Knocknagow jig

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

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Ballyloughlin (a few times), The Templehouse (a few times), The Monaghan (a few times) and Paddy Reynolds’ Dream (a few times).

Knocknagow has been added to 7 tune sets.

Knocknagow has been added to 228 tunebooks.

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Three 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||
# Added by obneb .
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:|

Fifteen 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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Knocknagow, X:2 / Billy from Bruff

Correction : from P.W. Joyce’s Old Irish Music and Songs (1909), vol. 1, p. 21, No. 37. Sorry !

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