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, Ní Choiscfidh Mé Choíche Den Deol í.

There are 28 recordings of this tune.

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I Ne’er Shall Wean Her has been added to 17 tune sets.

I Ne'er Shall Wean Her has been added to 247 tunebooks.

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Fourteen settings

1
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 :|
2
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 :|
3
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 :|
4
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 :|
5
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 .
6
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 .
7
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 .
8
X: 8
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2A|: FAA AFE | FAA d2c | ~B3 BAB | def f2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbb fge |1 dBB B2A :|2 dBB B2e ||
|: faa afe | faa a2e | fbb bab | c'ba b2c |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbb fge |1 dBB B2e :|2 dBB B2A ||
9
X: 9
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: ~F3 FED | FAc d2c | ~B3 BAB | def f2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbf afe |1 dBB BAG :|2 dBB baf ||
~a3 afe | faa afa | ~b3 bab | c'ba ~b3 |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbf afe | dBB baf |
~a3 afe | faa afa | ~b3 bab | c'ba b2c' |
d'3 c'3 | baf d2e | ~f3 efe | dBB BAG |]
10
X: 10
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: FAA AFE | FAA d2c | B/c/dB BAB | def f2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbb fge |1 dBB B2A :|2 dBB B2e ||
|: faa afe | faa a2a | fbb bab | c'ba b2e |
def a2b | afe d2e | fbb fge |1 dBB B2e :|2 dBB B2A ||
11
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:|
12
X: 12
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: EGG GED | EGG c2B | ~A3 AGA | cde e2B |
cde g2a | ged c2d | (3e/f/g/ae ged |1 cAG AGF :|2 cAG A2d ||
|: g2g- ged | g2g- ged | a2a- aga | bag a2e |
cde g2a | ged c2d | (3e/f/g/ae ged |1 cAG A2d :|2 cAG AGF ||
13
X: 13
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
E3 GED|E3 c2B|A3 AGA|cde e2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|e2a ged |1cAG A2 G :|2 cAG A3||
|: g3 ged|e2g ged|e2a a3|bag a3|
cde g2a|ged c2d|e2a ged|cAG A3 :|
# Added by DomW .
14
X: 14
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2A AFE|FAA cdd|c2B BAB|def gfe|
def afb|afe d2e|fbf afe|1 d2B BAG:|2 d2B Bde||
|:f2a afe|faa afe|f2b bab| c'ba bBc|
def afb|afe d2e|fbf afe|1 d2B Bde:|2 d2B BAG||

Nineteen 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!

Mrs. O’Sullivan’s, X:14

Boulder, CO setting of this lovely tune.