Here’s a "new" compostion that has worked it’s way into the common session rep.. It’s already enjoyed a name transmutation, the composer of this tune is Brendan Tonra - a Boston area sligo fiddler. His name transformed into Tony Rowes or Tone Rowes or tone-rows (like the twelve tone ones) but let it be known - this mighty tune was penned by Brendan Tonra.
Here in Montana we know this one as Brendan Tonra’s, so there must be a strong Montana-Boston connection.
And I’ve also seen it spelled Tonro’s in printed sources.
Brad, if Brendan Tonra’s is its proper name, why didn’t you call it that?
btw, at our session we play the last bar of each part differently: |BAF D3| and |edc d3|
One of the great jigs (what a melody!) and one that fits beautifully before the Killavil. The story goes that Brendan Tonra and Fred Finn were playing these tunes in a pub in Killavil and didn’t have a name for the second jig so they called it after the town.
“Brendan Tonra’s Jig” ~ other ways, with an ‘option’ not to drop below the D
T: Brendan Tonra’s
C: Brendan Tonra
|: E |\
F^EF AF=E | EDB A2 D | F^EF G2 G | ABF AFE |
F^EF AF=E | EDB ABD | F^EF G=E/F/G | BAF D2 :|
|: e |\
f2 d dcd | edc Bcd | fdd dcd | ABF Ade |
f2 d dcd | edc BB/c/d | f/g/af g>ec | Adc d2 :|
Thanks "c" for the version for those instruments without low As and Bs. I now have a solution for all those perplexed whistle and flute players who’ve been cursing this tune over the years. Also like the introduction of the slide to F natural in the first phrase!
~ | EDB AFD | ~ A-Part, bars 2 & 6
There’s another option for you, descending in 3rds, the D chord [DFA]…
…or you can just play the first part of the tune same as the fiddle but up the octave…
The correct title for this jig (supplied by Brendan Tonra) is Tonra’s Jig.
Same tune in G
T: Tony Rowe’s
A|B3 dBA|AGE DEG|BAB cBc|deB dBA|
B3 dBA|AGE DEG|BAB cBc|dBG G2:|
a|b2 g gfg |agf efg|b2g gfg|deB dga|
b2g gfg|agf efg|bd’b c’af|gba g2:|
this version goes up to the high d’ but avoid sub-whistle, -flute or -pipes notes…
Andy McGann learned the tune from touring musicians from Clare, had no name for it, so named it after amber earrings worn by Carmen Hernandez, a good friend. (liner notes from ‘It’s a Hard Road to Travel’ (1995).)
played by Conal Ó Gráda and John Wynne…