Knocknagow jig

Also known as Billy From Bruff, Cnoc Na NGaibhne, Knoc-Na-Gow, Knock Na Gow, The Knocknagow.

There are 36 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Knocknagow appears in 3 other tune collections.

Knocknagow has been added to 16 tune sets.

Knocknagow has been added to 260 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Knocknagow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAB cBc|EAF GED|EAB cBc|dcd ecA|
EAB ~c3|EAF GAB|Aag edB|1 cAA A2G:|2 cAA AB/c/d||
|:eag aga|ede gfg|eaa age|def gdB|
eag aga|ede ~g3|age dcB|1 cAA AB/c/d:|2 cAA A^cd||
|:edc dcB|cAF ECE|~A3 cBc|~d3 Bcd|
e2c dcB|cAF ~E3|Ace aed|cdB Acd:|
eaf ~=g3|eaf ecA|dfa ecA|dcd Bcd|
ecA fdB|~a3 ecA|df^g aed|cdB Acd|
eaf =g2e|a2f ecA|dfa ecA|dcd Bcd|
ecA fdB|aga ecA|dfg aed|cdB A2=G||
X: 2
T: Knocknagow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
E|EAB cBc|AdB GAB|EAB cBc|Aee e>cA/G/|
EAB cBc|AdB GAB|Aag ede|cAA A2:|
|:A|Aab aga|ega gdB|Aab age|def g2 d/B/|
Aab aga|ede gab|age dgB|cAA A2:|
|:c/d/|efe dcB|cAG EGB|AGA cBc|dcd e2 c/d/|
efe dcB|cAG G2 e/g/|age dgB|cAA A2:|
|:c/d/|eag a2e|gfe dBG|eag aef|gdB G2 c/d/|
eag aef|g/f/a/g/e/f/ gab|age dgB|cAA A2:|
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 3
T: Knocknagow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E|EAB cBc|EGF GAB|EAB cBc|d2d ecA|
EAB c2c|EGF GAB|eag edB|cAG A2:|
|:c|ece dcB|cAG EDE|AGA cBc|d2d Bcd|
d=fe dcB|cAG EDE|Ace aed|cAG A2:|
X: 4
T: Knocknagow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAB ~c3|EGG GAB|EAB ~c3|dcd ecA|
EAB ~c3|EGG GAB|eag edB|1 cAA A3:|2 cAA A2B||
|:Aab ~a3|ede ~g3|Aab aec|def gdB|
Gab ~a3|ede ~g3|e=fe dcB|1 cAA A2B:|2 cAA A2c||
|:ece dcB|cAF ECE|AGA ~c3|dcd Bcd|
dfe dcB|cAF ECE|Ace aed|1 cAA A2c:|2 cAA A2^c/d/||
|:eaf gfg|a2f ecA|dfa ecA|dBB Bcd|ecA fdB|
~a3 ecA|1 df^g aed|cAA A2c/d/:|2 d=f^g aed|=cAA A3||

Sixteen comments

Isn`t this two jigs?

I have the recordings of both Joe Burke and Brendan McGlinchey playing these but they both just called them knocknagow as if it was one tune.In Music from Ireland Volume 4 Bulmer and Sharpley seem to seperate them as nos 1 and 2 and credit Tommy Peoples as their source.I dont ever remember Peoples recording them.

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Two jigs?

The tune comes in 4 parts in O’Neill’s (Oak Publications 1976)

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Knocknagow reel

I also have this tune as a reel…anybody have any experience with this version?


Never heard this other than as a 4-part tune, cos. Can’t see how it would work as a reel. Where does that come from, dulcie22 ?

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The Reel courtesy of Fiddler’s Companion:
Z:transcribed by Tracy Kingsley
Z:From the magazine Treoir (which issue?) who reports:
Z:Recorded in London in 1931 by the Ballinakill Ceili Band,
Z:together with The Fowling Piece (aka The Templehouse Reel)
AB|cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|cE E2 cded|cABG A2 AB|
cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|c2 cB cded|cABG A2 :|
Bd|eaag efed|cdef g2 fg|eaag efed|cABG A2 Bd|
|eaag efed|(3Bcd ef g2 fg|afge fded|cABG A2 :|

Does anyone know if Knocknagow (Cnoc na Gabha in Irish?) still exists as a place? Just curious.

How’s this as a reel…

X: 1
T: Knocknagow
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAB ~c3G|EG~G2 EGDG|EAAB ~c3A|~d3B ecAG|
EAAB ~c3G|EGGF GABG|Aaag egdB|1 cAAG A3G:|2 cAAG A2 (3Bcd||
|:eaag ~a3g|edef ~g2fg|eaag abag|edef gdBd|
eaag ~a3g|edef ~g3d|eaag egdB|1 cAAG A2 (3Bcd:|2 cAAG AB^cd||
|:(3efe ce dcBd|cBAF ~E2CE|A3B cABc|~d2cd BcdB|
edce ~d2Bd|cBAF ~E2CE|ABce afed|1 cABG ABcd:|2 cABe ABce||
|:~a3f ~=g2fg|ea~a2 ecAc|defa eAcA|~d2cd BcdB|
eAce fBdg|baga eAcA|defg afed|1 cABe ABce:|2 cABG A3=G||

Any of you backers have some chord suggestions for this one?

O’Neill’s has slightly different notes - especially in the second measure which goes from E to G to F# which is not how we hear it today.

Knocknagow, X:2 / Billy from Bruff

This version appears in P.W. Joyce’s Old Irish Music and Songs (1909), vol. 1, p. 8-9, No. 11, as “Billy from Bruff”. Joyce writes that the tune comes “From Jack Sheedy : a very old man : 1849. Bruff in Co. Limerick.”

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