Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell jig

By Dónal Lunny

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Tribute To Peadar O'Donnell has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Tribute To Peadar O'Donnell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2e ede|g2e d2B|A2e ede|gag edB|
A2e ede|g2e d2B|ege -e2d|eg2 edB:|
X: 2
T: Tribute To Peadar O'Donnell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2 e ede|g2{/ag} e edB|A2 e{/f} ede|g.a/ z/ g edB|
A2 e ede|g2{/ag} e edB|ege z{/f} ed|eg{/a}g edB:|
|:A2 c BAG|ADE G2 A|z2 c BAG|AdB{/c} BAG|
|:E2 B AGE|z BA Bd z|{/A} BA z GEA|{/A} GEE DEG|
E2 B{/B} AGE|z BA Bd z|{/d} ed z BAG|AGE DEG:|
|:A2 e ede|{/e} g2 e d2 B|gef dec|dBc BAG|
E2 B{/c} AGA|{/c} BAG EFD|E2 B{/B} AGA|BdB d2 e:|
E2 B{/c} AGA|{/c} BAG EFD|E2 B{/B} AGA|1 BdB d2 e:|2 Bde{/e} gfd||
|:e z b age|z ba gea|{/e} fed g2 d|BcA BAG|
E2 B{/B} AGA|BdB edB|ABd ege|fed{/g} afd:|

Ten comments

Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

The slow air is already here ( but not the present jig that follows it. This is a composition by Donal Lunny.
This transcription corresponds to the playing of Donal Lunny, Zoé Conway and Martin O’Connor here at 28’53 (first round) :

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

This tune was originally recorded by Moving Hearts on their "The Storm" album
As the track titled Tribute to Peadar O’Donnell is composed of two tunes, one slow air, previously published here and linked to the album, and the present jig, this last one can’t be linked to the album (only one link for each single tune appearing in an album). But it’s actually the jig that follows the slow air.

Link to the Moving Heart’s albums

The tune is now linked !!!

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

Thanks, Didier.
Love the tune—and the album.

Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell, X:2

Compared to Didier’s setting (which has the A, B & C parts in a different order) this is a more complete version of the jig for low whistle & uilleann pipes that follows the beautiful slow air of the same name on Track 5 of the Moving Hearts album ‘The Storm’ (1992, produced by Donal Lunny).
As far as I can tell, this is a note-for-note transcription of what the great Davy Spillane actually played on the studio recording (though the ornaments may not be entirely accurate). The D, E & F parts, marked for pipes, are repeated on pipes and whistle (the latter presumably overdubbed after the pipes had been recorded).
Tempo guideline: 176 bpm.

Of all the beautiful Irish slow airs I play on my treasured Colin Goldie Low D, I regard the one that precedes this jig on the Moving Hearts album as the most evocative. When I have enough time, I’ll post a note-for-note transcription of that, too.

Sources on the life and legacy of Peadar O’Donnell, radical republican, socialist and writer (1893–1986):

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

176 bpm seems ridiculously fast. I assume you mean 176 crotchets/quarter notes per minute rather than 176 dotted crotchets/quarters (which, for me anyway, are the "beats" in a jig).

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

Rob, I guess V:1 and V:2 are the tunes in the first and second repetition? (and not two parallel voices)

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

swisspiper, I think the V:1 and V:2 might have been Jeremy’s doing. That’s certainly not how Rob originally set the tune.

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

DonaldK: Sorry for the confusion. I created this transcription in MuseScore (then exported it as a MIDI file, which I then converted to ABC format for posting to In MuseScore, the tempo marking is indeed 176. Dividing that by 1.5 gives 117 bpm (approximately). Now, if you set your metronome to 117 bpm (in 2/4 time), each beat corresponds to each group of 3 quavers (i.e. half a bar) in the jig. Clear?

Re: Tribute To Peadar O’Donnell

swisspiper: There are no "parallel voices". The version I posted is the complete six-part jig, each part being repeated, as shown by the bar lines. First, parts A, B & C are played on the low whistle; then, parts D, E & F are played on the uilleann pipes. Then, on the album version, the low whistle and the uilleann pipes play the D, E & F parts together.