A Visit To Ireland jig

Also known as The Visit To Ireland.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Shandon Bells (a few times) and Tobin’s Favourite (a few times).

A Visit To Ireland has been added to 6 tune sets.

A Visit To Ireland has been added to 74 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: A Visit To Ireland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B |: ddd GGG | BBB ddd | gfe dcB | cAA ABc |
ded dBG | Bdd def | gfg ABc |1 BGG GBc :|2 BGG GBd ||
|: gfg aga | bag fed | gfe dcB | cAA A2 d |
gfg aga | bag fed | gfg ABc |1 BGG GBd :|2 BGG GBc||
"As Played on Fiddle"
B |: ded {e}dBG | Bcd def | gfe dcB | cA/A/A ABc |
~d3 dBG | Bcd def | ~g3 ABc |1 BGF GBc :|2 BGF GBd ||
|: ~g3 aga | bag {a}fed | gfe dcB | {d}cAA A2 d |
~g3 ~a3 | bag {a}fed | gdB ABc |1 BGF GBd :|2 BGF GBc||
"As Played on Flute"
B |: ded {e}dBG | Bcd {e}def | gfe dcB | c2 A ABc |
d2 z dBG | Bcd {e}def | ~g3 ABc |1 BGF GA/B/c :|2 BGF GBd ||
|: ~g3 ~a3 | bag fed | gfe dcB | c2 A A2 f |
~g3 ~a3 | bag fed | ~g3 ABc |1 BGF GBd :|2 BGG GA/B/c||
# Added .
X: 2
T: A Visit To Ireland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|ded dBG|Bdd def|gfe dcB|cAA ABc|
ded dBG|Bdd def|gfg ABc|BGG G :|
|:Bd|gfg aga|bag fed|gfe dcB|cAA ABd|
gfg aga|bag fed|gfg ABc|BGG G :|
X: 3
T: A Visit To Ireland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ABA AFD|FAA ABc|dcB AGF|GEE E3|
ABA AFD|FAA ABc|dcd EFG|FDD D3:|
|:dcd ede|fed cBA|dcB AGF|GEE E3|
dcd ede|fed cBA|dcd EFG|FDD D3:|

Eleven comments

A Visit to Ireland

A fluter friend of mine has been lobbying me to learn this, so I sat down and worked out a couple of settings to start from. This jig is in O’Neill’s, but isn’t in some of the bigger online collections so it seemed worthwhile to post it here.

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It’s not in the recordings links, but there is a nice version of this jig by Frank O’Higgins that’s on one of the Topic fiddle anthologies.

I’ve been told that this tune used to be much more frequently played than it is today.

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I have to correct myself. I was thinking that the O’Higgins recording was on Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music, but it’s not.

I only have it on tape. Perhaps someone has put it out.

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“A-The Visit To Ireland” ~ 70 beats per minute

~ and sometimes played very slooowwly as and for a ‘treble jig’… Not that other jigs can’t also be given that treatment if a step dancer requests it and the musician is willing… ;-)

A Hard Jig!

"Treble Jig" often referred to as a "Hard jig" by many dancers causes no end of confusion for a musician who may think he’s being asked to play something really difficult rather than just slowing down the tempo for the "hard shoe" dance!

Yes, and not always something a session-spoiled musician is capable of controlling ~ but a lot of fun to do…especially if the dancer is gifted and they aren’t using those damned fiberglass shoes… :-P ~ ;-)

Actually come to think of it, a hard tune is part of the answer as it’s going to be that much more difficult to play it fast! We usually use the Banks of Lough Gowna in "C" where it slows one up getting the F naturals which don’t come up much in tunes played at sessions.

That’s perfect, a really sweet tune too…

Re: A Visit To Ireland

This is titled "Trip to Ireland" in the "Third Part of the Musician’s Companion" published by Elias Howe in Boston circa 1850. It’s nearly identical to O’Neill’s setting but there seems to be an error in the key signature
thus showing the c’s as c#.