The Kilfenora jig

Also known as Kilfenora Jig No. 3, Paddy Murphy’s, The Steamboat, Uncle Jim’s.

There are 34 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Kilfenora appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Kilfenora has been added to 28 tune sets.

The Kilfenora has been added to 194 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Kilfenora
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2A F2A|dfe d2c|dcB AGF|EFG ABc|
d2A F2A|dfe d2c|dcB AGF|1 GFE DFA:|2 GFE D2E||
X: 2
T: The Kilfenora
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2A A2A|ABA FED|G2B ~B2A|~B2A Bcd|
|:d2A F2A|DFA d3|dcB AGF|EFG ABc|
d2A F2A|DFA d2e|dcB AGF|1 GFE D3:|2 GFE D2E||

Eighteen comments

Good D tune

I am not sure but I think this is another great one for beginners. I don’t see too many of them having problems with this one. I think everyone will find a good driving feel to the A part. That’s what attracted me to it.

I have no idea where this tune can be heard. I learned it off a commedian friend of mine.

Kilfenora Jig

This is the last jig in a series of 3 played by the great Kilfenora Ceili Band from Clare. It was made famous originally by the Band back in the fifties but is also played today by the new Kilfenora (All-Ireland champion Ceili Band in 1993, 1994 and 1995 - one of the few bands ever to make it “three in a row”).
I’ll try and post the other 2 jigs in the series now for any of you musicians heading down for a session in Clare!

I changed the name

By request and because that’s how it is. Thanks for the information Bannerman

I changed it back

Because the this tune is called “The Kilfenora”, not “The Kilfenora 3” or “The Kilfenora C” or “The Kilfenora Mark III”, just “The Kilfenora”.

Thomond Bridge

Clicking on Thomond Brodge in the listing for Eamonn Cotter’s CD brings up the music for Kilfenora jig, which is, of course, entirely unrelated to the hornpipe Cotter recorded.

Kilfenora Jig

The Johnstons {Paul Brady, Mick Moloney as youngsters} do a cool version of it for those pickers out there.

“Uncle Jim’s Jig” ~ etc., and the way I’ve mostly known this one

Key signature: A Major
Submitted on August 9th 2006 by McMandolin.

& ABC’s in the comments as I’ve known this tune:
M: 12/8 & K: D Major


Note: The above link is to a version where the parts are reversed of how they are presented here, and that is the first way I’d learned it, but I’ve known it both ways as well…

Never heard the Uncle Jim version in A in sessions, but the one posted here gets played almost every week in my session. It always gets played after the other Kilfenora jigs (boring - we must stop doing that), and never as a slide, but as a nice rolling jig, with the part that starts |F2A ABA| as the A-part. I play bars 3 & 4 as |G2B ~B2A|~B2A Bcd| and bar 2 of the B-part I sometimes play as |dfe ~d3| and sometimes as |DFA ~d3|.

Aabb / Bbaa ~ ???

I wonder how if it is just the old Kilfenora Ceili Band recording that reversed the order of the parts. In it’s various guises and keys I have mostly seen it transcribed, except for those things based on the Kilfenora set, with it starting high, in this case:

|: d2 A F2 A | ~ but as time shows, it works both ways…

“The Kilfenora Jig” ~ 2-parts

#1-of-3 in The Kilfenora Ceili Band Set, 50’s
~ also known as “Kitty Lie Over”, “Paddy’s Return”, “Patsy McCann’s”.
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on September 3rd 2002 by Bannerman.

“The Kilfenora Jig” ~ 5-parts

#2-of-3 in Kilfenora Ceili Band Set, 50’s
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on September 4th 2002 by Bannerman.

A beginners tune is an apt description.

For real beginners on the tin whistle, the challenge is in the first part: cutting a’s and b’s and the forking b/c fingering.

I heard it on an Arkady CD - Many happy Returns

The Kilfenora, X:2

This is how I got the tune from Michael Tubridy a few months back. Though I see that this is more or less what Dr. Dow described above, it just didn’t get made into a proper setting.

Re: The Kilfenora

It’s listed in Ceoltóirí an Doirín’s first tune book as The Steamboat and is played in the locality (and Kinvara) always followed by Siney Crotty’s.

Re: The Kilfenora

This tune is well-known in GHB circles as the Steamboat, but it was first published in Henderson’s tutor of 1900 under the title of The Hills of Caithness. It was then published in 1949 in a book for Irish players of GHB, or warpipes, or whatever you want to call them, for “the use of Irish regiments in the British Army”. The title there is given as the Steamboat and it has been known as such pretty much ever since. Although it’s quite different from the Kilfenora I wonder if this was the source.

These versions can be found here:

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