Junior Crehan’s jig

Also known as An Laudarán, An Luachrachán, An Luaradan, An Luradán, An Lurgadan, Crehan’s, Crehan’s Fiddle, Dermot Grogan’s, Grogan’s, Junior Creahans, Junior Crehan’s, Labhradhán, The Lauchrachán’s, The Lauchrachán, The Leprechann, The Leprechaun, Load Her On, Loathe Her On, Loather On, The Looharadhawn’s, Loradán, The Luachrachán’s, The Luachrachán, Luaithread, The Luaithreadán’s, The Luathradáin’s, The Luathradán, Luathradawn’s, Lúdarán, Lúradán’s, The Lúradán’s, The Lúradán, The Luradan, Lurgadán, The Lurgadan’s, The Lurgadaun, The Luthradán, Peter Horan’s, Poirt An Luathradàn, Port An Lucharachain, Tony Smith’s.

There are 56 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Castle (a few times), The Hag With The Money (a few times), The Mist On The Mountain (a few times), The Cat In The Corner (a few times) and The Haunted House (a few times).

Junior Crehan’s has been added to 11 tune sets.

Junior Crehan's has been added to 289 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f |: fec efe | ABc BAF | EFA BAB | cBB B2 f |
fec efe | ABc BAF | EFA BAB | cAA A2 f :|
|: eaa a2 a | bab c'af | abc' baf | efa b2 c'|
baf fec | ABc BAF | EFA BAB |1 cAA A2 f:|2 cAA A3:|
# Added by Loa .
X: 2
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d|BAF AFE|D3 EDB,|A,B,D ~E3|FEE E2d|
BAF AFE|D3 EDB,|A,B,D ~E3|FDD D2:|
|:E|DFA ~d3|ede fdB|def edB|ABd e2f|
edB AFE|D3 EDB,|A,B,D ~E3|FDD D2:|
X: 3
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |edB dBA | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BAA A2 g |
edB dBA | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: D |GBd g2 g | aga bge | gab age | deg a2 b |
age edB | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|
X: 4
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d |BAF ABA | D2 F EDB, | A,B,D EDE | FEE E2 d |
BAF A2 B | D3 EDB, | A,2 B, D2 E | FD/D/D D2 :|
|: A, |DF/G/A dcd | ede fdB | d2 f edB | AB/c/d e2 f |
edB B2 A | DFD E3 | A,B,/C/D E2 G | FDC D2 :|
X: 5
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d |BAF AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FEE E2 d |
BAF AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FDD D2 :|
|: E |DFA ~d3 | ede fdB | def edB | ABd e2 f |
edB AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FDD D2 :|
X: 6
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d|BAF AFE|D3 EDB|ABD E3|FEE E2d|
BAF AFE|D3 EDB|ABD E3|FDD D2:|
|:E|DFA d3|ede fdB|def edB|ABd e2f|
edB AFE|D3 EDB|ABD E3|FDD D2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g|edB dBA|G3 AGE|DEG A3|BAA A2g|
edB dBA|G3 AGE|DEG A3|BGG G2:|
|:A|GBd g3|aga bge|gab age|deg a2b|
age dBA|G3 AGE|DEG A3|BGG G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:BAF AFE | DFD EDB, | A,B,D EDE | FED EFA |
BAF AFE | DFD EDB, | A,B,D EDE |[1 FDC DFA :|[2 FDC DFE||
DFA dcd | ede fdB | def edB | A (3Bcd e2 f |
edB BAF | DFD EDB, | A,B,D EDE |[1 FDD D2 A,:| [2 FDD D2 A|]
X: 9
T: Junior Crehan's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABc ||: dAF AFE | DFD EDB, | A,B,D EDE | FEE E2A |
dAF AFE | D/E/FD EDB, | A,B,D EFG |1 FDC D2A :|2 FDC D2 |]
A, [|: DFA ~d3 | ede fdB | def edB | ABd egf |
edB AFE | D/E/FD EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 |1 FDC D2A, :|2 FDC D3|]

Thirty-seven comments

Luradan’s

Hello.

To the best of my knowledge this is an original tune from the band Beginish (their second album: Stormy Weather). But since information regarding this band is scarce on the net, I can’t be sure.

Here is a variation on the second part:

|: EAA A2 A | BAB cAF | ABc BAF | EFA B2 c |
BAF FEA | FEc BAF | EFA BAB |1 cAA A2 F:|2 cAA A3:|

I personnaly don’t like to play the (very) high C sharp on a D whistle, so I adapted the second part. Essentially I lowered everything down, but I had to modify it a bit to make it fit (as I can’t play a low C sharp on a D whistle…). It adds a new twist to the tune, but I like it! :-)

Enjoy the music,

Loa

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The Luaithread

Beginish attribute this tune to Junior Crehan, but Kevin Crehan didn’t star it as a Junior composition on An Bh

Lovely.
( the tune )

Junior Crehan’s

I just noticed something unusual about this tune: there are no C notes.

To me, it has a similar kind of feel to The Humours Of Glendart (East At Glendart).

Very nice tune (but then, I like The Lark In The Morning so what do I know?). One for the tunebook.

Nice one, I’m gonna learn it….I’m also supposed to learn another Junior Crehan tune, Her Dark Hair or something like that…..it’s also quite lovely……

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Junior Crehan’s (jig)

The absence of the C# and the G gives it that distinctive pentatonic feel, based on the pentatonic scale D-E-F#-A-B-d. This means you are allowed to give a good hard stare at a guitarist (or any other accompanist) who introduces a chord with a G or C# in it :)
Trevor

Another Junior Crehan tune

Hey, I just thought of another tune with no C notes; The Mist Covered Mountain:

https://thesession.org/tunes/256

Composed by none other than Junior Crehan.

Hmmm… seems like he really liked that pentatonic-ish sound. In any case, he certainly came up with the goods when it came to composing jigs.

Junior Crehan wrote the best tunes!

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Anecdote

Kitty Hayes played this in a little session we had in Clare in January 2005, and told us Junior’s story (which she said that only he could tell!) about how it was written.

It seems that Junior and a friend (whose name I didn’t catch) were up late one night. They decided to try to catch the Luathradain (kind of like a leprechaun), so they raked the ashes over the coals and waited for him to come down the chimney. When he did, they grabbed him and demanded gold. He said he didn’t have any, so they asked him to give them a tune instead. Junior was able to memorize the A part and his friend memorized the B part.

If that’s what it takes to get a great tune, so be it.

I think Kitty plays it in F. I first learned it in D, but lately I’ve been playing it in G.

A great jig and his other composition "The Mist Covered Mountain" mentioned above by Jeremy goes nicely after it. We usually finish the set with Paddy Taylor’s jig. The Lurgadan also has similarities with Health to the Ladies which is normally played in the key of "A".

“The Lúradán’s Jig” / “Crehan’s” / “Junior Crehan’s” K: A, G & D Major

This melody can be played in the keys of A (as in the original submission here), G & way down and nicely low in D Major…

While no one doubts the ‘source’ as Junior Crehan, there is some question as to whether this is actually one of his compositions, I personally don’t believe it is but haven’t yet traced an earlier version I vaguely remember… But I haven’t everything at my disposal I’d like to have. So, anyone else? ~ Kenny? ~ Slainte? ~ Dow? ~ ???

“The Lúradán’s Jig” / “Crehan’s” / “Junior Crehan’s” ~ K: Ptarmigan

Submitted on July 25th 2006 by Ptarmigan.

~ a transcription from the recording "The Ballydesmond Polka", Dan Herlihy & John Drew…

T: Crehan’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: G Major
|: g |
edB dBA | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BAA A2 g |
edB dBA | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: D |
GBd g2 g | aga bge | gab age | deg a2 b |
age edB | GBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|

Submitted on July 25th 2006 by Ptarmigan.

“The Lúradán’s Jig” ~ D Major

K: D Major
|: d |
BAF ABA | D2 F EDB, | A,B,D EDE | FEE E2 d |
BAF A2 B | D3 EDB, | A,2 B, D2 E | FD/D/D D2 :|
|: A, |
DF/G/A dcd | ede fdB | d2 f edB | AB/c/d e2 f |
edB B2 A | DFD E3 | A,B,/C/D E2 G | FDC D2 :|

While there is no question that Junior Crehan is the source many have for this tune, here is some question as to whether or not this is actually one of his compositions…

However, while I have my doubts, Kitty Hayes has her story which is much better… ;-)

Dow’s link just abouve also for Kitty Hayes’ story about this tune and the title "The Lúradán’s Jig"… It’s a sweet tale, despite my peristant doubts of origin… It could be that a strong familiarity leaves me skeptical, but I love the tale just the same… Besides, I can’t remember where I first heard it or learned it… ;-)

You know me Dow, I always favour the earlier transcript, whatever state it is in ~ unless it really is dreadful… I’d forgotten the links, good on you for catching them…

Kitty Hayes ~ a good story is worth repeating ~ courtesy GaryAMartin

# Posted on April 19th 2005 by GaryAMartin

Kitty Hayes played this in a little session we had in Clare in January 2005, and told us Junior’s story (which she said that only he could tell!) about how it was written.

It seems that Junior and a friend (whose name I didn’t catch) were up late one night. They decided to try to catch the Luathradain (kind of like a leprechaun), so they raked the ashes over the coals and waited for him to come down the chimney. When he did, they grabbed him and demanded gold. He said he didn’t have any, so they asked him to give them a tune instead. Junior was able to memorize the A part and his friend memorized the B part.

If that’s what it takes to get a great tune, so be it.

I think Kitty plays it in F. I first learned it in D, but lately I’ve been playing it in G.

# Posted on April 19th 2005 by GaryAMartin

NOTE: The story is actually supportive evidence that backs the idea that it isn’t one of Junior Crehan’s own compositions ~ but one forced out of one of the wee folk…
;-)

Except ~ it is only just dawning on me, it supports my original feeling ~ that it isn’t one of Junior Crehan’s own compositions but one he got from someone else… :-)

“The Lúradán’s Jig” / “Junior Crehan’s” ~ K: A, G & D Major

Key signature: A Major
Submitted on July 29th 2003 by Loa.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1851

For 4.5 other settings in 3 different keys, including the earlier of these two duplicates…

How’s that Dow, I did what you asked me to do, was that what you wanted? :-P

“Junior Crehan’s” ~ the duplicate transcript for comparison

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on August 13th 2003 by Jeremy.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1880

That other transcript in D Major to compare with the one I’d given above:

K: D Major
|: d |
BAF AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FEE E2 d |
BAF AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FDD D2 :|
|: E |
DFA ~d3 | ede fdB | def edB | ABd e2 f |
edB AFE | D3 EDB, | A,B,D ~E3 | FDD D2 :|

From the Fiddler’s Companion: "Although some in the family attribute it to Junior, his grandson Kevin Crehan believes Junior had the tune from his mentor, Sculley Casey".

I like it in A, but I love a good growl over a squeal anyday…

“Junior Crehan: The Last House In Ballymakea”

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2099

Disc 1 of 2 ~ track 1: "The Luachrachán" ~ story and jig,
the tale of the tune as told by Junior Crehan himself,
and the jig of it courtesy of his bow…
16 minutes and 40 seconds

I love the tune, so sweet :D

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Junior Crehan’s jig

There is a beautiful version of this, under the name "Dermot Grogan’s" paired with "Joe Derrane’s jig", under the name"Hardiman’s Fancy", played by Angelina Carberry on banjo. Her flowing melodic playing of these tunes are almost enough to persuade me to buy a banjo and learn to play this
much-maligned instrument - but I’m having enough trouble learning the fiddle! Anybody who hasn’t heard AC…. check her out. You won’t be disappointed.

This isn’t the version Kevin Crawford plays on the d Flute Album.