Aaron’s Key jig

Also known as Aaron’s Quay, Aarons Key, Erin’s Key.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Connaughtman’s Rambles (a few times), The Handsome Young Maidens (a few times), O’Dea’s (a few times), The Rose In The Heather (a few times) and Willie Coleman’s (a few times).

Aaron’s Key has been added to 13 tune sets.

Aaron's Key has been added to 320 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Aaron's Key
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
E|F2B Bcd|cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|edc BAG|
FBB Bcd|cAA ABc|dcd ede|fdB B2A|
F2B Bcd|cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|efd efg|
~f3 fed|cAA ABc|dcd ede|fdB B2c||
|:d2A def|ecA a2g|~f3 fed|cde ABc|
BFB cBc|d2d ede|fed cBA|1 B2B B2c:|2 B2B B2A|
X: 2
T: Aaron's Key
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:F ~B3 cd|c ~A3 Bc|d ~B3 cd|edc BAG|
F ~B3 cd|c ~A3 Bc|dcd efg[1 fdB {c}B2 A:|2 fdB {c}B2 c|
|:dcd def|ec A a2 g|~f3 {g}fed|cde ABc|
BFB cBc|dcd efg|fed cBA[1 ~B3 {c}B2 c:|2 ~B3 {c}B3|
X: 3
T: Aaron's Key
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
E|FBB BB/c/d|cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|edc B/B/AG|
FBB BB/c/d|cAA ABc|dcd e/e/ee|fdB B2A|
F2B Bcd|cAE cAc|dBB BB/c/d|efd efg|
~f3 ~d3|cAA AA/B/c|dcd ede|fdB B2c||
|:d2A def|ecA a2g|~f3 fed|cde ABc|
BFB cBc|d2d ede|fed cBA|1 B/B/cA Bce:|2 B2B B2A|
X: 4
T: Aaron's Key
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:F2B Bcd|cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|edc BAG|
FBB Bcd|cAA ABc|dB/c/d ede|fdB B2A|
F2B Bcd|cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|efd efg|
f3 fed|cAA ABc|dB/c/d ede|fdB B2c||
|:d2A def|ecA a2g|f3 fed|cde ABc|
BF/G/B cF/G/c|df/g/d ede|fed cBA|1 B3 B2c:|2 B3 B2A||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Aaron's Key
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
E|"Bmin" F2B Bcd|"A" cAA ABc|dBB Bcd|edc BAG|
"Bmin" F2B Bcd|"A" cAA ABc|dcd efg|"Bmin" fdB B2E|
F2B Bcd|"A" cAA ABc|d2B Bcd|"D" efd efg|
~f3 fed|"A" cAA ABc|dcd ede|"Bmin" fBA B2c||
|:"D" dAA def|eAA a2g|"Emin" ~f3 fed|"F#min" cBc ABc|
"Bmin" BFB cFc|"A" dB/c/d efg|fed cBA|1 "Bmin" B2B B2c:|2 "Bmin" B2B B2A||

Twenty-five comments

Beautiful whistle tune

A Mystic, beautiful tune i like to play. Slow or fast….

Lovely tune

Do you know the origin of this? It can be played as a march too. Very nifty tune!

Origin

From the CD of Stockon’s wing

Delightful tune

wow, how nice to see this tune here. learned it many many years ago, but had since forgotten about it. thanks for posting it…

stockton’s Wing play this as arather slow tune - dream time….

Origin

I love this jig—-it was written by Maurice Lennon of Stockton’s Wing. He plays it in a set that starts with the jig Rose in the Heather. He also composed the beautiful slow air "If Ever You Were Mine" Great fiddler!

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I really like that jig.

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Yes, that is in my key…

Elora Set

I first heard this tune about a week ago at a session in Elora, Ontario. There, the players usually put it together in a set with John Whelan’s "The Trip to Skye" and a untitled Breton "An Dro". A very dark, compelling set….especially played on Scottish small pipes.

Authorship

Maybe I don’t have enough info on this, but ….

This jig appears on the Stockton Wing’s recording, "The Crooked Rose," where it is part of a set of jigs called "Aaron’s Key" (The Rose in the Heather/Aaron’s Key/O’Dea’s).

According to the liner notes (found here - http://www.taramusic.com/sleevenotes/cd3028.htm), it was written by flute/whistle player Paul Roche, not Maurice Lennon.

The third tune, "O’Dea’s" was co-composed by Paul Roche and Maurice Lennon.

Quote from Fiddler’s COmpanion:
"AARON’S KEY. Irish, Jig. Composed by Paul Roche, flute player for the band Stockton’s Wing. Hemisphere 7243 8 31216 25, Stockton’s Wing - "Celtic Graces" (1994). Tara Music, Stockton’s Wing - "The Crooked Rose" (1992). "

The Rattling Cox

First heard it from a german Band along with Old John’s Jig and later in a Session accompanied by the Kerfuntan Jig.

nice one, sounds for me like a variation of the coleraine jig…
whats the name of the band?

I AM NEW PLZ ADD ME AND SOUNDS LIKE ITS A NICE TUNE

Ps

It’s not "The Cock Of The North".

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Yes its a duplicate. I’ve compared it with Aarons Key.
I transcribed it from a Recording of the german Band Tune Up, its called "The Rattling Cox" on their CD.
Is it possible to erase this tune and add it to Aarons Key as another Setting?

This tune has nothing to do with "Cock Of The North"

A little variation - ornamented version

Just started playing this one on the banjo - love this tune! Some ornaments kind of came naturally for me so I thought I’d take my first shot at submitting the ABC of it. It’s my first try so be gentle :)

Re: Aaron’s Key

Just saw video of Stockton’s Wing playing a new song on Ray D’Arcy’s show (RTE).
Paul said Aaron’s Key is a reference to his son’s toy keys when he was a toddler - it was a teething aid.
Nice play on the word!

Aaron’s Key, X:4

Beautiful jig.

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Aaron’s Key, X:5

Some variations, mostly from Faran Flad’s album Maiden Voyage, with a few alternatives from 2duos’ album Until The Cows Come Home. The B’s to F#’s to B’s is the variation which differs most from the previous settings.