Oíche Nollag jig

Also known as Christmas Eve, The Christmas Eve, Christmas Night, The Christmas Night.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

Oíche Nollag has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Oíche Nollag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: g |f2 A d2 f | e2 d B2 g | f2 A d2 f | {a}g3 a2 g |
f2 A d2 f | e2 d B2 c | d2 A B2 G | E2 F D2 :|
|: f/g/ |a2 b a2 f | d3- d2 f | g2 f e2 d | B3 A2 f/g/ |
a2 b a2 f | d2 f g2 f | e2 d c2 e | a3- a2 :|
X: 2
T: Oíche Nollag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: g |f2 A d2 f | e2 d B2 g | f2 A d2 f | g3 a2 g |
f2 A d3 | e2 d B3 | d2 A B2 G | E3 D2 :|
f |a2 b a2 f | d2 c d2 f | g2 f e2 d | BcB A3 |
a2 b a2 f | d3 g2 f | e2 d c2 e | a3 f2 g |
a3 a2 f | d3- d2 f | g2 f e2 d | B3 A2 F |
A2 B A2 f | d2 f g2 b | a2 A e2 A | d3- d2 |]
X: 3
T: Oíche Nollag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
||: g |"D" f2A d2f|"A" e2d B2g |"D" f2A d2f|"G"g3 a2g |!
|"D"f2A d2f|"A" e2d B2c|"D" d2A "G" B2G|"A" E3 "D" D2 :||!
||f |"D" a2b a2f|"D"d2c d2f|"Em" g2f e2d|"G" ~B3 A3||
|"D" a2b a2f|"D"d3- d2f|"Em" e2d c2e|"A" a3 f2g|!
|"D" a2^g a2f |"D" d3 e2f|"Em" g2f e2d|"G" B3 A2F|!
|"D" A2B A2F|"G" d2f g2b|"A" a2f e2f |"D" d3- d2 |]
X: 4
T: Oíche Nollag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: g |f2 A d2 f | e^de B2 g | f2 A def | g2 b a2 g |
f2 A d2 A | e2 A B2 g | d2 c B2 G | EGE D2 :|
f |a2 b a2 f | dcd A2 f | g2 f e2 d | cec A2 f |
a3 a2 f | d3 g2 f | e^de c2 e | a3 efg |
a2 b a2 f | d3- d2 f | g2 f e2 d | BdB A2 F |
A3 A2 F | D2 A g2 b | a2 A e2 A | d3- d2 |]

Five comments

“Oíche Nollag” / “Christmas Eve”

S: "Ceol Rince na hÉireann, Cuid 1", Breandán Breathnach, Page 26, tune #60
S: Seosamh Breathnach, uilleann pipes

X: 2 “Oíche Nollag” / “Christmas Eve” ~ ‘tis the season…

Having some fun with this single jig, with little effort the phrases can also be stretched and emphasized as a slide (all in the family)…

See also the reel: "The Boys Of Ballinahinch"
# Added by gian marco - January 18th, 2003
https://thesession.org/tunes/1348

Oiche Nollag

I’ve just posted a version of this which, in my opinion, flows better than the other two and this makes it more dancey. Perhaps nots a quirky in a session but definitely easier for dancers.
Noel

X: 1 is from Breandán Breathnach’s work "Ceol Rince na hÉireann, Cuid 1". It’s my notion that in the case of this particular tune the work wasn’t quite done, or the memory wasn’t fully there at the time, reason for my taking it elsewhere in X: 2 & X: 4, and welcoming X: 3 as another possibility towards making it more dance friendly, more friendly in general… ;-) It wouldn’t be the first or the last piece of music or dance unfinished, lost, or gone astray.

dots

Wise words Ceolachan. Muscical notation is a bit like the English national curriculum - better when it is used as a spring board than as a straight jacket. The dots are only a mnemonic anyway. I’m glad I can read them but I’m also glad that on a good day I can see through the dots to the underlying music.