The Workhouse jig

By Finian McCluskey

Also known as Accidentals In The Workhouse.

The Workhouse has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Workhouse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DED BAG|EDE cBA|Ddc BAG|EA^c d=cA|
DED BAG|EDE cBA|Ddc Bcd|1 cAF G2E:|2 cAF G2F||
|:EDE B,EG|Bef gfe|d^cd ABA|FDF AFD|
EDE B,EG|Bef gfe|d^cd d=cB|1 AGF E2D:|2 AGF G3||

Six comments

Accidentals In The Workhouse

I know one should not put up their own compositions until they’ve submitted 50 odd traditional settings and I’ve only submitted one so far. However, as part of the discussion on GCSE music ( ) I explained how I had just done a composition workshop as part of the Carrickmacross Arts Festival ( ) and was able to compose a tune from it. Many, many thanks to the workshop tutors Adèle Commins and Daithí Kearney who made this possible.

The title comes from the fact that this is the first time I ever wrote a tune with accidentals in it, something I wouldn’t have attempted prior to the workshop. The class took place in the Carrickmacross Workhouse as part of the Arts Festival. One of the bands on the bill are Accidents in the Workplace, a Funk/Rock/Blues band. So Accidentals in the Workhouse seemed an appropriate title.

I’d be really interested if anyone thinks it’s original or a mis-remembered traditional piece. No offence will be taken. I’m just curious about what I’ve come up with.

Re: Accidentals In The Workhouse

Terrific tune!!! Love the name too!!!

Re: The Workhouse

I now feel the Workhouse jig is a better title. I have left my original name for the tune in the alternative title section.

Re: The Workhouse

I came across fionán’s jig in a recent thread (see about thesession members’ own compositions and both The Workhouse and Henrik Norbeck’s jig, The Bigamist stood out for me as simply lovely examples of the tune form. Fionán very kindly allowed me to record The Workhouse for inclusion in my website and YouTube channel and I’m hoping that, over time, this means that a few more people will get to hear - and decide to learn - the jig.