The Connemara mazurka

Also known as The Connemara Highland, Rouse It, Top It Off.

The Connemara has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Connemara
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B/ |A>F F2 d>A | B>d A>F G>B |\
A>F (3FFF d>A | (3Bcd A>F D3/ :|
g/ |f>d d>c d>=f | e>=c c>B c>g |\
f>d d>c d>A | B>d A>F G>g |
f>d d>c d2 | e>=c c>B c2 |\
f>d e>c d>A | (3Bcd e>c d3/ |]
X: 2
T: The Connemara
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B/ |A>F F2 d>A | B<d A>F G>B |\
A>F F2 d>A | B>d A<F D3/ :|
|: g/ |f>d d>c d>=f | e>=c c>B c>e |\
[1 d>B B>^A B>d | c>A A>^G A3/ :|
[2 d>B- B>^A (3Bcd | (3Bcd e<c d3/ |]
X: 3
T: The Connemara
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M: 9/8
|: B |A2 F FGF d2 A | B2 d A2 F G2 B |\
A2 F FGF d2 A | B2 d A2 F D2 :|
|: g |f2 d d2 c d2 =f | e2 =c c2 B c2 e |\
[1 d2 B B2 ^A B2 d | c2 A A2 ^G A2 :|
[2 f2 d e2 c d2 A | Bcd e2 c d2 |]
X: 4
T: The Connemara
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,B,C | D2 C D2 F | A3- ABc | d2 c B2 A | F A2- A

Sixteen comments

“Connemara” / “The Connemara” ~ mystery tune?!

Nope!, this isn’t really a mazurka. It is more like a ‘highland fling’ in 3/4 time… I had almost forgotten this number when I was reminded of it today. It is quirky, which I like. I haven’t found where I first learned this, not yet, or whether or not I collected a dance to go with it or not.

Here’s another way I’ve got for part-B, an interesting and fun alternative:

|: >g |
f>d d>c d>f | e>=c c>B c>e | d>B B>^A B>d |1 c>A A>^G A>=g :|
2 (3Bcd e>c d> ||

“Music of Ireland: Give Us Another”

edited by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
ISBN: 1-899512-30-6

Page 31 ~ "The Connemara", under ‘Miscellany’
He has a B-part similar to the alternate given above, and with that part repeating, his version being 24 bars instead of the 16 I’ve given…

This is the only other printed notation for this I’ve been able to chase up today. I’d love to hear any other information anyone might have on this lovely tune…

“The Connemara Hop Jig” ~ a 9/8 take on it ~

I have also seen this transcribed as 9/8, or along this line:

|: B |
A2 F FGF d2 A | B2 e e2 d cBA | ~
|: g |
f2 d dcd d2 f | e2 =c cdc c2 g | ~

~ and this was similar in count to the Taylor transcription, being 24 bars in length. It is also mentioned as a ‘hop jig’, and it works well that way, so here is my transcription given that slant, incorporating the variation from above:

T: The Connemara Hop Jig
M: 9/8
R: hop jig
K: D Major
|: B |
A2 F FGF d2 A | B2 d A2 F G2 B | A2 F FGF d2 A | B2 d A2 F D2 :|
|: g |
f2 d d2 c d2 =f | e2 =c c2 B c2 e |1 d2 B B2 ^A B2 d | c2 A A2 ^G A2 :|
2 f2 d e2 c d2 A | Bcd e2 c d2 ||

I like that, but the way I remember this tune is more as I’ve given it, as said, feeling almost like a 3/4 highland fling, including the skips, but that isn’t far off a hop jig in feel…

Definitely a close cousin (or even fraternal twin) to Top It Off:
which I long thought of as a mazurka but is really thought of as a Hop Jig. One of my very favorite tunes. See also the Sunny Banks for similarity of melody and the Silver Slipper for similarity of form.
And the greatest, screwiest recorded version has got to be Tommy Potts’ on The Liffey Banks.

Top it Off

Hi ‘c’ surprised you haven’t picked this one up. Its here already as a slip jig entitled ‘Top it Off’ submitted March 5th 2004. Good tune and when playing I have the tendancy to play the final bar of the ‘B’ music as a 6/8. have to think and make myself play it as 9/8 because I have the final 2 bars as: d2A Bcd e2c | d3 d3 d3 || last d3 not played.

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T it O

Looks like you both got in there just before me. We must have been typing at the same time.

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The Fiddler’s Companion - Andrew Kuntz

CONNEMARA JIG. AKA and see “Rouse It" (in F),” “Top it Off" / "Cuir barr air". Irish, Hop Jig. D Major. Standard. AABB / AAB. The tune was printed in Levey’s 1st collection (1858, No. 100). Levey printed it again in his second collection (1873) as “Rouse It”…

Other collections:

"Dance Music of Ireland" ~ First & Second Collection / Editions
Edited by Levey, #1 - 1858, #2 - 1873

"Ceol Rince na hEireann I"
Edited by Breandan Breathnach, 1963
Page 29 - #69

"Fiddler’s Tune-Book: Slip Jigs and Waltzes"
Edited by Peter Kennedy
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1999
ISBN: 1-899512-51-9
Page 16 - # 71 ~ "Rouse It"

"Irish Traditional Music: Session Tunes Book 3"
Edited by Tony "Sully" Sullivan
Halshaw Music
Page 5 - #13 ~ "Top it Off"

Other recordings:

Gael-Linn CEF060, “Paddy Glackin.”
Island ILPS9432, The Chieftains - "Bonaparte’s Retreat" (1976).
Tommy Potts – “The Liffey Banks.”
Tommy Reck – “The Drones and Chanters: Irish Pipering” (1971).

Connections ~

Yes, I know what you mean about all this, but the way I play it is as I’ve given it to start, more like a 3/4 highland fling, and the vaguely remembered ‘moves’, for a couple dance, is also in that gender, similar. If this survives, is sufficiently different enough from the 9/8 hop jigs given and listed, I’ll see if I can find a dance for it and add that here. The title "Connemara" isn’t mine, as I didn’t have a title for it as I knew it. I took the title from one of the collections and then traced it to "The Fiddler’s Companion" entry, but what I have was different from the three notations I could find on the site ~ "Connemara", "Top it Off" and "Rouse It", though the melody is sharing more genetic material than a kissin’ cousin…

Admitting biases and potential influences ~

Having collected a hell of a lot of the hornpipe family, including highland flings and barndances and schottisches, and not getting any younger, time and inclinations could have easily influenced my take on this, but my earliest notation, a ‘gan ainm’ from Ulster, is in 3/4 and with swing. That said, I’ve seen a few mad folk of similar ilk who notated 4/4 swung tunes as 12/8, but at least I’d be in good company. I’m not going to give away the ‘who’ of such slips…

Thanks for the comment Patrick and Hetty, let me know of what you think of it with the ‘snaps’ in it… ;-)

I did a load of searches on site here, in 3/4 and 9/8, swung and not and in various bars and variations, but it never showed until I mined the other titles from Andrew Kuntz’s great site…

What is a kick is to play them in a set, first with the 3/4 swing and snap and then into one of the 9/8 takes on it. That’s when you really start to feel the difference, but the filial characteristics are also highlighted…

“The Sunny Banks” / “The Flowers of Ballymote”

single reel & highland fling
Submitted on February 20th 2003 by milesnagopaleen.

More for a mad set, and wasn’t I just recently playing thsi in mad abandonment!!!

is this tune relationed with another (I guess) one called "The queen of connemara"?

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“The Queen of Connemara”

I expect you mean the old sea chantey? I think that’s a very different melody:

She’s neat, Oh she’s sweet, she’s a beauty, every line,
‘The Queen of Connemara’ is this bounding barque of mine.

T: Queen of Connemara
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: D Major
A,B,C | D2 C D2 F | A3- ABc | d2 c B2 A | F A2- A ~ etc…