Nina’s jig

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Nina’s has been added to 16 tune sets.

Nina's has been added to 104 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Nina's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
F|FAB c2B|BAc BAF|FAB c2B|Bce f2F|
FAB c2B|BAc BAB|BAc BAF|AFE F2:|
f|f2f ecB|BAc BAF|f2e ecB|Bce f2f|
fea fea|fec BAB|BAc BAc|BAE F2:|
X: 2
T: Nina's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
FAB c2B|BAc BAE|FAB c2B|Bce ~f3|
FAB c2B|BAc BAB|BAc BAF|1 AFE F2F-:|2 AFE Fff||
|:~f3 ecB|BAc BAF|f2e ecB|Bce f2f|
fea efa|fec BAB|BAc BAc|1 BAE Fff:|2 BAE F2F-||
X: 3
T: Nina's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:FAB c2B|BAc BAF|FAB c2B|Bce f3|
FAB c2B|BAc BAB|BAc BAF|AFE F2:||
|:f3 ecB|BAc BAF|f2e ecB|Bce f3|
fea fea|fec BAB|BAc BAc|BAE F2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Nina's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EGA B2A|AGB AGD|EGA B2A|ABd ~e3|
EGA B2A|AGB ~A3|AGB AGB|AGD ~E3:|
|:e3 dBA|AGB AGD|~e3 dBA|ABd ~e3|
edg deg|edB AGB|AGB AGB|AGD ~E3:|

Twelve comments

Nina’s Jig - composed by Niall Vallely

A great tune to play when a "slinky" jig is called for in contradancing. This tune appears as second tune in a jig set on the album "Buille", with Niall and Caoimhin Vallely and Paul Meehan.

Key for this tune?

I’d call this key F#min, but that’s probably not the correct mode. Comments & corrections are invited. Anyway, I’ve posted it with 3 sharps. Even though G# doesn’t appear in the melody it would be the correct note if used in ornaments or chords.

F# minor it is. That is certainly preferable and less confusing than A major. 3 sharps is still correct. Take the first triplet in bar 1 and add a passing note between F# and A. it would have to be G#.

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F# minor - yes, but how to call it that?

When listing a tune here, F# minor doesn’t appear as a choice on the drop-down list of keys - unless I’m missing something - thus the rather confusing choice of A-major to squeeze in the three sharps.

Blue notes

great tune - by varying C# and Cnat it get’s the blues, too

Nina’s Jig

Here’s what I hear him playing

X: 1
T: Nina’s Jig
C: Niall Vallely
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: F#min
FAB c2B|BAc BAE|FAB c2B|Bce ~f3|
FAB c2B|BAc BAB|BAc BAF|1 AFE F2F-:|2 AFE Fff||
|:~f3 ecB|BAc BAF|f2e ecB|Bce f2f|
fea efa|fec BAB|BAc BAc|1 BAE Fff:|2 BAE F2F-||

with a variation in the B-part 2nd time ending as…

2 BAc BAE||

Pentatonic F# min tune

Yep, it’s a pity about the forced AMaj pidgin-holing.
The whole point of this tune -in a traditional mode and novel tonality- seems to reside in the fact that it can be included in a trad set played on a trad ‘D’ instrument using trad fingering while exploring new modulation possibilities both within the tune (use of c natural as swisspiper remarks) and within the set..

Nina’s, X:4

Old Blind Dogs’s version

Re: Nina’s

^it’s possible to denote it F#m using "K: F#m" above the abc’ when submitting, or something like that.

Re: Nina’s

According to Kevin Crawford, the "Nina" in whose honor Niall wrote this tune is Nina Simone. And indeed, the A part melody seems like an homage to "Feeling Good" (compare for yourself via the link below). Lúnasa accentuates the homage by backing it with a similar (if not the same?) descending chord progression to what’s so distinctive in Simone’s song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Y11hwjMNs