Seamus Shannon’s jig

By Seamus Shannon

Also known as Shannon’s.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

Seamus Shannon’s has been added to 8 tune sets.

Seamus Shannon's has been added to 56 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Seamus Shannon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFA dcA|AGE AGE|DFA dcA|AGE ~=C3|
A,DD EFG|AdB ~=c3|dfd AFF|GEC D2A:|
|:DFA fed|dcA AGE|AGE DdB|~=c3 GE=C|
A,DD EFG|AdB ~=c3|dfd AFF|GEC D2A:|
2
X: 2
T: Seamus Shannon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DFA dcA|AGE AGE|DFA dcA|AGE D2E|
~D3 DEG|AdB c2A|dfd AGE|AGE D3:|
|:DFA fed|dcA dcA|dAF DdB|~c3 cAG|
DEF EFG|AdB cAG|dfd AGE|AGE D3:|
3
X: 3
T: Seamus Shannon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFA dcA|AGE AGE|DFA dcA|AGE CEC|
A,DD EFG|AdB cAc|dcd AFA|GEA D3:|
DFA fed|dcA GFG|AGA DdB|cBc GEC|
A,DD EFG|AdB cAc|dcd AFA|GEA D3:|
4
X: 4
T: Seamus Shannon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFA dcA|AGE AGE|DFA dcA|AGE =C3|
A,DD EFG|AdB =c3|dfd AFF|GEC D2A:|
|:DFA fed|dcA AGE|AGE DdA|=c3 GE=C|
A,DD EFG|AdB =c3|dfd AFF|GEC D3:|
# Added by Moxhe .

Thirteen comments

Paddy Fahy’s

The 1st in the Paddy Fahy’s jigs set on Fisherstreet’s “Out in the Night”. Some nice variations on the recording for the part endings (if you want to avoid the low C#s) are |GEA D2A| or |GBA D2A|. The part endings I used for the main submission are based what I hear from the box.

A different transcription appears on Henrik Norbeck’s index as a nameless tune:

X: 1
T:no name
R:jig
Z:id:hn-jig-275
M:6/8
K:Dmix
DFA dcA|AGE AGE|DFA dcA|AGE D2E|
~D3 DEG|AdB c2A|dfd AGE|AGE D3:|
|:DFA fed|dcA dcA|dAF DdB|~c3 cAG|
DEF EFG|AdB cAG|dfd AGE|AGE D3:|

Re: Paddy Fahey’s

Given that this tune doesn’t appear (as far as I can tell) in the Maria Holohan catalog of Paddy Fahey tunes, and there’s a plausible alternative source, I’m editing this to show “Seamus Shannon’s” as the primary name.

Re: Paddy Fahy’s

I’m looking forward to hearing where you got this tune, Eoin.

Re: Paddy Fahy’s

I have this in my collection as an un-numbered jig by Paddy Fahy: I can’t remember how I came by it, but I think it may be the missing No 7 from the 12 jigs that are referred to in Maria Holohan’s MA thesis on PF’s music (University of Limerick, 1996). Settings of all these, with 29 reels, two hornpipes and a few associated tunes in the East Galway style, are in the Tune Library pages at www.rudemex.co.uk.

(The associated tunes are ‘Coen’s Memories’, ‘Eddie Kelly’s Jig’, ‘Eddie Kelly’s reel No 1’, ‘Madam if you please’, ‘The Meelick Team jig’, ‘Paddy Kelly’s reel’, and ‘Tommy Coen’s reel’).

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Re: Paddy Fahey’s

This isn’t the missing jig No 7 from Maria Holohan’s thesis, where reel No. 7 appeared by mistake in the sequence of jigs. The associated recordings of Paddy Fahey have a jig No 7 and it’s not this tune (or any of the other jigs that were included in the thesis).

Jim

Re: Paddy Fahey’s

You may well be right, skerries. In which case, can you point us to the dots (or ABC setting) of the PF recording that you identify as the correct Jig No. 7?

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Re: Paddy Fahey’s

I’ll transcribe it and then go looking!

Jim

Re: Paddy Fahey’s

Classic Fahy: the out-of-place repetition of one phrase makes this tune.

Re: Seamus Shannon’s

As has been discussed in the comment thread, this tune is almost certainly NOT by Paddy Fahey, although it has been mistakenly recorded under that name. While commonly played and referred to at sessions as Paddy Fahey’s, this tune is in fact attributed to Seamus Shannon. This tune was thought to be the ‘missing jig #7’ in the Holohan collection, probably because this tune and the actual tune Fahey played for her (listen to the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDrO6W5Jdno ) start in exactly the same way. That proper Fahey tune can be found here: https://thesession.org/tunes/20659

Here is a link where you can see a full recording history of this tune, and where it has also been verified to be by Seamus Shannon, not Paddy Fahey: https://www.irishtune.info/tune/4537/
I would ask that this setting not be edited AGAIN back to ‘Paddy Fahey’s’, as it has been shown within a reasonable doubt that this tune is properly Seamus Shannon’s, and he deserves proper credit for it.