The Kerfunten jig

Also known as Ag Cur Funchin, Hammy Hamilton’s, Hammy’s, John & Judy Carroll’s, The Kerfeunteun, The Kerfunken, The Kerfuntan, The Kerfunteun.

There are 34 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Woodcock (lots of times), The Hag With The Money (a few times), The Humours Of Glendart (a few times), Jimmy Ward’s (a few times) and Sliabh Russell (a few times).

The Kerfunten has been added to 26 tune sets.

The Kerfunten has been added to 765 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F3 FED|FGA Bcd|A2 B BAF|~E3 EDE|
|~F3 FED|FGA Bcd|A2 B BAF|1 EFE D2 E:|2 EFE DFA|
|:d3 def|B3 BAB|d3 def|fed efe|
|d3 def|B3 BAB|A2 d dAF|1EFE DFA:|2 EFE D2 E|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2B BAG|dBd efg|ded edB|~A3 ABc|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|ded gdB|AGF G3:||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag ~a3|
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|dBd gdB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|dBd edB|~A3 DFA|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|dBd edB|1 ~A3 G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag ~a3|
~g3 gab|~e3 efg|dBd edB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|~d3 gdB|BAG ABc|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|~d3 gdB|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag a2b|
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|dBd gdB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
X: 3
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3 BAG|Bdd efg|dBd edB|~A3 DGA|
~B3 BAG|Bdd efg|dBd edB|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|efe edB|~g3 gab|bag a2d|
~g3 gab|efe edB|dBd edB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
X: 4
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B3 BAG|dB/c/d efg|dB/c/d gdB|A3 DFA|
B3 BAG|dB/c/d efg|dB/c/d gdB|1 cAF G2A:|2 cAF GB/c/d||
|:g3 gab|e3 edB|g3 gab|bag a2f|
g3 gab|efe efg|dB/c/d gdB|1 cAF GB/c/d:|2 cAF G2A||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F3 FED|AF/G/A Bcd|AF/G/A dAF|E3 EFG|
F3 FED|AF/G/A Bcd|AF/G/A dAF|1 GEc D2E:|2 GEc DF/G/A||
|:dB/c/d def|B3 BAF|d3 def|fed e2c|
dB/c/d def|BcB Bcd|AF/G/A dAF|1 GEc DF/G/A:|2 GEc D2E||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Kerfunten
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D | F2 F FED | FGA Bcd | A2 A BAF | E2 E EDE |
F2 F FED | FGA Bcd | A2 A BAF | EFE D2 :|
|: A | d2 d def | B2 B BAB | d2 d def | fed e2 A |
d3 def | B2 B BAB | AFA dAF | EFE D2 :|

Eighteen comments

The Kerfunken Jig

This version is based on Martin Hayes’ understated approach on The Lonesome Touch. Makes a great beginner tune, yet it has plenty of potential for advanced players. Hayes spices it up each time around by rolling some of the F3s, B3s, and d3s, or by swinging them as F2 F, B2 b, or d2 d. You can also try a Hayes’ trademark moving triplet in the 2nd and 6th measures of Part A by playing: |FGA B(3Bcd)|. This tune goes well into Tell Her I Am (also on Lonesome Touch), or for a darker change, into Paddy Fahy’s Jig (from Martin Hayes’ earlier self-titled cd).

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Nice and easy

This really is a delightful little jig. I find it really easy to learn and play.

I think this would be a good tune to recommend to beginners.

Kerfunten

This tune is by Hammy Hamilton(Flute player), I believe. Deanta have recorded a good version of this tune.
It is nice to play with another tune by HH — Woodcock, which is usually played first.

Tulla Band

This tune comes from a set of jigs from the Tulla Ceilidh Band repetoir. It was recorded on their 50 celebration CD (including Martin Hayes). The set normally starts with "The Hole in the Hedge" followed by "Seamus Cooleys" and finishing with the Kerfunken. Interestingly Martin Hayes has recorded the first two as a set on the CD Under the Moon, but left the Kerfunken out.

The REAL Kerfunten

I learned this tune in 1998 from Hammy himself. He wasn’t too sure about the current "right way" to play that thing. The title comes from a village in brittany. Apparently the breton "Ker-" is something like the Irish "-kill" meaning church.

Here are some versions I’ve got. It’s basically the same version with various ornamentations.

X: 45
T:Kerfunten Jig, The
R:jig
C:Hammy Hamilton
S:1st Version from Hammy, Achill 1998
Z:Hauke Steinberg
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
B2B BAG|dBd efg|ded edB|~A3 ABc|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|ded gdB|AGF G3:||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag ~a3|
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|dBd gdB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
"Variations"
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|dBd edB|~A3 DFA|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|dBd edB|1 ~A3 G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag ~a3|
~g3 gab|~e3 efg|dBd edB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||
"Variations"
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|~d3 gdB|BAG ABc|
~B3 BAG|dBd efg|~d3 gdB|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|~g3 gab|bag a2b|
~g3 gab|~e3 edB|dBd gdB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||

There’s an interesting interview with Harry where he talks, briefly about this tune. He mentions that the tune was named after a place in Brittany, in a suburb of Quimper called Kerfuteun. You can read the whole interview online at:
http://www.firescribble.net/flute/hamilton.html

T:Kerfunten
M:6/8
L:1/8
C:H.Hamilton
S:Dan Healy & Ciaran O’Raghallaigh - "the windy turn"
R:jig
Z:g.m.p
K:G
~B3 BAG|Bdd efg|dBd edB|~A3 DGA|
~B3 BAG|Bdd efg|dBd edB|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF GBd||
~g3 gab|efe edB|~g3 gab|bag a2d|
~g3 gab|efe edB|dBd edB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF G2c||

this jig is pretty interesting, well, now I finally know the name of it! yaaaaaaaaaay! I mean.. the meaning behind the name! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!

Cheers,
Armand

I find this tune a lot better in G

The Israeli band called "Black Velvet" plays it in G,
after "The Monaghan Jig", all played by Emer mayock..
I also found that people tend to play it in G at sessions too.

That’s simply because it was originally composed in G. But, I think Clare musicians play this tune in C or F.

Kerfunten

I feel Dmaj setting of this tune sounds better when played very simply while it’s fun to add many ornamentations and variations to Gmaj setting. Don’t know exactly why. Mary MacNamara plays it plainly, but it magically sounds beautiful.

Lunasa plays it in G on the first album.

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It’s often recorded in G, but It’s played in D in some places. I remember Pat O’Connor started playing it in D when he came over to this country and joined us.

I really like the way Lunasa plays this melody. I prefer their version to the one posted here and played elsewhere. This is among my favorite tunes.

Thanks for the name of the place and the composer!

About the name

"Ker" in breton means "village", not "church". ;-) So it’s the "village of the fountain".

The Kerfunken, X:6

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.