By Golly jig

Also known as Jim Neary’s, Jimmy Neary’s, Johnny McGreevy’s, Neary’s.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Banks Of Lough Gowna (a few times).

By Golly has been added to 2 tune sets.

By Golly has been added to 55 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: By Golly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:e|dcA GFG|Adc d2e|dcA GFG|AGE EFD|
dcA GFG|Adc def|efd e2d|cAG A2:|
d|efg efg|ege dcd|efg aba|age dcd|
efg efg|ege dcd|efd e2d|cAG A2d|
efg efg|ege dcd|efg aba|age dcd|
efg aba|age dcd|efd e2d|cAG A2||
X: 2
T: By Golly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
dcA G(3(EFG)|Add d2e|dcA G(3(EFG)|AGE E2c|
dcA G(3(EFG)|A2d dAd|fed fed|[1 cec Ace:|[2 cec A(3(Bcd)||
efg efg|e/f/ge dgd|efg aba|age edd|
efg efg|e/f/ge cde|fed fed|cec A(3(Bcd)|
efg efg|e/f/ge dgd|efg a3|age edd|
efg a2g|ege d2g|fed fed|cec Ace|]

Four comments

By Golly (jig)

This is a very old-fashioned jig from Peadar O’Loughlin and Maeve Donnelly’s beautiful duet playing. It’s also on Chulrua’s 2nd album "Down the Back Lane," and I heard Charlie Piggot playing it very recently in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

The title refers to an expression much used by Chicago fiddler Johnny McGreevy, according to the notes of O’Loughlin & Donnelly’s album "The Thing Itself." Charlie Piggot couldn’t recall what it is called, but knew it comes from McGreevy’s playing.

I love this sort of simple tunes. You’ll also like it if you are a fan of piping classics such as "Hag with the Money," and "Fraher’s."

Jim Neary

Brian MacNamara writes: "Neary’s jig is associated with the Mayo born fiddle player Jimmy Neary who emigrated to Chicago in the 1920s. The home of Jimmy and his wife Eleanor was regarded as a musical haven in Chicago for Irish musicians and this jig is one of a number of rare tunes associated with them. This tune was recorded by Johnny McGreevy on his Philo LP."
From "Tune of the Month" page of Brian MacNamara’s website: http://www.piperbrian.com/music/music_tunes.html

So, it was another Chicago-based musician Johnny McGreevy who most likely learnt this jig from Jim Neary and brought it back to Ireland.

By Golly (aka. Jim Neary’s)

You can listen to a nice concertina and fiddle duet playing of this jig here: http://www.myspace.com/maireadhurley
The one played after the Boys of Tanderagee, of course.

Mairead Hurley is from Ballymote and won the All-Ireland a couple of years ago. I know a few members of the Hurleys personally, but have never met her yet. I don’t know anything about the fiddler Jacqui Martin. I guess they play together on a regular basis somewhere in Dublin.

By Golly, X:2

Neary’s, transcribed from the playing of Geraldine O’Callaghan on Echoes of Erin 2006.