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Kesh Jig (The)

The Kesh Jig is a very common session tune in Irish Traditional Music. I learned it through various sessions, but one memory that sticks out is a session in Gus O’Connor’s Pub with Sean Vaughan and Siobhan Peoples who started the session with “The Kesh Jig”. They had such a great lift and energy.

The Bothy Band recorded an iconic version of this tune on their live album “After Hours”, which is probably the reason why it is such a well-known tune.

T:Kesh (The)
|:G2G GAB|ABA ABd|edd gdd|edB dBA|
GFG GAB|ABA ABd|edd gdB|1 AGF G2D:|2 AGF G2A||
|:B2B dBd|ege dBG|BGB dBG|ABA AGA|
BAB dBd|ege dBd|gfg aga|1 bgf g2d:||

2 thoughts on “Kesh Jig (The)”

  1. Charles Monod treatment of the Kesh Jig is beauty to behold. I’m VERY new with the Anglo. I love my new McNeela Swan, but belows action. Woah! Charls’ bellows action is hardly noticeable. Me, I run out of air by the second bar 🙁 Is it just a matter of practice using your published ABC. Or, is there something I need to be doing apart from practice with that? Different fingering perhaps? Or just plain old practice?



    1. Hi Michael! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, how are you getting on with the tune now, a month later? It’s really hard to reply to your question in writing, obviously practice is a huge part of it, but the instrument itself has a part to play (my concertina is a custom built 7Mount, high end instrument) and fingering patterns too. This being said, this tune is pretty straight forward in terms of fingering pattern so it shouldn’t really be an issue. Let me know how you’re getting on and feel free to drop me an email!

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