The Valley Of Knockanure waltz

Also known as Skibbereen.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Valley Of Knockanure has been added to 46 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
G>A |B3 c B2 | A4 BA | G4 E2 | A4 (3AGE | D2 B,3 D | E4- E>F | E6- | E4 B2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 A B2 | d4 ed | B4 BA | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E3 D E2 | G4 GA | B2 A2 B2 | d4 ge | dB- B2 BA | G3 G, (3B,DG | B6 | D4 GA |
B3 d Bd | B4 B<A | G4 GE | A2 G2 EG | DG, B,3 D | E4 E>D | E6- | E4 |]
X: 2
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fdor
K: Cmin
EF |G4 G2 | F3 G F2 | E4 C2 | F4 EC | B,2 G,3 B, | C4 C2 | C6- | C4 G,2 |
C2 B,2 C2 | E4 F2 | G2 F2 G2 | B4 G2 | F2 F4 | E4 F2 | G6- | G4 B,2 |
C4 C2 | E2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | B4 G2 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 F2 | G6- | G4 EF |
G4 G2 | F4 GF | E4 C2 | F4 EC | B,2 G,3 B, | C4 C2 | C6- | C4 |]
X: 3
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
de |f4 f2 | e2 f2 e2 | d4 B2 | e2 d2 B2 | A2 F3 A | B4 B2 | B6- | B4 A2 |
B2 A2 B2 | d4 e2 | f2 e2 f2 | a4 f2 | e3 f e2 | d4 e2 | f6- | f4 A2 |
B2 A2 B2 | d4 e2 | f2 e2 f2 | a4 f2 | e3 f e2 | d4 e2 | f6- | f4 de |
f4 f2 | e2 f2 e2 | d4 B2 | e2 d2 B2 | A2 F2 A2 | B4 B2 | B6- | B4 |]
X: 4
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GA |B4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 E2 | A2 G2 E2 | D2 B,2 D2 | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 B2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 B2 | A4 A2 | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 A2 | B6 | D4 GA |
B4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 E2 | A2 G2 E2 | D2 B,2 D2 | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 |]
X: 5
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GA |B4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 E2 | A2 G2 E2 | D2 B,2 D2 | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 B,2 |
E2 ^d2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 ^a B2 | d4 B2 | A4 A2 | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E2 ^d2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 ^a B2 | d4 ge | dB- B2 BA | G3 G, (3B,DG | B6 | D4 GA |
B3 d Bd | B4 B<A | G4 GE | A2 G2 EG | DG, B,3 D | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 |]
X: 6
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GA |B3 c B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 GE | A2 (3GAG E2 | DB- B,2 D2 | E4 D2 | E6- | E4 F2 |
E3 D E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 dB | A4 BA | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 A B2 | d4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 A2 | B6- | B3 G GA |
B4 B2 | AB- B2 A2 | G3 A GE | A2 G3 E | D4 D2 | E4 D2 | E6- | E4 |]

Fourteen comments

“The Valley of Knockanure” ~ by any other name? 😏

This transcript includes some the Kane sisters ways with it, lovely playing… This tune can and is taken in various flavours of minor ~ a, b, c and f… I’ll add a couple of other takes on it including ‘basic’… It would be great to see some other transcriptions show up, and I know someone is going to add lyrics, long and/or short, and a few U-Tube takes, but mostly I’d love to see more information on the melody. It is ‘familiar’ and I’m sure there are other titles and lyrics to attend it.

This rises out of this ~

Discussion: The Valley of Knockanure
# Posted on December 21st 2007 by wolfbird
https://thesession.org/discussions/16164

Here is an adjustment and corrections for what was originally a 6/8 transcription taken from the Internet and added to that discussion ~

X: 2
T: The Valley of Knockanure
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: c minor
EF |\
G4 G2 | F3 G F2 | E4 C2 | F4 EC | B,2 G,3 B, | C4 C2 | C6- | C4 G,2 |
C2 B,2 C2 | E4 F2 | G2 F2 G2 | B4 G2 | F2 F4 | E4 F2 | G6- | G4 B,2 |
C4 C2 | E2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | B4 G2 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 F2 | G6- | G4 EF |
G4 G2 | F4 GF | E4 C2 | F4 EC | B,2 G,3 B, | C4 C2 | C6- | C4 |]

“The Valley of Knockanure” ~ b minor

X: 3
T: The Valley of Knockanure
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz / air
K: b minor
de |\
f4 f2 | e2 f2 e2 | d4 B2 | e2 d2 B2 | A2 F3 A | B4 B2 | B6- | B4 A2 |
B2 A2 B2 | d4 e2 | f2 e2 f2 | a4 f2 | e3 f e2 | d4 e2 | f6- | f4 A2 |
B2 A2 B2 | d4 e2 | f2 e2 f2 | a4 f2 | e3 f e2 | d4 e2 | f6- | f4 de |
f4 f2 | e2 f2 e2 | d4 B2 | e2 d2 B2 | A2 F2 A2 | B4 B2 | B6- | B4 |]

“The Valley of Knockanure” ~ e minor ~ basic!

X: 4
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: e minor
GA |\
B4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 E2 | A2 G2 E2 | D2 B,2 D2 | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 B2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 B2 | A4 A2 | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 A2 | B6 | D4 GA |
B4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 E2 | A2 G2 E2 | D2 B,2 D2 | E4 E2 | E6- | E4 B2 |]

Sadly, while hearing great things about the Raineys recording, I haven’t manage to acquire it, but I’d love to see a transcription of their playing of this melody…

~ | E6- | E4 B,2 | E2 D2 E2 | ~

~ the 8th bar of the previous ‘basic’ transcript in e minor ~ another more common option is to take that B2 down an octave to B,2…

~ E2 ^d2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 ^a B2 | ~

9th & 11th bars ~ examples of touching on accidentals…

I actually got this one from Junior Crehan, a usual tune for the night’s entertainment.

Skibbereen, always called Skibbereen here (after the song to the sam air).

Posted .

Oh father dear, I often hear you speak of Erin’s isle
Her lofty hills, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
You say she is a lovely land wherein a saint might dwell
So why did you abandon her, the reason to me tell.

Oh son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
Until a blight came on the land, my sheep, my cattle died
My rent and taxes went unpaid, I could not them redeem
And that’s the cruel reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Oh well do I remember that bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came to take us all away
They set my roof on fire with their cursed foreign spleen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the stony ground
She fainted in her anguish seeing desolation ‘round
She never rose but passed away from life to immortal dream
She found a quiet grave, me boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

It’s well I do remember the year of forty-eight,
When we arose with Erin’s boys to fight against our fate;
I was hunted through the mountains as a traitor to the Queen,
And that’s another reason why I left Old Skibbereen

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends for you bore your father’s name
I wrapped you in my cota mor in the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when in answer to the call
All Irish men of freedom stern will rally one and all
I’ll be the man to lead the band beneath the flag of green
And loud and clear we’ll raise the cheer, Revenge for Skibbereen

Posted .

“Skibbereen”

‘kilfarboy’ ~ I was just singing your praises yesterday to someone while she praised your recording with KH, and there’s two I now long for, wishing I had both hers and the one with the pair of you, loving reeds as we do (see comments there 😉 ). My ears will welcome that in the New Year, and the new Paddy Murphy recording, now that it is too late for Christmas…

Thanks! Do you have any other specifics with regards to this set of lyrics? It may be from Junior Crehan I recollect other lyrics, but, I still have this notion it was in the North I heard other lyrics for it, including in Irish, up Ulster way, a place for which I have a fond affection and respect for ~ music, song, dance ~ and a bread recipe I’m still hoping to score…

Apologies all, I usually give a decent basic take on the tune as the main offered transcript and then add any flurriers I may know or have heard in the comments for the tune. I did it backwards this time. The Kane sisters handle it with charm and interest, and I love the dual fiddling, but they do have some fun moving around the basic melody, for a few examples, bars 20 - 24:

~ | d4 ge | dB- B2 BA | G3 G, (3B,DG | B6 | D4 GA | ~

& 25 - 30 as well:

~ | B3 d Bd | B4 B<A | G4 GE | A2 G2 EG | DG, B,3 D | ~

“The Valley of Knockanure” ~ e minor ~ basic take 2

Sorry, on that previous ‘basic take’ the last bar should have been ~ | E4 |] (not E4 B2)

Here it is again, but avoiding the lows, so e minor for the likes of winds and anyone else who can’t step below D, with some other possibilities ~

X: 5
T: The Valley Of Knockanure
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: e minor
GA |\
B3 c B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 GE | A2 (3GAG E2 | DB- B,2 D2 | E4 D2 | E6- | E4 F2 |
E3 D E2 | G4 A2 | B2 A2 B2 | d4 dB | A4 BA | G4 A2 | B6- | B4 D2 |
E2 D2 E2 | G4 A2 | B3 A B2 | d4 B2 | A2 B2 A2 | G4 A2 | B6- | B3 G GA |
B4 B2 | AB- B2 A2 | G3 A GE | A2 G3 E | D4 D2 | E4 D2 | E6- | E4 |]

I hope to later add a decent transcription of the playing of this by the Raineys…

KH always plays this one as ‘Skibbereen’ so that’s where my initial association came from, I have heard her e sing bits of it but not sure which words she uses for it.

A lengthy discussion of origins and different sets of words to Knockanure (and their authors) can be found here:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=69524#1179761

Posted .

Paddy Drury (1865 - 1945) ~ Bryan McMahon (1908-98) ~ Timmy Leahy (1908 - )

Excellent link kilfarboy, Mudcat is a great resource… Here is one slice from the previous link ~

Mudcat ~ the given link
Subject: RE: who wrote : valley of knockanure
From: Big Tim
Date: 07 May 04 - 10:47 AM

"The most popular version, the one that we all sing, was written by Bryan MacMahon (1908-98), in 1946. He was a well known writer and teacher in Listowel. Just before Dalton, Lyons and Walsh were killed they visited the MacMahon’s house at Gortaglanna (beside Knockanure). I’m still trying to establish if this was the same MacMahon family. MacMahon’s version was based on an earlier one by local poet, from Knockanure, Paddy Drury. Here is one of Drury’s original verses.

There was Jerry Lyons from Duagh, Pat Dalton from Athea,
Paddy Walsh from Ballydonoghue, and Con Dee who got away,
Over hill and dale, Con gave leg-bail, while the bullets pierced the ground,
Then jumped the streams at the Bog Lane [Knockanure], and blinked the devil’s hounds.

Ignore everything Joe Heaney says on the historical background: it’s fiction. Con Dee, who moved to Chicago, has written his version of the tragedy and it bears little relation to Heaney’s, which seems to be, let’s say, based on the oral tradition." ~ Big Tim