 bar tune, whatever the form, was possible, including changing forms in the repeats, after the ‘stop & pause’. Rather than an 8 bar intor each time a 4 or 2 bar intro was another possibility. ]>

As examples, a 4-bar and then a 2-bar intro using this melody:
K: D Major

gag faf | ef/e/d cBA | BAG FGA | B2 A A2 |:

BAG FGA | B2 A A2 |: