July 23rd - 29th 2022

Player Sessions

Let your fingers dance!

Dr Paul Dooley

75 mins

Level: Intermediate +

Wednesday July 27th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT +1

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Event Overview

The Jigg to the Jointure was collected by Edward Bunting from Co. Mayo harper, Hugh Higgins, at the Belfast harpers’ gathering of 1792. Composed by Thomas Connellan, who died before 1700,  it is one of the oldest Irish jigs to have survived. In this session we will look at versions of the jig as it appears in QUB MS 4.29, 178 and in Neal’s earlier Colection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes, published in 1724. We will examine the relationship between this jig and other gigues and dance tunes of the same period, comparing the harmonic language that underpins them with what we find in Irish traditional music today. I will also discuss my approach to basses, and ornamentation, as applied here, and in the wider Irish dance music repertoire.

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