Daniel Of The Sun jig

Also known as Buckasheen Landy/Randy, Domhnall Na Greine, Donald Of The Sun, Donall Na Greine, The Irish Trot, Leg Of A Duck, The Leg Of A Duck, Leg Of The Duck, The Leg Of The Duck, Leis Lacha, Thady You Gander, Wee Murdie, Wee Murdy.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with A Trip To The Cottage (lots of times).

Daniel Of The Sun has been added to 3 tune sets.

Daniel Of The Sun has been added to 80 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Daniel Of The Sun
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fdd edd|fef dBA|Bee e2d|Bee e2a|
fdd edd|fef dBA|Bdd dcd|Bdd d3:|
|:fga efg|fef dBA|Bee e2d|Bee e2a|
fga efg|fef dBA|Bdd dcd|Bdd d3:|
X: 2
T: Daniel Of The Sun
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|~G3 AGA|B/c/dg dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2A|
DGG AGA|Bdg dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2:|:d|
g2g faf|fge dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2d|
1~g3 faf|fge dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2:|
2g2g aga|bge dBG|ABA A2D|ABA2|
X: 3
T: Daniel Of The Sun
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:fed cde | fed cAG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
fed cde | fed cAd | cAF G3 | cAF G3 :|
|:G3 AGA | cAA BGG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
G3 AGA | cAA BGd | cAF G3 | cAF G3 :|
|:a2f g2e | fed cAG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
a2f g2e | fed cAd | cAF G2A | cAF G3 :|
# Added by hetty .
X: 4
T: Daniel Of The Sun
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
K:Gmaj
|:BGG AGA|BAB GED|EAA ABA|EAA A2c|
BGG AGG|BAB GED|EGG GED|EGG G3:|
|:Bcd ABc|BAB GED|EAA ABA|EAA A2c|
Bcd ABc|BAB GED|EGG GED|EGG G3:|
X: 5
T: Daniel Of The Sun
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
K:Gmaj
G2 G AGA|Bee dBA |BcB B2A|BcB B2A|
GFG AGA|Bee dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2d:|
g2g faf|efe dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2G|
~g2 g faf|efe dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2 d |
gbg faf|efe dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2G|
gfg agf|gfg d2B|ABA A2D|1ABA A2D|2"Fine"G6 |]

Seventeen comments

Daniel of the Sun

This tune and "Thady You Gander" are similar and probably have the same origin, but I think they are different enough to be posted here separately.

I got this particular version from the recording of Finlay MacDonald. It comes from Duncan Johnstone, another Scottish piper. Some Irish settings like the one from O’Neill’s are available at JC’s, but in my opinion this one is simpler and the best.

I’ve never heard this jig played in Ireland, but is it common anywhere in the country?

Played in Ireland

Yes, it is played in Ireland, but you wouldn’t hear it often. The late Micho Russell used to play a jig with the same title, though memory cannot recall whether this is the same tune. I suspect it is.

Daniel of the Sun

This one one would be more familiar to me as "Leg of the Duck" - I think it may have been recorded by box player, Joe Burke.

Donall Na Greine

T:Donall Na Greine
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Paul McGrattan - Keelwest
R:jig
Z:G.M.P
K:G
D|~G3 AGA|B/c/dg dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2A|
DGG AGA|Bdg dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2:|:d|
g2g faf|fge dBA|BcB B2A|BcB B2d|
1~g3 faf|fge dBG|ABA A2D|ABA A2:|
2g2g aga|bge dBG|ABA A2D|ABA2|

I heard this tune has lyrics. Does anybody know?

Oh yeah, forgot to say ‘slainte’, Dow gives one set of lyrics courtesy of Norbeck…

Domhnall Na Graine

This distinct variation was submitted by JackB on August 2nd 2007. It might remain, then again it might not.
X: 1
T: Domhnall Na Graine
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:fed cde | fed cAG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
fed cde | fed cAd | cAF G3 | cAF G3 :|
|:G3 AGA | cAA BGG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
G3 AGA | cAA BGd | cAF G3 | cAF G3 :|
|:a2f g2e | fed cAG | cAA A2G | cAA A2G |
a2f g2e | fed cAd | cAF G2A | cAF G3 :|

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I read an interesting story about the origins of this tune.

A man was very ill, and he wasn’t getting any better. One night, he stumbled out of his house in total frustration. He came upon a man in the street who asked why he was so unhappy. He told the stranger that he was ill and couldn’t recover. The stranger told him he had a tune. If the ill man would learn the tune from him, mastering it by morning his sickness would be gone. The stranger lilted the tune so that he could learn it. The sick man spent the rest of the night burning it into his memory. In the morning, he felt well enough to pick up his fiddle and play it. His sickness had gone.

Seems to be popular around the SE of Ireland anyway - I’ve heard this played often and known as The Leg of the Duck

Scratch that last comment - just listened again and it’s different - I know the above one as well and they’re kinda the same but not.

As a side note (interesting with the posted origins story above), in Irish Dónall na Gréine (Daniel of the Sun) means a happy-go lucky person or a foolish person…not to be confused with Dónall na Gealaí or ‘the man in the moon’

Daniel Of The Sun, X:4

This G major setting is in the Comhaltas Foinn Seisiún Book 3, in a set between Mug of Brown Ale and Munster Buttermilk, and under the name ‘Leg of the Duck’.

Re: Played in Ireland

My friend the late Packie Manus Byrne of Ardara, Donegal, taught me this tune many years ago. He called it Buckasheen Landy (a polite word for randy). He learnt it from his father’s lilting.

Daniel Of The Sun, X:5

Found in an old Tunebook under the name of: Donal na Gréine