Statia Donnelly jig

Also known as An Paistin Fionn, Paistin Fionn, Stasia Donnelly’s, Statia Donnelly’s.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sliabh Russell (a few times).

Statia Donnelly has been added to 12 tune sets.

Statia Donnelly has been added to 152 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Statia Donnelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:FGA cAA|BGG cAG|FGA cAG|Ad^c d2 A|
|FGA cAA|def g2 e|dcA GEA|1 DED D2 A:|2 DED DFA||
|:ded cAA|def g2 e|ded cAB|~c3 ABc|
|ded cAA|def g2 e|dcA GEA|1 DED DFA:|2 DED D2 A||
# Added .
X: 2
T: Statia Donnelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|FGA cAG|BAG cAG|FGA cAG|Ad^c d2 A|
|FGA c2 A|BAG cAG|
|FGA ~c3|BAG cAG|
|FGA cAG|~B3 cAG|
|FGA cAA|def ~g3|dcA GEA|DED D2 A:|
|FGA cde|fed ~g3|dcA GEA|DED D2 A:|
|~d3 cAG|def g2 e|ded cAB|cec ABc|
|ded cA/B/c|def g2 e|dcA GEC|DED DFA|
|dcA cAG|AB/c/d efg|afd cAB|cBc ABc|
|ded cAA|def g2 e|dcA GEA|GEA GED|into Part A
# Added .
X: 3
T: Statia Donnelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:AG| FGA cAA|BGB cAG|FGA cAG|Ad^c d2A|
|D(3GAB cAA|efd e(3gfe|dcA GEA|D3 D2:||
|:d2A cAA|efd e(3gfe|ded cAB|c2B ABc|
|ded cAd|efd e(3gfe|dcA GEA|D3 D2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Statia Donnelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FGA =cAA|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2D|
FGA cAG|Ade fge|dcA GEA|DED D2A|
FGA ~=c2A|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2A|
FGA cAG|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|DED D2B||
|:A2d dcd|fag efe|dcA G2B|A2B =cAG|
Add dcd|fag ~e3|dcA GEA|1 DED D2B:|2 DED D2c||
|:ded cAA|~f3 g2e|~d3 cAB|=c2B ~A3|
ded cAA|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|1 DED D2c:|2 DED DAG||

Ten comments

Statia Donnelly

I learned this classic D mix jig through osmosis, hearing it from different players around Montana coming to Helena for sessions. I love the shifts between c natural and c sharp, and the swingy feel you get from those FGA phrases. To me, this tune works best at a moderate to slow tempo—a deliberate, almost march-like pace. There’s also lots of room for variations:

You can play the opening phrase as:
|FGA cAG|BAG cAG|FGA cAG|Ad^c d2 A|
or
|FGA c2 A|BAG cAG|
or
|FGA ~c3|BAG cAG|
or
|FGA cAG|~B3 cAG|

Similarly, the ending phrase of the A part responds well to the slightes changes:
|FGA cAA|def ~g3|dcA GEA|DED D2 A:|
or
|FGA cde|fed ~g3|dcA GEA|DED D2 A:|

Some ideas for the B part include:

|~d3 cAG|def g2 e|ded cAB|cec ABc|
|ded cA/B/c|def g2 e|dcA GEC|DED DFA|
or
|dcA cAG|AB/c/d efg|afd cAB|cBc ABc|
|ded cAA|def g2 e|dcA GEA|GEA GED|into Part A

Posted .

I like these Dmix jigs.

Air of this name (Paddy Taylor)

Paddy Taylor’s album of around 1970 ("The Boy in the Gap") contains on side one an air called "An Paistin Fionn." Am wondering the relationship, if any, of this air and the jig of the same name.

This jig was derived from the air. The jig is in Ryan’s under the title "The Pustheen Fawn," I think is how it’s spelled, with the parts reversed from how they’re played here.

Tune confusion

On my recent trip to Ireland, whenever I played the jig I learned from Kevin Crawford’s CD, "In Good Company" called "Finbar Dwyer’s" the B part of this tune would show up. Evidentially they both share the same A part — beware. This tune seems to be better known and more widespread.

Finbar Dwyer’s: https://thesession.org/tunes/1159

Piping Version

X: 1
T: Statia Donnelly
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
|:AG| FGA cAA|BGB cAG|FGA cAG|Ad^c d2A|
|D(3GAB cAA|efd e(3gfe|dcA GEA|D3 D2:||
|:d2A cAA|efd e(3gfe|ded cAB|c2B ABc|
|ded cAd|efd e(3gfe|dcA GEA|D3 D2:||

Posted by .

A 3-part version of this appears on Charlie Piggot, Miriam Collins & Joe Corcoran’s "Lonely Stranded Band", incorporating the B-part of Finbarr Dwyer’s Favourite https://thesession.org/tunes/1159 as the middle part:

X: 1
T: Statia Donnelly
S: Charlie Piggot, Miriam Collins & Joe Corcoran’s - Lonely Stranded Band
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
FGA =cAA|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2D|
FGA cAG|Ade fge|dcA GEA|DED D2A|
FGA ~=c2A|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2A|
FGA cAG|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|DED D2B||
|:A2d dcd|fag efe|dcA G2B|A2B =cAG|
Add dcd|fag ~e3|dcA GEA|1 DED D2B:|2 DED D2c||
|:ded cAA|~f3 g2e|~d3 cAB|=c2B ~A3|
ded cAA|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|1 DED D2c:|2 DED DAG||

Re: Statia Donnelly

Thanks to "Dr Dow" for the 3 part version. But sounds more ‘correct’ to my ear as Dmix (as previous 2 part posts):
X: 5
T: Statia Donnelly
S: Charlie Piggot, Miriam Collins & Joe Corcoran’s - Lonely Stranded Band
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
FGA =cAA|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2D|
FGA cAG|Ade fge|dcA GEA|DED D2A|
FGA ~=c2A|BAG =cAG|~F2A =cAG|Add d2A|
FGA cAG|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|DED D2B||
|:A2d dcd|fag efe|dcA G2B|A2B =cAG|
Add dcd|fag ~e3|dcA GEA|1 DED D2B:|2 DED D2c||
|:ded cAA|~f3 g2e|~d3 cAB|=c2B ~A3|
ded cAA|~f3 g2e|dcA GEA|1 DED D2c:|2 DED DAG||

Re: Statia Donnelly

This tune also works well much slowed down and in strict waltz time; see (hear) the Jimmy Power recorded version.
Iv’e also heard it played that way then speeding up into jig time. Seem to remember hearing a recorded version like this, possibly on one of the Reg Hall ‘pub’ recordings in the British Library archives ?

Another tune from Jimmy Power’s Album Irish Fiddle Player