The Banks Of Newfoundland jig

Also known as Ragan’s, The Shores Of Newfoundland.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Nóra Críona (a few times), Drummond Castle (a few times) and John Feehily’s (a few times).

The Banks Of Newfoundland has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Banks Of Newfoundland has been added to 111 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Banks Of Newfoundland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A|B2A BGD|GBd gfe|ded BGA|BAA ABc|
B2A BGD|GBd gfe|ded BGA|BGF G2:|
B|d2g gfg|eaa aga|bge dBG|BAA ABc|
d2g gfg|eaa aga|bge dBA|BGF G2B|
d2g gfg|eaa aga|bge dBG|BAA ABc|
B2A BGD|GBd gfe|ded BGA|BGF G2||
X: 2
T: The Banks Of Newfoundland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|~B3 AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGE EGA|
BAG AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G2:|
A|B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|~B3 AGA|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBA|BGF G2A|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|~B3 AGA|
BAG AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G2||
X: 3
T: The Banks Of Newfoundland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d/c/|BAG AGE | GBd gfe | ded BGA | BAA Adc |
BAG AGE | GBd gfe | ded BGA | BGG G2 :|
|:B/c/| d2g gfg | eaa aga | bge dBG |
[1 BAG A2B/c/ | d2g gfg | eaa aga | bge dBG | AGF G2 :|
[2 BAG Adc | BAG AGE | GBd gfe | ded BGA | BGG G2|
X: 4
T: The Banks Of Newfoundland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2G AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGE EGA|
B2G AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G3:|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|BdB AGA|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBA|AGF G3|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|BdB AGA|
B2G AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G3||
X: 5
T: The Banks Of Newfoundland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d/c/|B3 AGE | GB/c/d gfe | df/g/d BGA | BAA Adc |
BAG AGE | GB/c/d gfe | df/g/d BGA | BGG G2 :||
|:B/c/| d2g gfg | eaa aga | bge dBG |BAG A2B/c/ |
d2g g3 | eaa aga | bge dBG | AGF G2 B/c/ |
d2g gfg | eaa aga | bge dBG |BAG A2 d/c/ |
BAG AGE | GB/c/d gfe | ded BGA | BGG G2||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

The Banks of Newfoundland

I learned this tune off East Galway flute player Sean Moloney’s recent solo album. According to the sleeve notes, he learned it from his father Eddie Moloney.

It’s a fairly simple, straightforward jig, and Sean’s lovely whistle playing of the tune instantly caught my ear. I learned it yesterday and enjoy playing it on the flute.

I think I heard it somewhere before several times. Does anybody regularly play it in the local session?

I suddenly realised this jig is on Eamonn Coyne’s album: the second tune of the very first track. And some members of the local ceili band also play the tune. No wonder it sounds really familar to me.

London Version

Here’s the version learned from John Blake and Lamond Gillespie’s duet playing.

K: Gmaj
A|~B3 AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGE EGA|
BAG AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G2:|
A|B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|~B3 AGA|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBA|BGF G2A|
B2g gfg|e2a aga|bge dBG|~B3 AGA|
BAG AGE|GBd g2e|ded B2A|BGF G2||

They don’t mention where the tune comes from, but Dublin born banjo player Eamonn Coyne, who recorded a bit different version of the tune, cites Marcus Hernon as the source. Is it popular among some groups of musicians in London? I need to try playing it when I join a session in London again.

The Banks of Newfoundland

This seems to be quite an old tine. I have heard recordings of Irish American melodeon players from the 1920/30s playing it, but I never hear it played in sessions. Too old fashioned maybe. I like it a lot, thanks for posting the music.

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Back to Eddie Moloney

This tune appears (along with a story) under the title "Eddie Moloney’s Favorite" in Séamus Connolly’s fine tune book ‘Forget Me Not’.

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The Banks Of Newfoundland, X:4

Setting taught to me by Alan Kelly; pretty close to setting #1 above.