This is a popular jig in Cape Breton, also used for accompanying New England style dance, a great meeting place for both being Boston, Massachusetts. The tune has a provenance further back, but the farthest I can give you is:
"Kohler’s Violin Repository" ~ 1881-1885
"C" thanks for posting this. We’ve played this for years without having a name for it.We often do it in a set with the Champion (https://thesession.org/tunes/13) which you also gave good info on.
Our local setting, learned from a concertina player who grew up playing in New England, goes like this:
T: Sandy M’Gaff
~E3 EFG|~B3 Bcd|~ E3 EFG|BAG FED|
~E3 EFG|~B3 Bcd|fgf edc|dAG FED :||
E2 e efg|fdf e2 E| E2 e efg|fga g2 e|
DFA d2 e|fec d2 A|DFA d2 A|BAG FED :||
Oops, you cut off a bit, the ‘7’, here’s the link to that lovely tune, "The Champion":
Which way and how??
It’s nice to see another setting, very close. I sometimes roll it too but usually try to avoid notating rolls in submissions to the site, feeling the opportunity for those who roll or prefer triplets is usually said in the allowable space or repetitions, such as:
E3 / E2 / EFE / E2 F ~ etc.
This is what I like seeing, how tunes evolve and are used, in little and great ways. Which way do you take the set? And if you go from this to "The Champion", how does your session make the transition? Do you also use the set for dance, or have you?
Thanks for posting the proper link. My cursor was a word ahead of where the typing was actually happening. Weird.
M’Gaff into the Champion, sometimes starting the whole thing off with the Monaghan Jig. Yes, we’ve used it for ceilis here in Montana—dancers like the lift from M’Gaff to the Champion.
"Sandy M’Gaff" ~ as played by Sandy MacIntyre
~ a transcription can be found here on page #114:
"Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton: 139 transcriptions ~ "
by Kate Dunlay & David Greenberg
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1996
Going from this tune into "The Champion" as suggested above I’d be inclined to make the change so:
| ABG FED ||
|: Eee gee | ~ etc… - or - |: E2 e gee | ~
Yup, that’s how we usually do it.
Sandy M’Gaff, X:4
Heard this one at a session recently. Here’s a few minor variations.
Re: Sandy M’Gaff
Sandy M’Gaff, X:5
Another slightly different feel to the tune.