The Traditional jig

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Traditional has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Traditional
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:e|dBG GFG|Bcd =fdB|cA=F FEF|C=FA({e}c)Bc|
dBG GFG|Bcd ^fga|gdB cAF|GAG G2:|
|:B|d2g gfg|bag bag|d2=f fef|ag=f agf|
d2g gfd|Bcd fga|gdB cAF|GAG G2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Traditional
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/2c/2|dBG GFG|Bcd =fdB|cA=F FEF|CFA cBc|dBG GFG|
Bcd ^fga|gfd cAF|GAG G2:||B/2c/2|dgg gfg|bag agf|
cde fef|agf agf|dgg gfg|Bcd ^fga|gfd cAF|GAG G2:||
3
X: 3
T: The Traditional
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B/c/ |dBG GFG | Bcd =fdB | cA=F FEF | C=FA c2 B/c/ |
dBG GFG | BB/c/d fga | gfd cAF | GAG G2 :|
|: B/c/ |dgg gfg | bag agf | cde =fef | ag=f ag^f |
d2 g gfg | Bcd fga | g>fd cAF | GAG G2 :|

Three comments

The Traditional Jig

I heard this tune on a house concert recording, played solo on the concertina by Claire Keville. She mentioned it was an Ed Reavy tune, but didn’t have a name for it. I found it in the Reavy "Collected Compositions" where it’s called "The Traditional Jig" (OK, not one of his most inspired tune titles). I’ve done my best to transcribe Keville’s setting here, which differs slightly in the B-part from the Reavy book. This is my first tune posting, so I hope it’s not a duplicate. But several fragment searches didn’t turn up anything similar.

This is the Reavy version copied from elsewhere on the net:

X: 93
T:The Traditional Jig
R:jig
C:Ed Reavy
M:6/8
L:1/8
Z:Joe Reavy
N:Ed took one of his favorite reels (McKenna’s)
N:and changed it into his extraordinary little jig.
N:Any musician who has tried this feat knows how
N:frustrating it can be. I’m reminded of a story
N:once of one who tried to change a tune and failed.
N:All too quick to take credit for his own
N:latest "improvement" of an old tune, our would-be
N:composer waited anxiously for the praise he
N:so confidently expected. A crafty old judge of
N:tunes himself was only too happy to deliver the
N:final judgment:
N:Son, if you left out what you put in
N:and put back in what you left out,
N:it’d be a good tune.
K:G
B/2c/2|dBG GFG|Bcd =fdB|cA=F FEF|CFA cBc|dBG GFG|
Bcd ^fga|gfd cAF|GAG G2:||B/2c/2|dgg gfg|bag agf|
cde fef|agf agf|dgg gfg|Bcd ^fga|gfd cAF|GAG G2:||

"The Traditional Jig"

X: 3
T: Traditional, The
C: Ed Reavy
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: B/c/ |\
dBG GFG | Bcd =fdB | cA=F FEF | C=FA c2 B/c/ |
dBG GFG | BB/c/d fga | gfd cAF | GAG G2 :|
|: B/c/ |\
dgg gfg | bag agf | cde =fef | ag=f ag^f |
d2 g gfg | Bcd fga | g>fd cAF | GAG G2 :|