“Ta Cashen Ersooyl Dys Yn Aarkey” / “Cashen is Away to Sea”
This slip jig is from the manuscript collection of Dr. John Clague (1842-1908), in the keeping of the Manx Museum on the Isle of Mann. Unfortunately for dance music, most of the collecting I’ve seen was focused on song. But, as often is the case dance music takes on lyrics. Not just confined to the past, religion has had the habit to judge ‘acts’, like dance, lumping it into their pot of condemnations along with other sins. But a good air, well, sometimes it is just too good to just throw away and some can and have been adopted to give body to hymns… This slip jig was one that gave ground to lyrics.
I’ve given it as I found it, and then I’ve repeated it as I find myself playing it… No repeats were found in the source, as a song. I’ve added those in keeping with the usual structure of a dance tune.
No surprise, quite a few tunes from outside, Ireland for example, have taken root on the island, though sometimes given a Manx name or taken in a different key. Here are two ~
Also claimed by the Manx but under a different couple of names ~
"Haste to the Wedding" / "Haste to the West" / "Thurot"
"The Rakes Of Kildare" / "Cum Yn Shenn Oanrey Cheh"
And here you’ll find a little more, and the motivation for this contribution ~
Discussion: Manx Tunes
# Posted on March 1st 2010 by Kavik
Hopefully a few more suitable Manx tunes, old or new, will find space here. I’ll be adding one more sometime this week.
Another option would be to take the B-part with a first and second ending, like so, low first ~
|: A |\
d2 e fed cBA | dAd fd/e/f a2 b |
[1 d2 e fed cBA | FBd cB^A B2 :|
[2 d2 e fed cba | fBd cB^A B2 |]
The test of time ….
The ‘b’ tune to this was added to this tune in the 1970’s but it has stood the test of time and is played today without most people knowing.
Thanks for the valued comment Manx Davey, appreciated… Any other tales behind this, such as who made the addition?