The Carillions jig

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Carillions has been added to 1 tune set.

The Carillions has been added to 42 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Carillions
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|:FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|AGA BGE|
FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|1AGE F2 E:|2AGE F2 g||
agf fec|Bce c2 B|BAG EFG|ABc efg|
agf fec|Bce c2 B|BAG EFG|ABc f2 g|
agf fec|Bce c2 B|BAG EFG|ABc efg|
agf g3|fec Bec|BAG FEC|B,CE F2||
# Added by errik .
X: 2
T: The Carillions
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|AGA BGE|
FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|1AGE F2 E:|2AGE F2 g||
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FAB|cfg efg|
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FGA|Bce f2 g|
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FAB|cfg efg|
agf g2g|fec Be^d|cAF GEC|B,CE F2E||

Five comments

F# Minor, not A Major

Composed by Karen Tweed

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Solas version

I love this tune and play it on concertina. I don’t know how Karen originally intended the tune to go, but here’s what I hear them playing on the Solas recording. (I put it in F#min as well instead of the relative major. One of the few minor tunes you’ll find that isn’t actually dorian.)

X:1
T:Carillions, The
C:Karen Tweed
S:Solas, "The Words That Remain"
Z:Jack Gilder
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:F#min
FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|AGA BGE|
FAB c2 f|fec efe|cdc ~B3|1AGE F2 E:|2AGE F2 g||
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FAB|cfg efg|
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FGA|Bce f2 g|
agf gfe|Bce c2 B|AGE FAB|cfg efg|
agf g2g|fec Be^d|cAF GEC|B,CE F2E||

Help on “the Carillions”

Hey All!

I am learning the fiddle by ear and found this jig (the Carillions) from a Solas cd (The Words that Remain). But this is a tonality I am not familliar with and got a problem with the G sharp (Here comes the second problem, because I can’t really read music but I am almost shure it is a G sharp, although in the sheet music I found in the tunes resources there is no G sharp … is it supposed to be played in a different tone than Win Horan plays it ?)
Anyhow, assuming it is in fact a G sharp on the D string, am I supposed to make it with my ring finger or the little finger ?

Go raibh mile maith agat for your help!

Help on “the Carillions”

Yes, it is a G#, and the sharp does appear at the beginning of each line as the last sharp on the right (an octave higher, though).
Its a music-reading thing!
I think its better to use your ring finger to play it, and save the little finger for hitting the A , which for advanced players is sometimes easier or sounds better than switching strings for the open A.

Ta failte romhat, and I hope you’re still looking at this column a year later!

The liner notes for the Solas album say that this tune is written by Máire Breatnach.