Graemsay jig

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Graemsay
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
[A2D2] A BAF|A2B d2e|faa baf|efe edB|
[A2D2] A BAF|A2B d2e|faf edB|d3-d2B:|
|:ABd [B2F2] A|ABd [B2F2] A|faa baf|efe edB|
ABd [B2F2] A|ABd [B2F2] A|faf edB|d3-d3:|

Six comments

One of our most staple tunes. Don’t know the ancestry, although from the name, may be Scottish. We usually play this with My Darlin’ Asleep and I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her

Graemsay = one of the Orkney Islands. If a jig ends on two long notes like |d3 d3|| (a bit like a slide) or just one long note lasting a whole bar, then it’s usually Scottish.

Seamus Begley Version

https://thesession.org/tunes/12508

I submitted the above tune today. I wonder is it a Kerry version of this tune. Certainly similar in parts but different enough to warrant a separate submission in my opinion.

C: Magnus Leask

Apparently a composition by Magnus Leask, who was a lighthouse keeper on Graemsay - I seem to recall he played the accordion, and came from Shetland.
Talk was that Dave Richardson (Boys of the Lough) spent some time on Graemsay.
Distant memories of playing a dance there - Gertie Seatter, Ruby Manson et al. Staggering through fields with Jimmy Manson (himself a Shetlander) and a half bottle. Good gig though.

More on Magnus Leask

Here’s some more information on the composer, delivered to me via an email from Magnus Leask’s son, Harald:

Magnus Leask was my father, who wrote/composed ‘The Graemsay Jig.’ My father who originally came from the island of Yell, in Shetland, was very musical and made up many songs (predominantly folk music). Also, I remember my father saying that he was a cousin of the fiddler Ally Bain! My Father was a lighthouse keeper (Principal Lighthouse keeper at Hoy High Lighthouse, on Graemsay, between November 1967 and June 1972), and was in the lighthouse service for nearly 39 years, served at, at least 10 lighthouses around Scotland, Sadly, my father passed away in 1992, in Virkie, Shetland, about a year after he retired from the lighthouse service.

With regard the beautiful Island of Graemsay (Orkney’s green island). I also lived on Graemsay during this time at Hoy High Lighthouse, with my parents and younger brother. I was between 4 and 9 years old then, and my brother and I went to Graemsay primary school. My father was a member of the Graemsay band, and usually played the accordion, in the Graemsay Hall. I knew the other 3 people mentioned. Mrs Seatter, her husband, and son Iain, lived near us at the farm at Sandside, and Mr and Mrs Manson, lived at Quoys a bit further away on the other side of Sandside beach. Mr Manson (Jimmy), did come from Shetland. One of his party pieces at the dances in the Graemsay Hall was singing (and dancing to) the Irish Rover!