The Knockawhinna jig

By Mícheál Ó HÉidhin

Also known as The Galway, The Humours Of Knockawinna, The Knockawinna, McMahon’s, The Siamsa.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Knockawhinna has been added to 1 tune set.

The Knockawhinna has been added to 63 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Knockawhinna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGF G2A|BdG ABc|dgf d2^c|ded cAF|
DGF G2A|BdG ABc|dgf ded|1 cAF G2E:|2 cAF G2^G||
K: Dmaj
AFA d2e|faf gec|d2f ecA|GFG AFG|
AFA d2e|faf gec|a2a gec|1 edc d2B:|2 edc d^c=c||
K: Gmaj
BAB GBd|gfg ece|dBd cAc|BGB AFD|
d^cd GBd|gfa gfa|gdB cAF|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF G2E||
# Added by jakep .
X: 2
T: The Knockawhinna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:F|DGF G2 A|BdG ABc|dgf d>ed|ded cAF|
D2 G G2 A|B/c/dG AA/B/c|dgf d>ed|cAF G2:|
K: D Major
|:F/G/|AFA d2 e|faf g2 e|dfd ecA|GBG AE/F/G|
AF/G/A d2 e|f/g/af gec|af/g/a gec|Adc d2:|
K: G Major
|:c|B/c/dB GBd|g2 g ece|dB/c/d cAc|BG/A/B AFD|
d^cd GB/=c/d|gba gfa|gdB cAd|AGF G2:|
X: 3
T: The Knockawhinna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DEF G2 A|BAG ABc|dge ded|ded cAF|
DEF G2 A|BAG ABc|d^cd =cAF|1 AGF G2:|2 AGF GFG||
|:AFA d2 e|faf gfe|d2 e dcA|GFG AFG|
AFA d2 e|faf g3|a2 a ge^c|1 ed^c ddd:|2 ed^c dc=c||
|:BAB GBd|g2 g ege|ddB cBA|BAG FED|
BAB GBd|g2 a g2 a|gec edB|1 AGF GFG:|2 AGF G2||
X: 4
T: The Knockawhinna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DEF G2 A|BAG ABc|dge ded|ded cAF|
DEF G2 A|BAG AA/B/c|d^cd =cAF|AGF G2:|
|:F/G/|AF/G/A d2 e|faf gfe|d2 f e^cA|GE/F/G AFD|
AFA d2 e|f2 f ge/f/g|a2 a ge^c|1 ed^c d2:|2 ed^c dc=c||
|:B^AB GBd|g2 g ece|d^cd =cAc|BGB AFD|
B2 B GB/c/d|gfa g2 a|gdB cAF|1 AGF G2 A:|2 AGF G2||
X: 5
T: The Knockawhinna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGF ~G3|BdG ABc|dgf ded|ded cAF|
DGF ~G3|BdG ABc|dgf ded|1 cAF G2F:|2 cAF GFG||
|:AFD D2e|faf ge^c|d2f ecA|GAB AFG|
AFD D2e|faf ge^c|afa ge^c|1 d3 d3:|2 d3 c3||
|:~B3 GBd|~g3 ece|dBd cAc|BGB AFD|
d^cd GBd|gba gfa|gfd cAF|1 G3 G2c:|2 G3 G3||

Fourteen comments

Gan Ainm

This is my first tune, so sorry if there is anything wrong with it.
I learnt it at Tara O’Carolan CCE, Manchester.
I have no idea what it’s called.

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Very nice! Thanks!

I know this tune as the Knockawinna and I’ve also heard it recorded as the Galway Jig.

I have just found out that this tune was composed by concertina player Mícheál Ó hÉidhin, and was popularised by the Siamsa Ceili Band from Co. Louth.

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This is on ComhaltasLive played by Brian Conway’s niece. Nice tune that I’ve never heard other than that clip.

Knockawinna jig.

I’ve been looking for this for years, so when I stumbled upon the Comhaltas link, quite by accident, I was delighted.

Mick Foster plays it as the 2nd in a set of 3, called “Kelly’s selection”, on a CD called ‘Traditional Irish Favourites. The first one, though I can play it, I don’t have a name for it, the middle one I now know is this one here, the third is “Strike the Gay harp”.
I must try to transpose the first one & do an ABC search - it might already be here.

Knockawinna Jig

Just stayed in the Knockawinna Area and got a hand on this beautiful tune. Worth to spread it.

Linked to the wrong recording

Just noticed, the tune is linked to the recording Ronan Hardiman’s Lord of the Dance, however if you’re looking for that tune you need the slip jig which can be found here -
It’s a lovely little tune 🙂


I would like to retract that comment, I meant to post it to Stolen Kiss, not Siasma. Apologies.