I gave up playing this tune at sessions as eejits who come only to play and not to listen invariably launched into "Pay the Reckoning".
I thought maybe this was the Jackson’s jig that Brendan Mulvihill just taught our class at Irish Arts Week in the Catskills, but I took a look at the abc’s and it’s a completely different tune….
Although, I’ve heard this tune many different places, I transcribed this one off a cut from The Boys Of The Lough recording "Lochaber No More". It was part of a set with "Blarney Pilgrim".
More info about this tune from JC’s site…
Composed probably "by a gentleman piper and fiddler called ( "Piper" Jackson (whose first name was either “Walter” or “Walker”), who lived in either Co. Limerick or Co. Monaghan, in the mid-18th century. It is also claimed that he wrote the well-known ‘Irish Washerwoman’, as well as a great many other tunes, mainly jigs." Source for notated version: Co. Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples [Boys of the Lough]. Boys of the Lough, 1977; pg. 19. Green Linnet SIF-3041, Matt Molloy - "Stony Steps" (1989). Green Linnet SIF-104, Matt Molloy - "The Celts RIse Again" (1990).
The C part becomes the A part and the A is dropped on Live at Mona. They title it Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy.
Jackson’s Jug of Punch
Here is the tune as played on "LIve at Mona’s" properly transposed to Gmaj…
T:Jackson’s Jug of Punch
S: Live at Mona’s
|:G2e dBG|B2B dBA|G2e dBG|A2A BGE|
G2e dBG|B2B deg|gae dBG|A2A BGE:|
|:gag fgf|efe dBG|gag fed|eaa agf|
gag fgf|efe dBG|GAB dBG|A2A BGE:|
Oops … should be Bottle of Brandy … not Jug of Punch
I need a holiday. Sorry folks.
Bottle of Brandy
This name is in the Gunn Book of Fermanagh - but it’s a different tune. The tune in the Gunn Book of this name is in O’Neill’s as Donal na Greine (Daniel of the Sun).
Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy is also known as Jackson’s s Jug of Punch - and Pay the Reckoning. An old piping tune
This tune appears also in Bulmer and Sharpley’s Music of Ireland (book 2, tune 46) under the title ‘Tommy Peoples’.
Oops, that should be tune 45. This is a different tune than Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy / Pay the Reckoning / Bobbing for Eels.
Link to “Pay the Reckoning”
Here’s the 2 part G version of this tune called "Pay the Reckoning":
Here is the version published by Breandan Breathnach in his Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. 1, 1963, p. 9, no 19, as “Ioc an Reicneail” or “Bottle of Punch”.
And here is the version published by James Aird in his "Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs", vol. 6, Glasgow, n.d. [c. 1803], p. 54, no 136, as “Bottle of Punch”.
ive learned this tune as Pay the Reckoning.
a bit different, but much more similar.
A lovely piping version of this jig I got from Dicky Deegan many years ago.