The Robin’s Nest jig

By Sean Ryan

Also known as Paddy Fahy’s.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Robin’s Nest has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Robin's Nest has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Robin's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:EG|cdc (3Bcd B|cGE CEG|FEF edc|(3Bcd B GAB|
cdc (3Bcd B|cGE CDE|FEF edc|BAB c:|
|:EG|cBc ece|ga^f g2 =f|ece dBG|cGE FED|
cBc ece|ga^f g2 =f|ece dcB|GAB c:|
X: 2
T: The Robin's Nest
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FA|ded (3(cde) c|dAF DFA|GFG fed|(3(cde) c ABc|
ded (3(cde) c|dAF DEF|GFG fed|cBc d:|
|:FA|dcd fdf|ab^g a2 =g|fdf ecA|dAF GFE|
dcd fdf|ab^g a2 =g|fdf edc|ABc d:|

Seven comments

Seán Ryan’s “The Robin’s Nest “

Is this different enough from

to be entered as a tune in its own right?

The version I have here seems closer to what Paddy Canny plays on “Traditional Music From The Legendary East Clare Fiddler” where he pairs it with the New House. (And by the way, I love it when similar sounding tunes get set together. Modulation always sounds dramatic, but sometimes I really enjoy the subtle nuances you get by shifting between similar tunes in the same key, too.)

From “Hidden Ireland – the First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan” compiled by Brian Ryan, page 10. I don’t know if Mr. Ryan composed this from whole cloth or this is his setting of it. Either way, it’s lovely.

There are certainly striking similarities - but they’re not the same tune, in my opinion.

Brian Ryan - what a name. It sounds like somebody shouting into a cave and the echo coming back just in time for the initial ‘B’ to be eclipsed by the final ‘N’. Although, in fact, it is unlike that a plosive would be obscured but a liquid, unless its pronunciation were particularly weak.

I learned this from Siobhan Peoples as ‘Paddy Fahey’s’.

Paddy Fahey’s

Vinnie Kilduff also plays this under the name Paddy Fahey’s Jig…

Paddy Fahey’s

On the album Bridgetown (track 6), Johnny B. Connolly calls the second jig The Robin’s Nest but it is refered to as Paddy Fahey’s Jig by Kilduff. The tune usually called The Robon’s Nest is a totally different one.

Transcription error

Both d’s in the first bar of the B part should be e’s, making it match the fifth bar of the same part.

Abc transcription corrected

Thanks Gary! sheet music is still wrong but abcs should be good now.