Moirrey Ny Gainle jig

Also known as Mary Of The Candle, Moirrey Ny Cainle.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Moirrey Ny Gainle has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Moirrey Ny Gainle
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2A FGA|B2G E2e|c2A B2c|d3d2:|
d|e2c A2e|f2d A2f|g2e f2d|e2c ABc|
d2A FGA|B2G E2e|c2A B2c|d3d2|

Four comments

Moirrey Ny Cainle

Lovely jig from the Isle of Man. Moirrey ny Cainle translates as Mary of the Candle. The tune is played for a dance on the Island where the dancers carry candles.

Is the dance…

… associated with any particular event or holiday or such?

Thanks for sharing the tune!

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Not that I’m aware of ….. it certainly isn’t played/danced for a particular event now.

Re: Moirrey Ny Cainle

I was at a session in Ystradgynlais, near Swansea, recently and heard Llancesau Trefaldwyn, The Maids of Montgomery in English. The first half of the ‘b’ tune is identical to that in this tune.

The dance connected to this tune in the Isle of Man is identified with the Christian Candlemas, and pre-Christian festival of lights (thus the candles). It is a processional dance and I remember it being done in church 25 - 30 years ago and it is also still done as a secular folk dance at displays and ceilis.

Whether it is actually traditional is debatable (probably not) but it is regarded as ‘Manx’, having been revived in the late 1970’s (see Bob Carswell’s very interesting seminar paper for more info: