The Shamrock slip jig

Also known as An TSeamróg.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Shamrock appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Shamrock has been added to 11 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Four settings

X: 1
T: The Shamrock
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G2 G BAG B/c/dB|GDG BAG FED|G2 G BAG Bcd|efg dBG FED:|
|:Bcd dBd dBd|Bcd dBG FED|BB/c/d dB/c/d dBG|e/f/ge dB/A/G FED:|
K: Amaj
|:A2 A cBA c2 e|A2 A cBA G2 E|A2 A cBA cde|f2 a efd cBA:|
|:c2 e ece e2 A|c2 e ecA G2 E|c2 e ec/d/e ecA|f2 a ef/e/d cBA:|
X: 2
T: The Shamrock
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A2 A cBA cde|A2 A cBA GFE|A2 A cBA cde|fga e2 d cBA:|
|:cde ece e3|cde ecA GFE|cde ece e3|fga e2 d cBA:|
X: 3
T: The Shamrock
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 D FED FGA|D2 D FED Bcd|D2 D FED FGA|Bcd A2 G F2 D:|
X: 4
T: The Shamrock
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
# Added by JACKB .

Eleven comments

"The Shamrock" ~ something for Christmas, wishing you all luck

I’ve given this in two keys and two ways, a bit more bounce the second time in the key of A? I hope some of you like it. I was laughing when I read somewhere here that ALL Irish slip jigs were already accounted for on site here. I did the usual first search but didn’t find this one. I’m glad, as it is the perfect way for me to wish you all a warm Christmas, rich in all those things that warm you, and hopes that your New Year’s challenges will be more for pleasure than pain ~ and that your joys far outnumber your woes… May you all be so blessed ~ 🙂

And here’s a bit of ‘Irish’ shamrock for luck….

"An tSeamróg" / "The Shamrock" ~ another take on it can be found here:

“Ceol Rince na hÉireann IV” ~ Breandán Breathnach
An Gúm, Dublin, 1996
ISBN: 1-85791-143-1

Page 20, tune #33: "An tSeamróg"

"An tSeamróg" / "The Shamrock" ~ another take from Scotland

This take and the one in "Ceol Rince 4" are identical, note-for-note:

"Kerr’s Merry Melodies, Volume 3" ~ late 19th Century and a favourite collection…

K: A Major
|: A2A cBA cde | A2A cBA GFE | A2A cBA cde | fga e2d cBA :|
|: cde ece e3 | cde ecA GFE | cde ece e3 | fga e2d cBA :|

The above cut-and-paste is courtesy of "The Fiddler’s Companion" as I can’t find my copies of "Merry Melodies"… I have a worry I may have leant it out, an unplanned for Christmas gift? But then, as bewailed previously, a lot of my library is in the care of trusted and appreciative others, and some of it went down with the recent hard drive meltdown…
🙁 ‘The Lament for the Lost Books’ is starting up again in my head…

Much appreciated Andrew ~

All the recording links are to the reel. If I can’t find it on site I will make restitution by adding a transcript later ~ more shamrock for the season. There is also a nice 6/8 jig that carries the same title. Hey, tis Eire and that means shamrock and shillelaghs and quesy green men spewing up in the streets… (You do know I’m kiddin’ don’t yuh?)

I do love blackthorn, blossom, thorn, fruit and wood… I still dream of curing large enough pieces to make them musical, one way or another… Imagine, a flute that can be used for defensive purposes too… 😉

The second part could be played in Adorian as well (one #)

"The Shamrock" in a minor ~

Yeah? ~ well, if we’re removing #s, looking at those notes for the second take in A Major, I really like it in a minor, free of all #s… Give that a try SP… I have messed with it there, but I’ve never seen or heard it that way except here in the privacy of my grotto… 😉

c- that’s fine as well,
but according to well established sources a-minor is *not* a traditional mode 😉)

Keep it to yourself, this will just be between friends, you and I… I’d hate to have violin shapes burned in the lawn if it was found out I play tunes in ‘a minor’ key… God blessed aeolian along with all the rest… We should be playing a lot of phrygian tunes over winter shouldn’t we? And then there’s ~

Lydian, Oh Lydian, say, have you played Lydian?
Lydian that overlooked mode.
It has quirks some folks adore,
and a scale so bizarre.
Lydian, oh Lydian, that encrypto-pidian.
Oh Lydian The Queen of queer modes.

"The Shamrock" ~ taking it lower ~ D Major

X: 1134
T: The Shamrock
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: D Major
|: D2 D FED FGA | D2 D FED Bcd | D2 D FED FGA | Bcd A2 G F2 D :|
|: FGA AFA A3 | FGA AFD Bcd | FGA AF/G/A AFD | Bcd A2 G FED :|