This tune is both very cool and very straightforward. This combination makes it a great tune for beginners to cut their teeth on.
I’ve shown a very basic version of the tune here and the possibilties for variation are endless. That opening phrase can be played in many different ways. The notes could be rolled are turned into CBA or very simply just CA.
For an interesting and subtle change try putting this tune together with "The geese in the bog".
The Old John in question was John Potts, a piper and flute player from Wexford, father of Tommy Potts and grandfather of Sean Potts, the whistle player from the Chieftains. Potts’s student Breandan Breathnach named this tune after him for Ceol Rince na Eireann Vol. 1.
Also Compare with
“The Bank of Ireland” ~ a rescued duplication
Submitted on February 3rd 2010 by Grtnwnhvn.
T: Bank Of Ireland
|: B |\
cAA cAA | GEE GAB | cAA A2 G | Add ded |
cAA cAA | GEE GAB | cde ged | cAA A2- :|
|: A |\
e^fg eaa | ged cAA | e2 d eaa | bag a2 g |
e^fg eaa | ged cAA | cde ged | cAA A2- :|
The Bank of Ireland Jig - Often played before The Glanmire Miller Jig. Both in Am.
# Posted on February 3rd 2010 by Grtnwnhvn
"The Glanmire Miller Jig" / "The Miller of Glanmire" / "The Lilting Banshee"
Old John’s, X:3
This is a variation that is played around the sessions in Winnipeg, Canada.
Re: Old John’s
I’d always thought of that tune as a version of Brian O’Lynn but it is indeed listed here as Old john’s https://thesession.org/tunes/57 .