The Cordal jig

Also known as The Chordal, Derby Gallagher, The Idle Road, The Idle Rogue, Jackson’s Bouner Bougher, Julia Clifford’s, Julia Clifford’s Favourite, Morgan Rattler, Pádraig O’Keeffe’s, Port Na Cordaile, Port Na Cordal, Port Na gCairdeanna, The Slopes Of Sliabh Luachra, Tom Billy’s No. 3, The Wren’s Nest No. 2.

There are 56 recordings of this tune.
This tune has been recorded together with

The Cordal appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Cordal has been added to 124 tune sets.

The Cordal has been added to 455 tunebooks.

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Cordal Jig

Somewhere I have a DeDannan recording with this tune on it, but I can’t recall which album it’s on, and I’m not sure it’s even listed under the name “Cordal.” Lotta help that is…..

So my playing of it (on fiddle) has morphed over the years, partly due to not playing it often enough to have any one setting stick. Henrik Norbeck has the abcs for it online, and my version’s fairly close to his, so I don’t think I’m leading anyone astray with this setting.

I like this tune not too fast, almost down to air speed, although most sessions do it more up tempo.

I play the A part pretty much as written here, usually adding a cut note on that B2 in measures 4 and 8: |B{d}B A Bcd| or sometimes just rolling the B: |~B3 Bcd|.

For the second half, you can play it as a straight single jig throughout:
|d2 e fed|c2 d ecA|d2 e fed|f2 e fga| etc.
or as a double jig:
|dcd fed|cBc ecA|dcd fed|~f3 fga|etc.
or some combination of the two.

At slow speed, the Cordal goes well into Tell Her I Am (in G maj)--almost sister tunes. If you prefer a more spirited tempo, try sliding into Scatter the Mud after the Cordal.

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Great tune. A few weeks ago I heard a fiddler, with a mainly English repertoire, playing a four part jig which was clearly a setting of this tune. If I remember rightly, he said it was a Morris tune.

Perhaps it is a form of long term revenge on Cromwell to steal all of England’s best tunes.

Also goes well with…

…The Black Rogue afterwards.

For those of you who have submitted “Chordal” as an alternative title: Cordal is the name of a village.

Connie O’Connell

On the sleeve notes to Midnight on the Water by the Kings River Band, they play this tune and call it a slide. They say it is attributed to Connie O’Connell.

The phrasing doesn’t quite fit a 12/8 bar, but the long-short of it (d2 e) does have it coming off as a single jig, all in the family… I play it a little differently, but have had it mixed it in with slides in the past. 😏

“Tom Billy’s” / “Padraig O’Keeffe’s” / “Julia Clifford’s”

And all those names from down Sliabh Luachra way? It seems related to others, but I’m not sure. I wouldn’t call it a slide, and am not completely sure about it being swung enough to be a single, though I suspect one could? Here’s another take on it ~

X: 1134
T: ~ etc…
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: D Major
|: d |
BAF E3 | FEF DFA | BAF DF/G/A | B2 A Bcd |
BAF E3 | FEF DFA | d2 f edc |[1 B2 ^A Bc :|[2 B2 ^A B2 ||
|: c |
d2 e fed | c2 d ecA | d2 e fed | f2 e ff/g/a |
dcd fed | c2 d ecA | d3 cdc |[1 B2 ^A B2 :|[2 B2 ^A Bc ||

They don’t play it as a slide. It sounds like a normal double jig when they play it. They just called it a slide.

At least they didn’t call it a hornpipe, eh? 😉

The Cordal Jig

Is in the Gunn Book of Fermanagh (1865) as Derby Gallagher

As Slainte says, it’s an extremely close (though very likeable) relation of the A and B parts of the tune Morgan Rattler, which is on a barrel organ made in London in 1805, but there seem to be Welsh sources older than that.

Third and last tune (see link above) starts at 2’07"

Why cordal when cordial’s so nice? :- )

Liam O’Flynn’s Version

This is the version Liam O’Flynn plays on his Piper’s Call CD, it’s in 6/8 not 12/8, a great jig.

Re: The Cordal

Apparently this was originally a two-part jig called Jackson’s Bouner Bougher, composed by Walker ‘Piper’ Jackson in the 18th century. Two further parts were added, possibly to fit a song, later in the same century.
There are a couple more alternative names here: