This appears to be a representative of the elusive single jig genre.
Whistleman, do you have any info about this tune - where did you learn it from?
Yes, this is a single jig. My version comes primarily from the CD entitled "Micho Russell: Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador," but there is a little of the Solas version in it as well. It’s a happy, bouncy kind of tune—very catchy too. Play it for your friends, and you’ll hear them humming it all day long, I’m sure.
Also, as I was looking at this tune again I realized that I always play the second ending of the B part differently. Instead of:
bgg gag|~g3 gfe|
bgg agg|bgg gfe|
I think it’s a little less awkward than the way I posted it.
The A part sounds spookily like the Northumbrian tune I posted a while back called "The Holey Ha’penny".
How old is this tune?
Does anybody know how old this tune is? Were Solas the first band to record it?
” The Four Posts Of The Bed”
I first learned this from Micho in the 70s, and it has all the hallmarks of his earlier concertina sources, at least in his early style, so learned before he became the famous ‘Micho Russell of Doolin’. There are NO attempts at rolls that sometimes crop into tunes he learned later in life, from the 70s onwards. However, the notes for the recording "Micho Russell: Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador" offer the following information on this tune ~
6. ) The Four Posts of the Bed (Single Jig)
This piece was originally a fiddle tune. The title comes from the custom old fiddlers had of tapping the frog end of their bows on the four corners of their instruments at specified intervals in the jig. Micho got the piece from Doolin fiddler Willie Shannon.
However, I’m sure I’ve come across this elsewhere with a different title. I’ll have to check. In the meantime here’s a transription of Micho’s playing from this recording, though not notating his tonguing, stops and silences… He remains one of my favourite Irish musicians, and a great and generous character, blessed to have had the pleasure of sharing time with him, chat and music and many laughs…
T: Four Posts Of The Bed, The
S: Micho Russell
R: jig, single
e2 d |\
cAA A<cA | EAA A2 B | c2 c AcA | e3 e2 d |
cAA A<cA | EAA ABc | d/c/dd G2 B | d/c/dd e2 d |
cAA A2 A | E2 A A3 | c2 c AcA | e3 e2 d |
cAA AcA | EAA A3 | G/A/GG G2 B | d/c/dd ||
=c2 d ede | gag e/f/ed | =c2 d ede | g3 g3 |
=c2 d ede | gag gfe | d/c/dd d2 e | =f2 f e2 d |
=c2 d ede | gag e/f/ed | =c2 d ede | g3 g2 a |
bgg a3 | gag gfe | d/c/dd d2 e | =f2 f |]
” The Four Posts Of The Bed” ~ another transcription of this by Bill Ochs
I should have also include the homepage for that source ~