Bring Back The Child jig

Also known as Nigel’s, When You Go Home You’ll Get It.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Bring Back The Child has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Bring Back The Child
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gfe d2B|cAA BGG|gfe d2B|cAF G3|
gfe d2B|cAA BGG|EFG A2B|cAF G2D||
EFG A2B|cAA BGG|gfe d2B|cAF G3||
X: 2
T: Bring Back The Child
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gfe d2B|cAA BGG|gfe d2B|cAF G3:||
X: 3
T: Bring Back The Child
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d|gfe d2B|cBA BAG|gfe d2B|cAF G2d|
gfe d2B|cBA GBd|gbg d2B|cAF G2:|
|:G|FGA A2d|cAd cAG|FGA A2d|cAF G2G|
FGA A2d|cAd cAG|gbg d2B|cAF G2:|

Sixteen comments

Gan Ainm

This is a single jig, so no repeats. The tune was brought to a local Bristol session by one of our very experienced banjo/mandolin players (Nigel). He doesn’t know the origin or name of the tune, and I have not been able to track it down on an ABC search, so we’re provisionally calling it "Nigel’s Jig" in our local session until its real name (if known) comes to light.

Bring Back the Child

Thus called on ‘Live from Patrick Street’.

Bring Back the Child

Henk, thanks for that information!

Single jig????

I thought a "single jig" was sort of like a slide and very rare these days, and that it was a "single reel" that is defined by not having repeats. Now I’m all confused again…

I agree with Dow.
"Single Jig" doesn’t means a Jig with no repeats. It is a sort of
( mysterious ) 12/8 jig.

It is unusual for a jig to be made up of 8-bar strains rather than 16-bar strains (or 8 bars repeated). Perhaps it was orginally used as a march rather than a dance tune - or more likely, given the title, a song.

It’s the usual thing (like the word "set") — the word "single" can mean two different things. "Single" may mean as Trevor was using it, no repeats, or "Single" may mean as Mark was using it, as a type of jig.

By the way, stepdancers still dance single jigs, it’s one of the dances considered more traditional (Helen Brennan thinks it’s the descendant of the moneen jig) and is usually danced by beginner/novice/sometimes prizewinner dancers, but not by champions.


Single Jigs

I think a single jig is defined as having a |1-3 4-6|1-3 4-6| (Humpty Dumpty|Humpty Dumpty) count instead of the double jigs |123 456|123 456| (Liverpool Everton|Liverpool Everton)

If "Humpty Dumpty|Humpty Dupty" is a single jig, and "Liverpool Everton|Liverpool Everton" is a duoble jig,
what’s "Humpty Dumpty Set On The Wall" ?

Bring Back The Child

This jig can be played as a round, in canon with itself. The second player starts two bars after the first. It works well.

When you go home you’ll get it

This version I have added is written by an identified scribe in the Francis Reynolds MS of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford. I don’t know when this particular tune was added to the manuscript but it was probably between 1880-1920.

A fun tune, thanks!

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Roche’s Vol.2 1911

This tune appears untitled in Francis Roche’s ‘Collection of Irish Airs etc’ Vol.2 (1912) No.314, page 50. It’s identical to the aforementioned version written in the Francis Reynolds MS except that in the manuscript bowing has been added and the title "When you get home, you’ll get it", which suggests that it wasn’t copied from Roche.

Indeed then you won’t

A version is notated in the ‘miscellaneous’ tunes section of O’Neill’s 1,850 (#1818) as Indeed Then You Won’t.

Indeed Then You Won’t

#1818 in O’Neill’s 1850