Angus John MacNeil Of Barra slip jig

Also known as John Angus MacNeil Of Barra.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Angus John MacNeil Of Barra has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Angus John MacNeil Of Barra
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:~A3 AGA B2G|~A3 AGB edB|~A3 AGA B2d|~G3 G2A Bdd:|
|:A2a age g2d|eaa ege deg|1A2a age g2d|~G3 G2A Bdd:|2aee egf e2d|~G3 G2A Bdd||
|:edB BdG B2e|dBA A2f gee|edB BdG B2d|~G3 G2A Bdd:|
|:gag ege d2e|aee ege deg|1a2a age g2d|~G3 G2A Bdd:|2~a3 agf e2d|~G3 G2A Bdd||
2
X: 2
T: Angus John MacNeil Of Barra
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~C3 CB,C D2B,|~C3 CB,D GFD|~C3 CB,C D2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||
C2c cBG B2F|Gcc GBG FGB|1C2c cBG B2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||2cGG GBA G2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF||
GFD DFB, D2G|FDC C2A BGG|GFD DFB, D2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||
BcB GBG F2G|cGG GBG FGB|1c2c cBG B2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||2~c3 cBA G2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF||
~B3 BAB c2A|~B3 BAc fec|~B3 BAB c2e|~A3 A2B cee:||
B2b baf a2e|fbb faf efa|1B2b baf a2e|~A3 A2B cee:||2bff fag f2e|~A3 A2B cee||
fec ceA c2f|ecB B2g aff|fec ceA c2e|~A3 A2B cee:||
aba faf e2f|bff faf efa|1b2b baf a2e|~A3 A2B cee:||2~b3 bag f2e|~A3 A2B cee||
~E3 EDE F2D|~E3 EDF BAF|~E3 EDE F2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||
E2e edB d2A|Bee BdB ABd|1E2e edB d2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||2eBB Bdc B2A|~D3 D2E FAA||
BAF FAD F2B|AFE E2c dBB|BAF FAD F2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||
ded BdB A2B|eBB BdB ABd|1e2e edB d2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||2~e3 edc B2A|~D3 D2E FAA||

Eight comments

Emily Smith

My transcription from A Day Like Today (Emily Smith). I wasn’t sure which key to post it in here because Emily’s band play it in C Dorian.
Anyway here’s the tune in some keys:

X: 1
T: Angus John MacNeil of Barra
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K:Cdor
~C3 CB,C D2B,|~C3 CB,D GFD|~C3 CB,C D2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||
C2c cBG B2F|Gcc GBG FGB|1C2c cBG B2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||2cGG GBA G2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF||
GFD DFB, D2G|FDC C2A BGG|GFD DFB, D2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||
BcB GBG F2G|cGG GBG FGB|1c2c cBG B2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF:||2~c3 cBA G2F|~B,3 B,2C DFF||

X: 1
T: Angus John MacNeil of Barra
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K:Bdor
~B3 BAB c2A|~B3 BAc fec|~B3 BAB c2e|~A3 A2B cee:||
B2b baf a2e|fbb faf efa|1B2b baf a2e|~A3 A2B cee:||2bff fag f2e|~A3 A2B cee||
fec ceA c2f|ecB B2g aff|fec ceA c2e|~A3 A2B cee:||
aba faf e2f|bff faf efa|1b2b baf a2e|~A3 A2B cee:||2~b3 bag f2e|~A3 A2B cee||

X: 1
T: Angus John MacNeil of Barra
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K:Edor
~E3 EDE F2D|~E3 EDF BAF|~E3 EDE F2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||
E2e edB d2A|Bee BdB ABd|1E2e edB d2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||2eBB Bdc B2A|~D3 D2E FAA||
BAF FAD F2B|AFE E2c dBB|BAF FAD F2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||
ded BdB A2B|eBB BdB ABd|1e2e edB d2A|~D3 D2E FAA:||2~e3 edc B2A|~D3 D2E FAA||

Key

I tried the A dor, but the C dor sounded much better to me. Has anyone heard this played in sessions? And in which keys?

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Mad Pere, I love it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reminds me a little of the Abbey Reel in slip jig form.

The tune is a pipe tune by A. J. MacNeil (whether it is the same guy as the tune is named after I dont know). It is originally in A dorian though.

Story behind the tune

Indeed it is unusual that the name of a tune is that of its composer. It happened in this case as a result of the fact that Angus John MacNeil died before he had a chance to name a recently penned tune. Angus John from Rubha in Barra was at sea but fell ill in Indonesia in 1969. He was re-patriated but died some six weeks later. Among his possessions was this un-named tune he had made. The family consulted Duncan Johnstone about the tune and he suggested that it would be appropriate for it to be called after the late Angus John.

Thanks for that Seannsair, nice to know the story.