## Twenty-five comments

### Kilnamona Barndance

As played by Martin Hayes on Under the Moon. Coming from Bill Malley’s, this makes a wonderful key change from G to F major, an unusual key for Irish trad and not the most common key for fiddlers and other trad players. Measures 1 and 5 of Part A take a little practice but are well worth the trouble…remember to keep your bowing motions small and calm to smoothly navigate those string crossings. I play this with a fair amount of swing, to the point of sounding like a polka, sliding into those "d"s in measure 3 of Part A and the final low "F"s on Part A. Enjoy!

### Solas

This is the Kilnamona Barndance on Solas’ second album "Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers." They do it in G.

A video clip by one of the "two gentlemen from Clare" doing the Kilnamona Barndance is available at Custy’s http://www.custysmusic.com/mall/CustysTraditionalMusicShop/index2.htm

### “The Kilnamona Barndance” ~ G Major

K: G Major

|: AB>c |

d>GB>d G>AB>c | d2 c2 A2 B2 | c2 A2 e3 d | e2 d>c B>G (3ABc |

d>GB>d G>AB>c | d2 c2 A2 B2 | C2 A2 e2 d2 | G4- G :|

|: fg>a |

b2 g>b b>ag>b | a2 f>a a>ge>f | (3gag f>g e>gd>g | e>gd>G B>A (3Bcd |

b2 g>b b>a (3gab | (3aba f>a a>ge>f | (3gag f>g (3efg d2 | g4- g :|

K: G Major (minus what PB calls the dreaded ‘dinxters’)

|: ABc |

dGBd GABc | d2 c2 A2 B2 | c2 A2 e3 d | e2 dc BG (3ABc |

dGBd GABc | d2 c2 A2 B2 | C2 A2 e2 d2 | G4- G :|

|: fga |

b2 gb bagb | a2 fa agef | (3gag fg egdg | egdG BA (3Bcd |

b2 gb bagb | a2 fa agef | (3gag fg (3efg d2 | g4- g :|

### “The Kilnamona Barndance” ~ transcription courtesy of ‘pmo’

Discussion: “Names of tunes needed please!!” (?)

# Posted on February 17th 2007 by pmo

https://thesession.org/discussions/12730

Answer: ~ the Kilnamona Barn Dance ~

# Posted on February 17th 2007 by Bannerman

K: G Major

|: ge |

dGBD GABc | d2 cd A3 B | c2 A2 e3 d | e2 d2 BABc |

dGBd GABc | d2 cd A3 B | c2 A2 e2 d2 | G4 G2 :|

|: ga |

b4 bagb | a4 agef | g2 ge d3 d | eaag a2 ga |

b4 bagb | a4 agef | gbeg d G2 d | eggf g2 :|

### “The Kilnamona Barndance” ~ Will’s transcription transposed to G

The following is to facilitate comparison with the previous G Major transcriptions. I have transposed Will’s F Major to G Major, note for note (hopefully without mistakes):

K: G Major

|: dGBd GABd | d2 c2 A3 B | c2 A2 e3 e | e2 d2 B4 |

dGBd GABd | d2 c2 A3 B | c2 A2 e2 d2 | G4 G4 :|

|: b4 bagb | a3 a agef | gage d2 Bd | e2 (3aaa a2 ga |

b3 b bagb | a3 a agef | gage d2 (3Bcd |1 e2 (3ggg g4 :|2 e2 g2 [Bg]4 ||

variation for Part-B measures 5 & 6:

~ |

bdbb bdgb | acaa agef | gage d2 (3Bcd |1 e2 (3ggg g4 :|2 e2 g2 [Bg]4 ||

Listen to Tim Collins play this tune on the concertina: http://www.suttnerconcertinas.com/sounds/Tim_Collins_A2-3.mp3 (From Suttner Concertina Catalogue Page: http://www.suttnerconcertinas.com/catalogue.html)

### “The Kilnamona Barn Dance” ~ more ways with it

K: G Major

D4 G>AB<c |:

d>GB>d G>AB>c | d2 c2 A3 B | c2 A2 e3 c | (3efe d2 B>AB<c |

(3ded B>d G>AB>c | (3ded c2 A3 B | (3ccc A2 (3eee d2 |[1 G4 G>AB<c :|

[2 G4- G>dg<a ||

|: (3bc’b g>b b>ag>b | a2 a>b a>ge>f | g>ag>e (3ddd B>d | e2 a>e (3aba g>a |

b2 b>c’ (3bc’b g>b | a>Aa>b a>ge>f | g>ag>e (3ddd B>d |[1 e>Af>A g>dg<a :|

[2 e>Af>A g>fg<e ||

K: G Major (minus ‘>’ & ‘<’…)

D2 GABc |:

dGBd GABc | d2 c2 A3 B | c2 A2 e3 c | (3efe d2 BABc |

(3ded Bd GABc | (3ded c2 A3 B | (3ccc A2 (3eee d2 |[1 G4 GABc :|

[2 G4- Gdga ||

|: (3bc’b gb bagb | a2 ab agef | gage (3ddd Bd | e2 ae (3aba ga |

b2 bc’ (3bc’b gb | aAab agef | gage (3ddd Bd |[1 eAfA gdga :|

[2 eAfA gfge ||

### In D

How about playing it in D? We had this playing on the CD around the house, so I picked up the whistle and it seemed to start nicely on an A, finishing on D’s. Nice contrast in this tune.

### Yes, definitely ~ “The Kilnamona Barndance” ~ Will’s transcription in D

X: 1

T: Kilnamona

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: barndance

K: D Major

|: ADFA DEFG | A2 G2 E3 F | G2 E2 B3 B | B2 A2 F4 |

ADFA DEFG | A2 G2 E3 F | G2 E2 B2 A2 | D4 D4 :|

|: f4 fedf | e3 e edBc | dedB A2 FA | B2 (3eee e2 de |

f3 f fedf | e3 e edBc | dedB A2 (3FGA |[1 B2 (3ddd d4 :|[2 B2 d2 [F4d4] |]

& the variation given for Part-B measures 5 and 6 ~

fAff fAdf | eGee edBc | dedB A2 (3FGA |[1 B2 (3ddd d4 :|[2 B2 d2 [F4d4] |]

### “The Kilnamona Barndance” ~ and some more fun with it in D

X: 5

T: The Kilnamona Barndance

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: barndance

K: D Major

|: d>B |\

(3ABA (3FGA D>E (3FGA | (3ABA G2 E3 F | G2 E2 B>EG>A | (3BcB A>G F>DC>D |

ADFA DAFG | A2 G2 E3 F | G2 E2 B>A^G>A | D2 (3DDD D2 :|

|: (3Ade |\

f3 f fedf | e3 e e>dB>c | d>ed>B (3ABA (3FGA | B>e (3eee e>Ad>e |

f>A (3def A>f (3agf | e>Ac>e A>ec>e | d2 (3edB A2 (3FGA | B>d (3ddd d2 :|

& the version minus > & (3 ~

K: D Major

|: dB |\

A2 FE DEFA | A2 G2 E3 F | G2 E2 BEGA | B2 AG FDCD |

ADFA DAFG | A2 G2 E3 F | G2 E2 BA^GA | D2 D2 D2 :|

|: de |\

f3 f fedf | e3 e edBc | dedB A2 FA | B2 e2 eAde |

fAdf Afaf | eAce Aece | dedB A2 FA | B2 d2 d2 :|

### Source for this tune?

Anyone know anything about the source of this tune? It isn’t in my O’Neill’s, which is the Krassen "corrected" one.

### Gerdie Commane

The source for this tune was the late Gerdie Commane, a concertina player from Kilnamona, Co. Clare. I believe that John Williams of Chicago was the first to record the tune, and is responsble for giving it the title. I don’t know if Martin Hayes learned it from John or directly from Gerdie Commane. Gerdie was recorded, along with the late fiddler Joe Ryan, on the "Two Gentlemen from Clare" CD produced by Eoin O’Neill.

### Similar Version D Major

X: 1

T: Kilnamona

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: barndance

K: Dmaj

|:ADFA DEFA|A2 G2 E3F|G2 E2 B3B|B2 A2 F4|

ADFA DEFA|A2 G2 E3F|G2 E2 B2 A2|D4 D4:||

|:f4 fedf|e3e edBc|dedB A2 FA|B2 e2 e2 de|

f4 fedf|e3e edBc|dedB A2 (3FGA|B2 d2 d4|

fAff fAdf|eGee edBc|dedB A2 FA|B2 e2 e2 de|

fAff fAdf|eGee edBc|dedB A2 (3FGA|B2 d2 d4||

### X: 9 “The Kilnamona Barndance”

# Added by ceolachan - February 18th, 2008

### X: 10 “The Kilnamona Barndance”

# Added by ceolachan - February 18th, 2008

### X: 11 “The Kilnamona Barndance”

X: 10 ~ minus > & (3

# Added by ceolachan - February 18th, 2008

### X: 9 - X: 10 - X: 11

Date correction:

# Added by ceolachan - February 5th, 2008

### X: 5

# Added by ceolachan - February 17th, 2007

### X: 6 & X: 7

# Added by ceolachan - February 18th, 2007

### X: 12 “The Kilnamona Barndance”

S: Gerdie Commane - concertina

I’ve based this transcription on several takes of the tune by Gerdie, trying to show some of his different takes on it. For the B-part, bar 8 here:

| g4 g2 aa | ~ it was also played holding that high g ~ | g4- g2- ga |

### X: 13 “The Kilnamona Barndance”

S: John Williams - concertina

### Re: Kilnamona

This recording of the West Wind from April 1st, 2016, corroborates blarneystar’s source of The Kilnamona Barndance as Gerdie Commane via John Williams. The story starts around 0:56 about how John met Gerdie and the occasion he learned the tune from him. John plays the tune at around 0:59.

https://www.mixcloud.com/clarefm/the-west-wind-friday-1st-of-april-2016/

### Kilnamona, X:14

This in my humble opinion is the way it is played by Martin Hayes except for key change from F to G. Also Ferg Scahillls youtube version is almost identical. I don’t know where all the different second /third endings in second part notated in the various settings above comes from. The version played on the concertina in the WEST Wind clip is a typic al concertina player over ornamenting it to the death with rolls crans and whatever else he could throw at it . But —just maybe -maybe - this is the way it was written and Martin simplified it . I’m sure someone will enlighten us ??

### Re: Kilnamona

By the way I edited this after first posting having listened again to Martin and now its exactly as Wills abc version above.