The Girls Of Banbridge jig

Also known as The Girls Of Bainbridge, Gwynt Y Glan, The Maids Of Banbridge.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Frog In The Well (a few times) and Larry The Beer Drinker (a few times).

The Girls Of Banbridge has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Girls Of Banbridge has been added to 71 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Girls Of Banbridge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|AFA dcB|BAG FED|FAD FED|CDE EFG|
AFA dcB|BAG FED|(f/2 a3/)f gec|ded d2:|
|:B|AFA dfa|agf efg|(f/2 a3/)g fed|cde e2 A|
AFA dfa|agf efg|(f/2 a3/)f gec|ded d2:|
X: 2
T: The Girls Of Banbridge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DGB d2e|dBG g2e|dBG DGB|cBc AGE|
DGB d2e|dBG gfg|dBG DGB|AGF G2:|
|:D|GBd g2g|agf efg|dBG DGB|cBc AGF|
GBd g2g|agf efg|dBG DGB|AGF G2
# Added by bobbi .
X: 3
T: The Girls Of Banbridge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFA dcd | BAG FED | FAD FAD | CEA, CEA, |
DFA dcd | BAG FED | fdf gec |1 edd d2A :|2 edd d2B||
|:AFA def | gfg efg | f2g fed | cee e2B |
AFA def | gfg efg | faf gec |1 edd d3 :|2 edd d ||
|:fg|a3 d'2f | g3 gfg | a2b agf | efe ecA |
a3 d'2f | g3 gfg | bag fge |1 d4-d :|2 d4 AF||
X: 4
T: The Girls Of Banbridge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2d dcB|ABA FED|F3 DEF|E3 EFG|
Azd dcB|ABA FED|fef g2f|edc d3:||
AFA dfg|agf efg|f3 e2d|cdc BcB|
A3 dzf|agf efg|f3 g3|edc d3:||
X: 5
T: The Girls Of Banbridge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E|:DFA dcB | BAG FED | FAD FAD | CEA, CEA, |
DFA dcB | BAG FED | fdf gec |1 edc d2A :|2 edc d2B||
|:AFA def | gfg efg | f2g fed | cee e2B |
AFA def | gfg efg | f/g/af gec |1 edc d2B :|2 edc d2 f/g/ ||
|: a3 d'2f | g3 gfg | a2b agf | efe ecA |
a3 d'2f | g3 gfg | bag fge |1 d3 d2 f/g/ :|2 d3 cAF||

Ten comments

Attribution for this tune

The attribution for this tune is Francis O’Neill: "Dance Music of Ireland", no. 83. I can’t confirm this since I don’t have that book.

Peter

The Girls Of Banbridge

Lesl H once told me the Welsh name - "Gwynt Y Glan" - translated as "The White Wave", but I can’t confirm that.

I used to speak Welsh, but have lost it, sadly. But I would have said that "Gwynt-y-Glan" meant "The Shore Wind". Let’s have some Welsh speakers sort it out for us …

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Gwynt Y Glan

Ben’s translation seems to make sense. ‘Glan’ can be translated as ‘shore’, ‘bank’ or ‘side’ (glan y mor - seashore or seaside, glan yr afon - riverside or riverbank), but ‘shore’ seems the most likely.

‘Y Don Wen’ would be ‘The White Wave’, if my Welsh serves me correctly. I’m not a fully-fledged speaker, but I attend regular classes.

The Girls of Banbridge in G major

This version is 3rd of a set of four jigs as played by Paul Kelly on "A Mandolin Album". The set is called Des Carty’s Jigs
and I have transcribed them all and added them to thesession


X: 1
T: Girls Of Banbridge, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:E|DGB d2e|dBG g2e|dBG DGB|cBc AGE|
DGB d2e|dBG gfg|dBG DGB|AGF G2:|
|:D|GBd g2g|agf efg|dBG DGB|cBc AGF|
GBd g2g|agf efg|dBG DGB|AGF G2

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Girls of Banbridge

X:3 is from the fiddling of Johnnie Wilmot, his 1960s recording may be heard on the CD Another Side of Cape Breton. It was the 2nd tune in a medley with the blanket title "The Baddeck Gathering," his 1st tune is here: https://thesession.org/tunes/10243

Wilmot played as much Irish music as Scottish and his setting is a nice variant on that from O’Neill’s. His 3rd part is especially so, an easy way to have a tune to practice shifting positions on the violin; it’s also a snap on the flute or pipes.

The Girls Of Banbridge, X:4

This is a plain version of Gwynt y Glan as played in west Wales. I learned it from flute player Jonathan Shorland who was then living in Aberystwyth. I seem to remember thet he in turn got it from fiddler Dave Hamilton. It first appears in print in Nicholas Bennett’s collection Alawon fy Ngwlad, 1896. Gwynt y Glan means the Shore Breeze, or the Windy Shore. It’s usually played in a set with Deildy Aberteifi in G, Hafotty Dafydd Owain, Gwynt y Glan, & sometimes followed by Stephen Rees’ tune, Mynydd yr Heliwr in Edor

Re: The Girls Of Banbridge

Just dug out O’Neills 1001 Gems and indeed it is Double Jig No 83. Ware teg i di Ceri.

Re: The Girls Of Banbridge

I was going to reply to this till I realised it was "The Girls of Banbridge", not "The Girls of Bondage", as I originally thought.

David

The Girls Of Banbridge, X:5

A few variations on the Cape Breton setting.