The Curlews jig

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Curlews has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: e |fBB FBB | fec a2 e | c/d/ed cAA | EAc age |
fBB FBB | fec a2 f | g2 e f2 e | dB^A B2 :|
|: A |B/c/dc BFF | DFF B/c/df | eBc AEE | [Cc]EA c/d/ec |
Bdc BFF | DFF Bdf | eBc fce | dB^A B2 :|
X: 2
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: e | fBB FBB | fec a2e | c/d/ed cAA | EAc afe |
fBB FBB | fec a2 f | g2 e f2 e | dB^A B2 :|
X: 3
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
e|fBB FBB|fec a2e|fed cAA|EAc afe|
fBB FBB|fec a2f|g2e f2e|dBA B2:|
|:A|Bcd BFF|DFF Bdf|ecB AEE|CEA cec|
~d3 BFF|DFF Bdf|ece fec|dBA B2:|
X: 4
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~ | EAc age | ~ or ~ | EAc afe | ~ or ~ | EAc a2 e | ~ or ~ | E2 c aga | ~
X: 5
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~ | cEA c/d/ec | ~ or ~ | C2 A cec | ~ or ~ | cEA c2 e | ~ or ~ | C2 A c/d/ec | ~
X: 6
T: The Curlews
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fBB ~F3|~f3 ~a3|fed cAA|~E3 afe|
fBB ~F3|~f3 ~a3|~g3 f2e|dBA ~B3:|
|:~d3 BFF|~D3 Bdf|ecB AEE|~C3 ABc|
~d3 BFF|~D3 Bdf|~e3 fec|dBA ~B3:|

Twenty-two comments

“The Curlews” ~ as a jig

When I first recieved Josephine Keegan’s dots for her reel "The Curlews", viewed from a distance, and with it packed tight on an A4, eight measures to a line, I saw ‘jig’. Then I looked closer and saw it was her reel… But the jig didn’t shake out of me. So, this is basically what I first saw and my brain started to process ~ a jig in her tune "The Curlews" (Mountains/’hills’ in Leitrim) ~ "from a distance"!

“The Curlews” ~ Josephine Keegan’s reel

Key signature: b minor
Submitted on June 30th 2001 by máirtín.
https://thesession.org/tunes/174

For comparison see Zina’s ABC transcript in the ‘Comments’…

It works quite well doesn’t it? I would be inclined to play a low C# as the 1st note of bar 4, 2nd part, so that the melody flows a little better. Presumably you were trying it out on one of your many whistles were you? Are you missing the one I stole off you yet?

Nice idea, ceol, but I would change a couple of things in the first part thusly:

|: e | fBB FBB | fec a2e | c/d/ed cAA | EAc afe |
fBB FBB | fec a2 f | g2 e f2 e | dB^A B2 :|

This is one of my favorite reels, I’ll try it as a jig at the next session and see if I get a rise out of anyone’s eyebrows.

I like your 1st part PB. I’d probably smooth the whole thing out a bit and play it like this:

X: 1
T: Curlews, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Bmin
e|fBB FBB|fec a2e|fed cAA|EAc afe|
fBB FBB|fec a2f|g2e f2e|dBA B2:|
|:A|Bcd BFF|DFF Bdf|ecB AEE|CEA cec|
~d3 BFF|DFF Bdf|ece fec|dBA B2:|

I was just saying the same, I’ve changed bar 2 of the A-part from how I had it, | fec age | ~ to ~ | fec a2 e | ~ which I think fits better with what happens in bar 6. I had also considered alternates for bar 3, as I do find myself moving in to other options outside the original reel ~

~ | EAc age | ~ or ~ | EAc afe | ~ or ~ | EAc a2 e | ~ or ~ | E2 c aga | ~

Damn, Dow’s in on the act… ;-)

Yeah, I was being conservative with the ‘c’, but, yes, I actually prefer the octave lower for bar 4 of the B-part, as in the original reel. Here are some other ways to take that one measure:

~ | cEA c/d/ec | ~ or ~ | C2 A cec | ~ or ~ | cEA c2 e | ~ or ~ | C2 A c/d/ec | ~

Taking it too far

X: 1
T: The Rolling Curlews
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Bmin
fBB ~F3|~f3 ~a3|fed cAA|~E3 afe|
fBB ~F3|~f3 ~a3|~g3 f2e|dBA ~B3:|
|:~d3 BFF|~D3 Bdf|ecB AEE|~C3 ABc|
~d3 BFF|~D3 Bdf|~e3 fec|dBA ~B3:|

I know, those 4 rolls together are way over the top :-)

Nice D crans in the 2nd part though, don’t you think?

What a kick… Yeah, I like the crans. But you know me, to be used once in awhile, maybe even once through roll and cran mad, and then followed by once through without one damned roll or cran in the lot… I enjoyed playing that one…

Especially the ~C3…

But I’m worried ~ does this mean I now need reading glasses?

It is a beautiful melody, thank you Josephine Keegan…

Well done C a fantastic jig.

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His name’s not C, it’s ‘c’. :-)

Or maybe ‘c’ ~ with a meaningless squiggle after it.

I think he would answer to this: "<"

Yeah guys, I like that PB ~ "<" ~ or ">" ~ depending on my mood, if I’m irritable and have a tendency to snap…

~ and the ol’ ‘c’ if I’m feeling relaxed and well rounded, and ‘C’ if I’m in a full-of-myself strut… 8-)

or ‘S’ if you annoyed someone so much that they picked you up and strangled you :-)

ssssssssmmfff, leggo dammit, I cun t bweave!!! :-(