The Exile’s Jig slip jig

Also known as The Emigrant’s, The Exile’s, The New Widow Well Married, Port An Deora, Port Na Deorai, The Widow Well Married.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight (a few times) and The Humours Of Westmeath (a few times).

The Exile’s Jig has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Exile's Jig has been added to 146 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Exile's Jig
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg|edB B2A G2A|BAB d2B def:|
e2f gfe fed|Bee edB edB|e2f gfe fed|BAB d2B def|
e2f gfe fed|Bee e2d efg|agf gfe fed|BAB d2B def||
X: 2
T: The Exile's Jig
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:edB B2A G2A|B2d d2B def|edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg|
edB B2A G2A|B2d d2B def|e2f gfe fed|B2e e2d efg:|
|:e2f gfe fed|BAB d2B def|e2f gfe fed|B2e e2d efg|
agf gfe fed|BAB d2B def|edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg:|
X: 3
T: The Exile's Jig
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
e|:edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg|edB B2A G2A|Bdd d2B def|
edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg|edB B2A G2A|Bdd d2B def:|
|:e2f gfe fed|Bee eed edB|e2f gfe fed|BAB d2B def|
e2f gfe fed|Bee eed efg|agf gfe fed|BAB d2B def:|

Six comments

Exile’s jig

the first tune i learned on the tin whistle some years ago.. off an Alan Stivell record.(renaissance of the celtic harp) . It can be heard also on the Sweeney’s Men’s record. The Sweeney’s Men were Andy Irvine, Johny Moynihan and G Woods (unfortunately it was the only instrumental track on the record).

The Exile’s Jig

I was looking for a slip jig to end a group of three. This does the job very well. Nice one.

The Emigrant’s

I learnt this as the Emigrant’s Jig, and with the two halves of each part kind of swapped the other way round and the whole thing played as a 32 bar tune:

T: The Emigrant’s
K: Emin
|:edB B2A G2A|B2d d2B def|edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg|
edB B2A G2A|B2d d2B def|e2f gfe fed|B2e e2d efg:|
|:e2f gfe fed|BAB d2B def|e2f gfe fed|B2e e2d efg|
agf gfe fed|BAB d2B def|edB B2A G2E|E2e e2d efg:|

This tune is clearly related to "My Mind Will Never Be Aisy"/"Cucanandy"/"The Whistling Thief"…whatever you want to call it, the only difference being that setting has fancy bits that go up to high A. I would guess that the double length version has been less-recorded and would therefore be less common in sessions. Links to the other versions are below:

https://thesession.org/tunes/1374
https://thesession.org/tunes/191

Roche II, page 28, tune #266 “The New Widow Well Married”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912
"Hop Jigs" ~ pages 24 - 28

The above linked to tune #5510 is a direct note-for-note transcription from this collection…

Parsons Hat

This tune appears also on the CD "The Better Match" of Parsons Hat
(P) Cló Iar-Chonnachta 1992, CICD 062