The Joys Of Wedlock jig
Also known as The New Married Couple, Newly Married Couple, The Newmarried Couple.
There are 7 recordings of this tune.
The Joys Of Wedlock appears in 3 other tune collections.
The Joys Of Wedlock has been added to 2 tune sets.
The Joys Of Wedlock has been added to 40 tunebooks.
This version of the tune comes from an old collection of New England fiddle music.
Which Collection of NE Music?
I found an old collection of New England tunes at the Providence Library where I saw this tune. The book was black & may have been re-bound, I couldn’t find any title info on it. I’ll have to check it out to find out more info on it, but it seemed like a good reference as to what was going on with the music of New England in the early part of the 1900’s.
Brad, many thanks for your research on this one.
My source is an old ring-bound soft-covered volume of 168 tunes which I found for a few pence in a second-hand bookshop. I would guess it is at least 20-30 years old. The front cover and first few pages are missing, and there is nothing printed on the back cover or elsewhere to indicate its origin or date, so I don’t know who compiled it. All the tune pages are intact but only 1 (I think) of the contents pages is still there. Someone has pencilled on the first page of tunes “New England Fiddle Music”. It is a useful source because many of the tunes don’t seem to be readily available elsewhere. I’m in the process of submitting many of these little-known tunes to The Session.
“New England Fiddler’s Repertoire” ~ credit where credit is due
Randy Miller & Jack Perron, 1983,
2nd edition 2003:
Another of their publications: “Irish Traditional Fiddle Music”
O’Neill’s and Roche too
This tune appears in the Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music as ‘The Joys of Wedlock’, and in O‘Neill’s as ’The New Married Couple‘ (or ’Newmarried’ — take your pick).