The Key Of The Convent jig

Also known as Key To The Convent, The Key To The Convent, Keys Of The Convent, The Keys Of The Convent, Keys To The Convent, The Keys To The Convent, The King Of The Pipes.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Key Of The Convent has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Key Of The Convent has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Key Of The Convent
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AFF dFF | AGB AFD | AFF dAF | DFA B3|
AFF dFF | AGB AFE | F3 AFE | DFA B3 :|
ABc d2 A | dfa agf | gfe fdB | AFA B3|
ABc dcd | dfa gfe | fge fdB | AFA B3|
ABc d2 A | dfa agf | gfe fdB | AFA B3|
ABc dcd | dfa gfe | fge fdB | AFA B2 A|
|:Bbb Baa | fge fdA | Bbb Baa | AFA B2 A|
Bbb Baa | fge fdB | AFd AFE | DFA B3 :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Key Of The Convent
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AFF dFF | A^GB AFD | AFF dFE | DFA B2 d |
AFF dFF | A^GB AFE | ~F3 FEF | DFA B2 :|
ABc ~d3 | dfa afd | geg fdB | AFA B2 d |
ABc dcd | dfa gfe | fge fdB | AFA B2 :|
Bbb Baa | fge fdA | Bbb Baa | AFA B2 A |
Bbb Baa | fge fdB | AFd AFE | DFA B2 :|
X: 3
T: The Key Of The Convent
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AFF dFF|A^GB AFD|AFF dFE|DFA ~B3 |
AFF dFF|A^GB AFE|~F3 AFE|DFA ~B3 :|
|:ABc d2A|dfa agf|gfe fdB|AFA [1,2,3 ~B3 :|4 ~B2A|]
|:Bbb Baa|gfe fdA|Bbb BdB|AFA ~B2A |
Bbb Baa|gfe fdB|AdB AFE|DFA [1~B2A:|2~B2d|]

Twelve comments

Key To The Convent ?

A request, if it’s the same tune. The net is too busy at the moment - I’ll comment tomorrow.

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thanks Kennny, yes that’s the one i was looking for.
In fact the title is The Key of the Convent. It is on Dervish "Boys of Sligo".

Tommy Peoples / Key

I got this tune years ago from Desi Wilkinson. He called it "Tommy Peoples’ " jig, but that’s maybe just because it was learned from him. I haven’t posted it with that name otherwise it’ll turn up in about a dozen recordings when it ‘s a different tune altogether. Recorded also by that fine Belfast band "Craobh Rua".

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Keys to the Convent

This jig is also one of four tunes with the title "King of the Pipers." An excellent fiddle version (by Gerry O’Connor) can be heard on the album "Bridhid’s Kiss" by fiddler Gerry O’Connor & fluter/vocalist Eithne N

This is not the same King of Pipers that appears on the Altan albums. That version used to be posted here but no longer appears to be. I prefer that tune to this one.

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The title ‘Tommy Peoples’ does belong to this jig too, if only because that is the title under which it appeared in the 1974 Bulmer and Sharpley "Music of Ireland" books (book 3, tune 70).

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Disagree…

Bulmer & Sharpley would only have called it after "Tommy Peoples" because they didn’t have another name for it, and he was presumably their source. Also see my second comment above - that was certainly the case with Desi.

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“The Keys to the Convent” ~ Bulmer & Sharpley

"Music From Ireland, Volume Three"
Dave Bulmer & Neal Sharpley, 1976
ISBN: 0-9503784-4-5

X: 2
T: Keys to The Convent, The
B: "Music From Ireland, Volume Three", Bulmer & Sharpley, page 25, tune #70
N: Where B&S had given it the name of their source ~ "Tommy Peoples’ Jig"
N: the lead-ins have been to the front of the parts,
N: the B&S transcript begins |: AFF dFF| ~ & ends ~ | DFA B2 A :|
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: DMaj
|: d |\
AFF dFF | A^GB AFD | AFF dFE | DFA B2 d |
AFF dFF | A^GB AFE | ~F3 FEF | DFA B2 :|
|: d |\
ABc ~d3 | dfa afd | geg fdB | AFA B2 d |
ABc dcd | dfa gfe | fge fdB | AFA B2 :|
|: A |\
Bbb Baa | fge fdA | Bbb Baa | AFA B2 A |
Bbb Baa | fge fdB | AFd AFE | DFA B2 :|

Re: The Key Of The Convent

Not sure why this isn’t here as King of the Pipers which is the name I’ve commonly heard for it too.

Re: The Key Of The Convent

Because "King Of The Pipers" isn’t necessarily the original title, and as stated above, there are other tunes called "The King Of The Pipers". I’ve stated my source, from over 40 years ago.
"the name I’ve commonly heard for it " - depends where you heard it and from whom.

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