Strike The Gay Harp jig

Also known as The Catholic Boys, Fitzpatrick’s, The Gay Harp, Jackson’s Night Cap, Loosen The Belt, Loosen The Belt On Her, The Night Dance, The Piper’s Welcome, Rattle The Bottles, Strike The Gay Harper, Strike The Young Harp.

There are 63 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Banks Of Lough Gowna (lots of times), Willie Coleman’s (a few times), Cherish The Ladies (a few times), Paidin O Raifeartaigh (a few times) and Tell Her I Am (a few times).

Strike The Gay Harp has been added to 24 tune sets.

Strike The Gay Harp has been added to 297 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2B cBA|dAF FED|d2B cAA|dAF EFA|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
dcd fdf|aba afe|def afa|bge edB|
def afa|bgb a2g|fed dfe|dAF EFA:|
def def|dAF DFA|def def|dAF F2A|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
X: 2
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
def B3|ABA GFE|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
X: 3
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: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:|
X: 4
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d.B.B cAA| "tr"BAG "tr"FED| dBB cAA| dAF EFA|\
(de)f (Bc)d| ABG FEF|
D>ED DFA| AFE (EF)A::\
d3 f3| a2b afd| d2f afa| bge ecA|
d2f a(f/g/a/).f/| (bg/a/b/)g/ a2g| fed dfe| dAF EFA::\
(df).e (df).e| (dA).G (FE).D|
(df).e (df).e| (dA).F (EF).A|\
(de).f (Bc).d| ABG FEF| DED DFA| AFE EFA:|
X: 5
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2B cBA|dAF FED|d2B cBA|dAF EFA|
def Bcd|ABA ~F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
~d2d fdf|aba afe|~d2f afa|bge edB|
d2f afa|bgb a2f|fed def|dAF EFA:|
def def|dAF DFA|def def|dAF ~E2A|
def Bcd|ABA ~F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
X: 6
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2B cBA|dAF FED|DdB cBA|dAF ~E3|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|~D3 DEF|AFE EFA:|
dcd fdf|aba afe|def ~a3|bge edB|
Bdf ~a3|bgb a2g|fed dfe|dAF EFA:|
def dfe|dAF DFA|def dfe|dAF ~E3|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|~D3 DEF|AFE EFA:|

Twelve comments

Nice Jig

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.

Mark

Lovely tune

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…

Minor variation

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.

—-Michael B.

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.
X:1
T:Piper’s Welcome, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 320
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:D
|: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:|

Other names

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".

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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.