The Whistling Postman jig

Also known as Charlie Mulvhill’s, Charlie Mulvihill’s, Ellis, The Flowers Of Antrim, The Hills Of Antrim, John Flemings, Kerry, The Kerry, Mulvihill’s, The Whistling Postman.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with John Ryan’s (a few times).

The Whistling Postman has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Whistling Postman has been added to 238 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|:~f3 edB|ABd BAF|DFA dfa|baf ede|
|faf edB|ABd BAF|DFA Bed|cBc d2e:|
|:~f3 afd|gBd gfe|fef af/g/a|baf ede|
|faf edB|ABd BAF|DFA Bed|cBc d2e:|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:~B3 AGE|DB,D EDB,|G,B,D GBd|edB AGA|
BAB AGE|DB,D EDB,|G,B,D EDE|1 FEF G2d:|2 FEF G2A||
|:~B3 dBG|cAB cdc|BAB dBd|edB AGA|
BAB AGE|DB,D EDB,|G,B,D EDE|1 FEF G2A:|2 FEF G3||
X: 3
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA BAB | cBc d2e:|
| fef afd | gfg b2g | fef afa |baf ede |
f3 edB |AFA BAF |DFA BAB |cBc d3 :|
X: 4
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA BAB | cBc d2e:|
| fef afd | gfg b2g | fef afa |baf ede |
f3 edB |AFA BAF |DFA BAB |cBc d3 :|
X: 5
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| ~f3 edB | ~A3 BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
~f3 edB | ~A3 BAF | DFA ~B3 | cBc d2e:|
| ~f3 afd | gBe gBe | ~f3 afa |baf ede |
~f3 edB |~A3 BAF |DFA ~B3 |cBc d3 :|
X: 6
T: The Whistling Postman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|:f3 edB|ABd BAF|DFA dfa|baf ede|
|faf edB|ABd BAF|DFA Bed|cBc d2e:|
|:f3 afd|gBd gfe|fef af/g/a|baf ede|
|faf edB|ABd BAF|DFA Bed|cBc d2e:|
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

The Whistling Postman

The jig cousin to the reel just posted. I’ve heard several different fiddlers do this one, every one slightly different. I like to drop into Tar Road to Sligo after this, not as fast as the Bothy Band did it in 1975, more lyrical.

Posted .

Kerry Jig

This is a G version of the Whisting Postman posted by Will.

Album References

In Coleman Disc 2 it is refering to the Kerry Reel and not the same
tune as above. Also am not quite sure if it is the same Kerry Jig as is on the Paddy Keenan album. I suspect not.

This is sometimes played in G, going right down to the open G-string.

Charlie Mulvihill’s!!!

Finally I found this tune on the net. Good to know it’s been already on this site.

I know this jig as "Charlie Mulvihill’s" through a couple of recordings: "The Smoky Chimney" by Eoghan O’Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, and Paul De Grae; and "Fourmilehouse" by Alan & John Kelly. Although it’s a really lovely tune which one of the local box players tries to popularise, I’ve been failing to learn it by ear. If it were a flute tune, it would be easier to pick up.

The sleeve notes of "The Smoky Chimney" inform us that this jig comes from the playing of New York-born box player Charlie Mullvihill and that it is listed as "The Kerry Jig" in the Volume 2 of Bulmer and Sharpley’s tune collection "Music from Ireland."

(It seems he learned music his father, a concertina player from Co. Limerick. There is another jig listed as "Charlie Mullvihill’s" on this site, and in the comment space of the tune Will and Brad suspect Charlie was related to Martin and Brendan Mulvihill. It seems quite plausible if we consider both of Charlie’s parents were from Co. Limerick.)

Will have you noticed this is a bit like a jig form of Fox On the Prowl too?

Charlie Mulvihill composition

I’m just confirming that this tune is a Charlie Mulvihill composition. The tune got its name "The Kerry Jig" because it was a great favourite of Kerry fiddler Denis Murphy as well as other Kerry musicians. This information comes from the album Atlantic Wave which Charlie Mulvihill himself plays on.

Learned this version off the CD The Smoky Chimney by Gerry Harringhton,Eoghan O’Sullivan and Paul De Grae.
X: 1
T: Charlie Mulvhill’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
| f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA BAB | cBc d2e:|
| fef afd | gfg b2g | fef afa |baf ede |
f3 edB |AFA BAF |DFA BAB |cBc d3 :|

I learned this from The Smoky Chimney.
X: 1
T: Charlie Mulvhill’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
| f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
f3 edB | AFA BAF | DFA BAB | cBc d2e:|
| fef afd | gfg b2g | fef afa |baf ede |
f3 edB |AFA BAF |DFA BAB |cBc d3 :|

As taught to me by Martin Shane

I learnt this tune from Martin Shane of Greenisland, County Antrim as below:

X:1
T:Whistling Postman, The
T:Charlie Mulvihill’s
T:Whistling Postman
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Dmaj
| ~f3 edB | ~A3 BAF | DFA dfa | baf ede |
~f3 edB | ~A3 BAF | DFA ~B3 | cBc d2e:|
| ~f3 afd | gBe gBe | ~f3 afa |baf ede |
~f3 edB |~A3 BAF |DFA ~B3 |cBc d3 :|

A recording of Martin playing this tune on flute can be heard/downloaded from www.tradirishmusic.org

I prefer this jig to the original(?) reel…