Moll Roe slip jig

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Nine settings

1
X: 1
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG GAG FGA|BGG GAB ~c3|DGG GAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 E:|
|:DED cAG FED|DED cAB ~c3|DED cAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 E:|
# Added .
2
X: 2
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG GAG FGA|BBB GAB ~c3|DGG GAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 E:|
|:ded cAG FED|ded cAB ~c3|ded cAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 E:|
3
X: 3
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2G GAG FGA|B3 GAB c[Bd][Ae]|D2G GAG FGA|1 BdB cAF GEG:|2 BdB cAF Gdc||
~d3 cAG FED|ded cAB c3|~d3 cAG FGA|1 BdB cAF Gde:|2 BdB cAF GEG||
4
X: 4
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DGG GAG FGA | BAB GAB c3 | DGG GAG FGA |1 BdB cAF G3 :|2 B/c/dB cAF GBc ||
d3 cAG FED | Add cAB c3 | ded cAG FED | B/c/dB cAF GBc |
d3 cAG FED | Add cAB c3 | ded cAG FED |1 BdB cAG FED :|2 B/c/dB cAF G3 ||
# Added by Rosin .
5
X: 5
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG GAG FGA|B3 GAB c3|DGG GAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 A|
DGG GAG FGA|BAB GAB c3|DGG GAG FGA|B3 cAF G2 A||
|:ded cAG FGA|ded cAB c3|ded cAG FGA|B3 cAF G2 A|
ded cAG FGA|ddd cAB c3|ded cAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 A||
# Added by JACKB .
6
X: 6
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DGG GAG FGA | BF/G/B GAB c2A | DGG GAG FGA | BF/G/B cAF G3 |
DGG GAG FGA | BFGB GAB c3 | DGG GAG FGA | BF/G/B cAF GBc ||
|:ddd cAG FED | Add cAB c3 | ded cAG FGA | BF/G/B cAF G2B |
ded cAG FED | dF/G/d cAB c3 | ded cAG FGA | B/c/dB cAF G3 ||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|DGG GAG FGA|BGB cAB c2c|DGG GAG FGA|BGB cAF G2 (G/F/)|
DGG GAG FGA|BGB cAB c2 (B/c/)|ded cAG FGA|BGB cAF G2||
(B/c/)|ded cAG FGA|ded cAB c2 (B/c/)|ded cAG FGA|BGB cAF G2 (B/c/)|
ded cAG FGA|ded cAB c2 (d/e/)|fed cAG FGA|BGB cAF G2|]
8
X: 8
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGG GAG FGA|BAB GAB c2c|DGG GAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 G|
DGG GAG FGA|BAB GAB c2c|DGG GAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 A||
ded cAG FED|ded cAB c2c|ded cAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 A|
ded cAG FED|ded cAB c2c|ded cAG FGA|BAB cAF G2 G||
# Added by CWB .
9
X: 9
T: Moll Roe
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG GAG FGA|B3 GAB c3|DGG GAG FGA|B3 cAF G3:||
|:ded cAG FED|ded cAB c3|ded cAG FGA|B3 cAF G3:||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-three comments

The Salt

I’ll spare you all the explanation behind why this tune is posted here (see the discussion thread by the same name), except to say that the basic melody line stuck in my head over the years. Maybe someone else can post the lyrics that go with it.

Some of my favorite tunes come from songs (The Crather, the Jolly Ploughboys, the Frost is All Over, etc.), and it’s always fun to unfurl one of these on fiddle at a session and see if anyone knows the words and joins in.

The Salt would be a good "first" slip jig for beginners—easy to play, room for ornaments if so desired, and firm in its 9/8 rhythm and phrasing. It sounds just fine at a slow, almost air-like pace, and works well on whistle—a good tune to learn those c naturals on a D whistle (try it—the drop back down to A is easy, and the c nat is a pivotal note in the tune, so you’ll naturally emphasize it—a little more volume, perhaps), and good practice for cuts, taps, and/or tonguing to separate all those repeated G notes.

You don’t have to roll those c’s—just hold ‘em nice and long. Alternatively, for variety’s sake you CAN roll the BAB phrases in the last measure of each half (just do ~B3). Also, flutes and pipes could cran the low D’s in the B part to nice effect.

Posted .

I’m assuming the first three eighth notes in the first three bars should be an octave up? That’s how we play it anyway.

The Salt

I recall Ciaran Curran and Fintan McManus playing this tune on cittern and bouzouki and calling it Maire Rua (Red Haired Mary). I didn’t know Coneff had recorded it. I learned it from my old friend Eamon Toland who recorded it years before and I greatly prefer his singing to Coneff’s.

Maire Rua

This is a version I heard from the playing of De Danann, from live recordings I have. I don’t think they ever recorded it on LP or CD etc., They always paired it with Hardiman the Fiddler.

This is an excellent tune for the pipes and sounds especially good on the flat pipes.

Maire Rua

It’s on one of the "Irish Folk Tour" double LPs which included "De Danann", and is paired, as you say, with "Hardiman". The Ulster singer Len Graham also has a fine song to this tune, called "The Wheels Of The World" - nothing to do with the reel of that name.

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The Night Larry was Streched

T:The Night Larry was Streched
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Traditional Irish Music (traditional music session from Belfast)
R:slip-jig
Z:g.m.p
K:G
D2G GAG FGA|B3 GAB c[Bd][Ae]|D2G GAG FGA|1BdB cAF GEG:|2BdB cAF Gdc||
~d3 cAG FED|ded cAB c3|~d3 cAG FGA|1BdB cAF Gde:|2BdB cAF GEG||

The Night Before Larry was Stretched

Traditionally this was composed by "Hurlfoot Bill". And it’s "The night BEFORE Larry was stretched. You can find the words in the Penguin Book of Irish Poetry.

"Come Under My Dimity" ~ slip jig ~ family member, twins

Key signature: Gmajor ~ & D in comments ~ two other takes on it…
Submitted on September 29th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7793

"Maire Rua" Quintuplets ~ all in the family

"Maire Rua"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on September 26th 2002 by banjowalsh.
https://thesession.org/tunes/993

"A Bumper At Parting"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on March 23rd 2007 by nicholas.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6991

"Johnny Loves Molly" ~ ?
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on June 25th 2007 by JohnQ.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7400

"Come Under My Dimity"
Key signature: Gmajor ~ & D in comments
Submitted on September 29th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7793

A great tune on Anglo concertina we play it as The Wheels of the World but i was told Molly Roe the other night by whistle player Alex Monaghan . We go into Drops of Brandy.

Maire Rua

I learned this version from Eamon O’Leary at a workshop at the boxwood festival in Lunenburg.Nova Scotia. Finally found a way to go from postscript to abc !

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6/8 Moll Roe

I see lots of 6/8 jig versions of this tune with three bar phrasing, so lending a slip jig feel to it nonetheless. We also follow it with Drops of Brandy and then Hardimans.

The Salt

This slip-jig was used as the air for a self-composed song by Ron Kavana and he called it "Gobsheen Gombeens"
Ron Kavana and Friends - 40 Favourite Folk Songs - CD1-10 - Gobsheen Gombeens (With Anne Armstrong - harmony vocals)

The Salt, X:3

I learned this as the Wheels of the World with this slightly different setting a few years back.

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Re: The Salt

This is the tune used for the song ‘The Devil and Bailiff McGlynn’ on one of June Tabor’s albums.

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