This tune was written and recorded by Frankie Gavin of De Danann.
I find that this tune doesn’t need much ornamentation; it’s hard enough to play as it is. Start playing this at a slow pace until you’ve got the tune stuck in your head. Then you can start picking up the pace a bit. I suppose it’s only to be expected that a tune written by a fiddle virtuoso like Frankie Gavin isn’t going to be easy to play. Still, it’s worth the effort.
There is a Seaside spot in Norn Iron called BallyWhisken: "The Wren’s Nest". It has the smallest bathe-able beach I’ve ever seen.
This is a transcription of the tune as first recorded by De Danann on the album ‘Anthem’. The B part is very tricky on the fiddle, less so on whistle.
|: D | GAB ded | cAA A2c | BGE EFG | AFD AFD |
GAB ded | cAA ABc | BGE AFD | GEE E2D :|
EGe deB | cAA ~B2A | GAB ded | cAA BGD |
EGe deB | cAA ~B2A | GAB cAB | GEE FED :|
|: B,DE GED | B,EE E2D | B,DE GAB | AFD FED |
B,DE GED | B,EE E2F | GAB cAB | GEE E2 :|
The Wrens Nest
I learned this tune many years ago from Fraser Howitt, a fiddler from Yorkshire. He played the ‘C’ section first, then the ‘A’, then the ‘B’. It was not a much-heard tune, which is a pity, because it’s an excellent jig.
We used to follow it with "Cut the File"
@Robert Ryan :
Your timing is incorrect..
The fixed version of yours :
T: The Wren’s Nest
C: Frankie Gavin
|:D|GAB ded |cAA A2c |BGE EFG |AFD AFD |
GAB ded |cAA ABc |BGE AFD |GEE E2 :|
|:D|EGe deB |cAA ~B2A|GAB ded |cAA BGD |
EGe deB |cAA ~B2A|GAB cAB |GEE FE :|
|:D|B,DE GED|B,EE E2D|B,DE GAB|AFD FED |
B,DE GED|B,EE E2F|GAB cAB |GEE E2 :|
A lovely jig anyway. Easy to play on the whistle in Ador (well, a lot of C…). But Edor is definitely more ‘violinistic’ (not sure is such a word in English).
The Wren Nest
Version of The Wren Nest Jig by the flute player Juan Almaraz for the third album of Stolen Notes
The Wren’s Nest, X:5
Version inspired by the playing of Sylvain Barou (french flute player)
This is by Frankie Gavin. It’s identified in this video as being separate from the Doberman’s Wallet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-GXbyt2lSk
I’m going to also post the version as played by Winifred Horan on her Lost Girl Found CD, which is where I first heard it.
This is the version of Frankie Gavin’s tune played by Winifred Horan, on her Lost Girl Found CD.
Thanks, I was not aware of the other name of this tune.