Blathanna jig

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Blathanna has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Blathanna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2>c2dB | cA A2 Bc | d2>e2f/e/d | ca a2 z g | fd d2 ef |
ecA EE/F/A | B2 B2 BA | B4 z2 || B2>c2dB |
cA A2 Bc | d2 z ef/e/d | ca a2zg | fd d2 ef |
ecA EE/F/A | B2 B2 BA | B4 z2 || g2>f2ed |
g2 f z ed | c2>d2e/d/c | d2>e2f/g/a | g2>f2ed |
gaf ged | cAA EE/F/A | B4 z2 || g2> f2ed |
g2 f z ed | c2> d2e/d/c | d2> e2f/e/d | B2> c2d/c/B |
cAA EE/F/A | B4 BA | B4 z2 ||
# Added by vsign .
2
X: 2
T: Blathanna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2>c2 dB | cA A2 Bc | d2>e2 (3fed | ca a2 z g |
fd d2 ef |ec AE (3EFA | B2 B2 BA | B4 z2 :||
g2>f2 ed |g2 f z ed | c2>d2 (3edc | d2>e2 (3fga |
g2>f2 ed |ga fg ed | cA AE (3EFA | B4 z2 ||
g2> f2 ed |g2 f z ed | c2> d2 (3edc | d2> e2 (3fed |
B2>c2 (3dcB |cA AE (3EFA | B4 BA | B4 z2 ||
M:5/4
|:BEFA Bde2 dc|BEFA BFA2 FA|
BEFA Bde2 de|fedB AFd2 cA:|
|:Bdef dBe2 dc|Bdef dBA2 FA|
Bdef dBe2 ag|fedB AFd2 cA:|

Five comments

Blathanna

Track three, tune one from album The Reed That Bends in the Storm by Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle.

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Re: Blathanna

Doesn’t sound like a jig to me. I couldn’t find any free recording of this track, but going by some preview samples on commercial sites, this seems to be 3/4 rather than 6/8 at around 108 bpm.

Re: Blathanna

I agree the tune is in 3/4. I found it on Spotify and listened to it. The transcription that vsign did is excellent though when converted to 3/4. More interesting is the second section of the song which is in 5/4. It is not the first time that a Balkan rhythm has been added to a Celtic sound - there is a good article about such things at http://www.fiddlingaround.co.uk/balkan%20rhythms.html

The Balkan section would normally be scored in 5/8 and the 1/8th notes would be scored as 1/16th notes but it is hard enough to get your head around the tune without the fear caused by all that black in the notes. The tune is felt as alternating sections of three and two beats. It is a great tune once you get in the groove.

Here is a transcription of both sections of Blathanna.
X: 1
T: Blathanna
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2>c2 dB | cA A2 Bc | d2>e2 (3fed | ca a2 z g |
fd d2 ef |ec AE (3EFA | B2 B2 BA | B4 z2 :||
g2>f2 ed |g2 f z ed | c2>d2 (3edc | d2>e2 (3fga |
g2>f2 ed |ga fg ed | cA AE (3EFA | B4 z2 ||
g2> f2 ed |g2 f z ed | c2> d2 (3edc | d2> e2 (3fed |
B2>c2 (3dcB |cA AE (3EFA | B4 BA | B4 z2 ||
M: 5/4
|:BEFABde2dc|BEFABFA2FA|
BEFABde2de|fedBAFd2cA:|
|:BdefdBe2dc|BdefdBA2FA|
BdefdBe2ag|fedBAFd2cA:|

Blathanna, X:2

It is a bit difficult to show a tune as a jig when it is a waltz with a B section in 5/4. The notes are all here but you may want to copy the abc in the comment above and run it through an external abc program. Note that in the recording, the quarter notes in the Balkan section are rarely played as straight quarter notes - they are almost always played with ornamentation.

Re: Blathanna

The 5/8th part is actually another tune which is called Caught on the hop, which is already listed here. Both tunes are by Mike McGoldrick