The Woods Of Fanad slip jig

Also known as Silver Slipper, The Silver Slipper, Wood Of Fanad, The Wood Of Fanad, Wood Of Fanaid, The Wood Of Fanaid, Woods Of Fanaid, The Woods Of Fanaid.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Woods Of Fanad has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Woods Of Fanad
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/G/|F2 D DED DED|F2 D DED A2 G|F2 D DED DED|G2 F E2 F G2:|
|:E|F2 A d2 c d3|F2 A d2 c dAG|F2 A ddc d2 F|G2 F E2 F G2:|
X: 2
T: The Woods Of Fanad
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/G/|F2 D D3 D3|F2 D D3 A2 G|F2 D D3 D3|G2 F E2 F G2:|
|:F2 A d2 c d3|F2 A d2 c dAG|F2 A d2c d2 A|G2 F E2 F GFE:|
# Added by JACKB .

Eleven comments

Slip Jigs by nature ~

Considered already, that is the nature of slip jigs. It is not unusual to find things in common, motifs or themes… It is a struggle at times to decide, is ti or isn’t it. I have come across the same problem with other traditions and other forms, for example the Breton En Dro. The other common occurance is when one part is the same, or virtually, while another isn’t shared, or when there is a huge multi-part take, often older than the rest, and loads of 2 and 3 and 4 part off shoots. There is one slip jig in particular that I added here ages back, from an old uilleann pipers book, that was just that, 8 or 9 parts in length, but because there was a 2-part slip jig by the same name already on site, Jeremy axed that contribution. Yes, the 2-parter had the same title, and yes, it was obviously a derivative, but also quite different, aside from the other 7 parts… I don’t think I ever did add that behemouth back on site? I’ll have to go check… 😉

Good catch and link by the way…

Further on the tale of that before mentioned multi-part slip jig ~ I’d also gathered up all the family, added their links, added history, made sure there were recordings of the ancestor on site here ~ and the next day it was all gone…and just because…really…it shared a name, and some resemblance to a more recent, but a previous transcription on site, two-part relative… Ah well, I suspect the stubborness wore off and I have probably since added it somewhere in ‘comments’ ~ or not… I’ll have to check that out… 😎

I’ve noticed that our humble and noble host, Jeremy, seems to have abandoned the practice of hastily deleting tunes that are deemed by some to be repeat submissions, on the basis that they could be posted in the comments, thus saving on kB. This could be due to the controversy that often arises over the distinction between *tune* and *version* of tune - or it could be that he is just too busy.


Not quiet NCRC ~ there have been recent deletions… ‘Da Whiz’, Jeremy, seems now more prone to let a ‘better’ transcription remain, sometimes, as there are some really awful ones that have found their way on here over time, IMHO, and sometimes if it is different enough. Generally he’s pretty good about it, but I can’t shake the memory of doing all that work and then finding it had gone “POOF!” Boo hoo!!! 🙁 😉

Nice one David, thanks, and for the quote, a good one. I was sure I’d heard it on a recording somewhere… Johnny Doherty makes sense, the woods in question, as I understand, being in Donegal…

Fanad / Fanaid

Fanad is a peninsula that lies between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay on the north coast of County Donegal in Ireland. ~

Fanad was the seat of the high kings of Ireland from the Cenel Connell. Congal Mac Fergus Fanad was high king of Ireland from 700 ad until his death in 710 ad. The Scottish Kings also trace their origins from Fanad. Irish families from Fanad include the O’Breslin-Fanad, The O’Donnel’s, The O’Tunnys, and the scot galowgals, MacSweneys, and Clinton. The royal seat of Cenel Connell power in Fanad was at Cashelmor in “between the waters” north-west of Fanad.

I can’t recollect much left there of what could really be considered a ‘wood’ or forest, not in the old sense. Maybe they’ve now planted loads of those imported spruces, but I pray not…

Alas, the ‘David’ referred to above is no more… 🙁

I think the last note sounds better as a D. it resolves.

Sometimes the intention is for it not to resolve… 😉