The Banks Of Lough Gowna jig

Also known as The Banks Of Loch Gowna, The Banks Of Lough Gamhna, Lough Gowna, Pride Of Rock Chapel, Pride Of Rockchapel, The Pride Of Rockchapel, The Shores Of Loch Ghamhna, Shores Of Lough Gowna, The Shores Of Lough Gowna.

There are 101 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Strike The Gay Harp (lots of times), The Pipe On The Hob (a few times), Willie Coleman’s (a few times), Donnybrook Fair (a few times) and Purfy (a few times).

The Banks Of Lough Gowna has been added to 41 tune sets.

The Banks Of Lough Gowna has been added to 634 tunebooks.

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Fourteen settings

X: 1
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
BcB BAF|FEF DFA|BcB BAF|d2e fed|
BcB BAF|FEF DFA|def geg|1 fdB Bdc:|2 fdB ~B3||
|:def ~a3|afb afe|dFA def|geg fdB|
def ~a3|afb afe|def geg|1 fdB ~B3:|2 fdB Bdc||
X: 2
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
~A3 AGE | EDE ~G3 |~A3 AGE | c2d edc | ~A3 AGE | EDE GAB | cde ged | cAA A3 :|
:cde ~g3 | gea ged | cde ~g3 | geg ~a3 | cde ~g3 | gea ged | cde ged | cAA A3 :||
X: 3
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~B3 BAF|FEF DFA|BdB BAF|d2e fed|
~B3 BAF|FEF DFA|def geg|fdB B2A:|
def ~a3|afb afe|dFA def|gag fdB|
def ~a3|afb afe|def geg|fdB B2A:|
X: 4
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2 B BAF| FEF DFA |B2 B B^AB|
| d2 e fed|B2 B BAF| FEF DFA |
|def gfe|1 fdB B2 z:|2 fdB B2 A:|
|:def a3 | afb afe|d2A def|
|gfe fdB| def a3 |afb afe |
|def gfe |1 fdB B2A:|2 fdB dBA:|
X: 5
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AB |: cAB cBc| dcd ede| ~A3 cde | dcA AGE|
cAB cBc| dcd ~e3| ~a3 ged |1cAG A2 B:|2cAG A2d|
|: eaa aba|gef ~g3|eaa aba |ged cAA|
eaa eaa| gef ~g3| ~a3 ged| cAG A2d:|
# Added by silas .
X: 6
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
ABG AGE|EDE G3|ABG AGE|c2d edc|

ABG AGE|EDE G3|cde ged|1 BcB A2G:|2 BcB A2B||

cde g2a|gea ged|cde g2a|geg a2B|

cde g2a|gea ged|cde ged|1 cAA A2B:|2 BcB A3|]
X: 7
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
~A3 AGE|EDE ~G3|~A3 AGE|=c2d ed^c|

~A3 AGE|EDE GAB|cde ged|1 cAA A2G:|2 cAA A2B||

|:cde g2a|gea ged|cde g2a|geg a2B|

cde g2a|gea ged|cde ged|1 cAA A2B:|2 BcB Adc|]
X: 8
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A3 AGE|EDE G3|A3 AGE|=c2d edc|

A/B/cA AGE|EDE G3|cde =fed|1 ecA A2G:|2 ecA A2B||

|:cde g3|gea ged|cEG cde|=f3 ecA|

cde g3|gea ged|cde =fed|1 ecA A2B:|2 ecA A2G||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B3 BAF|FEF A3|B3 BAF|=d2e fed|

B/c/dB BAF|FEF A3|def =gfe|1 fdB B2A:|2 fdB B2c||

|:def a3|afb afe|dFA def|=g3 fdB|

def a3|afb afe|def =gfe|1 fdB B2c:|2 fdB B2A||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 10
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:~B3 BAF|~A3 AFA|~B3 BAB|d2e fef|
~B3 BAF|~A3 AFA|def afe| fdB ~B3:|
|:def ~a3|bab afe|def ~a3|baf edB|
def ~a3|bab afe|~f3 fef|dBA B3:|
X: 11
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:d3 dcA|AGA c3|d3 dcA|=f2g agf|

d/e/fd dcA|AGA c3|fga bag|1 afd d2c:|2 afd d2e||

|:fga c'3|c'ad' c'ag|fAc fga|b3 afd|

fga c'3|c'ad' c'ag|fga bag|1 afd d2e:|2 afd d2c||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 12
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:D3 DCA,|A,G,A, C3|D3 DCA,|=F2G AGF|

D/E/FD DCA,|A,G,A, C3|FGA BAG|1 AFD D2C:|2 AFD D2E||

|:FGA c3|cAd cAG|FA,C FGA|B3 AFD|

FGA c3|cAd cAG|FGA BAG|1 AFD D2E:|2 AFD D2C||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 13
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: ~A3 AGE|EDE CEG|~A3 AGE|c2d ecA|
~A3 AGE|EDE CEG|cde fed|1 ecA A2G:|2 ecA A2B||
|:cde g2a|gea ged|cEG cde |fed ecA |
cde g2a|gea ged|cde fed|1 ecA A2B:|2 ecA A3||
X: 14
T: The Banks Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FA|:BdB BAF|FEF DFA|B/c/dB BAF|d2e fed|
~B3 BAF|FEF DFA|def geg| fdB B2A:|
|:def a2b|afb afe|def geg|fdB B2A|
def a2b|afb afe|def geg|fdB B2A:|

Twenty-seven comments

The Banks of Lough Gowna

This is a modern composition attributed to Paddy O’Brien, though it sounds really traditional. Quite popular tune. This version was found at "JC’s ABC Tune Finder.

The Banks of Lough Gowna

This is in fact a traditional tune which pre-dates Paddy O’Brien and is listed in the "O’Neill’s 1001" collection (Tune No. 264). It’s a great jig and, for fiddles, works even better taken down a tone (ie ABA AGE| EDE C,EG| etc.) which is probably the more common way of playing it at Clare sessions.

There’s a slightly different Aminor version, something like:

~A3 AGE | EDE ~G3 |~A3 AGE | c2d edc | ~A3 AGE | EDE GAB | cde ged | cAA A3 :|
:cde ~g3 | gea ged | cde ~g3 | geg ~a3 | cde ~g3 | gea ged | cde ged | cAA A3 :||

Banks of Lough Gowna

Paddy O’Brien composed a tune called "The Boys of Lough Gowna", which is in his book, it’s a lovely Jig,
John

I’m really ashamed of this very early post of mine. I naively believed what is said in the sleeve notes of Claire Mann’s album, but it seems she or her friend mixed up this tune with "The Boys of Lough Gowna."

Here is what I play now:

~B3 BAF|FEF DFA|BdB BAF|d2e fed|
~B3 BAF|FEF DFA|def geg|fdB B2A:|
def ~a3|afb afe|dFA def|gag fdB|
def ~a3|afb afe|def geg|fdB B2A:|

It’s not so much different, but I believe my version is influenced by Grey Larsen’s. His concertina playing of this tune is really touching.

Banks of Lough Gowna

My thanks to Cheshire Puddy Tat for helping figure out how to find more tune names!

I heard this B minor variant in NYC at the beginning of the summer

X: 2
T: Banks Of Lough Gowna
T: From a NY Session - B minor
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
Q:400
R: Reel
K: Bmin
|:B2 B BAF| FEF DFA |B2 B B^AB|
| d2 e fed|B2 B BAF| FEF DFA |
|def gfe|1 fdB B2 z:|2 fdB B2 A:|
|:def a3 | afb afe|d2A def|
|gfe fdB| def a3 |afb afe |
|def gfe |1 fdB B2A:|2 fdB dBA:|

Just wanted to share this…

You’re welcome, bledsoeo—glad I could help.

Your setting there is very close to a version John Carty taught at a workshop this summer.

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Stocktans wing version

same name different tune

X: 1
T: lough gowna
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
AB |: cAB cBc| dcd ede| ~A3 cde | dcA AGE|
cAB cBc| dcd ~e3| ~a3 ged |1cAG A2 B:|2cAG A2d|
|: eaa aba|gef ~g3|eaa aba |ged cAA|
eaa eaa| gef ~g3| ~a3 ged| cAG A2d:|

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Rescue…..

Another version of this great tune…
jig
Key signature: Adorian
Submitted on December 24th 2008 by Nasen.

X: 1

T: Banks of Lough Gowna
M: 6/8

L: 1/8

R: jig

K: Ador

ABG AGE|EDE G3|ABG AGE|c2d edc|

ABG AGE|EDE G3|cde ged|1 BcB A2G:|2 BcB A2B||

cde g2a|gea ged|cde g2a|geg a2B|

cde g2a|gea ged|cde ged|1 cAA A2B:|2 BcB A3|]

Paddy Killoran’s

On Dublin Made Me.

Their version is different enough, but obviously the same tune.

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…sorry, I’m talking rubbish, it’s friday, ignore that :)

Two versions of the B part (measures 3 and 4 clash)

I discoverd the following while learning this tune from my wife.

O’Neill’s version and the version posted above by bogman have the repeat of the initial ascending figure starting on the first beat of measure 3:

" | def geg | " in the B minor version.

In contrast, the main version shown above has the ascending figure delayed to beat 2 of measure 3, the climb being delayed by an extraneous set of three notes (dFA) introduced on beat one.

This somewhat ragged or asymetrical version must be getting a lot of play, since it is in fact essentially the same as the version my wife was taught (in A minor) by harper Grainne Hambly.

This is not a minor problem, as you must know which version your colleagues will be playing to avoid a big clash on B.

sorry, meant the second tune.

X: 1

T: Banks of Lough Gowna
S: Ronan Browne & Peadar O’Loughlin - South West Wind
M: 6/8

L: 1/8

R: jig

K: Amix

~A3 AGE|EDE ~G3|~A3 AGE|=c2d ed^c|

~A3 AGE|EDE GAB|cde ged|1 cAA A2G:|2 cAA A2B||

|:cde g2a|gea ged|cde g2a|geg a2B|

cde g2a|gea ged|cde ged|1 cAA A2B:|2 BcB Adc|]

I like playing the Am version with the High Part of the Road, which is often associated with W. Clancy.

Re: The Banks Of Lough Gowna

Where does the "Pride of Rockchapel" title come from? If that’s the Rockchapel in North Cork, I have to think that this is the source of the Cordal Jig, which would’ve been made popular by Patrick O’Keeffe but came from Tom Billy, who spent some time in Rockchapel himself…
https://thesession.org/tunes/864

The Banks Of Lough Gowna, X:10

This setting is an attempt at transcribing Paddy Killoran’s setting as played in the recording Kevin Rietmann shared above. The Mick Conneely & David Munnelly and Peter & Angelina Carberry versions seem to be based on this Killoran version.

Re: The Banks Of Lough Gowna

What’s the name of the second and third tunes played by The Calum Stewart Trio in the video ?

Re: The Banks Of Lough Gowna

don’t know the middle tune but the last one is ‘Drummond Castle’

Re: The Banks Of Lough Gowna

Thank you very much, i’ll definitively add this set to my repertory