The Rannafast jig

Also known as Port Rann Na Feirste.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Rannafast has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rannafast
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AcA GFG|ABc def|gfe def|ecA G2G|
ABA GFG|ABc def|e2c dB^G|A3 A2E|
AcA GFG|ABc def|e2c dcd|ecA GAB|
A2F GFG|ABc def|e2c db^G|A3 Ace|
|:a2A A^GA|cBA Aaf|g2G GFG|BA^G Ace|
a2A A^GA|cBA eaf|gag fed|1 ecA Ace:|2 ecA AFE||
K:Amaj
|:AGA cec|dfd cec|BdB AcA|GBG EFG|
AGA cec|dfd cec|BGE dBG|A3 A2E:|
2
X: 2
T: The Rannafast
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:G|ABA GFG|ABc def|gbg faf|ecA G2G|
ABA GFG|ABc def|gbg faf|ecA A2:|
|:^g|aec ABA|cBA e2f|gdB ~G3|BGB ef^g|
aec ABA|cBA e2f|gbg faf|ecA A2:|
K:Amaj
|:E|AGA cec|dfd cec|BdB AcA|GBG EFG|
AGA cec|dfd cec|BGE dBG|ABA A2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Rannafast
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G3 D3|GAB cde|f3 ef/g/e|dBG F3|
GAG D3|GAB cde|f3 eg/f/e|dBG G2:|
|:gdB D3|BAG d2e|fcA F3|AF/G/A def|
gdB D3|BAG d2e|f3 eg/f/e|dBG G2:|
|:G3 D3|c3d BAG|A3 D3|D3 DEF|
G3 D3|c2d BAG|AFD cAF|GAG G2D:|
# Added by JACKB .
4
X: 4
T: The Rannafast
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:c|ded cBc|def g2B|cec Bdf|afd cBc|
ded cBc|def g2B|cec Bdf|afd .d2:|
|:^c|daf ded|fed A2B|cge ~c3|ece AB^c|
daf ded|fed a2B|cec Bdf|afd .d2:|
K:Dmaj
|:A|dcd faf|gbg faf|ege dfd|cec ABc|
dcd faf|gbg faf|ecA gec|ded .d2:|

Four comments

The Rannafast

An interesting tune from Donegal. I’ve heard it played three times: first by Dermot McLaughlin on “The Fiddle Music of Donegal, Vol. 3”, then by Ciarán Ó Maonaigh on Ceol a’Ghleanna, and finally on the eponymous album by the SíFidllers. I think it may be something of a showpiece. This transcription is mostly based on McLaughlin’s playing, but I took some of his arpeggiated virtuosic bits out. I also wrote the first part twice to show two common variations.

I don’t otherwise know much about the tune. I couldn’t find it in an online list of tunes and incipits from the Northern Fiddler, so I don’t know if it’s old or new. Information appreciated.

The Rannafast, X:2

Here’s the SíFiddlers’ version, rather different and a bit more basic from McLaughlin’s. Good tune either way.