Pls Help me identify this Irish Jig

Pls Help me identify this Irish Jig

Greetings to all,

I am not a huge expert in Irish music and I hope this request won’t be stupid or childish.
I heard some time ago this simple and beautiful jig (Irish am I right?) and I am going crazy because I want to find its name (or names) and for now I didn’t succeed.
Can you help me? 🙂

It can be heard here from the minute 1.35 onwards, played on the pipes:
https://youtu.be/x0JG_3fSFn4


And here from the minute 1.02 onwards, first played in G then in A:
https://youtu.be/SMmGq51Yg6o


I asked directly to the Armagh Rhymers on their FB page what was the name of the tune and they told me it was "Out in the ocean"… but as I found out that jig has a different melody, right?! Or is this a variant?

Thank you in advance <3

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I’m afraid the Armagh Rhymers are mistaken – as you rightly discovered, Out On The Ocean is a completely different tune. This is The Old Favourite (also known by various other names) https://thesession.org/tunes/56

Edit: X-posted, Merry Blacksmith

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The Old Favourite, right enough. Lovely old jig.
My goodness that Armagh Rhymers video is a bit scary. I hope children aren’t exposed to it. Reminds me too much of Pasiphaë, who gave birth to the Minotaur.

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Thank you Merry Blacksmith!! thank you CreadurMawnOrganig!! thank you Winston Smith!!!!

Thank you so much for your kindness and for having solved this mystory (for me)!

"My goodness that Armagh Rhymers video is a bit scary"
Oh yes I totally agree… it’s part of their style, but I must confess: I really like it a lot!
The story at the end of that video is chilling… also because it’s based on real events (the murder of Bridget Cleary)

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I’m a great admirer of the Armagh Rhymers.
They draw on the less celebrated Irish traditions of Mummimg and Wrenboys, street theatre, pre-Christian Seasonal Festivals, Paganism, the Wren Hunt but extremely Irish none the less.
Reminds me of the great English traditions of Jack’o’the Green, Morris, Wassailing etc which, ironically, are going strong in ‘England’.

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"I’m a great admirer of the Armagh Rhymers."
Me too Yhaal House, I am interested in these "archaic" features in the European folklore and the Armagh Rhymers really nailed that nuance. I see that they are very engaged in festivities and celebrations, which is very very good, they keep the culture alive.
Those straw masks are really staggering and beautiful, like something that terrifies you but at the same time fascinates you. Plus I like their playing and singing and telling stories…
I really wish they could do a CD or audio book, there is not very much on YT or FB.
I hope to see them in action in real life one day, they told me they already came in Italy once.

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Armagh’s also one of only two counties in Ireland where the sport of road bowls takes place - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe5jGaNfYKE - and the other’s Cork.


Armagh has a cricket pitch bang in the centre of the city on The Mall, very near to the local museum which houses several of Brian Vallely’s paintings - https://visitarmagh.com/stories/discover-our-culture-and-weave-your-own-story-of-armagh/world-renowned-visual-artists-a-creative-legacy/jb-vallely-the-soul-of-armagh/.

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The Armagh Rhymers appeared at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections at least once: I saw them live then - very entertaining! Later got involved in a mumming group myself, doing our version of the old Galoshins play.