The Rocks Of Cashel march

Also known as Carraig Na G-Caiseal, The Chorus Jig, The Rock Of Cashel.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Rocks Of Cashel appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Rocks Of Cashel has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rocks Of Cashel
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ A2 |
GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | ge dB | cA A2 :|
GB c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | ge dB | cA A2 :|
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ gb |
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | ge dB | cA A2 :|
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | gedB | cA A2 :|
2
X: 2
T: The Rocks Of Cashel
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ A2 |
GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | ge dB | cA AB :|
|: GB c/B/A/B/ | gB c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/c/ | dB c/B/A/B/ | ge dB | cA AB :|
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ gb |
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | ge dB | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | ge dB | cA AB ||
3
X: 3
T: The Rocks Of Cashel
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DF A2 | AG/F/ A2 | DF A2 | AG/F/ EF |
DF A2 | AG/F/ A2 | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|
|: DF d2 | cB/A/ d2 | DF dF | BE EF |
DF d2 | cB/A/ d2 | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|
|: DF Fd | FE FA | DF Fd | GE EF |
DF/G/ AF | BG cA | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|
4
X: 4
T: The Rocks Of Cashel
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ A2 | DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ ED |
DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ Ac | dB AF | GE EF :|
|: DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ d2 | DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ df |
DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ d2 | dB AF | GE EF :|
|: DF G/F/E/F/ | G/F/E/F/ G/F/E/F/ | DF G/F/G/F/ | GE EF |
DF G/F/E/F/ | G/F/E/F/ G/F/E/F/ | dB AF | GE EF :|
5
X: 5
T: The Rocks Of Cashel
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GB d2|e/d/c/B/ d2|GB d2|e/d/c/B/ A2|GB d2|
e/d/c/B/ d2|ge dB|[1cA A2:|[2cA AB||
|:GB c/B/A/B/|GB c/B/A/B/|GB c/B/A/B/|cA AB|
GB c/B/A/B/|GB c/B/A/B/|ge dB|[1cA AB:|[2cA A2||
|:Bd g2|g/f/e/d/ g2|Bd g2|g/f/e/d/ gb|
Bd g2|g/f/e/d/ g2|ge dB|[1cA A2:|[2cA AB||
|:GB c/B/A/B/|c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/|GB c/B/A/B/|cA AB|
GB c/B/A/B/|c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/|ge dB|[1cA AB:|[2cA A2||

Eleven comments

I have a recording of this tune on a CD from Kenny but no name of performers attached. It is played as a slide and then a polka. I found the name from using the Reverend’s ABC tune search, but suspect the recording did not have correct name hence no match here. Does anyone recognise it?

It sounds like Harry Bradley with a fiddler (possibly Jessie
Smith?) before a live audience

The Chorus

It is indeed Harry and Jesse Smith, [ note spelling - Jesse’s a "he" ] and they call the tune the "Chorus". They played it both as a jig and as march/polka. It came from a recording "Ptarmigan" sent me, recorded live at a group competition, I think in Derry a few years ago. I’d have to go back and look at the CD notes, but I seem to remember that Dick and his wife, with Marcas O’Murchu and a few others won it, and Harry’s trio were third. I’m biased, but I think that this outstanding piece of playing should have won it, at least on the basis of what I heard from the CD. I’m also 99% sure that this is originally a Northumberland or North-East of England tune. I’m sure "Dow" or someone else here might recognise it. It also bears a resemblance to the tune used for a North-East of Scotland bothy ballad called "Hap-An-Row", or "The Reel Of Stumpie".

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"The Rocks of Cashel" ~ "The Chorus Jig"

In Bunting’s third collection he had this melody listed as "The Chorus Jig". We all screw up now and then…

"O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies" - 1903

Page 342, tune #1819

X: 2
T: Rocks of Cashel, The
S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1819
N: for comparison, 4/4 changed to 2/4, which I also think fits the melody better, as a march
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: GMaj
|: GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ A2 |
GB d2 | e/d/c/B/ d2 | ge dB | cA AB :|
|: GB c/B/A/B/ | gB c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/c/ | dB c/B/A/B/ | ge dB | cA AB :|
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ gb |
Bd g2 | g/f/e/d/ g2 | ge dB | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | GB c/B/A/B/ | cA AB |
GB c/B/A/B/ | c/B/A/B/ c/B/A/B/ | ge dB | cA AB ||

You’ll find dots here, in 4/4 and with staccato ~

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland ~ Free Sheet Music Dot Net
http://www.freesheetmusic.net/oneills.html
http://www.freesheetmusic.net/oneills20/TheRocksOfCashel.pdf

"O’Farrell’s National Irish Music for the Union Pipes", 1804

X: 3
T: Rock of Cashel
B: "O’Farrell’s National Irish Music for the Union Pipes", 1804
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: DMaj
|: DF A2 | AG/F/ A2 | DF A2 | AG/F/ EF |
DF A2 | AG/F/ A2 | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|
|: DF d2 | cB/A/ d2 | DF dF | BE EF |
DF d2 | cB/A/ d2 | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|
|: DF Fd | FE FA | DF Fd | GE EF |
DF/G/ AF | BG cA | dB AG/F/ | GE EF :|

Na Píobairí Uilleann
http://www.pipers.ie/
O’Farrell’s Collection of NATIONAL IRISH MUSIC for the UNION PIPES
http://www.pipers.ie/IMCO/OFNIM.htm
Rock of Cashel ~ Sibelius Scorch
http://www.pipers.ie/IMCO/OFNIM45a-RockofCashel.HTM

"Rocks of Cashel" ~ 1810 and another take in D Major

X: 4
T: Rocks of Cashel
S: The music manuscript copybook of Ann Winnington, New York, c. 1810
N: adjusted for comparison, from 4/4 to 2/4
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: DMaj
|: DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ A2 | DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ ED |
DF A2 | B/A/G/F/ Ac | dB AF | GE EF :|
|: DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ d2 | DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ df |
DF d2 | d/c/B/A/ d2 | dB AF | GE EF :|
|: DF G/F/E/F/ | G/F/E/F/ G/F/E/F/ | DF G/F/G/F/ | GE EF |
DF G/F/E/F/ | G/F/E/F/ G/F/E/F/ | dB AF | GE EF :|

Chorus Jig

I searched The Session for a transcription of this tune but could not find one. I first heard it on this video posted by our Kenny ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4b6PaHrLkQ ). Here, Harry Bradley (flute), Jesse Smith (fiddle) and Adrian Scahill (accordion) play first a jig version and then the original polka/single reel version of this tune.


This great tune comes from Edward Bunting’s "The Ancient Music of Ireland", vol. 3 (1840), tune no. 103, p. 76, collected in 1797 from "MacDonnell the piper" (source: video description). Two other recordings exist that I know of: The Chieftains’ "The Celtic Harp", track 2, sixth and eighth tune; and Sean and Kevin Moloney’s "Bridging the Gap", track 13, second tune.

Re: Chorus Jig

Ah great stuff! Thanks for posting

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