The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim slip jig

Also known as Fisherman’s, Leitrim Town, The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim, The Whinny Hills Of Leitrim (No.2), Winnie Hills Of Leitrim.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Hardiman The Fiddler (a few times) and The Humours Of Westmeath (a few times).

The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim has been added to 146 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FAB FAB AFD|FAB FAB d2A|FAB FAB AFD|FAd edc B2A:|
~f3 efe d2e|~f3 efg a2g|~f3 efe dBA|AFA dfa b2a|
~f3 efe d2e|~f3 def gfg|afd gfe dBA|BAF DFA B2A||
X: 2
T: The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FAA FAB AFD|FAA FAB d2 A|FAA FAB AFD|
|1 ~f3 edc B2 A:|2 ~f3 edc B2 e||
|:~f3 efe d2 e|~f3 def gfe|~f3 efe d2 A|
|1 BAF DFA B2 e:|2 BAF DFA B2 A||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAA FAB AFD|FAA ded B2z|FAA FAB AFD|efd edc B2z:|
~f3 efe ded|~f3 def gzb|afd gfe dBA|BAF EFA B2z:|
X: 4
T: The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAA FAd AFD|FAA FAd B2A|FAA FAd AFD|FEB DFA B3:|
~f3 faf edB|Aff fef gfe|~f3 faf edB|AFE DFA B3:|
X: 5
T: The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAA FAB FED | FAA FAB d2 A| FAA FAB FEd |1 fed edc B2 A :||2 fed edc B2 d ||
f3 efe d2 e | f3 def g2 a | fed edc d2 A | BAF DFA B2 A |
f3 efe d2 e | f3 def gab | a3 edc d2 A | BAF DFA B2 A ||

Nine comments

This tune was posted last year in G major under Gan Ainm.

The setting slainte gives is interestingly different from the way I learned it. My version is closer to how Dervish plays it on their cd Harmony Hill:

T:Whinny Hills of Leitrim
D:Dervish: Harmony Hill
L:1/8
M:9/8
K:D
|:FAA FAB AFD|FAA FAB d2 A|FAA FAB AFD|
|1 ~f3 edc B2 A:|2 ~f3 edc B2 e||
|:~f3 efe d2 e|~f3 def gfe|~f3 efe d2 A|
|1 BAF DFA B2 e:|2 BAF DFA B2 A||

Posted .

I came across almost the same version in Seamus Eagan’s "When Juniper Sleeps" and later found Grey Larsen’s setting is also similar to it. I’ve never heard the tune played in a real session, so I thought this version is more popular.

Recorded in 1928

X: 1
T: Leitrim Town
T: From the playing of John McKenna
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmaj
FAA FAB AFD|FAA ded B2z|FAA FAB AFD|efd edc B2z:|
~f3 efe ded|~f3 def gzb|afd gfe dBA|BAF EFA B2z:|

The pauses are where McKenna took a breath from his flute playing, of course. Minor variants occur in the fourth bar: efe edc, or efe ecA. I have a recording of Harry Bradley playing this setting, no surprise there. Not sure where the recording is from.

What whinney hills?

Can anybody tell me what this title refers to?

"Whinny" = full of ‘whins’ = gorse.

The Whinny Hills Of Leitrim, X:4

This setting is a bit closer to the version Matt Molloy plays on Heathery Breeze.

The Whinny Hills Of Leitrim, X:5

Version I got from my teacher Tiarán Ó Duinnchinn in the Armagh Pipers Club