The Midnight Court jig

The Midnight Court has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Midnight Court
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:DA,D FED|DFA GFG |Afe dcA | GEC ~F3 |
DA,D FED | DFA GFG | Adc AGE | FDC ~D3 :|]
|:fAA gAA |aba gfe | fAA gfe | c=Bc ege |
fAAgAA | aba gfe | fgf edc | GEC ~D3 :|
X: 2
T: The Midnight Court
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:"Dm"DA,D FED|DFA "C"GFG |"Dm"Afe dcA | "Am"GEC "Dm"~F3 |
"Dm"DA,D FED | DFA "C"GFG | "Dm"Adc AGE | "Am"FDC "Dm"~D3 :|]
|:"Dm"fAA "C"gAA |"Dm"aba "C"gfe | "Dm"fAA gfe | "C"c=Bc ege |
"Dm"fAA "C"gAA | "Dm"aba "C"gfe | "Dm"fgf edc | "Am"GEC "Dm"~D3 :|

Four comments

The Midnight Court

This tune was written in 1983 in honor of the band "Midnight Court". There were five of us: Gerry Phelan, whistle and flute and prior member of the band Oisin, Mary Coogan, guitar and banjo, founding and current member of Cherish the Ladies, Ed McGowan, fiddle, Kathy Ludlow, vocals, and Steve Ross, mandolin and bouzouki. The original Midnight Court is a a famous Irish language poem authored by Brian Merriman in the 1780. It was never written down and was handed down orally. It was first published in 1850. Noel Fahey has published a translation and information at this website: http://midnight-court.com/the-midnight-court.html

The Midnight Court, X:2

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Re: The Midnight Court

Thank you, Steve, for posting a link to the poem. I’m working my way through it between housework tasks (*where*’are the house elves?!). I’m particularly amused by the lines describing the creature accosting the poet, translated as " a violent, big-assed, bulging crone/her huge bulk hinting at testosterone". Nothing stuffy about this translation.

The tune is now on my list for Halloween, played slow and menacing-like.

Re: The Midnight Court

Glad you are reading the poem and that you like the tune. The poem is absolutely great, I think, and it’s a shame that more people don’t know about it. I am not aware of any other of his works, but there is a short bio at the Clare library website: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/people/merriman.htm