Light And Airy jig

Also known as A Welshman From Whence?, A Welshman From Where?, Cymro O Ble?.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Munster Lass (lots of times).

Light And Airy has been added to 1 tune set.

Light And Airy has been added to 42 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
AB| c3 AcA| FAc fcA| c3 AcA| G2 A B2 d |
c3 AcA| FAc fcA| BgB AfA| G2 A B2 d||
|fgf fcA| fgf a2 g| fgf fcA|G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg| faf ege|fed cBA| G2 A B2 d ||
| cAF F2 A| cAF Acf| cAF F2 A| G2 A B2 d|
cAF FAc| fed cBA | BgB AfA| G2 A B2 d ||
|fgf fcA| fgf a2 g| fgf fcA| G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg| faf ege| fed cBA| G2 A B2 d|]
X: 2
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d3 dBd | G2 B c2 e | d3 dcB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 dBd | G2 B c2 e | gfe d>cB | A2 B c2 e :|
|: gbg dBd | gbg dBd | gbg d>cB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg a2 c' | bag fed | g>fe dcB | A2 B c2 e :|
X: 3
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d3 BdB | GBd gdB | d3 BdB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 BdB | GBd gdB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 e :|
|:gag gdB | gag gba | gag gdB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg ac'a | gbg faf | g>fe d>cB | A2 B c2 e :|
|:dBG G2 B | dBG Bdg | dBG G2 B | A2 B c2 e |
dBG GBd | g>fe dcB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 e :|
X: 4
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
c3 AcA | FAc fcA | c3 AcA | G2 A B2 d |
c3 AcA | FAc fcA | BgB AfA | G2 A B2 :|
fgf fcA | fgf fag | fgf fcA | G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg | faf ege | fed cBA | G2 A B2 :|
cAF FAF | cAF Acf | cAF FAF | G2 A B2 d |
cAF FAc | fed cBA | BgB AfA | G2 A B2 :|
fgf fcA | fgf fag | fgf fcA | G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg | faf ege | fdf cAF | G2 A B2 :|
X: 5
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d3 dBd | G2 A B2 e | d3 dcB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 dBd | GB/c/d gdB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 :|
gbg dBd | gbg dBd | gbg dcB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg abc' | bag fed | gfe dcB | A2 B c2 :|
dBG G2 B | dBG Bdg | dBG G2 B | A2 B c2 e |
dBG GBd | gfe dcB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 :|
gag gdB | gag gba | gag gdB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg ac'a | gbg faf | gfe dcB | A2 B c2 :|
X: 6
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG| A3 FAF| DFA dAF| A3 FAF| E2 F G2 B |
A3 FAF| DFA dAF| GeG FdF| E2 F G2 B||
|ded dAF| ded f2 e| ded dAF|E2 F G2 B |
dfd ege| dfd cec|dcB AGF| E2 F G2 B ||
| AFD D3| AFD FAd| AFD D3| E2 F G2 B|
AFD D3| dcB AGF | GeG FdF| E2 F G2 B ||
|ded dAF| ded f2 e| ded dAF| E2 F G2 B |
dfd ege| dfd cec| dcB AGF| E2 F G2 B|]
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|d2 A d2 A | def ecA | B2 d A2 F | GEE D3|
|d2 A d2 A | def ecA | B2 d A2 G | FDD D3:||
| FDD AFF| dAA fdd | FDD AFF | GEE E3|
| FDD AFF|dAA fdd | Bcd A2 G | FDD D3:||
| fed ecA | fed ecA | Bcd A2 F | GEE E3 |
| fed ecA | fed ecA \ B2 d A2 G| FDD D3:||
X: 8
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GEC CDC | GEC DGc | GEC CDE | D2E FED |
GEC CEG | cBA GEG | FAd EGc | D2E FED :|
~c3 cGE | cdc cGE | ~c3 cGE | D2E FED |
cec BdB | AcA GEC | FAF EGE | D2E FED :|
X: 9
T: Light And Airy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AFD D3 | AFD FAd | AFD DEF | E2F GFE |
AFD DFA | dcB AFA | GBe FAd | E2F GFE :||
|:d3 dAF | ded dAF | d3 dAF | E2F GFE |
dfd cec | BdB AFD | GBG FAF | E2F GFE :||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty comments

Light and Airy

You bet it is. Just came from a session where Gilles Losier played this tune with a few other F jigs. This was by far the coolest. I didn’t ask him where he learned it. I cheated and stole this setting (minus the cheezy guitar chords) from JC’s ABC tune finder because I want to put it in my tune book. A little cyber space redundancy never hurt anyone though, am I right?

Hmm, never heard this before but I bet it’s an old Borders tune. Those 6th leaps are a dead giveaway. Kerri, if you like this try "Elsie Marley" https://thesession.org/tunes/1186.

Hey, thanks, Dow. I really like Elsie Marley. It’ll go very well with this one, especially if I try to play it in F. I should mention for the benefit of those who can’t pull an F off (heh, F off… oops…) I mean, those who can’t play in the key of F, the most common setting in JC’s was G, although I saw a few A transcriptions as well. I chose F cuz it sounds glorious in this key. (At least, Gilles made it sound gorgeous. We’ll see if the infatuation with F lasts long when I try to play it myself).

It’s actually a MacKintosh tune, published in the MacKintosh Collection - available from Taigh na Teud, www.scotlandsmusic.com

It’s a lovely tune.

I just jumped to conclusions and assumed you meant Abraham Mackintosh, but just checked out the website and it’s his father Robert.

Also played in G…

“Cymro O Ble?” ~ the Welsh slant on it, sorry it took so long ;-)

K: G Major
|: d3 dBd | G2 B c2 e | d3 dcB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 dBd | G2 B c2 e | gfe d>cB | A2 B c2 e :|
|: gbg dBd | gbg dBd | gbg d>cB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg a2 c’ | bag fed | g>fe dcB | A2 B c2 e :|

“Light and Airy” ~ the history for some interesting comparions

Of the earlier takes on this I have seen, all the parts ‘repeat’, unlike the way it has been transcribed here by Kerri. This next one is very similar to the Welsh take previous ~

"Complete Repository of Original Scots Slow Strathspeys and Dances"
Neil Gow & Sons, Edinburgh, 1727 - 1807

K: G Major
|: d3 BdB | GBd gdB | d3 BdB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 BdB | GBd gdB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 e :|
|:gag gdB | gag gba | gag gdB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg ac’a | gbg faf | g>fe d>cB | A2 B c2 e :|
|:dBG G2 B | dBG Bdg | dBG G2 B | A2 B c2 e |
dBG GBd | g>fe dcB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 e :|

“The Petrie Collection”

George Petrie’s collecting of Irish music took place from 1789 to 1866 and his first collection was printed in 1855, a Supplement of an additional 34 tunes was printed in 1882, and his opus was printed in 1905, after his death, and included 1,582 traditional melodies. His collection includes this one in F Major, again for comparison:

K: F Major
|: d |
c3 AcA | FAc fcA | c3 AcA | G2 A B2 d |
c3 AcA | FAc fcA | BgB AfA | G2 A B2 :|
|: d |
fgf fcA | fgf fag | fgf fcA | G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg | faf ege | fed cBA | G2 A B2 :|
|: d |
cAF FAF | cAF Acf | cAF FAF | G2 A B2 d |
cAF FAc | fed cBA | BgB AfA | G2 A B2 :|
|: d |
fgf fcA | fgf fag | fgf fcA | G2 A B2 d |
faf gbg | faf ege | fdf cAF | G2 A B2 :|

“Light and Airy” ~ 4 parts in G

K: G Major
|: e |
d3 dBd | G2 A B2 e | d3 dcB | A2 B c2 e |
d3 dBd | GB/c/d gdB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 :|
|: e |
gbg dBd | gbg dBd | gbg dcB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg abc’ | bag fed | gfe dcB | A2 B c2 :|
|: e |
dBG G2 B | dBG Bdg | dBG G2 B | A2 B c2 e |
dBG GBd | gfe dcB | cac BgB | A2 B c2 :|
|: e |
gag gdB | gag gba | gag gdB | A2 B c2 e |
gbg ac’a | gbg faf | gfe dcB | A2 B c2 :|

Bucks of Westmeath

https://thesession.org/tunes/2907/comments
Have only just discovered the link through finding the same version as the one transcribed here by ‘Kerri’, (with the same name) which has been in my collection of tunes for years. Cannot remember where I got mine from though.

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The Bucks of Westmeath - in O’Neill’s

This tune is no. 383 in O’Neill’s 1001 in Gmaj and named The Bucks of Westmeath.

Light And Airy, X:7

I can remember playing something like this from long ago in the Lake District Cumbria (England) I recently found this version which seems very close to what I remember in the Rook Manuscript found in Westmorland ( now Cumbria) dated I think 1840.
ref:- http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/rook/

Gan Ainm

A tune we’ve been playing recently at session, brought in by a player who learned it in Ireland but doesn’t have a name for it. I’ve searched high and low but can’t find it. Any ideas?

Re: Gan Ainm

Yup, just discovered that from a Discussion thread as well. Going to merge them.