Sliabh Russell jig

Also known as Russell’s, Sliabh Russel, The Sliabh Russell, Slieve Russell, The Slieve Russell.

There are 60 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Ballyloughlin (a few times), Jimmy Ward’s (a few times), The Eavesdropper (a few times), Jim Ward’s (a few times) and Kitty’s Rambles (a few times).

Sliabh Russell has been added to 35 tune sets.

Sliabh Russell has been added to 731 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAA Bcd|eaf ged|edB cBA|BAG ABd|
eAA Bcd|eaf ged|edB cBA|1 BAG A3:|2 BAG ABd||
|:eaa efg|agf gfd|eaa efg|afd e3|
eaa efg|agf gfd|edB cBA|BAG ABd:|
X: 2
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: eAA Bcd | e2 a ged | eAA cBA | BGG Bcd |
e2 A BB/c/d | eaf ged | eAA cBA |[1 BA^G A2 d :|[2 BA^G AB/c/d ||
|: eaa efg | agf gfd | e2 a ee/f/g | agf g2 c |
e2 a efg | agf gfd | edB c2 A |[1 BA^G A2 d :|[2 BA^G AB/c/d |]
X: 3
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|: fBB cde | fbg afe | fec dcB | cBA cde |
f2 B Bc/d/e | fbg afe | fec dcB | cBA Bc/d/e :|
|: f2 b fga | bag afe | fbb fga | gfe f2 e |
f2 b fga | bag afe | fec dcB |[1 cBA Bc/d/e :|[2 cBA B3 |]
K:Ador
|: eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG Bcd |
e2 A AB/c/d | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG AB/c/d :|
|: e2 a efg | agf ged | eaa efg | fed e2 d |
e2 a efg | agf ged | edB cBA |[1 BAG AB/c/d :|[2 BAG A3 |]
X: 4
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BGG Bcd |
eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG A3 :|
|: eaa efg | agf ged | eaa efg | fed e2 d |
eaa efg | agf ged | edB cBA | BAG A3 :|
X: 5
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAA Bcd|eaf ged|edB cBA|BGG ABd|
eAA Bcd|eaf ged|edB cBA|1 BAG A3:|2 BAG ABd||
|:eaa efg|agf gfd|eaa efg|afd e3|
eaa efg|agf gfd|edB cBA|BAG ABd:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Sliabh Russell
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAA Bcd|eaf g2d|edB cBA|BAG Bcd|
eAA Bcd|eaf g2d|edB cBA|1 BAG A (3Bcd:|2 BAG A2d||
|:eaa efg|agf g2d|eaa efg|fed ~g3|
eaa efg|agf g2d|edB cBA|BAG A (3Bcd:|

Sixteen comments

There’s a great set on the Otherworld album by Lunasa where this tune is played straight after The Roaring Barmaid (Butlers of Glen Avenue).

This jig has a great driving rhythm to it.

I don’t much like jigs (at least comparatively speaking), but I’ve loved this one since the first time I heard it. To my mind and ears, it’s a quintessential piping jig…

zls

Variation

Looking back at my old transcription of this tune, I heard Lunasa playing measure 4 of Part B as: |fed ~g3|. I’ll have to dig out that cd again…perhaps I was listening to a variation by one of the lead players and not catching the main line….

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Re: Variation

Actually, that’s how I know it too, Will. Of course, Dirk, our piper, knows it staying on the E - luckily they work more or less together. We always forget that we play that measure differently and end up laughing at each other in the middle because we do it every time. What’s funniest is when we decide to give and switch to the other’s version — at the same time! Heh.

zls

This version is completely different from the one played by Dan

It’s fun to listen to the Molloy version of this (almost at slow air pace) followed by the Lunasa version, which is nealy "heavy metal" in comparison.

Great tune.
I was convinced Paddy Keenan had it recorded but it doesn’t appear here. Or under a different name?

=Congress Jig

This is a jig version of the Congress Reel (or vice versa??) Both nice tunes.

Sliabh Russell

Have any of you heard William Coulter’s group play this? I love the way he plays it at a more sensuous pace , with flirtatious note stretching in certain parts.

“Sliabh Russell” ~ an alternate take

X: 2
T: Sliabh Russell
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
|: eAA Bcd | e2 a ged | eAA cBA | BGG Bcd |
e2 A BB/c/d | eaf ged | eAA cBA |[1 BA^G A2 d :|[2 BA^G AB/c/d ||
|: eaa efg | agf gfd | e2 a ee/f/g | agf g2 c |
e2 a efg | agf gfd | edB c2 A |[1 BA^G A2 d :|[2 BA^G AB/c/d |]

“Sliabh Russell” ~ courtesy of Mary Bergin

X: 1
T: Sliabh Russell
S: Mary Bergin
S: CD: "Mary Bergin: Feadóg Stáin 2", track 9, tune #1
N: an E whistle or the button jockeys boosted this up tempo a full step
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: BDor
|: fBB cde | fbg afe | fec dcB | cBA cde |
f2 B Bc/d/e | fbg afe | fec dcB | cBA Bc/d/e :|
|: f2 b fga | bag afe | fbb fga | gfe f2 e |
f2 b fga | bag afe | fec dcB |[1 cBA Bc/d/e :|[2 cBA B3 |]
K: ADor
|: eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG Bcd |
e2 A AB/c/d | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG AB/c/d :|
|: e2 a efg | agf ged | eaa efg | fed e2 d |
e2 a efg | agf ged | edB cBA |[1 BAG AB/c/d :|[2 BAG A3 |]

“Slieve Russel” ~ Bulmer & Sharpley

X: 4
T: Slieve Russel
S: "Music from Ireland, Volume 3", Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley, 1974, page 16, tune #45
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
|: eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BGG Bcd |
eAA Bcd | eaf ged | edB cBA | BAG A3 :|
|: eaa efg | agf ged | eaa efg | fed e2 d |
eaa efg | agf ged | edB cBA | BAG A3 :|

The Trip to Bantry?

Does this sound a lot like Trip to Bantry? Or am I just as crazy as my wife says I am?

Sliabh Russell, X:6

Source: Lunasa
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta