The Short Grass jig

Also known as Brian O’Lynn, Jackson’s Maids, Put On Your Clothes.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Short Grass appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Short Grass has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Short Grass has been added to 65 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Short Grass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cGE cGE|EDE Ced|cGE cGE|Ddd ded|
cGE cGE|EDE CEG|cee ged|1 cGA A2B:|2 cAA A3||
|:G2g ged|ecc ceg|~a3 age|edd def|
~g3 ged|ecc cde|fed e2d|1 cAA A3:|2 cGA A2B||
X: 2
T: The Short Grass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:dAF dAF|FEF DFA|dAF dAF|E2e efe|
dAF dAF|FEF DFA|fba f2e|1 dBB B2c:|2 dBB B2d|
|:fab afe|f2d dfa|~b3 baf|afe e2d|
fab afe|f2d def|g2e f2e|1 dBA B2d:|2 dBB B3||

Eleven comments

The Short Grass

I learnt this tune off Harmony Hill a while ago, but didn’t have a name for it until I asked someone who played it in a session last night.

Put On Your Clothes

Looks like that might be another name for it.

Short grass

nice to be able to practice a tune in C major

The a part of this tune is like a variation of the third part of ‘the slashers’, although it’s in a different key. The B-part of this tune is it’s own thing altogether. I think these two tunes are a little bit too different to be considered variations on the same tune.

Gan Ainm

I just learned this tune from a friend. I’m sure I already heard it. I tried to find a version on the Internet via Tune Pal and it seams to be Nowhere.

Re: The Short Grass

I agree that the Harmony Hill version is great.
Another possible relative is a Scottish jig called Miss Rae of Eskgrove played by Jimmy Shand. Listening to it reminded me of this tune, and in the same key as on Harmony Hill.

“Jackson’s Maids”

Source for this name:
“Handed Down: Country Fiddling and Dancing in East and Central Down” by Nigel Boullier
- a wonderful book which also includes transcriptions for many tunes…

Page 82: Jig - Jackson’s Maids - from a handwritten manuscript by John Simpson…

There does seem to be some confusion regarding the key, but as it is interestingly different I am considering adding a version closely following this one…

- handwritten manuscript by John Simpson of Drumreagh, East County Down, 1836-1917…