The North Star jig

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The North Star has been added to 10 tune sets.

The North Star has been added to 241 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The North Star
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2D G B/2c/2d|cBG dBG|~E3 dBG|F2d cde|
G2D G B/2c/2d|cBG dBG|EGd ~F2d|1~G3 dBA:|2~G3 GAB||
G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG Adc-|cBG ADB|
G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG ADF|G2B DAD|
G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG Adc-|cBG ADB|
G2F G2d|dcB G2D|EFG ADF|G2z dBA||
# Added by tufbo .
X: 2
T: The North Star
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2D GB/2c/2d|cBG dBG|E3 dBG|F2d cde|
G2D GB/2c/2d|cBG dBG|EGd F2d|1G3 dBA:|2G3 GAB||
|:G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG Adc-|cBG ADB|
G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG ADF|G2B DAD|
G2F G2d|ABF G2D|EFG Adc-|cBG ADB|
G2F G2d|dcB G2D|EFG ADF|G2z dBA||
# Added by JACKB .

Nine comments

Flook Key

what is Flook’s original key??

I think Brian played it on an F Whistle which would put it in Bb.

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Isn’t it just a half note higher?

Yes, just a half note higher. Brian played it on an Eb whistle. So the key becomes G sharp major.
I wonder why Flook needs to play in weird keys all the time.

Unorthodox keys / jig vs. waltz

Amongst other things, horns like F/C/Bb, classical violinists like Eb, Dmin or Gmin, singers often like A, etc. In short, things sit differently on different instruments and shifting to ‘unorthodox’ keys allows for ‘effects’ that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Depending on if or how they were ‘schooled’, it might just be a little different sense of comradery?

On another note, am I the only one, or is this kind of like a jig with a waltz as the turn. Really a good tune, but that struck me the first time through. Maybe it’ll sound different if I pick up the tempo? (I’m pretty slow at sight-reading and wouldn’t suprise me if I’m dragging!)

Any thoughts?

I think the thing about all the weird keys could be in part because, of course, they sound pretty awesome a lot of the time, and also because Sarah Allen is usually playing an alto flute, or maybe, they just don’t want anybody to be able to play along with their albums… not that you can very easily anyways with the way Brian Plays…

I heard that Brian just likes the sound of the whistle he uses for this track - everyone else just has to keep up!

That seems like a more likely idea- There’s lots of stuff that Brian plays on his Eb whistle.