The Irish Girl slip jig

Also known as An Cailin Gaedhealach.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Irish Girl appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Irish Girl has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Irish Girl
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:c2A AEA ABA|cBc Ace ded|c2A AEA ABA|BGB gfe ded:|
|:cde efd e3|cae efd ged|cae efd efg|1 agf gfe dBG:|2 agf gfe ded||
2
X: 2
T: The Irish Girl
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:c2A AEA AEA|cBc Ace dcB|c2A AEA AEA|BAB gfe dBG:|
cde efd e2d|cde efd ged|cde efd efg|agf {a}gfe dBG|
cde efd e2d|cde efd ged|cde efd efg|agf {a}gfe ded||

Eight comments

The Irish Girl

A slip jig found on at least two recordings by fiddler Jimmy Power. Simple, catchy, and I don’t know of two many common slip jigs in A mixolydian… so here it is.

Re: The Irish Girl

It’s in O’Neill’s - If I recall correctly, written in Amajor in The Music Of Ireland (1850 melodies, published 1903), and written in Aminor in The Dance Music of Ireland (1001 tunes, published 1907). From listening to the wax cylinders of McFadden (the source of the tune for O’Neill), I came to believe the key was more appropriate as Amix, as per Jimmy Power, and the transcriptions reflect an effort at quickly notating inflection that doesn’t always match classical notation.

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Re: The Irish Girl, O’Neill’s 1001

I think that the version in O’Neill’s 1001 has the key signature missing. There’s quite a gap between the Clef and time signature.

The Irish Girl, X:2

Here’s the setting in O’Neill’s 1001, with no key signature as printed, but it sounds lovely in either the minor or mixolydian mode.

Re: The Irish Girl

Am 1/4 Irish girl. It’s a nice tune - Granddad was from West Cork, nearest town Skibbereen. William emigrated to London many yearrs ago and married a London girl, Mary. 7 kids mostly born in Islington, Dad youngest son…

Re: The Irish Girl

Nico, is that wax cylinder of McFadden online anywhere? I’d love to hear this and more of his playing generally.