The Tongs By The Fire jig

Also known as Come To The Raffle, Tongues Of Fire.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Queen Of The Fair (lots of times).

The Tongs By The Fire has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Tongs By The Fire has been added to 135 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Tongs By The Fire
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GBd cAF|Gge dBG|cec BdB|ABG FED|
GBd cAF|Gge dBG|cec Bag|1fef gdB:|2fef g2d||
|:gdB gdB|gfa gdB|gfg eag|fef def|
gag fgf|efe def|gdB AGA|1BGF GBd:|2BGF G2D||
X: 2
T: The Tongs By The Fire
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: E/F/ || GBd cAF | dge dBG | cec BdB | ABG FED |
GBd cAF | Gge dBG | cec Bag | fef g2 :|
|: f || gdB gdB | gfa gdB | gfg eag | fd^c def |
gbg faf | e/f/ge def | gdB AGA | BGF G2 :|
X: 3
T: The Tongs By The Fire
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GBd cAF|Gge dBG|cec BdB|ABG FED|
GBd cAF|Gge dBG|cec Bdg|1fef g3:|2fef g2d||
|:gdB gdB|gfa gdB|g3 eag|fdd def|
gc/a/g fc/a/f|ec/a/e def|gdB AGA|1BGG GBd:|2BGG G2D||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Tongs By The Fire
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
!upbow!D|GBd cAF|.G(ge) dBG|(c>e).c BdB|ABG F>ED|
GBd cAF|Gge dBd|cec Bag|{g}fef g2:|
|:!upbow!d|gdB gdB|gfa gdB|({a}g)fg eag|fdd def|
gbg faf|ege def|gdB ({B}A)GA|BGG G2:|]
# Added by Moxhe .

Four comments

A ripping jig which folows Shandon Bells & Tar Road to Sligo in a set presented at a local session by our flute player. I like the liberal use of arpeggios throughout. The lively 8ve, 6th & 7th leaps seem to make this tune almost fly.

A great tune Gra5ity! I got an almost identical setting some years ago from concertina player, Dymphna O’Sullivan. At our sessions we usually follow it with Strike the gay Harp and Willie Colemans.

Tongs By the Fire

I have a version from ‘Paddy O’Brien’s Sets: Tune Sets Arranged by Paddy O’Brien, Co. Tipperary’, edited by Dave Gabol and John Walsh and available at Ceolas-

http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/

That seems to have a couple of differences. Here’s the ABC’s-

X:1
T:Tongs By the Fire
C:Trad.
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Gmaj
E/F/ |: GBd cAF | dge dBG | cec BdB | ABG FED |
GBd cAF | Gge dBG | cec Bag | fef g2 :|
f |: gdB gdB | gfa gdB | gfg eag | fd^c def |
gbg faf | (4efge def | gdB AGA | BGF G2 :|

The phrasing primarily varies in bar 4 of the second part, though this version also doesn’t have the same lead-ins. (FYI- this version has a 7 bars second part. I ‘adopted’ the 3rd bar of this version from the one that is already posted.)

The Tongs By The Fire, X:4

This version appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883, p. 84, as “Come to the Raffle” where it is attributed to “Jas. Hand”.
Enjoy.

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