I heard this piece off a Cheiftan’s Release many years ago. It is in the Oneil’s tunebook but they added a lot of ornamentation. Here is the simplified version. Enjoy.
This is a nice pretty one. I’ve had it half-arranged on guitar for years, but it sounds great on a whistle.
It’s a tricky one on the harmonica, but I suppose I should learn it there too, just for the play on the name…
A local piper here in Toronto makes the last line (that is, the second half of the C section) sound like this:
def B3|ABA GFE|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
which, I think, rocks.
Compare this to the Baltiorum slip jig:
(strong descending movements: a hint of an antique+harp tune?)
Here’s a video of it
The Piper’s Welcome
From ‘The Fiddler’s Companion’-
PIPER’S WELCOME, THE (Failte an Piobaire). AKA and see “Jackson’s Night Cap ,” “The Night Dance,” “Strike the Gay Harp,” “Strike the Young Harp.” Irish, Double Jig. D Major. Standard tuning. AABBCC. O’Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907/1986; No. 320, pg. 67.
T:Piper’s Welcome, The
S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 320
|:dcB cAA|cAG FED|dBd cAF|AGF EFA|dcB cAA|dAG FEF|DFA DFA|AGF EFA:|
|:~d3 fdf|a2a afe|ded fdf|e/f/ge ecA|~d3 fdf|a2a afe|dcB cAF|AGF EFA:|
|:def def|dAG|FED|def def|AGF EFA|def edc|dAG FED|D2D FEF|AGF EFA:|
Here’s another video of it
Strike The Gay Harp, X:4
As appears in booklet Jackson’s Celebrated Irish Tunes, pub. 1774.
Setting from http://richardrobinson.tunebook.org.uk/Tune/418?i=7
Setting 4 is also as published in Aird Vol.3: http://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/pageturner.cfm?id=87704775
According to the tunearch.org, this tune is also named "The Catholic Boys", "Loosen the Belt", "Loosen the Belt on her", "Rattle the Bottles" and "Strike the Young Harp".
Strike The Gay Harp, X:5
I have been playing this version of this tune for more than 30 years. It’s the way I learned it originally and I like this setting more than the others I have seen in The Session. I think it has more of a fluid feel to it than the other settings.
Strike The Gay Harp, X:6
I got this version from Kevin Crawford’s "In Good Company". Sometimes on those long E rolls, you can also do:
|EFA| and it adds a nice continual feeling.