The Munster jig

Also known as The Best In The Bag, The Happy Mistake, Jackson’s Mistake, Jim O’Connor’s, John Blessing’s Delight, The King Of Jigs, The King’s, Miss Monroe’s.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Lisheen (a few times), Ballykeale (a few times) and Gillan’s Apples (a few times).

The Munster has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Munster has been added to 107 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Munster
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:~G3 AGA|~B3 gdB|GAB cBA|
BGE EDE|~G3 AGA|~B3 gdB|
cBA (3BcdB|1 AGG G2D:|2 AGG G2f
|:gfg efg|eag edB|gfg efg|
afd d2f|gfe agf|gfe fdB|
cBA (3BcdB|1 AGG G2f:|2 AGG G3||
X: 2
T: The Munster
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 AGA|~B2g gdB|GAB cBA|BGE EDE|~G3 AGA|Bdg gdB|cBA B/c/dB|1 AGF GBA:|2 AGF GBd||
|:gfg efg|eag fed|gfg efg|afd def|gfe agf|gfe fdB|cBA B/c/dB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF GBA||
X: 3
T: The Munster
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G3 AGA|B2g gdB|GAB c2A|BGE EGD|
G3 AGA|B2g gdB|c2A B/c/dB|1 AGF G2D:|2 AGF G2f
|:g3 efg|afd edB|g3 efg|afd def|
g3 a2f|gfe fdB|c2A B/c/dB|1 AGF G2f:|2 AGF G3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Munster
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE| GFG AGA | Bde gdB | GAB cBA | BGE EDE |
GFG AGA | Bde gdB | cBA B/c/dB | AGG G :|
|: Bd| g3 efg | eag fed | gfg efg | a2 f def |
gfe agf | gfe fdB | cBA B/c/dB | AGG G :|

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A really nice, classic Sliabh Luachra jig. Denis Murphy plays |G3 AGA|Bde gdB| and Caoimhin o’Raghallaigh and Breanndan Begley played it |G2G AGA|dgf gdB| in concert at Boston College; the setting presented, with the long B, is from Paddy Cronin’s playing (he played it crosstuned, up a set). Also good an octave low.

—DtM

Appears in the Gunn Book of Fermanagh (1865) as Jackson’s Mistake

Additional titles

Also known in older sources as ‘The Happy Mistake’. Similar tunes appear in O’Neill as ‘The Best in the Bag’ and ‘Miss Monroe’s’. Appears in Bulmer and Sharpley as ‘The King’s Jig’, AKA ‘The King of Jigs’, or (in Irish) Rí na bPort.

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Version

As played by Micheal O’Briain, Kevin Glackin and Paul McGratten :
~G3 AGA|~B2g gdB|GAB cBA|BGE EDE|~G3 AGA|Bdg gdB|cBA B/c/dB|1 AGF GBA:|2 AGF GBd||
|:gfg efg|eag fed|gfg efg|afd def|gfe agf|gfe fdB|cBA B/c/dB|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF GBA||

The Munster, X:3

Piping version

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The Munster, X:4

This version from playing of Matt Cranitch, and more like we play it in our session. Not a great deal of difference but there’s no long notes in the ‘a’ tune.