Nina’s jig

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Eimear’s Shuffle (a few times), Grappa Groove (a few times) and Sinead Máire’s (a few times).

Nina’s has been added to 16 tune sets.

Nina's has been added to 107 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