An unusual tune. It’s nice to hear some lesser known slip jigs. There seem to be only about 4 or 5 slip jigs which regularly come up on sessions. Keep them coming.
We just learned this in our Flute class at Riley School with John Skelton… wasn’t expecting to see it on here already! (Though in a different key!)
I believe this tune is actually a single-jig or slide.
A slide would be in 12/8 which would wouldn’t make much sense for the phrasing of this tune.
It’s a slip jig alright.
John Skelton called it a hop jig… though, I’ve been told that the slip jig and hop jig are very similar.
Harry Bradley also calls it a hop jig. Do a search for ‘hop jigs’ in the Discussions sections. If you are interested in being academically pendantic, anyway. 🙂
Hop Jigs are just a way of playing a slip jig. A hop jig is played faster with a feel almost like a waltz, the first note of each triplet gets the emphasis. If lilted it would get a sort of Dowdle deedle dum feel. Slip jigs are played way slower with more of a dowd-el-y deed-le-y dum.
This tune was made popular as the title track of a Kevin Burke/Micheal O Domhnaill Green Linnet LP. Kevin picked up the tune from a ten-inch Folkways disc recorded in London in the 1950s by the piper Willie Clancy and fiddler Michael Gorman. The liner notes described it as the music for the "promenade" or first figure of a set dance once common in south Sligo, and even provided a description and diagram of the dance. There was no real title on the disc, but Kevin called it "Promenade" for this reason. It has been published as "Coleman’s," but was never recorded by Michael Coleman, only by Gorman.