Repeal The Union jig

Also known as Repeal Of The Union, The Repeal Of The Union.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

Repeal The Union has been added to 14 tune sets.

Repeal The Union has been added to 62 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Repeal The Union
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GAG GBd|edB deg|bge edB|dBG AGE|
GAG GBd|edB deg|bge deg|agf g3:|
c'2 b a2 b|gag ege|d2 e g2 e|dBG AGE|
GAG GBd|edB deg|bge deg|agf g3:|
GAG B2 c|ded B2 d|cBc A2 c|BAB G2 D|
GAG B2 c|ded B2 d|cBc A2 F|GAG G3:|
X: 2
T: Repeal The Union
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
{F}~G3 GBd|{g}edB d2 g|{c'}bge {g}edB|dBA {c}B2 A|
{F}G3 G 3(B/c/d)|{g}edB d2 g|{b}age deg|aba ~gdB|
{F}~G3 GBd|{g}edB d2 g|{c'}bge {g}edB|dBA cBA|
{F}G3 GBd|{g}edB d2 g|{b}age deg|aba ~g2 a/b/||
|:c'2 b {g}a2 b|{f}g2 b {d}e2 g|dBd {a}g2 e|dBG ABA|
{F}G3 GBd|{g}edB d2 g|{b}age deg|1 aba {f}~g2 a/b/:|2 aba {f}~g2 d||
|:{F}~G3 GBc|ded {c}~B2 d|cBc {B}~A2 c|BAB {B}~G2 D|
{F}G3 GBc|ded {c}~B2 d|cAF DEF|{A}~G2 D {c}~B2 A:|
X: 3
T: Repeal The Union
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
~F3 FAc|dcA cdf|afd dcA|cAF GFD|
~F3 FAc|~d3 cdf|afd cdf|gfe f3:|
|:b2 a g2 a|fgf dfd|~c3 f2 d|cAF GFD|
~F3 FAc|dcA cdf|afd cdf|gfe f3:|
|:FGF A2 B|cdc ~A3|~B3 G2 B|AGA F2 C|
FGF A2 B|cdc ~A3|~B3 G2 E|FGF ~F3:|
X: 4
T: Repeal The Union
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:F3 FAc|dcA cdf|gfd cAF|GFG AFD|
F3 FAc|dcA cdf|gfd cdf|1 gag f3:|2 gag fga||
|:aba g2 a|f2 g d2 f|c2 Af2 A|cAF GFD|
F3 FAc|dcA cdf|gfd cdf|1 gag fga:|2 gag f3||
|:F3 A2 B|c3 A2 c|BAB G2 B|AGA FDC|
F2 G A2 B|cdc A2 c|BAB G2 E|1 F3 F2 C:|2 F3 F3||

Twelve comments

Repeal The Union

This jig is from Harry Bradley’s album, “The Night Rambler’s Companion”. Directly quoting from the sleve notes of the album, the tune info is as follows:

“The first jig comes to us from one of the earliest known recordings of Irish Music; it appears on a wax cylinder recording of Uilleann piping created for the purposes of transcription by Feis Ceoil officials possibly as early as the year 1899. The piper thereon is Dennis Delaney of Galway”

Bradely, H. (2006) “The Night Rambler’s Companion”, NRC006.


nice to see you doing your penance….wonder if SmashTheWindows will appreciate?;)

Traditional Tune!

You cant get more traditional than this really, any further back and it’s almost medieval….Beautiful tune and played awesomely as always by Harry!

Similiar? But different…

I agree it could be seen as a slight duplication Prof., however it would be a different version of the tune you mentioned. This is a three part double jig rather than the two parter John Carty plays.

I didn’t say it was a duplication but it is a version of the same tune. To be honest I much prefer the Delaney version over the Carty one.

The original recording of it is here:

and he clearly names it ‘The Repeal of the Union’ in the introduction

Posted .

“Delaney’s banter with the officials was reported in An Goadhal of July 1899:

Denis Delaney played a number of airs, from which were selected, viz, “The Woman of
the House on the Floor,” “The Kid on the Mountain,” “The Repeal of the Union,” and
“The Hag on the Hill.” The first is a translation of the Irish name. “The Repeal of the
Union” is a very fine tune. The piper played it in marching time and said it was also a
quadrille. It is really a double jig and its well-marked rythym no doubt induced the
Repealers to adopt it for a marching tune. His other tunes were also double jigs and the
first is descriptive of the lady of the house dancing. When the Repeal march was
mentioned, Dr. Joyce jocularly asked the player if Repeal were abandoned. “No,” said
Delaney, “until it is carried.” “But,” a spectator interposed, “it was rejected.” “Not
rejected,” retorted the piper, “it was half passed. Did you ever meet a cow that gave all
her milk at once?” and the discussion ended in laughter.“

From “1.13 Piping contests at the Feis, 1897-1935”

This is a better setting than that 2 part version from Carty, but I agree with the Prof that Delaney’s is perfect. It’s just a matter of a few notes. Hope I’ve persuaded you to restore the correct title, too. Pat Mitchell or Jackie Small transcribed Delaney’s recording years and years ago, it was printed in Ceol an Piobarie and may be available at the NPU Source website now:

Conal Ó Gráda’s version

X: 1
T: Repeal The Union
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
~G3 GBd | edB d2 g | bge edB |1 dBA B2 A |2 dBA cBA |
~G3 GBd | edB d2 g | age deg |1 aba gdB :|2 aba gab||
c’2 b a2 b | g2 b e2 g | dBd g2 e | dBG ABA |
~G3 GBd | edB d2 g | age deg |1 aba gab :|2 aba g3||
~G3 GBc | ded B2 d | cBc A2 c | BAB G2 D |
~G3 GBc | ded B2 d | cAF DEF | G3 DBA :|

Johnny Connolly plays it on his “An t’Oileán Aerach” recording from 1993. He plays it in D on what I presume is a D Melodeon, a fourth lower than the above versions in G. A magical recording by an extraordinary musician.

Conal Ó Gráda’s version updated

I notice that my last post on Conal Ó Gráda’s version is slightly wrong and doesn’t really give a real flavour of how he plays it so I’ve updated it above, as his version is the best I’ve heard