I think it was 1980, or possibly 1981, when “Ptarmigan” and I made the pilgrimage from Aberdeen to London for the London Irish Festival that year. We’d both met Desi Wilkinson a few years before, and Desi had teamed up with Dundalk fiddler Gerry O’Connor. Gerry played this jig as part of a solo on the Friday night, and I’ve never come across it since, although there is a version published in “Bulmer & Sharpley Vol.4”. 3rd part is very similar to “Ship In Full Sail”, but the 4th part veers off into Bmin – very unusual.
[ I’ll maybe suggest this to PaddyC for the Fleadh ]
Thanks Kenny. This works very well on mandolin. I certainly learn it and see what variations pop out.
“The King’s Jig” ~ Bulmer & Sharpley
"Music from Ireland, Volume Four"
Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley
Celtic Music, 1974 - 76
Page 23, tune #64: "The King’s Jig"
T: The King’s Jig
K: G Major
|: G2 G AGA | B^cd efg | GFG AGA | BGE E2 D |
G2 G AGA | B^cd efg | dcB AGA |[1 BGE G2 D :|[2 BGE GBd ||
|: gfg e2 e | edB def | gfg aga | bag e2 f |
gfg a2 a | bag efg | dcB AGA |1 BGE GBd :|2 AGE G2 E ||
|: DGG BGG | AGG BGG | efg dcB | AGA AGE |
DGG BGG | AGG BGG | efg dcB |1 AGE G2 E :|2 AGE G2 B ||
|: efg fBB | bag fBB | eBB fBB | gfe fdB |
efg fBB | bag fBB | efg fdB |1 e/f/gf e2 d :|2 e/f/gf edB |]
“Elvis’s Jig” 8-)
Just for the fleadh…
“The King” ~ & The Fiddler’s Companion, Andrew Kuntz
KING, THE. AKA and see "The Circle" (Burchenal), “John Blessing’s Delight,” "Miss/Mrs. Monroe’s Jig," “Mrs. Monroe’s ,” “Mrs. Spens Monroe,” "Sam Hyde’s Quickstep." Irish, Double Jig. G Major. Standard. AABBCCDD. Philippe Varlet points out this four part jig is a combination of “Miss Monroe’s” and one part of “Going to Donnybrook” from O’Neill’s collection, plus another part. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 4; No. 210, pg. 24. O’Brien (Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor), 1949.
“The King” ~ “Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor”, 1949
T: The King
K: G Major
|: (3D/E/F/ |
G2 G AGA | Bcd efg | G2 G AGA | BGE E2 D |
G2 G AGA | Bcd efg | DcB AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: f |
gfg efg | fdd def | gfg aga | bge e2 f |
gfg aga | bge efg | dcB cBA | BGG G2 :|
|: D |
DGG BGG | AGG BGG | efg dBG | AEE EFE |
DGG BGG | AGG BGG | efg dBG | AGG G2 :|
|: e |
efg fBB | bag fBB | eBB fBB | gfe ^dBB |
efg fBB | bag fBB | efg fe^d | e3- e2 :|
And then there’s how I remember it…? :-/
I knew I had heard this before but couldn’t remember where. It is included in one of Breandán Breathnach’s collection and, as well as that, it was recorded by Siamsa Gaedheal.
Duplication ~ surviving over here as “The Flying Pig”
Submitted on January 16th 2011 by robinlew. - without comment…
Not Aogán Lynch’s “The Flying Pig”!!!
Not Aogán Lynch’s "The Flying Pig"!!!
Duplication ~ “The King” - that one above
Submitted on January 16th 2011 by robinlew.
T: The King
N: NOT - as originally submitted - "Flying Pig"
|: G3 AGA | Bcd efg | G3 AGA | BGE E2 D |
G3 AGA | Bcd efg | edB AGA | BGE G3 :|
|: g3 efg | fed edB | gfg aga | bge e2 f |
gfg aga | bge edB | edB AGA | BGE G3 :|
|: DEG BGG | AGG BGG | efg edB | AGA BGE |
DEG BGG | AGG BGG | efg edB | AGF G3 :|
|: efg fBB | bag fBB | eBB fBB | gfe fBB |
efg fBB | bag fBB | efg fed | egf e3 :|
Siamsa Gaedheal Ceilidhe Band
This Dublin group titled it "King of the Jigs." Their 78 RPM recording may be heard on one of the Topic reissue CDs. John Wilmot recorded it as well, that one is on Another Side of Cape Breton.
This jig puts me in mind of other tunes, Roger’s for instance which itself is a Sligo variant of the Bridal: https://thesession.org/tunes/11483 Or the Champion, with the Victorian sounding 4th part in the relative minor sounding out the mode, and with that Eb in O’Brien’s setting giving a bit of artsy chromaticism as well. Incidentally Jerry and Joe didn’t wax this in the 50s but Mr Derrane plays it on Return to Inis Mór.
Réalta plays the first two parts of this jig as "Miss Munroe’s".
The King Jig
I learnt this with my brother Gerry from our uncle/cousin (I was never sure) Paddy O’Connor - a piper.
Our mother ‘de Rose’ recorded it with Gerry & Eithne and their children Donal & Siubhan (Track 8) Brighid’s Kiss by Lá Lú ,1989 I believe.
Lovely jig and the 4th part catches unwary accompanists which alone makes it worth learning.
Origin of King Jig/Miss Monroe
I just found that this tune appears in Aird’s Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4, 1796, p. 9, no 22 under the title "Mrs Spens Monro’s Jig". http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/MISSKA_MISSRU.htm doesn’t mention this source… The tune seems to be much older than one thought.
Re: The King
All the comments on this (and the duplicate tune) suggest that this is the King’s jig, and there’s no evidence I can find that it’s called "The Flying Pig". (There is such a tune, here, but it’s not the same tune at all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dhtrYnHwvc).
So, I’m going to remove the "Flying Pig" name from both this and the duplicate, leaving them as "King". If anyone has a citation to support this tune also actually being called "Flying Pig", please add it in a comment and add it back.
Re: The King
Breathnach CRE4, No. 8 from his private collection (?).
"8. Rí na bPort: The King of Jigs (Breathnach II, p41). Four parts in this setting. Two parts in the setting in
O’FPC and in Goodman (II, p35) under the title The Happy Mistake. In O’Neill with two parts: Miss Monroe
(DMI, 98 & MI, 982); his second title for it (IM, 137), Mrs. Spens Monroe. Originally a Scottish jig."