I Ne’er Shall Wean Her jig

Also known as I Never Did Wean Her, I Shall Ne’er Wean Her, The Irish Girl, The Irish Lass, Mrs O’Sullivan’s, Mrs Sullivan’s, Mrs. O’Sullivan, Mrs. O’Sullivan’s, Ne’er Shall Wean Her.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Calliope House (a few times), Chloe’s Passion (a few times), Munster Buttermilk (a few times) and Palm Sunday (a few times).

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her has been added to 12 tune sets.

I Ne'er Shall Wean Her has been added to 229 tunebooks.

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Twelve settings

X: 1
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EGG GED|EGG c2B|AcA AGA|cde ecd|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
|:d|egg ged|egg g2d|eaa aga|baa a2g|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
X: 2
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EGG GED | EGG c2 B | AcA AGA | cde e2 d |
cde g2 a | ged c2 d | e2 a edB | cAG A2 :|
e2 g ged | egg g2 d | e2 a aga | bag a2 g |
cc/d/e g2 a | ged c2 B | Aaa e2 d | cAG A2 :|
X: 3
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:GF|EGG GED|EGG c2B|BAA AGA|cde egd|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag ged|cAA A :|
|:cd|egg ged|egg ged|eaa aga|bag a2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag ged|cAA A :|
X: 4
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:GF|EGG GED|EGG c2B|BAA AGA|Acd d2B|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag edB|cAA A :|
|:cd|egg ged|egg ged|eaa aga|bag a2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag edB|cAA A :|
X: 5
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EGG GED|EGG c2B|A3 AGA|cde e2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
|:d|egg ged|egg g2d|eaa aga|baa a2g|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:A|FAA AFE|FAA d2c|B3 BAB|def f2e|
def a2b|afe d2e|fbb f2e|dBB B2 :|
|:e|faa afe|faa a2e|fbb bab|c'bb b2a|
def a2b|afe d2e|fbb f2e|dBB B2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:D|Bdd dBA|Bdd g2f|e3 ede|GAB B2A|
GAB d2e|dBA G2A|Bee B2A|GEE E2 :|
|:A|Bdd dBA|Bdd d2A|Bee ede|fee e2d|
GAB d2e|dBA G2A|Bee B2A|GEE E2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
GF|: EGG GED | EGG c2B | BAA AGA | cde e2B |
cde g2a | ged c2d | eae ged |1 cAG AGF :|2 cAG A2d ||
|: egg ged | egg ged | eaa aga | bag a2e |
cde g2a | ged c2d | eae ged |1 cAG A2d :|2 cAG AGF ||
X: 9
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
AG|: FAA AFE | FAA d2c | ~B3 BAB | def f2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbf afe |1 dBA BAG :|2 dBA Bde ||
f2a afe | faa afe | fbb bab | c'ba b2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbf afe | dBA B2e |
faa afe | faa afe | fbb bab | c'ba b2c' |
d'3 c'3 | baf d2e | fbf afe | dBA BAG |]
X: 10
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
AG|: FAA AFE | FAA d2c | ~B3 BAB | def f2c |
def a2b | afe d2e | (3f/g/a/bf afe |1 dBA BAG :|2 dBA B2e ||
|: faa afe | faa afe | fbb bab | c'ba b2f |
def a2b | afe d2e | (3f/g/a/bf afe |1 dBA B2e :|2 dBA BAG ||
X: 11
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
A|FAA AFE | FFA d2c | B/c/BA BAB | dde f2e |
def a2b | afe d2 e | fbb fge | dBB B2:|
|:E|FAA AFE | FAA A2E | FBB BAB | cBA B2 C |
DEF A2B | AFE D2 E | FBB FGE | DB,B, B,2:|
X: 12
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
GF|: EGG GED | EGG c2B | ~A3 AGA | cde e2B |
cde g2a | ged c2d | eae ged |1 cAG AGF :|2 cAG A2d ||
|: ~g3 ged | ~g3 ged | eaa aga | bag a2e |
cde g2a | ged c2d | eae ged |1 cAG A2d :|2 cAG AGF ||

Seventeen comments

Two Keys and Two Titles

When played in A dorian, this tune is called "I Shall Ne’er Wean Her," and in B minor its title becomes "Mrs. O’Sullivan’s."

Jig and Reel

Reminds me of a tune the great Ulster singers Len Graham and the late Joe Holmes used to lilt in jig and reel versions. I think they called it "Wellington’s Medal".

Key question

I’m a bit confused about the key here - it seems to me that If I accompany this tune I play the chords for C major.

“I Ne’er Shall Wean Her” ~ K: A minor

~ and just a minor variant:

|: G |
EGG GED | EGG c2 B | AcA AGA | cde e2 d |
cde g2 a | ged c2 d | e2 a edB | cAG A2 :|
|: d |
e2 g ged | egg g2 d | e2 a aga | bag a2 g |
cc/d/e g2 a | ged c2 B | Aaa e2 d | cAG A2 :|

I’d call it C rather than A dorian

Stoneboy wrote, "I’m a bit confused about the key here - it seems to me that If I accompany this tune I play the chords for C major." I agree. A dorian has an F sharp in it; C major, of course, has F natural. There are several places in this tune where you could drop an F natural in and it would sound fine, e.g., in measure 5 in the run up to G. I don’t think there’s any place an F# would fit.

Yeah, it ends on an A, but so what? It just begs to resolve to a C chord.

The second tune of course.

It reminds me of a few vague tunes and, less vaguely, of an early Pogues song, which name I’ve forgotten.

The first part proceeds by steps, it creates an anxious suspense; is this imperious rise gointa stop?

Lunasa Version

I posted a setting which is very close to the Lúnasa version in their Maids In The Kitchen track. Of course they played it in Gm to be more cool :-), but Am is easier, at least on my banjo, or C whistle - lost my Bb whistle somewhere - should get another.

Maids In The Kitchen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LBNaadGvdI

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:8

Some variations from Patrick Street.

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:9

A few small variations from the previous setting posted, transposed up to Bmin, and a variant ending from the Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson album Air-Fix (track "Gordon"). Wouldn’t use that ending every time playing through the tune of course!

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:11

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. I’ve added this setting as it appears in the book with the B part an octave below what’s usually played. Anybody come across this before?

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:12

Heard this variant live on the whistle recently, 2nd or 3rd pass through the tune. The first two bars of the B Part, |dg2 g2e|dg2 g2e|, those repeated g’s were slid onto, air cut-off between each of them. Sounded great!