Christmas Day Ida Moarnin’ jig

Also known as Christmas Day I’da Moarnin, Christmas Day Ida Moarnin, Christmas Day In Da’ Morning, Christmas Day In The Morn’, Christmas Day In The Morning, Christmas Day I´da Mornin, Da Christmas Day Ida Mornin’ March, Single, Xmas Day In The Morning.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

Christmas Day Ida Moarnin' has been added to 114 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Christmas Day Ida Moarnin'
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2d f3|e2d c2A|B2G d2c|B2G G3|
e2f g2f|e2d c2B|ABA ABc|d3 d3|
fa2 a3|e2d c2A|B2G d2c|B2G G3|
e2f g2f|e2d c2B|ABA ABc|d3 d3||
|:e3 (4edef|g3 B3|A2A A2A|B2c d2B|
e3 (4edef|g3 B3|A2e d2B|A3 A3:||
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X: 2
T: Christmas Day Ida Moarnin'
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~f2d fa2|e2d cA2|B2c d2c|BG2 G3|
e2f g2f|~e2d ~c2A|B2d cde|1 d3 a2g:|2 d3 d3||
|:e3 (4edef|g3 ~B3|A2A AA2|B2c dB2|
e3 (4edef|g3 ~B3|A2e dB2|1 A3 A3:|2 A3 a2g||
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Seventeen comments

A lovely Shetland tune

The origin of this tune goes back to 19th century and is attributed to a Shetland fiddler, Fredamann Stickle, who used to play this tune to the laird every Christmas.
It’s a fine tune on the whistle, too.

Technical point

The way it is written out, the time signature should be 6/8 - it would be more appropriate to file it under ‘jig’.

Other than that, it’s a great tune. Kathreyn Tickell does a fine version on fiddle.

You’re right

Thank you for the advice. It is actually just a tune, neither reel nor jig, but I should have classified it as a jig.
I’ve already change the tune details, but it seems that the sheet music cannot be modified.

Altering the sheet music is down to the man Jeremy.

“Haand me doon da fiddle” ~ Tom Anderson & Pam Swing

Tune 18: "Christmas Day Ida Moarnin" ~ with notes

The University of Stirling Press, 1979

When I learned this tune, they told me it was a slide

Sounds like a Strathspey to me. It doesn’t really matter though.

Xmas day in da morning

It defenitly is a Strathspey, I´d say.

There’s no traditional Shetland tune played as a strathspey as far as I know.

It’s a "listening" tune - as opposed to a dance tune. It is most definitely not a strathspey nor a slide.

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Christmas Day Ida Moarnin’

slainte said, "There’s no traditional Shetland tune played as a strathspey as far as I know."

I think you are right, Hiro - usually it’s the other way around, in that Strathspeys, when absorbed into the Shetland tradition get "straightened out". A good example is "Lady Mary Ramsay" which became a fine reel in Shetland.

Quite a few prominent Shetland fiddlers - e.g. Tom Anderson, Willie Hunter, Aly Bain - display a love of Scottish music, and in that context have played plenty Strathspeys, but I can’t recall hearing any native Strathspeys.

Christmas Day in da Morning - ending?

I’ve only ever *heard* this tune in the past, rather than actually playing it, but have begun to play it because a whistle player at the session I go to plays it. Great tune.

I was playing it at a session when said whistle player wasn’t present, and the banjo player said, after we’d finished "No, it ends on a C#". Now, *I* think that’s just so as to fill in the last chord, and is not actually part of the tune, but does anybody actually know?

Ending

I’ve always played it ending on an A …

there’s a slight sleigh Slide feel to it?

Ah like the A part, bmnot so sure about the D part, especially in the same tune…

Shira Kammen plays this on her CD "The Castle of the Holly King", which I like to play at Christmas time because I’m a sucker for jolly wassail songs about cider and punch and chestnuts by the fire :-) She makes it very snappy and strathspey-like. Here is her version, where ~ represents trills.

X: 2
T: Christmas Day In The Morning
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2d fa2|e2d cA2|B2c d2c|BG2 G3|
e2f g2f|~e2d ~c2A|B2d cde|1 d3 a2g:|2 d3 d3||
|:e3 (4edef|g3 ~B3|A2A AA2|B2c dB2|
e3 (4edef|g3 ~B3|A2e dB2|1 A3 A3:|2 A3 a2g||

It actually makes much more sense written as a strathspey…

X: 3
T: Christmas Day In The Morning
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f>df<a e>dc<A|B>cd>c B<GG2|e>fg>f ~e>d~c>A|1 B>d (3cde d2 a>g:|2 B>d (3cde d2 d2||
|:e2 e/d/e/f/ g2 ~B2|A>AA<A B<cd<B|e2 e/d/e/f/ g2 ~B2|1 A>ed<B2 A2 A2:|2 A>ed<B A2 a>g||