Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight slip jig

Also known as Aoibhneas, Aoibhneas Eilis Ni Cheallaigh, Aoibhneas Éilís Uí Cheallaigh, Aoibhneas Elis Ni Cheallaigh, Catherine Kelley’s, Catherine Kelly’s, Catherine Kelly’s Delight, Eilis Kelly’s Delight, Elisabeth Kelly’s Delight, Elizabeth Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly’s, Elizabeth Kelly’s Favourite, Katherine Kelly’s, Katherine Kelly’s Delight, Mary Kelly, Mary Kelly’s, Wandering Spirit, The Wandering Spirit.

There are 65 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Kiltyclogher (a few times), The Humours Of Westmeath (a few times), Will You Come Down To Limerick (a few times), The Exile’s Jig (a few times) and Fraher’s (a few times).

Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight has been added to 40 tune sets.

Elizabeth Kelly's Delight has been added to 438 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3 ABA AGE|A2 EG2 E DEG|A3 ABA AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG:||
|:c2 A BAG AGE|cBA BGE DEG|c2 A BAG AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG:||
# Added .
X: 2
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3 ABA AGE|A2 E G2 E DEG|1 A3 ABA AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG:|2 cBA BAG AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG||
|:cBA BAG AGE|c2 A BGE DEG|cBA BAG AGE|GAG G2 E DEG:|
|:E3 EFE EDB,|E2 B,D2 B, A,B,D|~E3 EFE EDB,|DED D2 B, A,B,D:|
|:G2 E FGD EDB,|G2 E FDB, A,B,D|GFE FED EDB,|DED D2 B, A,B,D:|
# Added .
X: 3
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
[D3 A3] [D2 A2] B AGE|[D2 A2] [G,E] [G,2 G2] [G,E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]|[D3 A3] [D2 A2] B AGE|[G,3G3] [G,2G2][G, E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]:|
c2 A BAG AGE|c2A BGE DEG|c2A BAG AGE|[G,3G3] [G,2G2][G, E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]:|
X: 4
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A3 ABG AGE | A2 F G2 E DEG | A2 A ABG AGE | G2 G GED DEG :|
|: c3 BAG AGE | c2 c BAG A3 | c3 BAG AGE | G2 G GED DEG :|
X: 5
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:[A3 D3] AB[A D]|[A2 D2]E [G2D2]E DEG|A3 B[A D]G [A D]GE|G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
|:[c3 G3] [B G]AG [A2 D2]E|{cd}c2A BG[B E] [B D][B E]G|[c3 G3] [B3 G3] A[B G]E| G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
X: 6
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:[A3 D3] AB[A D] [D A]GE|[A2 D2]E [G2D2]E DEG|A3 B[A D]G [A D]GE|G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
|:[c3 G3] [B G]AG [A2 D2]E|{cd}c2A BG[B E] [B D][B E]G|[c3 G3] [B3 G3] A[B G]E| G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
X: 7
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:e3 efe edB|e2 Bd2 B ABd|e3 efe edB|d3 d2 B ABd|
e3 efe edB|e2 Bd2 B ABd|e3 efe edB|d3 d2 B ABd||
|:g2 e fed edB|gfe fdB ABd|g2 e fed edB|d3 d2 B ABd|
g2 e fed edB|gfe fdB ABd|g2 e fed edB|d3 d2 B ABd||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: d3 dce dcA | ded dcA GAc | d3 dce dcA | cd=B c2A GAc :|
|: f3 edc dcA | fed ecA GAc | f3 edc dcA | cd=B c2A GAc :|
# Added by Thing .
X: 9
T: Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: ~B3 BAc BAF | ~B3 BAF EFA | ~B3 BAc BAF | ABA AFE EFA :|
|: dcB cBA ~B3 | dcB cAF EFA | dcB cBA ~B3 | ABA AFE EFA :|

Twenty-three comments

Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight

Oops—A minor or A dorian (there’s no F note in the tune) that’d be.

A powerful little slip jig! I learned this years ago, probably from players in western Oregon.

I’m guessing the title’s Elizabeth Kelly is the mother of Co. Clare fiddler and concertina player John Kelly, and so grandmother to fiddler James Kelly.

Some common variations are to add the B part ending to the A part:

|:A3 ABA AGE|A2 E G2 E DEG|1 A3 ABA AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG:|2 cBA BAG AGE|~G3 G2 E DEG|

and to play the B part:

|cBA BAG AGE|c2 A BGE DEG|cBA BAG AGE|GAG G2 E DEG|

The tune first on the opening track on Lunasa’s Merry Sisters of Fate cd, with the Gaelic name, Aoibhneas Eilis Ni Cheallaigh. The boys play it in E minor on the cd:

|E3 EFE EDB,|E2 B,D2 B, A,B,D|~E3 EFE EDB,|
|DED D2 B, A,B,D:||
|:G2 E FGD EDB,|G2 E FDB, A,B,D|GFE FED EDB,|DED D2 B, A,B,D:||

and an octave higher too (which on fiddle is the same fingering as the sheet music posted here, just moved a string up).

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Another recording

This one has been recorded by Paddy Glackin and Michael O’Domhnail on their album ‘reprise’.

Catherine Kelly’s

Martin Hayes recorded this on his "Under The Moon" album under the title "Catherine Kelly’s".

He plays it as a duet with concertina player John Williams. Lovely concertina playing it is, too.

Liz Carroll’s newest album, Lake Effect, has an absolutely stunning arrangement (and it’s definitely an arrangement) of this tune on it going into an original tune of Ms. Carroll’s, Lake Effect — it was arranged for her by Evan Price of the Turtle Island String Quartet, who play the track with her, one of the best groups of the innovators in classical music.

(For those of you who don’t know who Evan Price is, he was U.S. Scottish Fiddling Champion, the Kentucky State Fiddle Champion, two-time Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion, and five-time Canadian Novelty Fiddling Champion. Doesn’t count the rest of his work in other genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and blues. American Session members who have listened to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion have probably heard TISQ. Mr. Keillor calls the TISQ "A real honest to goodness string quartet with beautiful shoes." *grin*)

The purists among us will hate it, but the musicianship of the track is still stunning, in the most exacting terms of any genre (but those who want their ITM to stay sean-nos will likely want to go elsewhere). As usual on anything TISQ is involved with, the arrangement involves all manner of influences, but works well with ITM because of their historical and present insistence on storyline and rhythmic pulse. Rock on, dudes.

There’s samples from Lake Effect, including this track of Catherine Kelly’s with TISQ, at http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/search_detail.cfm?productid=1043

Unfortunately it doesn’t include the arrangement getting into full swing on Lake Effect. Damn. But it almost goes from the start of Catherine Kelly’s through to not quite the next tune.

Zina

One more recording

you can listening to john kelly playing a version of this tune on volume 1 of ceol an clair,traditional fiddle music from west clare.

i confess that this tune is n’t at the top of my ‘must learns’ but i only heard it a few days ago so maybe it will grow on me!

The comment in the Lunasa tunebook (p.37) by Donogh Hennessey says

"Aoibhneas Eilis Ni Cheallaigh or ‘The loveliness of Elizabeth Kelly’ when roughly translated into English, is a mighty slip jig I learned from my great friend and fiddle palyer Mark Crickard and flautist Cian O’Sullivan with whom I played music for many years in Dingle and East Germany. Lizzy Kelly was a concertina player from Kilrush in Co.Clare"

By the way - we’ve just been to see Lunasa today (at Rheged, Cumbria, UK). They were excellent. It’s not the same without Donogh, but the new guitarist, Tim, is very good and seems to be bringing in something fresh. They said they were starting to record in Septeember for the new album - of which they played a couple of tracks - can’t wait

This is a fun tune. I think it soulds better in E Minor myself.

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Double Stops

I play it highly double stopped, which gives it an accordiany feel on the fiddle:

T: Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: ADor
[D3 A3] [D2 A2] B AGE|[D2 A2] [G,E] [G,2 G2] [G,E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]|[D3 A3] [D2 A2] B AGE|[G,3G3] [G,2G2][G, E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]:|
c2 A BAG AGE|c2A BGE DEG|c2A BAG AGE|[G,3G3] [G,2G2][G, E] [G,D][G,E][G,G]:|

“Wandering Spirit” / “Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: A Dorian
Submitted on November 11th 2007 by mehitabel23.
~ /tunes/7957

Don’t shoot me, it’s Irish.
This is an Irish slip-jig! And you all doubted me, didn’t you!

# Posted on November 11th 2007 by mehitabel23

X: 1
T: Wandering Spirit
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: A Dorian
|: A3 ABG AGE | A2 F G2 E DEG | A2 A ABG AGE | G2 G GED DEG :|
|: c3 BAG AGE | c2 c BAG A3 | c3 BAG AGE | G2 G GED DEG :|

Mehitabel23’s Source ~

This one was learnt by ear from a fiddler called Paddy Le Mercier…

# Posted on November 11th 2007 by mehitabel23

Finally a name

I learnt this tune off a flute player on a recent trip to France. He played it in B minor. Then I heard two fiddlers play it in A minor in a session in the Cobblestones. However, it was in my sub conscious anyway. John Kelly himself recorded it.

Catherine McEvoy has it on her new "Home Ruler" album too!

By John Kelly, as transcribed by Breandán Breathnach

X: 1
T: Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|:[A3 D3] AB[A D]|[A2 D2]E [G2D2]E DEG|A3 B[A D]G [A D]GE|G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
|:[c3 G3] [B G]AG [A2 D2]E|{cd}c2A BG[B E] [B D][B E]G|[c3 G3] [B3 G3] A[B G]E| G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|

Kelly plays this after The Humours of Kilclogher [Single Jig] on Ceol an Cláir

Correction

Accidently left out one beat from the first bar! Below is corrected:

X: 1
T: Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|:[A3 D3] AB[A D] [D A]GE|[A2 D2]E [G2D2]E DEG|A3 B[A D]G [A D]GE|G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|
|:[c3 G3] [B G]AG [A2 D2]E|{cd}c2A BG[B E] [B D][B E]G|[c3 G3] [B3 G3] A[B G]E| G{A}G{F}G G2E DEG:|

Reduced range

Note how the range is small here: the tune is ‘held’ all within a mixolydian 7th.

I’ll try to list Other Tunes With a restricted melodic range here (a Major 7th or less).

e.g.; Loch Altan https://thesession.org/tunes/4255

The tune’s narrow range and the absence of 6h (Hexatonic) makes it an excellent practice tune for these tonalities:
A, B, e (as on the Lunasa album quoted above) & even
high a minor!

Aoibhneas Éilís Uí Cheallaigh

Deiseal: The Long Long Note: Track 01

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I’m just going through albums that I’ve got and uploading unlinked tunes. I’ve added the name to that version so the link should work, but I don’t believe that I have the ability to delete this.

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Aoibhneas, X:9

From the playing of Patrick Madden & Friends.