Charlie’s Aunt jig

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Charlie's Aunt has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Charlie's Aunt
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:d^cd =fed|cAB c2 A|dcA GFG|AdD EFG|
Add =fed|cAB c2 d|eag edc|AGE D2 A:|
|:d^cd afd|d^cd afd|cBc gec|cBc gfg|
agf gfe|dAB c2 d|eag edc|AGE D2 A:|
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Seven comments

Charlie Mulvihill Composition

I got this lovely jig from a recording of the box and fiddle duet of Charlie Mulvihill and Paddy Reynolds (with Felix Dolan on piano). This is a tune they play on their album "Atlantic Wave" and it is a composition of Charlie. The tune wanders between Dmix and Ddor with the addition of those F naturals. Even though they are encountered on twice in the tune, in my opinion, they set of a dorian ‘sound’ which echoes for the bars following, even though the Fs become sharp.

This version on Ashley MacIsaac’s Hi (TM) How are you today?

This version of the tune (or one extremely similar) is played on Ashley MacIsaac’s "Hi (TM) How are you today?" under the name "Tatter Jack Walsh". Charlie’s Aunt can be found in one of Jerry Holland’s 2 Collections. The note says the tune is also known as "Tatter Jack Walsh" or "Father Jack Walsh".

Wow, I never realised how similar it was to a tune I’ve been playing for years! As far as I can remember, anyway, the sleeve notes on "Atlantic Wave" said this was a Charlie Mulvihill composition though, having seen the very close resemblance, I’m up to correction on that. I don’t have the sleeve notes at hand.

When they play it, it sounds like such a different tune that I didn’t notice.

Was it inspired by the play of the same name?

"Brazil,where the nuts come from."

dafydd- I was wondering that also, as that was what caught my eye - our theatre company performed the play some years ago, good times :)

Not composed by Charlie

Charlie Mulvihill’s son Tommy, a very accomplished musician in his own right, told me that this is not actually one of his father’s compositions. Whether Ashley MacIsaac got it from the Paddy Reynolds/Charlie Mulvihill/Felix Dolan recording (originally on an LP titled "Sweet and Traditional Music of Ireland), I don’t know, but it does sound like a variant of "Tatter Jack Walsh."