I’ve come across it in a tune-book under the name “The Banks Of Allan Water”, in the key of D Major: this gives room for the second part to be played an octave up on the first - otherwise, it’s the same tune.
Great tune, unaccountably seldom heard.
It’s not the same tune though! It’s pretty different I think, but oh well
It seems to be more popular among Scottish musicians than Irish.
Banks of the Allan
I gave it a try, as I have some relatives by that last name.
I enjoyed it, but like it a ‘tad better with the last three notes dropped down a tone to “A”. Its the first time I’ve encountered a jig with such a long sequence of eighth notes at the end. I didn’t get the phrasing initially because of this.
Definitely agree with your commant on the last bar in both ‘A’ & ‘B’ musics. certainly | BAA A3 :||
I already play this tune in a set of Scottish jigs and do so in the key of ‘D’ Musically I think this is better, more exciting. The last four bars of the ‘B’ music descends to the end from top ‘b’ to bottom ‘D’ quite dynamic I feel. A good tune to finish a set with.
This is my take on it in ‘D’. Somewhat different to that already here.
There is a River Allan near to where I live in Perthshire.There’s also a pub called The Allanbank, at which there used to be a regular session. However, if I’m not mistaken, there are a few River Allans around!
Theres Lough Allen in Co. Leitrim and a Glen Allen (with a tune named after it) somewhere, so possibly a River Allen as well.
Hetty - I don’t think that ending was an accident. It’s the only way I’ve ever heard it played, and it’s the way NigelG plays it - which must count for something. If you think of it as being in B dorian (or E dorian) instead of A (or D), then the final B (or E) brings resolution.
Banks of the Allan
It’s the second tune in Sharon Shannon’s “Nine Pups”.
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