The Drops Of Brandy slip jig

Also known as Carr Cliathánach Do Sheisear, Cork Fancy, Drop Of Brandy, Hey, Mv Nancy, Lots Of Drops Of Brandy, New Drops Of Brandy, Tá Nead Ag An Dreoilín.

There are 73 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Hardiman The Fiddler (a few times), The Kid On The Mountain (a few times), A Fig For A Kiss (a few times), An Buachaill Caol Dubh (a few times) and The Keel Row (a few times).

The Drops Of Brandy has been added to 18 tune sets.

The Drops Of Brandy has been added to 642 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Drops Of Brandy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABA FDF FDF|ABA FDF GFE|ABA FDF FDF|GFG E2 F GFE|
ABA FDF FDF|ABA FDF GFE|ABA FDF FDF|GFG E2 F GFE:||
DFA dAF dAF|DFA dAF GFE|DFA dAF dAF|GFG E2 F GFE|
DFA dAF dAF|DFA dAF GFE|DFA dfe dAF|GFG E2 F GFE:||
X: 2
T: The Drops Of Brandy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: ABA FDF FDF | ABA FDF GFE |
ABA FDF FDF | GFG E2 F GFE :|
|: DFA dAF dAF | DFA dAF GFE |
[1 DFA dAF dAF | GFG E2 F GFE :|
[2 DFA dfe dAF | GFG E2 F GFE ||
X: 3
T: The Drops Of Brandy
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:ded BGB BGB|ded BGB c2A|ded BGB BGB|cBc A2 B cBA|
ded BGB BGB|ded BGB c2A|ded BGB BGB|cBc A2 B cBA||
|:GB/c/d gdB gdB|GB/c/d gdB cBA|GB/c/d gdB gdB|cBc A2 B cBA|
GB/c/d gdB gdB|GB/c/d gdB cBA|GB/c/d gba gdB|cBc A2 B cBA||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty comments

Another Source

This tune is found on William Coulter’s CD: "Celtic Sessions"

Drops of Brandy

In Bristol we play it in G. This gives the useful option of playing it at the lower octave.
Trevor

The Drops Of Brandy (slip jig)

I believe the original is in A and scottish. Am I wrong?

I think it is Scottish and we certainly play it a lot for dance sets like "Drops of Brandy" and "Strip the widow—sorry Willow :-) ". Both are very similar. Usually, it’s played in A or G here. Again, the setting is different, though who’s to say we’re right? :-)

Drops of Brandy is also in the Metis tradition as well! It was very cool the time I saw a Metis dance troupe and band at a festival and out pops a version of Drops of Brandy…

Drops of Brandy (in G) - slip jig

I forgot to say, it makes a nice round to play, each player coming in after 4 bars. When played in G one player can play at the octave. If you have more than two players playing as a round (we’ve done it with 4) everyone has to concentrate very hard otherwise it’s so easy to lose it.
Trevor

Seen it in G

I believe it is in O’Neill’s in the key of G instead of A… I play it either way. I believe it is irish in origin - but it doesn’t really matter, it is lots of fun to play and teach as it has a good slip jig rhthym.

G again :)

We play this in G as well at our Asheville sessions.

I’ve known others who play it in A as well.

Metis version

The Metis versions of Drops of Brandy that I’ve heard seem to have little relationship to the slip jig - they’re in 2/4 or 4/4 time and have a different melody altogether - great tunes in their own right. Much closer in feel to Fench-Canadian than Irish.

“Drops of Brandy” ~ 1 - 2 - 3 = D, G, A Major ~ but this transcription

I love this old standard and will be adding more, but for the moment, feeling that powers greater than me are moving me and trying to keep me civil ( GRRRR! ;-) ) ~ here goes windy’s take in 3 keys and on a proper diet ~

X: 1
T: Drops Of Brandy
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: D Major
|: ABA FDF FDF | ABA FDF GFE |
ABA FDF FDF | GFG E2 F GFE :|
|: DFA dAF dAF | DFA dAF GFE |
[1 DFA dAF dAF | GFG E2 F GFE :|
[2 DFA dfe dAF | GFG E2 F GFE ||

X: 2
T: Drops Of Brandy
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: G Major
|: ded BGB BGB | ded BGB cBA |
ded BGB BGB | cBc A2 B cBA :|
|: GBd gdB gdB | GBd gdB cBA |
[1 GBd gdB gdB | cBc A2 B cBA :|
[2 GBd gba gdB | cBc A2 B cBA ||

X: 3
T: Drops Of Brandy
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: A Major
|: efe cAc cAc | efe cAc dcB |
efe cAc cAc | dcd B2 c dcB :|
|: Ace aec aec | Ace aec dcB |
[1 Ace aec aec | dcd B2 c dcB :|
[2 Ace ac’b aec | dcd B2 c dcB ||

“Follow Her Over The Border” ~ slip jig ~ suspected family member, one octave

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on September 25th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7771

Lyrics

here’s the traditional lilt: (Part A is the lilt, Part B is the verses)

Curfá:
Didildí déidildí déidildí
didildí déidildí deam
didildí déidildí déidildí
didildí déidildí deam

Tá nead ag an dreoilín, an dreoilín
tá nead ag an dreoilín sa sceach,
Tá nead ag an dreoilín, an dreoilín
is gearrcaigh ag teacht amach.

Tá nead ag a’ fiolar na faille,
tá nead ag an gcaistín cnoic,
tá nead ag an éan is airde
is nead ag an bhfaoilinn dubh.

Téanam go Dairbhre, Dairbhre
téanam go Dairbhre, a Chit,
téanam go Dairbhre, Dairbhre,
is ólfaimid tenny bit.

“Drops of Brandy” ~ |: d2 B BGB ~

I’m more inclined to take it so, starting with the long-short in the first measure of the A-part and repeating it in bars 2 & 3 ~

K: G Major
|: d2 B BGB BGB | d2 B BGB cBA | d2 B BGB BGB | cBc A2 B cBA :| ~

James Kelly version

James Kelly does a really nice version of this one on the CD ‘Traditional Irish Music", with Paddy Keenan, Zan McLeod, Mark Stone and Daithi Connaughton. Track 7, with The Gift from the Fairies / Drops of Brandy / Is the Big Man Within?. I love this one!

Oops, many apologies!

I hastily posted a version in G, disregarding all the rules (well, I am a newbie to TheSession).
Oh well, it is quite useful to have for our set lists; we play Drop’s of Brandy (in G)/Another Jig Will Do/The Foxhunter’s.

Another tune with this name?

The third part of Dirty Linen by Fairport is called Drops of Brandy in some listings but is a different tune:

BGB BGB d2c | BGB cBA d2c | BGB BGB cdc | A2b cBA d2c

Can anyone give me another name for this tune or tell me if it’s on this site under a different name?

BrownAdam ~ you’ve got the bars confusing you ~ move them one beat over to the left, and making a correction from A2 b to A2 B ~

~ BGB BGB | d2c BGB cBA | d2c BGB BGB | cdc A2 B cBA | d2 c ~

It’s the same tune…

The Green Linnet

Just for the record, a nice version of this lovely slip jig is played during the intro of the famous RTE series The Green Linnet with Barney McKenna and Tony MacMahon. :-)