The Nightingale jig

Also known as Dan Dowd’s, Joe O’Dowd’s, Sean Ryan’s, The Top Of Cork Road, Trip To Carlow.

There are 34 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Castle (a few times).

The Nightingale has been added to 34 tune sets.

The Nightingale has been added to 275 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Nightingale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAA A2B|cAd cAG|EDE G3|DEF GFG|
EAG A2B|cAB cde|~g3 ege|1 dBG A2G:|2 dBG A3||
|:aea aef|gdg gdg|aea aef|gfe def|
g2e fed|edB GBd|~g3 ege|1 dBG A2G:|2 dBG A3||
# Added by nobu .
X: 2
T: The Nightingale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G | EAA A2 B| cAd cAG | ~E3 ~G3 | ~E3 GED |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cde | gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 G |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cAG | EDE ~G3 | G,B,D GFG |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cde | gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 a ||
| aea aef | gdg gda | aea aef | gfe deg |
| aea aef | gdg gdg | {a}gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 ^g |
| aea aef |gdg gda | aea aef | gfe def |
| g2 e fed | edB GBd | {a}gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 G ||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Nightingale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G|EAA A2B|cAB cAG|~E3 ~G3|DB,D GFG|
EAA A2B|cAB cde|~g3 e/f/ge|dBG A2:|
a|aea aef|gdg gdg|~a3 aef|gfe def|
~g2e fed|edB GBd|~g3 e/f/ge|dBG A2:|
X: 4
T: The Nightingale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: G|EAA A2B|cAd cAG|EDE GFG |G,B,D GFG|
EAA A2B|cAB cde|~g3 e/f/ge|dBG A2:|
|: a|aea aef|gdg gdg|aea aef |gfe de |
[1 g|aea aef|gdg gdg|~g3 e/f/ge|dBG A2:|
[2 f|g2e fed|edB GBd|~g3 e/f/ge|dBG A2|]
X: 5
T: The Nightingale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: E|AGA BcA|dcA G|EDE GFG |G,B,D BAG|
EAG ABcA|Bcde|gag ege|dBG A2:|
|: e|aae aae|fge gge|gae aag |fgf ed |
efg efe|ded BGAB|gfg ege|dBG A2:|

Seventeen comments

C:Sean Ryan

Composed by Sean Ryan

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Sean Ryan

I once saw Sean play this tune, he always played ‘The castle jig’ before it, another of his own compositions.
Good luck
Mikea

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The Nightingale

I saw that someone else recently tried to post Kevin Burke and Martin Hayes’ setting of this from the In Concert cd. It is a particular nice version, a bit different from nobu’s original here. As follows:

X: 1
T: Nightingale, The
T: Sean Ryan’s
C: Sean Ryan
D: In Concert, Kevin Burke (with Martin Hayes on this track)
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: A Dorian
G | EAA A2 B| cAd cAG | ~E3 ~G3 | ~E3 GED |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cde | gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 G |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cAG | EDE ~G3 | G,B,D GFG |
| EAA A2 B | cAB cde | gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 a ||
| aea aef | gdg gda | aea aef | gfe deg |
| aea aef | gdg gdg | {a}gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 ^g |
| aea aef |gdg gda | aea aef | gfe def |
| g2 e fed | edB GBd | {a}gfg e/f/ge | dBG A2 G ||

They also sometimes drone the E against the open A in the EAA A2 bits.

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“The Hidden Ireland:”

"The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Séan Ryan"
Compiled by Bryan Ryan

Page 10: "The Nightingale"

Who is sean Ryan?

are you talking a bout the whistle player sean ryan?
i don’t know where he’s from but i met him at a workshop at the Joe Mooney summer school Co. Leitrim.
(he’s Irish obiously)

anyway there’s another tune on here by the name of sean ryan’s but it goes below the register of the whistle….
i presume we’re all thinking of different sean Ryans.

The tunes of Seán Ryan ~

"The Hidden Ireland:
The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan"
Compiled by Brian Ryan

Page 10: "The Nightingale"

From the book:

"Seán Ryan was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. It was his good fortune to grow up in the Newtown area, an environment steeped in Irish traditional music. The flute was his first instrument, but he began learning the fiddle at an early age. His father Thomas also was an outstanding fiddler. Seán was imbued with a great love for Ireland, her music, song, dance, culture, language, her people and games. He was a champion step-dancer and a very fine singer. ~ " ~ Caitlín & Brian Ryan

i am mistaken… this is not the same sean ryan… he told us of how his grandmother helped him learn whistle and that she played a squeeze box……
thaks for taking the time though,
very much appreciated

It’s easy to confuse the two Sean Ryans at first. The whistle Sean Ryan lives in Tipperary, and that’s where fiddle Sean Ryan was from as well. Then we have the two box players named Paddy O’Brien of course. There’s also two Seamus Egans that both play banjo. Oh the humanity!

Another title

This tune also goes by the name Dan Dowd’s (no info as to who that may be), and appears under this title in Bulmer & Sharpley’s ‘Music from Ireland’ (book 4, tune 61).

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The Nightingale

Dan O’Dowd was a Dublin piper/pipemaker. He owned an old Egan C set which you hear on early Chieftains albums. Never heard him play this but it is a fine tune on the pipes.

The Nightingale, X:5

I learned this tune several years ago under the the name " The Sparkling Sea", from a player from County Wexford.

Re: The Nightingale

First tune is GREEN FIELDS OF WOODFORD.

Re: The Nightingale

Hi

I’m new to the Session, so a bit late to the discussion.

I learned this tune in 1975 when I was hanging in Sligo with the band Pumpkinhead. They got it from the Sligo town fiddler Joe O’Dowd, who often said, "Oh, don’t ask me now" when he couldn’t recall the name of a tune. They recorded it as part of a jig set as "Joe O’Dowd’s" on their 1976 LP on Mulligan. Kevin Burke played fiddle on the record.

https://irishrock.org/irodb/bands/pumpkinhead.html

I recorded it myself a few years later, also with Kevin Burke on fiddle, on a Kicking Mule LP called "After the Morning." Kevin couldn’t recall the name of the tune at the time, either, so we also went with calling it after Joe O’Dowd.

Nice to finally learn the more common other names for it.

I’ll post the setting I know once I figure out how to do that.

Cheers!