Cheer Up Old Hag jig

Also known as Bill The Weavers, Cat In The Corner, Cheer Up Old Hag.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

Cheer Up Old Hag has been added to 5 tune sets.

Cheer Up Old Hag has been added to 47 tunebooks.

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Five settings

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:|
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 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 :|
X: 3
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||
X: 4
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 .
X: 5
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 .

Ten 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.

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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