The Killavil jig

Also known as Cill Abhail, Kilavel, The Kilavil, The Killavel, The Killavill, The Killaville, The Killavol, Road To Killavil, The Road To Killavil, The Road To Killvail, Round Kilavelle, Round Kilavil, Trip To Kilavil, The Trip To Kilavil, Trip To Killavel, The Trip To Killavel, The Trip To Killavel, The Trip To Killavil, The Trip To Killavill.

There are 89 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Brendan Tonra’s (lots of times), Have A Drink With Me (a few times), The Lilting Banshee (a few times), The Miller’s Maggot (a few times) and The Chicago (a few times).

The Killavil has been added to 34 tune sets.

The Killavil has been added to 514 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: BEE GFE | d2d edB | AF{G}F DFF | AFA dAF |
B2E GFE | d2d edB | AFA dAF | FED E3 :|
|: Bef gfe | ~f2f edB | BAF FEF | DFA BAF |
Bef gfe | ~f2f edB | BAB dAF | FED E3 :|
X: 2
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF FEF|DFA BAF|
BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAB dAF|FED E3:|
e2f gfe|faf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
e2f gfe|faf edB|BAB dAF|FED E3:|
X: 3
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
A|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|A|
Bef gfe|faf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
Bef gfe|~f3 edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|
X: 4
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
A|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|A|
Bef gfe|faf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
Bef gfe|~f3 edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|
X: 5
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:A|B2E GFE|BAB edB|AFF DFF|AFA dBA|
B2E GFE|BAB edB|~A3 dAF|FED E2:|
|:A|Bef gbg|faf edB|AFF DFF|AFA dBA|
Bef ~g3|~f3 edB|~A3 dAF|FED E2:|
X: 6
T: The Killavil
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: BEE BEE | Bdf edB | BAF FEF | DFA dBA |
BEE GFE | Bdf edB | BAF FAG | FED E3 :|
|: Bef gfe | ~f2f edB | BAF FEF | DFA BAF |
Bef gfe | ~f2f edB | BAB dAF | FED E3 :|

Thirty-two comments

Trip to Killavil

I learnt this initially from Mary Macnamara.
Her setting is in the softer more lilty playing of East Clare.
Not being a great lover of over embellished or ornamented tunes, it is just lovely played in that East Clare way. And sometimes more on the slow side. I’ve slowed ‘Bundle and Go’ and now play these as a set. It suits the fiddle well played in this way….getting away from ‘everything has to be played fast’!!

Keys and Modes

The absence of C’s or C#’s in the notation implies the possibility of the key of D. E dorian seems to work (I’ve seen a transcription that lend itself even more toward the E dorian side… including C#’s).

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Both are possible, but of the 2, I find myself hearing it in E dorian more, because a chord of A major sounds nice at the end of each part…

Killavil

This jig comes from the Sligo area and normally follows Brendan Tonra’s (sometimes referred to as Tone Rowe’s). It’s reputed to have got its title when it was played by Brendan Tonra and the late great Sligo fiddler, Fred Finn at a session in Killavil who, because they had no name for it, decided to call it after the village!

Killavil Jig

I note that the posting of the Killavil I submitted has been removed and the comments re-directed here. However, I thought that the setting was sufficiently different to warrant a posting in its own right so as the next best thing I’ll post it here in the comments!

BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF FEF|DFA BAF|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAB dAF|FED E3:||
e2f gfe|faf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|e2f gfe|faf edB|BAB dAF|FED E3:||

Killavil

I’m wondering where Josh’s version of the tune come from. It’s a fairly unusual setting. I prefer Bannerman’s standard session setting.

Trip ti Killavil by Cian

Note: The same version is on Wooden Flute Obsession Volume 2, Disc 1 played by Thomas Bernard Ryan

T:Apples in Winter
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Cian
R:jig
Z:gm
K:EDor
A|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
|BEE BEE|Bdf edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|A|
Bef gfe|faf edB|BAF FEF|DFA dBA|
Bef gfe|~f3 edB|BAF DAF|FED E2:|

Source: Cian
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

One “l”, not two

See "Killavil" jig.

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Odd

For some reason, the tunes posted today are appearing on the "Details" as having been posted on December 5th 2004 .

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It is December 5th, Kenny. What date do you think it is?

Is that the time ??

Jack - you mean there’s only 20 shopping days to Christmas ?
Gotta go……

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Duplicated, but…

this is much closer to the standard session versions of the well-known Sligo jig. Josh’s version is interesting but never be played anywhere and posted in a wrong key too. I think the last two bars are more often played like |BAF *d*AF|FED E2|

It’s a very common tune and recorded by many groups and solo musicians, but I love Mary MacNamara’s simple and beautiful East Clare version. Sligo flute player June McCormack’s playing of the tune is also unforgettable.

Pronunciation?

So, does anybody know the correct pronunciation of Killavil? Accent on the first syllable (so as to rhyme with "syllable"!) or the second?

The Trip to Kilavill

Well I’m not from Sligo, but the town is famous enough for being the home of Michael Coleman and features in the title of at least one other tune (The Kilavill Fancy). In over 30 years of playing I’ve always heard it pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.
Mike.

“The Trip To Killavil” ~ all in the family

Key signature: E Dorian
Submitted on May 6th 2005 by gian marco.

I’m guessing the town’s name comes from "Cill a’ Bhaile" church or cemetary of the town, in which case we would pronounce it with the emphasis on Cill, although when it got translated into english who knows what happened to it’s pronounciation…

nope, caught my mistake. Cill Abhail is the translation, meaning church of something (either Prosperity, apple tree, or Saint Abhail, who I’ve never heard of).
With this in mind the pronunciation is kill-AW-vill

Thus proving once and for all that it’s a good thing to know Irish.

nope, caught my mistake. Cill Abhail is the translation, meaning church of something (either Prosperity, apple tree, or Saint Abhail, who I’ve never heard of).
With this in mind the pronunciation is kill-AW-vill

Thus proving once and for all that it’s a good thing to know Irish.

Tansey’s Version

T: Round Kilavelle
K: Edor
|:A|B2E GFE|BAB edB|AFF DFF|AFA dBA|
B2E GFE|BAB edB|~A3 dAF|FED E2:|
|:A|Bef gbg|faf edB|AFF DFF|AFA dBA|
Bef ~g3|~f3 edB|~A3 dAF|FED E2:|

It’s on "The Best of Seamus Tansey."

Different key?

Not really, I got this tune about 8 years ago from some friends. it could be a version by Dervish. Just thought it is very pretty this way and you should know about it…

Oops, Please ignore my comments above.

@fluteher

What a strange way to illustrate the Killavil jig ? Your video is clearly presented under Killavil Fancy name and is a reel, not a jig. Please see here https://thesession.org/tunes/576