Untitled Jig from Levey’s Dance Music of Ireland
This jig is noted as number 98 in the text on page 38 of the original book. Does any one know this by another name? Any idea of when it dates from?
Sounds like a version of the Chorus Jig https://thesession.org/tunes/5314
Found it - it’s called "Felix The Wrestler" (see oomments section for the Cat in the Corner https://thesession.org/tunes/3867). You can edit the title by going to "Edit Details".
Edited to reflect the research showing it in O’ Neils on page p. 60. Thank you for looking this one up. Now we have a name for it although we don’t know what it was called when it was included Levey’s. Any older sources for this tune?
The similarity to the Chorus / Holy Halfpenny has been remarked on before. There’s a lot of melody in common but the harmonic foundations are different. Depends where your focus is.
This one was expanded by G S McLennan, who for some reason called it Biddy From Sligo.
would be the better choice of the mode although there is some Adorian in it too….
Felix the Wrestler
Fermanagh musicians Charlie Woods and Jim McGrath recorded this jig as "The High Geese in the Bog" on Hidden Fermanagh Vol.2. Their version goes like this:
|:af|e3 ece|ecA Ad=c|BGG dGG|BAG Bcd|
e3 ece|ecA ABc|dcd Bcd|1 ecA A:|2 ecA A2||
|:f|eaa a^ga|efe edc|B2g gfg|ded dcB|
Aaa a^ga|efe eBc|dcd Bcd|1 ecA A2:|2 ecA A||
The notes informs that the tune comes from the repertoire of Charlie Woods’ father. It might have derived from a Scottish pipe tune.
Felix The Wrestler, X:3
This is the tune as extended by Highland piper G S McLennan, who composed jig of Slurs.
He retitled it ‘Biddy From Sligo’ for some reason, which is also the name of another tune.