The Morning Lark jig

Also known as An Buachaillin Búi, An Teac Annsa Feoran, An Teac Annsa Gleann, Cleite Na Péacóige, Cooley’s, The House In The Glen, Little House In The Glen, The Little House In The Glen, Peacock’s Feather, The Peacock’s Feather, The Thrushe’s Nest, The Yellow Little Boy, The Yellow-Haired Boy.

There are 39 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bohola (a few times) and The Kishkeam Lasses (a few times).

The Morning Lark has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Morning Lark has been added to 122 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Morning Lark
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AFD D2A,|DEF Adc|BGG DGG|B2B BdB|
AFD D2A,|DEF A3|def gfe|fd^c d2B:|
|:ABd fdd|add fdB|Add fed|edB BAF|
Add fdd|add fdd|faf ede|fd^c d2B:|
X: 2
T: The Morning Lark
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|AFD D2A,|DEF Adc|BGG dGG|BAG BdB|
AFD D2A,|DEF ABc|def gfe|fdc d2:|
|:B|Add fdd|add fdB|Add fdd|edB BdB|
Add fdd|add fdd|~f3 ede|fdc d2:|
X: 3
T: The Morning Lark
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AFD D3 | DEF Ad=c | BGG DGG | BGG BdB |
AFD D3 | DEF A2B | def gfe | fdc dcB :|
|: Add fdd | add fdd | Add fdd | edB BAB |
Add fdd | add fed | ~f3 ede |1 fdc dcB :|2 fdc d3 |]
# Added by Mars .
X: 4
T: The Morning Lark
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 B |:AFA DFE | DEF A2 d | BGG dGG | BGG BAd |
AF/G/A DFE | DEF A2 B | def gfe | fdB BdB :|
A2 d fd/e/f | ede fdB | Add fdd | edB BdB |
Add fdf |ede fdd | a2 f g2 e | fdB BdB |
Add fdd | edd fdd | Add fdd | edB BdB |
A2 d fdf |ede fdd | f/g/ a2 g2 e | fdB BdB |]

Eleven comments

Morning Lark

This jig is fairly widely played with the best known recorded version of it being associated with Noel Hill and Tony McMahon. It’s normally followed by Joe Coe Cooley’s Delight which I’ll post shortly.

The Peacock’s Feather

I wasn’t the one who put this as an alternative title because The Peacock’s feather is more commonly assosciated with a hornpipe of the same name. Anyway, despite this, it is called The Peacock’s Feather on the Beginish album.

Here is the version of the tune I’ve been playing:

K: Dmaj
|:B|AFD D2A,|DEF Adc|BGG dGG|BAG BdB|
AFD D2A,|DEF ABc|def gfe|fdc d2:|
|:B|Add fdd|add fdB|Add fdd|edB BdB|
Add fdd|add fdd|~f3 ede|fdc d2:|

I learnt the tune from Mary MacNamara’s concertina playing, but my version is now different from the recorded version here and there.

O’Grada

Isn’t this the same version that O’Grada plays on Top of Coom and calls it Peacock’s Feather?

An old tune

This tune appears multiple times, under various titles (including ‘The Thrush’s Nest’) in the O’Neill collections.

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Cooley’s

Called ‘Cooley’s’ on Track 1 of Kitty Hayes Remembered CD.

The Morning Lark, X:3

Recorded at ‘Fleadh Nua’ festival in Ennis, 2014. Cnat in bar 2 is unexpected and nice.

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X: 4 “The Peacock’s Feather” / “Cleite Na Péacóige”

"Johnny O’Leary: An Calmfhear: The Trooper"
https://thesession.org/recordings/1282
16. ) "Cleite Na Péacóige" / "The Peacock’s Feather"

“The Peacock’s Feather” / “Cleite Na Péacóige” ~ another transcription

"Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
edited by Terry Moylan
The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
pages 72 & 73, tune #125