Jig, D Major, English Traditional
TrailJams Tune of the Week for July 29, 2021
The Moon and Seven Stars is a popular jig, played widely for contra dances and in Irish/Celtic tune sessions. It fits nicely in sets with, for example, Out on the Ocean or Kesh Jig. It comes from English tradition, and dates back into the 1700s. The “Seven Stars” likely refers to the Seven Sisters in the Pleiades star cluster.
- Video — Tim Ball: The Moon and Seven Stars/Andy DeJarlis’s Jig
- Video — MandoLessons: mandolin lesson for The Moon and Seven Stars
- Audio — MandoLessons: 6 tracks of mandolin and/or guitar slow and fast
Dots for The Moon and Seven Stars
As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.
Play from the Dots
Companion tunes and sequences that work well for this tune.
- My Darling Asleep (D) / Out on the Ocean (G) / The Moon and Seven Stars (D)
For those that want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- Mandolin lesson, The Moon and Seven Stars, by MandoLessons.com. Video, audio tracks, and sheet music. Free.
- The Portland Collection, Volume 1 Sheet music & comments for The Moon and Seven Stars and 299 other tunes.
- Nebra Sky Disk
- Nebra Sky Disk (Wikipedia article)
- Nebra Sky Disk image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nebra_Scheibe.jpg. Photo attribution: Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons