The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion slip jig

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 B BAB dBG|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BAB dBd|ede fef gdB|
G2 B BAB dBG|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BAB dBd|1 ede fef gdB:|2 ede fef g2a|]
|:b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|egf e2 d ega|
b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|1 ede fef g2 a:|2 ede fef gdB|]
X: 2
T: The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 B BGB dBd|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BGB dBd|ede fef gdB|
G2 B BGB dBd|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BGB dBd|1 ede fef gdB:|2 ede fef g2a|]
|:b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|egf e2 d ega|
b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|1 ede fef g2 a:|2 ede fef gdB|]
X: 3
T: The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 B BGB dBG | ecA ABG FED | G2 B BGB dBd |[1 ece fdf gdB :|[2 ece fdf g2 g ||
|: bag a2 f g2 f | gfg e2 g fdB | ece fdf gfe |[1 dgf e2 d efg :|[2 dgf edc BcA |]
[2 ece fdf g2 || g ||: ~ a fermata placed over the first double line as notated in the book
X: 4
T: The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 B BG/A/B dBG | e2 c AB/A/G FED |
GBB BGB dBd |[1 ece fd/e/f gdB :|[2 ece fdf g2 a ||
|: b2 g agf g2 d | g2 g ee/f/g fdB |
e2 c fdf g2 e |[1 dgf e2 ^d ef/g/a :|[2 dgf ee/d/c BcA |]
|[1 dgf e2 f g2 a :|[2 d2 g e2 c Bc/B/A |] ~ ..

Seven comments

The Slopes Of Slieve Gullion

Absolutely superb slip-jig. I really like this one 🙂 A version can be found on the Wooden Flute Obsession vol 2. (Noel Lenaghan). Enjoy 🙂

Accuracy of transcript

Sorry bayswater but I checked the ‘abc’ file and sheetmusic against Noel Leneghan’s recording and the ‘A’ part doesn’t quite match. I wouldn’t mention it but the 1st and 5th bar phrases are far better as played than as transcribed. Here’s what I got:
X:1
T:Slopes Of Slieve Gullion, The
M:9/8
L:1/8
R:slip jig
K:Gmaj
G2 B BGB dBd|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BGB dBd|ede fef gdB|
G2 B BGB dBd|ecA A2 G FED|G2 B BGB dBd|1 ede fef gdB:|2 ede fef g2a|]
|:b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|egf e2 d ega|
b2 g agf g2 e|gfg e2 g fed|ede fef g3|1 ede fef g2 a:|2 ede fef gdB|]

As for a composer, (ceolachan) the musician (Noel Leneghan) who’s disc this recording came from is based in Galway. Best wishes

The Slopes of Slieve Gullion

I have the original copy of Noel Lenaghan’s solo album "No Trouble at All," but there’s no info about this tune in the notes. Considering that "ceolachan" recently transcribed the tune from the Roche Collection, it certainly predates N. Lenaghan, a Belfast-born musician and singer. I saw him in Galway a few times.

Roche III, page 36, tune #116 ~ “Hop Jig or Country Dance” ~ 1927

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume III", 1927

Hop Jigs ~ page 36

X: 2
T: Hop Jig or Country Dance
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: hop/slip jig
K: GMaj
|: G2 B BGB dBG | ecA ABG FED | G2 B BGB dBd |[1 ece fdf gdB :|[2 ece fdf g2 g ||
|: bag a2 f g2 f | gfg e2 g fdB | ece fdf gfe |[1 dgf e2 d efg :|[2 dgf edc BcA |]

A fermata was indicated at the end of the A-part 2nd ending, between the g2 and g ~

[2 ece fdf g2 || g ||: ~ a fermata placed over the first double line as notated in the book…

“Hop Jig or Country Dance” ~ a rescued duplication of other possibilities

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on August 7th 2008 by ceolachan.
~ /tunes/8791

X: 4
T: Gan Ainm
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Gmaj
|: G2 B BG/A/B dBG | e2 c AB/A/G FED |
GBB BGB dBd |[1 ece fd/e/f gdB :|[2 ece fdf g2 a ||
|: b2 g agf g2 d | g2 g ee/f/g fdB |
e2 c fdf g2 e |[1 dgf e2 ^d ef/g/a :|[2 dgf ee/d/c BcA |]

The notation given here shows some options, for example, the A-part, bars 1 & 3, which I start either way, G2 B or GBB, as an example ~ and other options ~

|[1 dgf e2 f g2 a :|[2 d2 g e2 c Bc/B/A |] ~ etc…

16 measures rather than 32 ~ historically & fitting the norm

It seems that over time this old tune has taken on both a title and a doubling in length, if the transcriptions given by bayswater and in the ‘comments’ by patchsong. Looking at the melody as it is, and compared to other slipjigs, 16 measures is the likely norm, rather than twice that length…