Johnny Henry’s jig

Also known as John ‘Watt’ Henry’s, John Henry’s, John Watt Henry’s, Johnny Henry’s Jig No. 1.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farewell To Kennedy (a few times), Jimmy’s Return (a few times), Lady Gordon’s (a few times) and Man In The Bog (a few times).

Johnny Henry’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Johnny Henry's has been added to 47 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Johnny Henry's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|AFA BAF|Adf a2f|gag ~f3|egf edB|
~A3 BAF|Adf a2f|gag ~f3|efe d2:|
B|Adf ~a3|baf a2f|gag ~f3|egf edB|
Adf ~a3|baf a2f|gag ~f3|efe d2B|
Adf ~a3|baf a2f|gag ~f3|egf edB|
~A3 BAF|Adf a2f|gag ~f3|efe d2||
X: 2
T: Johnny Henry's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AFA BGB | Adf a2 f | geg fdf | e/f/gf dcB |
AFA BGB | Adf a2 f | geg fdf | gec d3 :|
|: Adf a2 f | baf a2 f | geg fdf | e/f/gf dcB |
AFA BGB | Adf a2 f | geg fdf | gec d3 :|
X: 3
T: Johnny Henry's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D3 EDB, | DGB ded | BGB AGA | BGE DB,C |
D3 EDE | DGB ded | BGB ABc |1 BGF GFE :|2 BGF GED ||
G2B dBd | edB dBd | BGB AGA | BGE DB,D |
G2B dBd | edB dBd | BGB AGA |1 BGF G2D :|2 BGF GFE ||
X: 4
T: Johnny Henry's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | e/f/ge dcB |
ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 :|
|: Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | e/f/ge dcB |
[1 Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 :|
[2 ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 |]
X: 5
T: Johnny Henry's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: c/B/ |A3 BAF | Adf aba | fdf ede | fdB AFG |
A3 BAB | Adf aba | fdf efg | fdc d2 :|
|: A |d2 f afa | baf afa | fdf ede | fdB AFA |
d2 f afa | baf afa | fdf ede | fdc d2 :|

Fifteen comments

Johnny Henry’s (jig)

This simple little jig appears on a couple of flute recordings: John Creaven "The Story So Far" and Marcas O’Murchu "O Bheal go Beal." They cite different sources but inform it’s originally from the playing of the Mayo fiddler Johnny Henry. Not sure if it’s his composition.

Lark in the Morning

Does anyone else see similarities here?

(Old) Lark In The Morning?

Yes, I think it’s probably just another setting of the 2-part tune https://thesession.org/tunes/1578. I’m surprised slainte hasn’t already pointed out the similarities between this and his posting in the comments of the other tune. He’d usually do so. Maybe he’s been on the sake :-)

Having said that, I think it’s different enough to deserve a posting of its own.

Hey slainte I just found your website! See you for tunes in Tokyo at the end of the month…

I didn’t notice that simply because they aren’t similar enough!

P.S. Please be patient, NB. I never forget you’re coming here, but not sure yet exactly when the session happens. I’ll let you know anyway.

わかりました。さっき深江さんにメール送りました。返事を待ってま~す。

LOL, Mark!

Johnny Henry’s is the only name I have for this tune at present - I’d be grateful if anyone can supply what might be the, ahem, "correct" title.

David

Composed by Johnny Henry

according to an interview with him.

David

Johnny Henry’s No. 1 jig

Hi David,
I heard Johnny play his jig several times and he never gave a name to it, it was always "Johnny Henry’s". Peter Kennedy made an excellent recording of Johnny playing it in 1964 and he called it "Johnny Henry’s No 1" then. This may be the interview you are referring to. The recording is on Johnny’s "One Out of the Fort" CD on Bogfire records, distributed by Claddagh records & cdbaby.com.

Regards,

Alan

X: 5 “Johnny Henry’s Jig No. 1”

With just minor tweaks, this transcription raised a 5th to K: D Major, for comparison…