T: John McKenna's
dg|:d2B BAB|dBB BGE|D2B BAB|GBd edg|
d2B BAB|dBB BAB|GAB dGB|GBd edg:|
ed|:g3 a3|bge d3|g3 aba|gef g2a|
bag agf|ged edg|d2B BAB|GBd e2d:|
Also known as John McKenna’s.
There are 17 recordings of this tune.
John McKenna’s appears in 1 other tune collection.
John McKenna’s has been added to 3 tune sets.
John McKenna's has been added to 54 tunebooks.
This tune is the first on the Leitrim Equation album. I understand John McKenna used to play this tune sandwiched in between the other jig called McKenna’s on this database (aka Up Leitrim). On the album Kevin plays this with a bit of breath pulse on the Bs and plenty of rolls and cranns on the B part. Good stuff!
I think you have left out the ‘|’ where a barline is supposed to appear - i’d change it before the sheetmusic is put up, otherwise there will just be a string of notes.
You’re right samburnstone. Sorry about that. I suppose Jeremy corrected it-thanks. BTW, forgot to mention that when repeating A part can play:
| GBd edg :|| and play the | GBd e2d | when going into B part.
Kevin taught this at a workshop recently as described above (the breath pulse being done with a throat/glottaral push). Video here…
it’s worth noting that this is the same tune as the ‘Black Rogue’ (O’Neill’s version) just with McKenna’s twists at the end of phrases.
This tune is quite different from Black Rogue. While the transcriptions and intervals look a little similar the two tunes sound very different because of where the notes fall relative to the tonic. You could not possibly mistake one for the other in a session.
Someone did put an ABC very close to Up Leitrim in the Black Rogue comments but I suspect it’s a variant of Up Leitrim recorded under the wrong name.
Link to tunes with similar contours at the Tickle Her Leg With The Barley Straw / Get Up Old Woman And Shake Yourself / Mind Your Leg Of The Train Maid Anne complex:
Loughcurra is right - this is pretty much the same tune as ‘The Black Rogue’, but not the one that starts d|cAA BGG|CAA A3. It’s this one:
A setting of this version is also posted on the page of the more common Black Rogue/Rogaire Dubh:
And in another key, it seems to be known as Life is All Chequered: