Is The Big Man Within? slip jig

Also known as Is The Big Man Within, The Merry Tailor.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

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Is The Big Man Within? appears in 1 other tune collection.

Is The Big Man Within? has been added to 6 tune sets.

Is The Big Man Within? has been added to 120 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Is The Big Man Within?
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F|AGF G2E E2F|GFE F2D D2F|AGF G2E E2c|dcB AFDD2:|
M:6/8
|:E|F2A ABc|ded cBA|Bcd AGF|BGE EFG|
F2A ABc|ded cBA|Bcd AGF|AFD D2:|
# Added by Test .
2
X: 2
T: Is The Big Man Within?
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F|AGF G2E E3|GFE F2D D3|AGF G2E E3|GFE D3 D2F|
AGF G2E E3|GFE F2D D3|AGF G2E E3|GFE D3 D2||
M:6/8
|:E|F2A ABc|df/g/d cBA|Bcd AGF|BGE E3|
F2A ABc|df/g/d cBA|Bcd AGF|AFD D3:|
# Added by JACKB .
3
X: 3
T: Is The Big Man Within?
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
M:6/8
|:Bdd def | g2g fed | ege edB |ded A2A |
B2d def | gag fed | ege edB |1 dBD G2d :|2 dBD G2B ||
M:9/8
|:BAB c2A A2B | BAB d2G G2B |
BAB c2A A2f |1 gfe d2G G2B :|2 gfe d2G G3 ||
4
X: 4
T: Is The Big Man Within?
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B|dcB c2A A3|cBA B2G G3|dcB c2A A3|cBA G3 G2B|
dcB c2A A3|cBA B2G G3|dcB c2A A3|cBA G3 G2||
M:6/8
|:A|B2d def|g3 fed|efg dcB|ecA A3|
B2d def|g3 fed|efg dcB|dBG G3:|
# Added by JACKB .

Seven comments

Lovely slip-jig/jig from James Kelly’s "Traditional Irish Music".

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Altan and a Gaita

Altan’s version of this with Carlos Nunez on Whistle and Galician Pipes, is amazing. I feel in love with this tune, so I picked it up, really simple too.

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Set dance

I love this tune too, but did any of you kbow that when it is played as a modern set dance, in feisanna, it actually changes from a slip jig into a treble jig, which is just a slow jig.

Re: Is The Big Man Within ?

How was surprised to discover this tune under the title “The Merry Tailor” in O’Neill‘s Music of Ireland.

Is The Big Man Within?, X:3

This setting has to do with the recording done by Sean Ryan (the tin whistler that lives in the most haunted house in Ireland) in his album Minstrel’s Fancy.

It is interesting to see how different he plays this tune, he starts with the jig part and the melody of both parts have quite big differences with the other settings I see, including the one in O’Neill’s. I would say his melody is kind of happier.

I didn’t add to the ABC notation the beautiful ornamention and variations that Sean Ryan does. I tried to make it simple and show the basic melody.