The Hare In The Corn jig

Also known as The Hare In The Corn #2, The Hare In The Corn No.2, The Old Hagg In The Corner.

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Clog (a few times), The Frost Is All Over (a few times), The Gander In The Pratie Hole (a few times), The Road To Lisdoonvarna (a few times).

The Hare In The Corn has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Hare In The Corn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: c |B^AB c2 =A | B^AB c2 =A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 c |
B^AB cc/B/=A | B^AB c2 =A | B/c/dB AFA | DED D2 :|
|: G |F2 A AF/G/A | BGB AFA | BdB AFD | E2 E EFG |
FDA AFA | B/c/dB A2 F | BdB AF/G/A | DD/D/D D2 :|
|: a/g/ |fdd edd | fdd dcA | BdB AFd | EFE E2 a/g/ |
fdd ecA | fdB A2 F | DFA d2 [^cg] | dcA d2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Hare In The Corn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: B |BAB c2 A | BAB c2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 c |
BAB c2 A | BAB c2 A | BdB AFA | DED D2 :|
|: G |F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFD | EFE E2 G |
F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFA | DED D2 :|
|: g |fdd edd | fdd d2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 g |
fdd edd | fdB AFA | DFA deg | fdd d2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Hare In The Corn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: uA |(BA).B c2 A | (BA).B c2 A | BdB AFD | (EF).E E2 c |
(BA).B c2 A | (BA).B c2 A | BdB AFA | (DE).D D2 :|
|: uG |F2 A (AF).A | BGB AFA | BdB AFD | EFE E2 G |
F2 A (AF).A | BGB AFA | BdB AFA | (DE).D D2 :|
|: ug |fdd edd | (fd).d d2 A | BdB .AFD | (EF).E E2 g |
fdd edd | fdB AFA | DFA deg | fdd d2 :|
ABC

Twenty-nine comments

“The Hare in the Corn” ~ 1880s ~ O’Neill

X: 2
T: Hare in the Corn, The
B: "Ryan’s Mammoth Collection", 1883, page 108
B: http://violinsheetmusic.org/collections/ryans-mammoth-collection.pdf
B: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 143, #767
B: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 25, #49
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
|: B |\
BAB c2 A | BAB c2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 c |
BAB c2 A | BAB c2 A | BdB AFA | DED D2 :|
|: G |\
F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFD | EFE E2 G |
F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFA | DED D2 :|
|: g |\
fdd edd | fdd d2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 g |
fdd edd | fdB AFA | DFA deg | fdd d2 :|

A quick internet search shows that Sliabh Luachra musicians have recorded it as a slide called Art O’Keeffe’s.

I knew of the alternate title, but is it already here as a slide? Now to check. Is it in the Johnny O’Leary book. Right now, stop being lazy and look!!! (speaking to myself!) :-P

Nope, that’s, so far, neither of the two "Art O’Keefe’s" I know, one of which also goes by the alternate title "The Hare in the Corn". But, I’m still looking and listening…

Four jigs/slides in the O’Leary book that can have that name and it’s not one of them…

Where did you find your information? Don’t do that too common thing of dropping information without a source ~ please? ~ pretty please?

It’s not the one that Julia & Billy Clifford play on "Ceol as Sliabh Luachra"…

Are you just thinking versions/variations of the B & C parts? That would be opening up a very large set of other possibilities, especially if we go one part at a time…

Let’s compare the B & C from the collections with a transcription of another "The Hare in the Corn", which has other names also attached to it and is played as a slide, the Ryan part first, things adjusted to aid comparison ~

B-parts ~

|: G |\
F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFD | EFE E2 G |
F2 A AFA | BGB AFA | BdB AFA | DED D2 :|

|: G |\
F2 A AFA | BdB AFD | F2 E EDE | F2 D D2 E |
F2 A AFA | BdB AFA | Bcd edc | d3 d2 :|

C-parts ~

|: g |\
fdd edd | fdd d2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 g |
fdd edd | fdB AFA | DFA deg | fdd d2 :|

|: e |\
f2 f fef | g2 e ede | f2 f fed | a3 bag |
f3 fef | g2 e edB | ABd edc | d3 d2 :|

This isn’t the "Art O’Keefe’s" Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly play on "The Living Stream", and it’s not It’s not that first slide of track 2 on "Along Blackwater’s Banks" by Sliabh Notes, which also features Matt Cranitch…

Still looking… :-D

Try Johnny O’Leary’s book and John & Julia Clifford - Humours of Lisheen, which I don’t have..

I have both, it’s not…

These things I had already checked…

But you know I appreciate being kept on my toes, or at least being slapped up side the head when I’m dozing… It’s not like it isn’t a too common problem, meaning semi-consciousness.

It must be somewhere! :-)

I’m still looking. I’d love to find a recording of this one myself…

Is this related to the jig Seamus Ennis puts at the beginning of the Fox Chase? Or someone else…. I’m hearing it going somewhere like that in my head after the A part.

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More homework for me, eh? Make it easier for me Nico, which recording? :-D

That does have me thinking I’ve heard him play that first part… :-/

Yeah, I went looking for that tune Dow, and to be clear I’m not thinking it’s the same tune, and maybe related is the wrong word. But I hear at least the A part of this tune, going into that tune, and then off onto some wild chase, in my head.

@ceolachan: sorry, any version you have of Seamus playing it would do, but I think the one on 40 years of irish piping.

But I don’t think it is him playing it now. Maybe some other version? Maybe check out Johnny Doherty’s version of the Foxchase. (No idea if it’s on a commercial recording or not. I think I have it somewhere, but maybe I’m imagining it).

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No problem Nico, I enjoyed listening to all those takes in the meantime… :-/ :-D Including a couple with me at the master’s feet, literally in some cases. I love characters and Seamus was on the highest order of character. I’m just glad he never kicked me and was always kindly in respect to this acolyte. I should listen to Seamus more often…

Perhaps because…

I’m not sure how I feel about the first part of this tune, I find myself wanting to play something dissonant like this:

|: B | BAB [cd]2 A | BAB [cf]2 A | BdB AFD | EFE E2 c | etc.

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[2 DF/G/A dag | fdc d2 |] ;-)

A Piping Jig

This is in one of the O’Farrell’s books, Jerry O’Sullivan recorded it on his CD O’S- Meets O’F- Vol 1. The title was "The Old Hagg in the Corner." I found it in Ryan’s on my own early in my piping career, always considered my pet tune; but Dickie Deegan recorded it his An Phib CD, mentioning that it was popular with London musicians. O’Neill had a whole chapter in his Fascinating Hobby book about various Hares in Corns; this one was from an "Eastern Publication" i.e. Ryan’s, and it was of an "ancient character" and also somewhat popular with musicians.

Which isn’t the case anymore. I played it at a Jimmy O’Brien-Moran workshop; JOBM asked me to play something he’d heard before! So I trotted out Saddle the Pony.

X: 3 “The Hare in the Corn” ~ Ryan/Cole

B: "Ryan’s Mammoth Collection", 1883, page 108
B: "One Thousand Fiddle Tunes", M. M. Cole Publishing Company, Chicago, 1940, page 56

I’d forgotten to say, thanks Kevin, always appreciated… I wish we’d managed to meet up last time we were over there, but you know the distractions we were dealing with, caring for a dear friend, family… I so hope the opportunity happens again.