Gillan’s Apples jig

Also known as Gillen’s Apples, Gillian’s Apples, Gilligan’s Apples, Jackson’s Growling Cat.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Banish Misfortune (a few times), The Munster (a few times) and The Ships In Full Sail (a few times).

Gillan’s Apples has been added to 8 tune sets.

Gillan's Apples has been added to 110 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Gillan's Apples
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dAF FEF|FEF F2 B|AFE EFE|~E3 EFA|
dAF FEF|DFA d2 e|fed cdB|1 cA^G ABc:|2 cA^G A2 B||
|:cAe cAe|cAc edc|dBf dBf|dBd fed|
cAe cAe|~c3 efg|fed cdB|1 cA^G A2 B:|2 cA^G A2 d||
|:cBA BAF|dAF D2 d|cBA BAF|AFE E2 d|
cBA BAF|DFA d2 e|fed cdB|1 cA^G A2 d:|2 cA^G A2 B||
|:cAA eAA|fAA edc|dBB fBB|~f3 fed|
cAA eAA|fAA efg|fed cdB|1 cA^G A2 B:|2 cA^G ABc||
# Added .
X: 2
T: Gillan's Apples
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dAF FAF|FAF F2d|BGE EFE|EFE EFA|
dAF FEF|DFA d2e|fed cdB|1 cAA ABc:|2 cAA A2d||
|:cAe cAe|cAe edc|dBf dBf|dBf fed|
cAe cAe|cAe e2a|fed cdB|cAA A2d:|
|:cBA BAF|dAF D2d|cBA BAF|AFE E2d|
cBA BAF|DFA d2e|fed cdB|cAA A2d:|
|:cAA eAA|fgf edc|dBB fBB|fgf fed|
cAA eAA|fAA aAA|fed cdB|1 cAA A2d:|2 cAA ABc||

Seven comments

Gillan’s Apples

Timo was looking for this tune, and this four-part version (which matches the snippet of a part he submitted) is different from the two-part Gillan’s Apples posted by Josh Kane some time ago.

I’ve heard fiddlers and box players put the sharped G’s in on the endings for each part, but whistlers and fluters often leave them out, playing cAA A2 instead. Best to listen and join the majority. The G sharps give a more modal A sound to the whole tune that I like.

Hope this helps, Timo.

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Gillian’s Apples

My version’s a bit different to Will’s:

X: 1
T: Gillan’s Apples
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|:dAF FAF|FAF F2d|BGE EFE|EFE EFA|
dAF FEF|DFA d2e|fed cdB|1 cAA ABc:|2 cAA A2d||
|:cAe cAe|cAe edc|dBf dBf|dBf fed|
cAe cAe|cAe e2a|fed cdB|cAA A2d:|
|:cBA BAF|dAF D2d|cBA BAF|AFE E2d|
cBA BAF|DFA d2e|fed cdB|cAA A2d:|
|:cAA eAA|fgf edc|dBB fBB|fgf fed|
cAA eAA|fAA aAA|fed cdB|1 cAA A2d:|2 cAA ABc||

Did Gillan have an orchard? ~ Brown Snout, Catshead, Foxwhelp, Sweeny Nonpareil, Minier’s Dumpling, Hanwell Souring, Yellow Ingestrie, Wormsley Pippin, Pineapple Russet, Esopus Spitzenburgh, Baton’s Incomparable??? Yeah, we could do that, "Gillan’s Brown Snout Apples"… Maybe not…

I found this in the fiddler’s companion online (I think) along with a ton of other "Jackson’s" jigs. It’s also called Apples in Winter there.

It was published in O’Farrell’s Nation Collection, as, I think, Jackson’s Growling Cat. I like that name better, and I don’t know any other tunes named Jackson’s Growling Cat.

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Apparently it was Gillan, not Gillian. John Gillan was a tune collector and O’Neill got some tunes off him.

Re: Gillan’s Apples

Learned this at an Irish music week from the Hanley himself!!!!… we all thought it was a version of Gillian’s apples. What are your thoughts? In G maj I believe.
This was learned by ear in the oral tradition.

d/e/f |: g3 B,A | G2A GBd | e3 edB | dBA ABA | DGG GBA | GBd g2a | bag fgf | ed’c d2|:

e|: faa faa | faa agf | gbb gbb | gbb bag | faa faa | faa afa | bag fgf | ed’ cd |: