From Flook’s "Haven." Written by Michael Rooney. A 6/8 tune that isn’t quite a jig, and although there are definitely two parts, it’s not entirely clear where the first ends and the second begins. They’ve recorded it in Bb, but Brian plays his F-whistle with G-fingers and so I’ve notated it thusly.
It’s the right length to be a slip jig, the repeated bits in the first half fall in the right places for that, but the second half doesn’t have the repetitions you’d expect.
I haven’t heard it, but it looks pretty reasonable in 9/8 and even sounds decent that way in BarFly’s midi player.
A Slip Jig
This is definitely a slip jig. This is according to the liner notes written by Rooney himself for the CD "Draiocht" he recorded with his wife June McCormack.
See https://thesession.org/tunes/2143 where this tune is shown as a slip jig which is how it’s more commonly played.
Actually this tune is actually the slip jig "Gort na Mona". It’s been recorded by Michael Rooney in a set with the (other) tune Tigh Rabhartaigh. It can be found here:
I think Flook probably scrambled up the names when they went and scrambled up the meter. I have to say that I like both. It would be fun, and Donal Lunny-esque, to play the slip jig into the jig.
Notation as slip jig
This is how the file could look like as a slip jig in 9/8 notation. For me it seems more logical and easier to play than the 6/8 notation listening how Flook play the tune.
T: Tir Rafartaigh (as played by Flook on "Haven" but in different key)
R: slip jig
G2A | B/c/dB B2A ~G3 | GAG E2D D2G | GDd BAG ~A3 | ABc dcA G2A |
B/c/dB B2A | ~G3 GAG E2D | D2D BAG ABc | d2d dge fga |
b2a age deg | a2g gfg ded | g2f2d2 BAG | ABc dge fga |
b2a a2b agf | ~e3 deg B2c | A3- AB/A/G ABc | d4 z gf dcA :||
Flook plays this tune with the A-part in 6/8 as a jig, and the B in 9/8 as a slip jig. If you listen to Ed’s guitar, you can hear the 6 beats in the first part and 9 in the second.
I agree with JosephC, with some further nuances.
I hear the time signatures as follows:
||: Lead in | 6/8 x 6 bars |
6/8 x 4 bars | 9/8 x 1 bar ||
|: 9/8 x 4 bars :||
The main thing in my rough notation here is the bar counts. I have not notated 1st and 2nd endings and such.
Am I right in saying that Flook do not credit Micheal Rooney with this tune even though it appears to clearly have its origins in the Slip Jig that MR wrote?