Darby The Driver jig

Also known as Amelia’s, Con Williams’, Cronin’s Favorite, Cronin’s Favourite, Cronins Favourite, Deáirbe An Tiománaí, I NDeire Ne Dala, Joe Burke’s.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Darby The Driver has been added to 4 tune sets.

Darby The Driver has been added to 80 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Darby The Driver
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/G/ | EAA ABd | ege dBA | GEG G2 B | dBA GED |
EAA ABd | ege def | g2 d edB | BAG A2 :||
|:d | eag e2 d | eaa age | gag d2 d | egg ged |
eag e2 d | e aa age | g2 d edB | BGG A2 :||
X: 2
T: Darby The Driver
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EAA ABd|ege dBA|GEF GAB|dBA GED|
EAA ABd|ege def|g2d ege|dBA A2:|
|:g|eag e2d|eaa bag|efg dBd|eba ged|
eag e2d|eaa bag|efg edB|BAG A2:|
X: 3
T: Darby The Driver
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAG ABd|ege dBA|GEF GAB|dBA GED|
EAG ABd|ege def|~g2d ege|dBG ~A2G:|
eag egd|eaa bag|efg d2g|efg ged|
eag egd|eaa bag|efg edB|BAG ~A2G:|

Thirteen comments

Roan Inish

I reckon that you can hear a beautiful sung version of this tune in the first track of the soundtrack to "The Secret of Roan Inish".
I don’t know who the singer is, but I really like that version too.

Darby the Driver (jig)

That’s the more common title for this lovely jig. A different version of the tune was already posted around 4 years ago, but Alastair’s transcription is obviously much better. It seems known as "Cronin’s Favourite" in Cape Breton. You can listen to Catherine and John McEvoy playing a great version of the tune: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thelatesession/rams/22august.ram (starts around 34:40)

Correct myself

Hah - I think (thanks Ivor) that the first tune on Roan Inish is actually Mist covered the Mountain. There are some similarities between the two and they are both favourites of mine.

Darby the Driver

Here’s the simplified transcription of Catherine and John McEvoy’s version:

K: Ador
G|EAA ABd|ege dBA|GEF GAB|dBA GED|
EAA ABd|ege def|g2d ege|dBA A2:|
g|eag e2d|eaa bag|efg dBd|eba ged|
eag e2d|eaa bag|efg dBG|BAG A2:|

Similar to John Naughton’s Jig

John Naughton’s Jig (#2393 in the tune archives) is very similar to this tune.
https://thesession.org/tunes/2393

Also, this tune (Joe Burke’s) doesn’t appear to be in D major, as written here, but in A. To my semi-illiterate ear the most likely key would be A dorian, assuming that any C notes in the tune (if there were any) would be natural rather than sharp. Any experts care to clarify?

I don’t think the two tunes are particularly similar. Many Ador tunes sound similar with similar openings, you know.

You’re probably right Slainte. The similarities caught my ear more than the differences at first.
And from your comment I take it that the key is Ador.

The reason for the popularity of this jig in Australia is that it appeared in the tunebook "Begged Borrowed and Stolen" which apparently became something of an Aussie session-goers "bible" after it was first published in 1979. The tune was printed under the title "Joe Burke’s". See details of the contents of the tunebook here http://www.celt.com.au/contents_pages/contbbs.html. The book contains a mixture of tunes from different areas including Ireland, Scotland and even some Northumbrian ones too.

Darby the Driver

Watch and listen to East Galway flute player Sean Moloney plays this jig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7l5By4drnY


The second tune is usually called Anthony Frawley’s: https://thesession.org/tunes/1198 I’ve been enjoying playing the two tunes together, and it’s very nice to find someone else also play them as a set. I was actually inspired to play the flute after hearing Sean Moloney in a summer school of music about 10 years ago. He is a son of Eddie Moloney and plays both Boehm and simple system flutes.

Re: Darby The Driver

So happy to have found this tune with the ABC search! I once heard a Southwest Nova Scotia fiddler and his band live doing a set with this tune, followed by Morrison’s. True, they played around with the latter tune’s first part the first time through, but overall it rocked.