Saddle The Pony jig

Also known as A Draught Of Ale, Cuir Diallaid Air An Clibin, Diallait Ar Capaillín, The Draught Of Ale, The Priest’s Leap, The Red Stocking, The Red Stockings, Sackow’s.

There are 62 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Blackthorn Stick (lots of times), The Black Rogue (a few times), The Connaughtman’s Rambles (a few times), The Frost Is All Over (a few times) and The Humours Of Glendart (a few times).

Saddle The Pony has been added to 72 tune sets.

Saddle The Pony has been added to 1,079 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Saddle The Pony
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GBA G2B|def gdB|GBA G2B|AFD AFD|
GBA G2B|def gfg|efe dBA|BGG G2:||
d|efe edB|def gfg|efe edB|dBA ABd|
efe edB|def gfg|efe dBA|BGG G2:||
X: 2
T: Saddle The Pony
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GBA G2B|def gdB|GBA G2B|AFD D2F|
GBA G2B|def g2f|ecA dBG|1 FEF G2 D:|2 FEF G2 B||
|:d2d dcd|def gfe|d2d dcd|AFD D2c|
d2d dcd|def g2f|ecA dBG|1 FEF G2 B:|2 FEF G2 D||
X: 3
T: Saddle The Pony
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBA G2 B | def gdB | GBA G2 B | AFD AFD |
GBA G2 B | def gfg | ege dBA | BAF G2 :|
efe edB | def gfg | ege edB | dBA ABd |
efe edB | def gfg | e/f/ge dBA | BAF G2 :|

Fifteen comments

Saddle the Pony

Nice little jig. I usually play the 7th measure in both parts as ege rather than the efe shown here. Kevin Burke does this one on his Beginner Irish Fiddle video. Goes well with My Darling Asleep.
Will

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Another name

This shows up in O’Neil and Walsh as "The Priest’s Leap". I misread this initially and thought it was "The Priest’s Lap". :-) Sounded pretty funny at the time.

Beginner Tune

I learned this tune from Kevin Burke’s video. I think the opening combination of notes is good ear training because it is really noticeable if you do not hit the b and g in tune. I play it with Cannaughtman Rambles, since that is the way Kevin Burke teaches it on the video. The only ornament that I use is the triplet that Kevin teaches and a grace note on the g in the third bar. To my ear, the tune does not call for much ornamentation, but I have never heard anyone else play it other than Kevin Burke.

Saddle the Pony

I don’t know where I got this tune from - but I play it as it is here. It was one of those tunes that I learned through osmosis. I asked a walking encyclopedia I know about the name & if I was playing it correctly, he said "yep, mm-hmm, Saddle the Pony - I don’t think you learned it at any sessions around here. No one plays it" Must have been from a tape I’ve forgotten about. As a variation I like to play the AFD AFD measure AFD DEF & I cran the high e’s on the whistle. On the fiddle I do the efe or ege or even e/f/ge if I’m feeling sassy. Good tune - I wish I could say where I learned it, must’ve been one of those sessions on the UFO that picked me up that time.

Saddle the Pony - for Motorola Cell Phone

If anyone is interested here is the I-sound ‘file’ for Motorola cell phones for Saddle the Pony. It seems like since ring-tones are all the rage we ITM guys can have our own annoying cell phone sounds:
*4d4*4g4*4b4*4a4*4g3*4b4*5d4*5e4*5#f4*5g4*5d4*4b4*4g4*4b4*4a4*4g3*4b4*4a4*4#f4*4d4*4a4*4#f4*4d4*4g4*4b4*4a4*4g3*4*4g3*4

Ralph

“Saddle the Pony” ~ courtesy of Kevin Burke

As mentioned previously, you can also find Kevin Burke teaching this on video & DVD, #1 of a pair:

"Learn to Play Irish Fiddle: Polkas, Jigs & Slides" ~ 90 minutes
Homespun Videos / DVDs
ISBN: 1-932964-44-4

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2060

From the first track of Patrick Street’s album "Street Life."

X: 1
T: Saddle The Pony
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
D|:GBA G2B|def gdB|GBA G2B|AFD D2F|
GBA G2B|def g2f|ecA dBG|1 FEF G2 D:|2 FEF G2 B||
|:d2d dcd|def gfe|d2d dcd|AFD D2c|
d2d dcd|def g2f|ecA dBG|1 FEF G2 B:|2 FEF G2 D||

“Saddle the Pony” ~ courtesy of Michael Dunn, Irish fiddler, Lancashire

X: 3
T: Saddle The Pony
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
GBA G2 B | def gdB | GBA G2 B | AFD AFD |
GBA G2 B | def gfg | ege dBA | BAF G2 :|
|: B |\
efe edB | def gfg | ege edB | dBA ABd |
efe edB | def gfg | e/f/ge dBA | BAF G2 :|

Michael Dunn is likely the current longest serving and oldest Irish fiddler in Lancashire, a great character and good craic…

Assinged to wrong album

This is linked to Kevin Burks Across the Black River but this tune, although it is the same name, is not that particular tune in the recording. The one in the recording is a slip jig.

In O’Neill’s 1850 tunes, this tune is the Priest’s Leap. There are two other settings of Saddle the Pony which are certainly not this tune. So, did the priest leap onto his pony which needed to be saddled thereby creating this unreasonable confusion? Geez!

Saddle the Pony

On ’ Flute for the Feis’ John Doonan plays the 7th and 8th bars
|ef/g/e dBG|cAF G2 throughout (with the dB and cA rather staccato).

I don’t normally like filling in gaped scales - no other c in the tune - but then I am a John Doonan fan.

Its also easier than BGG G2 :-), but would clash with my mates :-(.

Saddle the Pony

In Joyce’s collection this tune appears under the names "Down with the Tithes" and "The Widow Well Married".

saddle the pony

Hi, I am beginning to learn above tune and playing My Darling Asleep with it as suggested .Is there a third jig to go with these 2 tunes that would suit ..also same level of difficulty which I can just about manage..many thanks