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#.
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.
great tune - by varying C# and Cnat it get’s the blues, too
Here’s what I hear him playing
T: Nina’s Jig
C: Niall Vallely
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||
Hear it for yourself…
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..
Second tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peRVTHn5gbk
Old Blind Dogs’s version
^it’s possible to denote it F#m using "K: F#m" above the abc’ when submitting, or something like that.
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.