Michael Dwyer’s jig

Also known as Connie Connell’s, Connie O’Connell, Connie O’Connell’s, MacNamara’s, McNamara’s, Michael Dwyer’s, Michael O’Dwyer’s, The Restless Boy, Two And Sixpenny Girl, The Two And Sixpenny Girl.

There are 33 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Do You Want Any More? (a few times), The Monaghan (a few times) and The Trip To Athlone (a few times).

Michael Dwyer’s has been added to 6 tune sets.

Michael Dwyer's has been added to 100 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Michael Dwyer's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: ~B2G Adc | ~B2B BAG | ~B2G AFD | FGG ~GFD |
~B2G Adc |B2G ABc | dge ~f2d | cAF ~G3 :|
|: GBd ~g3 | fed cAF | GBd ~g3 |faf ~g3 |
faf ~g2e | fed cAF | DBB ~BAG | (3Bcd B cAF :|
|: DBB ~B2d | cAA AGF | ~G2G BAG | BdB cAF |
DBB ~B2d | cAA ABc | dge ~f2d | cAF ~G3 :|
X: 2
T: Michael Dwyer's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGG Add|~B3 BAG|BDD ADD|~G3 GED|
~B3 Add|~B3 ABc|dge f2d|1 cAF G2A:|2 cAF G2F||
GBd ~g3|fed cAF|GBd ~g3|faf ~g3|
faf g2e|fed cAG|~B3 BAG|BdB cAF|
GBd ~g3|fed cAF|GBd ~g3|faf ~g3|
faf g2e|fed ^cde|~f3 ge^c|~d3 dcA||
|:GBB B2d|cAA dcA|GBB BAG|BdB cAF|
GBB B2d|cAA ABc|dge f2d|1 cAF G2F:|2 cAF G2A||
X: 3
T: Michael Dwyer's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGG Add | B/c/dB BAG | BGG ADD | GAG GED |
BGG AFF | BAG ABc | dge f2d | cAF G2z :|
GBd g2e | fed cAF | GBd g2g |f/g/af gzg |
f/g/af g2e | fed cAF | BBB c/B/AG | BdB cBA :|
GBB B2d | cAA AFD | GBB BAG | BdB cAF |
GBB B2d | cAA ABc | dge f2d | cAF G3 :|
X: 4
T: Michael Dwyer's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGG Add|BcB BAG|BGG ADD|GAG GED|
BGG AFF|BGG ABc|dge f2d| cAF G2D:|
|: GBd ~g3|fed cAF|GBd ~g3|faf ~g3|
faf g2e|fed cAG|[1 ~B3 BAG|BdB cBA:|[2 faf gfe|ded dcA|]
|:GBB B2d|cAA AFD|GBB BAG|BdB cBA|
GBB B2d|cAG ABc|dge f2d|cAF G3:||
X: 5
T: Michael Dwyer's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2G Adc | B3 BAG | B2G AFD | FGG GFD |
B2G Adc |B2G ABc | dge f2d | cAF G3 :|
|: GBd g3 | fed cAF | GB/c/d g3 |faf g3 |
faf g2e | fed cAF | DBB BAG | Bc/d/B cAF :|
|: DBB B2d | cAA AGF | G3 BAG | BdB cAF |
DBB B2d | cAA ABc | dge f2d | cAF G3 :|
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

This is the jig that follows "Lacey’s" in McGoldrick/McSherry’s set in "At first light". I think it has a very unique, magical ability to make people strangely happy… :-)

This tune was recorded by Jackie Daly & Seamus Creagh as Connie O’Connell’s, played before Cuil

Michael Dwyer’s

This is the first tune in Dervish’s World’s End set on Boys of Sligo:

X: 1
T: Michael Dwyer’s
S: Dervish - The Boys of Sligo
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
BGG Add|~B3 BAG|BDD ADD|~G3 GED|
~B3 Add|~B3 ABc|dge f2d|1 cAF G2A:|2 cAF G2F||
GBd ~g3|fed cAF|GBd ~g3|faf ~g3|
faf g2e|fed cAG|~B3 BAG|BdB cAF|
GBd ~g3|fed cAF|GBd ~g3|faf ~g3|
faf g2e|fed ^cde|~f3 ge^c|~d3 dcA||
|:GBB B2d|cAA dcA|GBB BAG|BdB cAF|
GBB B2d|cAA ABc|dge f2d|1 cAF G2F:|2 cAF G2A||

McNamara’s

This lovely jig is on Cathal McConnell’s 1970 album An Irish Jubilee as "McNamara’s":

X: 1
T: McNamara’s
S: Cathal McConnell
D: An Irish Jubilee (1970)
Z: Nigel Gatherer
M: 6/8
K: G
BGG Add | B/c/dB BAG | BGG ADD | GAG GED |
BGG AFF | BAG ABc | dge f2d | cAF G2z :|
GBd g2e | fed cAF | GBd g2g |f/g/af gzg |
f/g/af g2e | fed cAF | BBB c/B/AG | BdB cBA :|
GBB B2d | cAA AFD | GBB BAG | BdB cAF |
GBB B2d | cAA ABc | dge f2d | cAF G3 :|

According to Richard Dwyer

this tune was composed by his brother, Michael.

To me, it’s one of these tunes that sounds similar to many others and not to itself.. I guess it depends on which tunes you learn first..

Michael Dwyer’s Jig, X:4 (Connie O’Connell’s)

This is how this fine jig is usually played… (There are some rather peculiar versions posted above!).

And according to a very reliable source, it was written by Michael Dwyer for Connie O’Connell, whose name he then gave it.

Re: Michael Dwyer’s

I agree with Dougal. His is the setting I learned from the playing of Northern fiddler Denis Sweeney and my preferred setting of those listed here. Lovely tune.

“The Restless Boy”

This tune is only called "Connie O Connell’s" purely by association of his regular, and indeed, fine playing of it.
Michael himself named this tune "The Restless boy". This was heard from Michael’s own mouth, God rest his Soul, when a flute player friend of mine many years ago played the tune in his presence and was unaware of either its provenance or title, Michael , who was sitting beside him, bashfully enlightened him.
Michael’s cousin, herself also a fine whistle player and known to me personally, concurs with the above information.

Re: Michael Dwyer’s

This should be the tune linked from the album ‘Contentment is Wealth’ track 13.