Jota da Maia
This lovely tune comes from the Asturias, a Celtic region in northern Spain. It’s not a waltz, and it should be played pretty fast - say, Q:1/4=220 or so.
I heard it beautifully played live by Nollaig Casey, who included this tune in her CD "The Music of What Happened". I also heard it played on gaitas in C. A version in G is suitable for whistle players:
z2 dc Bc |dc Bc dB|G2 dc Bc |dc Bc BG|A2 cB AB|cB AB cA|
F2 cB AB |cB AG FA|G2 dc ~B2|Bc de dB|G2 dc ~B2|Bc dc BG|
A2 cB ~A2|AB cd cA|F2 cB AB |cB AG FA|G2 BA GB|dB gd Bd|
gd GB GB |dB gd Bd|cA FG AB |cA fc Ac|fc Ac fc|Ac ad cA|
G2 BA GB |dB gd Bd|gd GB GB |dB gd Bd|cA FG AB|cd gf ed|
fe dc ed |cB dc BA|G6- |G6- |Gz cB A2|B2 c2 e2|
d3 c B2- |B6- |Bz dc B2 |c2 d2 f2|e3 d c2-|c2 e2 g2|
f3 e d2- |d2 c2 e2|d3 c B2- |B6- |Bz dc B2|c2 d2 f2|
e3 d c2- |c2 e2 g2 |f3 e d2-|d2 e2 d2|d6 |]
Well - another - not irish (celtic), and absolutely not a session tune (i quess).
Even if Nollaig Casey palys it, and it’s a good tune, it’s still not an irish session tune. Sorry I can’t help it.
It is a good tune, and I like the fact that I can find other music here than just Irish. They’re the majority here, so who cares if someone posts a few Gailician and Asturian tunes mixed in with the thousands of Irish tunes.
I juste wrote my thoughts, because it IS an IRISH SESSION SITE, and not a site for world folk music. I think You can find world folktunes elsewhere f.ex. here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/search/searchform.html
Thanks for your input. 🙂
Jota Da Maia
I know this as the Jota de Neano. You can hear gaita master Ricardo Portela play it on youtube. It is a beautiful piece. A jota is really more of a 3/8 piece made to be played fast. I don’t think it works too well as a waltz,
Jota de Mahia
Sorry - I had it wrong - this is the Jota de Mahia - but it can be seen played by Ricardo Portela on youtube.
Re: Jota Da Maia
Dear ceili, you are exactly the kind of session nazi that makes me dread Irish sessions. Tune A should be played x times, followed by tune b played y times, followed by tune c played z times - no variation accepted - that’s not what traditional music should be - it’s a developing, evolving medium.
Re: Jota Da Maia
Dear gaiteirojack, your comment about ‘ceili’ is offensive and absurd , he/she never said anything about the number of times a tune should be played or about which tunes should be played together only that this is a Traditional Irish music site and that the tune in question isn’t suitable. Reading your profile you are clearly not primarily a Traditional Irish player which is probably why you have problems at trad Irish sessions and I would guess that you are the type of musician that trad Irish players dread coming to their session ie someone who doesn’t understand the tradition and wants to impose their musical tastes on it.