The Wren’s Nest jig

By Frankie Gavin

Also known as The Drimneen.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

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The Wren’s Nest appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Wren’s Nest has been added to 22 tune sets.

The Wren's Nest has been added to 152 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:GAB ded|cAA A2c|BGE EFG|AFD AFD|
GAB ded|cAA A2c|BGE AFD|GEE E2D:|
|:E2e d2B|cBA B2A|GAB ded|cAA BAG|
E2e d2B|cBA B2A|GAB cAB|GEE FED:|
|:B,EE GED|B,EE E2D|B,EE GAB|AFD AFD|
B,EE GED|B,EE E2D|GAB cAB|GEE FED:|
2
X: 2
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: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:|
3
X: 3
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: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:|
4
X: 4
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:EGB ded|c2A ABc|BGE BGE|ABA FED|
EGB ded|c2A ABc|BGE BGE|AFD E3:|
|:~e3 d2B|cBA ~B3|GAB ded|c2A BAG|
~e3 d2B|cBA ~B3|GAB cAB|GED ~E3:|
|:BEE FEE|BED ~E3|BEE GAB|ABA FED|
BEE FEE|BED ~E3|GAB cAB|GED ~E3:|
w:Variación (1ª vez de la parte C en la segunda vuelta del tema)
BEE FE(B|B6)|BEE FE(e|e6)|
BEE FE(d|d3) (5A/B/c/d/e/|fed BAF|dBA FED||
5
X: 5
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:GAB ded|c2A AB=c|BGE EFG|AFD FED|
GAB ded|c2A AB=c|BGE AFD|FED E3:|
|:EBe dBd|cBA B3|GAB dBd|cBA BAG|
EG/B/e dBd|cBA B3|GAB cAB|GED E3:|
BDE G2D|BDE3D|BDE GAB|A3 FED|
BDE GED|BDE3D|GAB cAB|GED E3|
Bde (g3|g)ed e3|BDE GAB|A3 FED|
Bde ged|Bde3d|GAB cAB|GED E3||
6
X: 6
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:GAB d2d|cAA A2c|BGD E3|AFD FED|
GAB d2d|cAA A2c|BGE AFD|GEE E3:|
|:E2e d2B|cBA B2A|G3 dcB|cBA BGD|
E2e d2B|cBA B2A|GAB dAB|GEE E3:|
|:B,DE GED|B,EE E3|B,DE GAB|AFD FED|
B,DE GED|B,EE E2F|GAB dAB|GEE E3:|
7
X: 7
T: The Wren's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B,DE GED|GED E2D|B,DE GAB|AFD FED|
B,DE GED|E2D E2F|GAB dAB|GEE E3:|
|:GAB ded|cAA A2c|BGE E2B|AFD AFD|
GAB ded|cAA A2c|BGE AGF|GEE E3:|
|:GBe d2d|cAA B2A|GAB d2d|cAA BGE|
GBe d2d|cAA B2A|GAB dAB|GEE E3:|

Eleven comments

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 :

X: 1
T: The Wren’s Nest
C: Frankie Gavin
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Edor
|: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

Drimneen, X:2

This is the version of Frankie Gavin’s tune played by Winifred Horan, on her Lost Girl Found CD.

Re: Drimneen

Thanks, I was not aware of the other name of this tune.