>The usual pairing seems to be "Jim Ward's Fancy" followed by "Going to the
>Well for Water". But "Jim Ward's" is a jig, not a slide, and I'm not sure if
>I would choose to notate "Going..." as a slide or as a jig. Especially the B
>part I usually play more with a jig feel, while the A part works quite well
>played as a slide.
That's what I was getting at when I mentioned two different kinds
of slide (I should emphasise again that this is not a fully developed
theory, just an impression). At one extreme, there are slides which
are almost entirely made up of crotchet-quaver (1/4 note-1/8 note)
alternations, and at the other extreme there are slides mostly made
up of quaver (1/8 note) triplets; the latter are very similar in feel to
double jigs, and I would not care to define precisely where the
border is between them. It's true that you can play a jig with a kind
of slide feel (again, don't ask me for a definition!), and some Clare
jigs are very close to slides; also, there's a pair of Donegal jigs that
we often play which are very like slides in style - as tunes, I mean, I
don't know what dance would be done to them in Donegal. And
there are jigs like "Willie Coleman's" which are usually notated in
12/8, perhaps because of the longer melodic line.
Most slides, of course, are somewhere between the extremes mentioned
above, and it's only when you try to combine the two extreme types in
one set that you (or maybe just I) run into trouble. The crotchet-quaver
type seem to want a faster speed than the triplety ones.
I'll ask one of the old Sliabh Luachra guys about this some time.