Le Rossignol (The Nightingale), a simplified version of Mark Sullivan’s rendition played here:
Well known as a tune played by Jean Carignan.
Yep, it’s French Canadian, not Irish, and was a cause of some disagreement in the discussion section. It is a showy kind of tune too.
Still, Mark Sullivan has an Irish name, so it is closer to Irish than many other tunes on this site!
Thanks to Peter Corfield for bringing the tune to my attention. I recorded it to slow down the triplets, and thought I might as well put it on here.
The tune is played with the B part repeated at the end - A B C B.
Re: Le Rossignol
Thanks Weejie. It is a pretty fair assessment based on Mark’s playing. Here is the complete tune as played in Quebec
Enda gave us a version of this in a masterclass earlier in the year. Was a bit of a challenge playing in second and third position but great practice. Sounds great on the banjo if you can nail it (and assuming your banjo has good tone and intonation!).
It appears that this is a mix of two tunes. The A&B parts are La Rossignol and the C part is the A part of a tune called Reel de Carillon (and the B part of this tune is missing). These two were recorded together in Montreal in 1930 by Joseph Larocque. That recording can be found here:
It is also available at
(both of these sites are very useful for people interested in French-Canadian music). Jean Carignan also recorded them together:
Although they are often played together La Rossignol is still played as a two part reel by itself.