The Jewels Of The Ocean
I got this off the Shannon et al album "Tunes". It is the first tune of track 3. I hope I am not infringing copyright as it has Allan MacDonald’s name after it on the sleeve - possibly the composer.
There is a nice rendition of this on youtube at
Mike McGoldrick playing Low D, I think, with Frankie Gavin and Sharon Shannon. They go on to follow it with Lizzie In The Lowground.
Jewels of the Ocean
Yes it is indeed composed by the fantastic Allan MacDonald of Glenuig.
The tune can be found a wee bit into this song:
(and that is Allan on the backing vocals in the red shirt)
Jewels of the Ocean
I’ll wager Mike McGoldrick isn’t playing a low D (in Bb), it would be as per the setting here on the low F if you want to play along.
Gotta love these lads’ rendition…
Dave Sheridan, Michael & Donal McCague (The Jewel In The Ocean & The House On The Hill )
Dave Sheridan plays the set on an Eb flute.
The Jewels Of The Ocean - played by the composer.
It’s a good idea to hear the composer playing the tune.
Here’s Allan MacDonald playing superbly.
The Jewels Of The Ocean, X:2 - closer to the composer’s version
I’ve taken Donough’s setting and transposed it to the key of D major to play it with a small-piper and others. I’ve used a transcription by Matt Seattle to come up with a version that, I think, is playable on mandolin or flute along with Allan Macdonald’s version- see the video. Well, it would be if his pipes were not actually tuned to somewhere near E.
The Jewels Of The Ocean, X:3
This tune was recently started in a session locally in G major. The second time around the Border piper raised it to the original key of D major. I have used an abc transposition tool to transpose the tune down. I intend to compare it with Donough’s version which may have a slight incompatibility.
Re: The Jewels Of The Ocean - second strain - bar 8
Now I can compare the two version set in the same key, I think the versions are alike enough. However in the second strain, in bar 8, there is a clash. The original goes down to the D in the G major setting, (A in the pipe setting) while Donough’s versions tend goes down to the E. Also if you listen to the versions linked to on Youtube, you’ll hear various players fudge this note in various ways
The Jewels Of The Ocean, X:4
This tune is nice to play low on the mandolin, also it’s easy as the note C# does not occur.