Also known as
A Bumper At Parting, B’fhearr Liomsa Ainnir Gan Guna, Come Under My Dimity, The Devil And The Bailiff, Ditherum Doodle, I’ll Take A Glass With A Friend, Jig An Da Thuistiun, Johnny D’s, Maire Rua, Maire Ruadh, Maire Ruaid, Mall Rua, The Market Stake, Maura Rua, Moll Roe In The Morning, Moll Roe’s, Moll Rua, The Munsterman’s Flattery, The Night Before Larry Was Stretched, The Night Larry Was Stretched, One Bumper At Parting, Red Haired Mary, Rent In Arrears, The Salt, Sweet Molly Roe, Taim In Arrears, Though Late Was I Plump, The Wheels Of The World.
I’ll spare you all the explanation behind why this tune is posted here (see the discussion thread by the same name), except to say that the basic melody line stuck in my head over the years. Maybe someone else can post the lyrics that go with it.
Some of my favorite tunes come from songs (The Crather, the Jolly Ploughboys, the Frost is All Over, etc.), and it’s always fun to unfurl one of these on fiddle at a session and see if anyone knows the words and joins in.
The Salt would be a good "first" slip jig for beginners—easy to play, room for ornaments if so desired, and firm in its 9/8 rhythm and phrasing. It sounds just fine at a slow, almost air-like pace, and works well on whistle—a good tune to learn those c naturals on a D whistle (try it—the drop back down to A is easy, and the c nat is a pivotal note in the tune, so you’ll naturally emphasize it—a little more volume, perhaps), and good practice for cuts, taps, and/or tonguing to separate all those repeated G notes.
You don’t have to roll those c’s—just hold ‘em nice and long. Alternatively, for variety’s sake you CAN roll the BAB phrases in the last measure of each half (just do ~B3). Also, flutes and pipes could cran the low D’s in the B part to nice effect.
I’m assuming the first three eighth notes in the first three bars should be an octave up? That’s how we play it anyway.
I recall Ciaran Curran and Fintan McManus playing this tune on cittern and bouzouki and calling it Maire Rua (Red Haired Mary). I didn’t know Coneff had recorded it. I learned it from my old friend Eamon Toland who recorded it years before and I greatly prefer his singing to Coneff’s.
This slip-jig was used as the air for a self-composed song by Ron Kavana and he called it "Gobsheen Gombeens"
Ron Kavana and Friends - 40 Favourite Folk Songs - CD1-10 - Gobsheen Gombeens (With Anne Armstrong - harmony vocals)
The Salt, X:3
I learned this as the Wheels of the World with this slightly different setting a few years back.
Re: The Salt
This is the tune used for the song ‘The Devil and Bailiff McGlynn’ on one of June Tabor’s albums.
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