Johnny Leary’s jig

Also known as Brannigan’s, Devil The Care, Eireann Go Brach, Éirinn Go Brách, Ellen O’Leary’s, Johnny O’Leary’s, Julia Clifford’s.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Johnny Leary’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

Johnny Leary’s has been added to 12 tune sets.

Johnny Leary's has been added to 108 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Johnny Leary's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B|:cAA eAA|aAa e2d|cAA eAA|Bcd Bcd|
cAA eAA|aAa e2d|cde Bcd|BAG ABd:|
|:~c3 ecA|~d3 fed|~c3 ecA|Bcd Bcd|
~c3 ecA|~d3 fed|cde Bcd|BAG ABd:|
2
X: 2
T: Johnny Leary's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ed|cAA eAA|aga e2 d|cAA eAA|(4Bcdc Bed|
cAA eAA|aga e2 d|(4cdec BAB|cAA A:|
|:cB|cBc ecA|dAd daa|cdc ecA|ded B2 B|
cBc ecA|dAd daa|(4cdec BAB|cAA A:|
3
X: 3
T: Johnny Leary's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c/d/cA BAA|aga e3|cAA eAA|Bcd Bed|
cAA eAA|aga e2 d|c/d/ec BAB|1 cAG A:|2 cAG A3||
|:cBc ecA|dcd daa|cBc ecA|dcd B3|
c2 c ecA|dcd daa|c/d/ec BAB|1 cAG A3:|2 cAG A||
4
X: 4
T: Johnny Leary's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:B|cAA eAA|aga e2d|cAA eAA|Bcd Bcd|
cAA eAA|aga e2d|cec BAB|cAA A2:|
|:B|c2c ecA|dcd a2e|c2c ecA|Bcd Bcd|
c2c ecA|dcd a2e|cec BAB|cAA A2:|

Eighteen comments

Devil the Care

The manuscript I have in front of me tells me it was written down by P. Donovan date given 1749. I believe he composed it, I’m not sure of the Key as it is very blurred and faded. I have set in the Key of ‘Dmajor’ though this could be wrong, I would appreciate very much if any one could tell me the right key!

I don;t know "the answer" but after a couple of turns of aural transmission I reckon those g’s would probably have tended to sharp. They sound ok natural but IMHO the straightforward character of the rest of the tune doesn’t give enough support to keep them natural.

Yes, works well in A dorian.

none of the above links are working

"Brannigan’s Jig" ~ transcribed from the playing of Johnny O’Leary / Duplication

Submitted on September 6th 2012 by ceolachan.
~ /tunes/12165/

X: 2
T: Brannigan’s
S: Johnny O’Leary
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Amaj
|: ed |\
c/d/cA BAA | aga e3 | cAA eAA | Bcd Bed |
cAA eAA | aga e2 d | c/d/ec BAB |[1 cAG A :|[2 cAG A3 ||
|: cBc ecA | dcd daa | cBc ecA | dcd B3 |
c2 c ecA | dcd daa | c/d/ec BAB |[1 cAG A3 :|[2 cAG A |]


NOTE: Enjoyable tune! ~ Thanks for sharing it! I immediately thought of putting it in a set with "All Around the Holly Tree": https://thesession.org/tunes/8671

# Posted on September 14th 2012 by muspc

Shane McAleer

In the track listing under Shane McAleer’s album "Long Time, No See", the link for Johnny Leary’s brings you to this tune, but actually the tune on the album is this one:
https://thesession.org/tunes/11897

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Re: Johnny Leary’s

I realize the tune in this link below is in the Key of E but is this the same tune as posted above? It sure doesn’t seem like it and if not, does anyone know if the sheet music for this tune that Fergal Scahill’s refers to as Johnny O’Leary’s Jig is on this site somewhere? Thanks so much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upYwmkhU2os

Re: Johnny Leary’s

Thanks Jeff!

Re: Johnny Leary’s

See Hennigan’s Favourite in Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra (#181) for a three part jig that is similar.