The Arra Mountains slip jig

Also known as The Arra Mountains, Arragh Mountains, The Arragh Mountains, Arras Mountain, The Cock And The Hen, Mount Arragh, The Mountains Of Arra, The Silver Mountains, Sliabh Ara, The White Mountains.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

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The Arra Mountains appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Arra Mountains has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Arra Mountains has been added to 164 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

1
X: 1
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAG {A}GFG|EAA EAB c2 d|~e3 ege dBG:|
A2 a gef ~g3|e2 a ged Bcd|e2 a gef g2 e|dB/c/d ege dBG|
A2 a gef ~g3|e2 a ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2 e|dB/c/d ege dBG||
# Added .
2
X: 2
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAG GFG|EAA EAB c2 d|ege ege dBG:|
A2 a gef g3|e2 a ged Bcd|e2 a gef g2 e|dBd ege dBG|
A2 a gfe g3|e2 a ged Bcd|efg fga g2 e|dBd ege dBG||
# Added .
3
X: 3
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:EAA EAB c3|EAA AGF GED|EAA EAB c2d|e2e ege dBG:||
.Aza gef ~g3|~a3 ged Bcd|eAA gef ~g2e|d^cd efe dBG|
.Aza gef ~g3|aba ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2e|d^cd efe dBG||
4
X: 4
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: E2 A EAB cBc | E2 A EAF GED |E2 A EAB c2 d | e2 e ege dBG :|
A2 a gef gfg | A2 a ged Bcd | A2 a gef g2 e | d2 d ege dBG |
A2 a gef gfg | A2 a ged Bcd | e2 e faf g2 e | d2 d ege dBG ||
5
X: 5
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAF GED|EAA EAB c2d|efe e/f/ge dBG :|
Aaa gef gfg|eaa ged Bcd|eaa gef g2e|d^cd e/f/ge dBG|
Aaa gef gfg|eaa ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2e|d^cd e/f/ge dBG||
6
X: 6
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAF GED|A,EA EAB c2d|ege e/f/ge dBG :|
|:A,Aa g3 ged|B^ca gef g2d|Aea gef gef|g3 e/f/ge dBG:||
7
X: 7
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAF GED|EAA EAB c2d|e3 ege dBG |
EAA EDE c2A|EAA E3 GED|EAA EAB c2d|ef/g/e ege dBG||
A2a gef g3|eaa ged Bcd|e2a gef g2e|dB/c/d e/f/ge dBG|
A2a gef g3|eaa ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2e|dB/c/d e/f/ge dBG||
# Added by JACKB .
8
X: 8
T: The Arra Mountains
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: EAA EAB ~c3|EAA EAF GED|EAA EAB c2d|1 efe {/g}efg dBG :|2 efe {/g}efg dcB ||
|: A2a gef ~g3|agf g2 A Bcd|ede fdf ~g3|1 def gfe dcB :|2 def gfe dBG||

Twelve comments

Paddy O’Brien’s

Thanks to Emily for teaching this tune to Sos, Zina, and myself during Paddy’s Angels’ visit to Montana. Em learned it from Kevin Crawford at Gaelic Roots this year and gave it to us as he played it on flute. This instantly became one of my favorite slip jigs—it’s "awesome," isn’t it Em? 🙂 Totally.

For the sake of getting the basic tune under your fingers, here’s a somewhat simplified setting:

T: Paddy O’Brien’s
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: A dorian
|:EAA EAB cBc|EAA EAG GFG|EAA EAB c2 d|
|ege ege dBG:||
|A2 a gef g3|e2 a ged Bcd|e2 a gef g2 e|
|dBd ege dBG|
|A2 a gfe g3|e2 a ged Bcd|efg fga g2 e|
|dBd ege dBG||

And here’s how it’s been coming out on my fiddle lately:

T: Paddy O’Brien’s
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: A dor
||EAA EAB ~c3|EAA EAF GFG|EAA EAB c2 d|~e3 ege dBG:||
|[Ae]aa gef ~g3|[Ae]aa ged Bcd|[Ae]aa gef g2 e|dB/c/d ege dBG|
|[Ae]aa gef ~g3|[Ae]aa ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2 e|dB/c/d ege dBG||

Posted .

Good job Will! I was also in that class and had fun learning this slip jig with Emily. Kevin rolled the C naturals as a variation.

Joyce

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We’ve been playing this one followed up by Kid on the Mountain recently. Good stuff.

McNamara setting

T:Arra Mountains
R:slip jig
N:track 12b
D:Brian McNamara: Fort of the Jewels
Z:Bill Reeder
M:9/8
L:1/8
K:G
EAA EAB c3|EAA AGF GED|EAA EAB c2d|e2e ege dBG:||!
.Aza gef ~g3|~a3 ged Bcd|eAA gef ~g2e|d^cd efe dBG|!
.Aza gef ~g3|aba ged Bcd|e/f/ge f/g/af g2e|d^cd efe dBG||

"The Arra Mountains" ~ C: Paddy O’Briend

X: 5
T: Arra Mountains, The
C: Paddy O’Brien
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|: E2 A EAB cBc | E2 A EAF GED |
E2 A EAB c2 d | e2 e ege dBG :|
|: A2 a gef gfg | A2 a ged Bcd |
[1 A2 a gef g2 e | d2 d ege dBG :|
[2 e2 e faf g2 e | d2 d ege dBG |]

Cock And The Hen, X:6

Athena Tergis plays this as The Arragh Mountains with Will You Come Down to Limerick? It’s a lovely set together.

Re: Cock And The Hen

But who has had the strange idea to insert confusion with the title of this tune by adding "The Cock and the Hen" as the main (yes, the main !) title of this tune ? I checked (as of 2021, march the 14th) all the recordings of it and none use that title.
Furthermore this tune composed by Paddy O’Brien has been named The Arra Mountains, which is the name appaearing in all the recordings found here, so no need to add an hypothetical other completely different alternative name.
I will correct it (if possible)
PS: the "real" The Cock & the Hen" is here https://thesession.org/tunes/93

The Arra Mountains, X:8

I learned this setting from Siobhán Peoples, my online teacher for Willie Week this year. We’re playing it before Never An Easy Mind: https://thesession.org/tunes/191#setting41563

The second part of this setting is particularly interesting, where the melody seems to cut across the bars somehow, making it sound as though the tune is skipping a beat even though it’s actually straightforward slip jig timing throughout. Great tune!