Last year, in a whistle class at the Willie Clancy Week, the teacher, Peter Phelan, asked if anyone knew this tune. He went on to say that some years ago he played with a band in Dublin (Ceoltoiri …. [?something beginning with L]), who sang a traditional Gaelic song, hailing from the village of Coolea (Cuil Aodha), whose title translated as ‘The Mother-In-Law’. The air of the song was the A-part of this jig. When arranging the song for a recording, the band decided to include an instrumental break, and what they came up with was the B-part. Session players, on hearing the recording, put the two bits together and called them the Cuil Aodha JIg. Thus, a trad tune was born. Needless to say, Peter was immensely chuffed at having, albeit unwittlingly, part-composed a tune which is now just as much at home in a session as The Kesh or The Maid Behind the Bar.
String and box players like playing it A, just to annoy the pipers and fluters - and because it sounds good.
Amhran na Tae?
On the Andy Stewart album "Dublin Lady," Sean Og Potts plays this jig after Andy sings the song "Dinny the Piper." The liner notes refer to it as "Amhran na Tae" (I think) from Cuil Aodha. Is this the name of the original air?
Unless I’m very much mistaken, this is the "Cuil Aodha" jig, posted by Gian Marco in 2002, but in the key of G instead of D. Also known as "The Song Of The Tea", I’ve heard it played in A as well as G, but never come across it in D.
I recorded this at a session,but I don’t know it’s name.
Try C# instead of Cnat in bar 4 of the B music
"The Cuil Aodha" ~ in another key
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on August 29th 2003 by dafydd.
"The Cuil Aodha" ~ that earlier submission
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on July 4th 2002 by gian marco.
Song of the Tea
The tune started as a single-strain song air. The song was Amhran an Tae or The Song of the Tea. The arrangement by Ceoltoiri Laigheann is the source of the turn now played.
This is my version I’m not sure how different it is.
T: The Song of the Tea
|: gfd cAd | GAG B2c | d2B cAG | FDF cBA |
G3 GFG | A3 dfa | g/f/ed cAF | AGF GBd :|
|: g3 gfg | aad fga | afd c2d | cAG FGA |
dgg gfg | afd f3 | fed cAF | AGF G3 :|
To hear this tune played but in A magor
This is the key I first heard it played by -Dermi
Diamond in a pub in belfast,,But maybe I play to many
fancy notes in it now — But the video can be changed.
Dervish Travelling Show version?
Does anyone have the ABC version of it to post it please?
A very popular session tune but I can’t pretend I like it.
Does it matter whether you like it or not?
What is this? A running commentary on tunes submitted long ago? It’s akin to spamming.
The comments on a few tunes say "It sounds like the first part of this" when they really, really don’t.
What is most traditionally played with the Cuil Aodha jig?
Played by Liam O’Maonlai….
relaxed version played by Liam O’Maonlai* of the "Hothouse Flowers"
*[ - plus more than a few musical friends. ]
Got that wrong - just been pointed out on "Youtube" that the jig which Liam O’Maonlai is playing above is "Will You Come Home With Me ?", not the "Cuil Aodha". It’s a nice bit of whistle-playing, but nothing to do with this particular jig [ although I suppose they might go together ]. Sorry about that.
A tin whistle version here
The Cuil Aodha, X:5
The setting no 5 is from the playing of Tara Bingham, Dermie Diamond and Gabriel McArdle, as seen and heard in a video accessible for a limited time (today is 2016, march the 11th) on the replay of TG4 (Ceol ón Chartlann Le Paul Brady) where it is called "Cork". This follows the Vincent Broderick’s composition The Old Flail, where it is misnamed Drumshambo which is a different tune.
Re: The Cuil Aodha
Buttons and Bows played it with The Blue Angel in a very nice set
Tara Bingham, Dermie Diamond and Gabriel McArdle
Their version is now available at https://youtu.be/O5s10r37IK4?t=1m3s