Cheer Up Old Hag jig

Also known as Bill The Weavers, The Cat In The Corner, The Humors Of Killarney, The Humours Of Killarney.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Cheer Up Old Hag appears in 1 other tune collection.

Cheer Up Old Hag has been added to 8 tune sets.

Cheer Up Old Hag has been added to 66 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|BGE EDE |GED D2A|BAB EBE| c3 B2A|
BGE EDE| GED D2A|BAG AFD|1G3 G2A:|2G3 G2D||
|:GAG GBd| ege edB|~G3 GBd| ede g2d|
GAG GBd| ege edB|cBA GAB| c3 B2A:|
2
X: 2
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: A | BGG G2 B | ded d2 c | BAB GBd | e2 f g2 G |
GBd g2 e | fdB c2 A | BGE EDE | c3 B2 :|
A | BGE EDE | GED D3 | BGE EDE | c3 B2 A |
BGE EDE | GED D2 E | GBA GBA | G3 G2 A |
BGE EDE | GED D3 | BGE EDE | c2 d edc |
BGE EDE | GED D2 E | GBA GBA | G3 G2 ||
3
X: 3
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A | BGG G2 B | ded d2 c | BAB GBd | e2 f g2 G |
GBd gfe | fdB cBA | BGE EDE | c3 B2 :|
A | BGE EDE | GED D2 A | BGE EDE | c2 d edc |
BGE EDE | GED D2 F | GBA GBA | G3 G2 :|
4
X: 4
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2g gag dBG|A2B ~c2d ecA|G2g gag dBG|1(3efg e faf gdB:|2(3ABc A BGE E2B||
e2f ~g2e fdB|e2f ~g2a bge|gbg faf (3efg e|BdB AcA BGE|
e2f ~g2e fdB|e2f ~g2a bge|faf ~g2e dBG|(3ABc A BGE E2F||
5
X: 5
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c |:!segno!BGE EDE |GED D2c |BGE GAB |cBc edc |
BGE EDE |GED D2c |BAG AGE |G3 G2!Fine!||
D |GAG G2B |ded d2c |BcA GBd |e2f g2D |
GBd gfe |dec BcA |BGE GAB |1 c3B3 :|2 dBc edc !Dacapo!||
# Added by Moxhe .
6
X: 6
T: Cheer Up Old Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|BGE EDE |GED D2c|BGE EBE| c3 B2A|
BGE EDE| GED D2c|BAG AFD|1G3 G2A:|2G3 G2D||
|:BGG G2B| ded d2c|BcA GBd| e2f g2D|
GBd gfe|dec BcA|BGE EDE| c3 B2A:|
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

Source: Patsy Hanly
I’m not sure this tune is a double jig.

Sounds similar to what Biginish recorded as "Bill the Weaver" on their first album. Maybe wrong.

You are right, slainte. Thanks.

The recording Whistle Stop doesn’t have this tune. It has a tune of the same name, also called Din Tarrant’s.

All aboard the Sliabh Luachra express…

Here’s yet another fine jig from Paudie O’Connor & John O’Brien’s "Wind & Reeds" CD. This one I’ve actually known for some time, but I didn’t see it in the tune DB, and since I finally have a title for it (I hate posting tunes as "Gan Ainm"), here goes! The notes say that the tunes in this set (I’ll be posting the others next) were learned from Cork fiddler Connie O’Connell, who in turn got them from Denis Murphy. Enjoy!

Humours of Killarney

Johnny O’Leary called it "The Cat In The Corner", in his recording "Johnny O’Leary Of Sliabh Luachra".
A setting of this with the parts reversed is already in here as "Bill The Weaver".
https://thesession.org/tunes/1693

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Definately not the "cat".

This doesnt’ sound anything like the Cat in the Corner, which I’ve recently worked up into a medley witih Pipe on the Hob. Here’s "Cat" -
https://thesession.org/tunes/3867

Bill the Weaver’s

The Beginish setting (on their first album as slainte says) is played with the parts reversed: X:2 above. The tune is rather reminiscent of "Over The Water To Charlie" as The Merry Highlander says, but it is somewhat removed.

Humours of Kilkenny

As played by James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien and Daithi Sproule on ‘Traditional Music Of Ireland.’
(Setting #3.)

Bill The Weaver’s, X:4

This setting appears in The Petrie Collection of Irish Music, part II, ed. Charles Villiers Stanford (1905), p. 207, no. 829 as “Cheer Up, Old Hag. Set by Lord Rosmore. From P. Coneely. 1845”.
The structure (which doesn’t appear in the score) is ABAB’A.

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