Miners of Wicklow aka The Wicklow Jig
Haven’t submitted a tune here for ages, though I think I learnt a few over the summer that aren’t here. Searching doesn’t appear to throw this up and it’s a nice little jig that we learnt courtesy of Tinahely Comhaltas, that is Tinahely in Co.Wicklow. This is my fluters/ whistlers take on it. The Comhaltas notes differ a little here & there: in particular, their 2nd part is | fdf fdf | ece efg | etc. I imagine its D major though it kinda reminds me more of ‘Father Flynn’ or ‘Rambling Pitchfork’ than say ‘My Darling Asleep’, something to do with emphasis on F’s and ecA perhaps?
I should add perhaps that mining in Co.Wicklow was mostly around Glendalough and Glendasan. Here the metamorphic aureole (if I recall the correct term) is exposed by glaciation and there are lead and zinc deposits at the junction of the igneous granite rock and the neighbouring slates. Mines all closed and long gone now, though the tailings and various detritus are still to be seen.
Miners of Wicklow - another setting
Hey mr hussar sir, nice to see that someone else knows this tune. My versions a tad different though. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who I learned it from. Goes like:
T: Miners of Wicklow
FGA AB=c|BGB AFA|BGE EFG|AFD DED|
FGA AB=c|BGB AFA|Bcd efg|1 fdc d2 A:|2 fdc d2 g||
fdf agf|ece efg|fdf agf|~g3 bag|
fdf agf|ecA ABA|Bcd efg|1 fdc d2 g:|2 fdc d2 A||
Thanks for the Wicklow mining/geology info—living in an old mining town myself, you’ve painted a familiar picture.
here’s a link to a show with martin doyle playing the tune http://www.rte.ie/radio1/themusicofwords/1050811.html
it’s the show #6 the music of words on rte 1 in the archives. some of both versions in his. don
Thanks Dont - good spot. I missed this when it was on - nice to hear Martin Doyle’s take on it: about 11 minutes in for anyone who is interested though worth listening to whole programme as there are several other lovely tunes. I wonder was this programme a repeat as Martin has moved to Liscannor in Clare since earlier this year.
“The Miners of Wicklow” ~ another take, from the North and closer to Will’s
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on November 7th 2008 by ceolachan.
Thanks to WH for reminding me of my responsibilities… ;-)
Very different version
I have a very different version of the tune, which I learned in Donegal:
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
|: D |F2 A AB=c | dAF AFD | G/A/B G E3 | F/G/A F DAD | F2 A Ace |
dcB A3 | Bcd efg |1 fAG FED :|2 fdc dag ||
| f2 d f2 d | e3 eag | f/g/a f d3 | g/a/b g e3 |
f3 gab | afd cBA | B2 d efg | edc dag | fdd fdd |
ecA efg | faf d3 | gbg e3 | f3 g2 b | afd cBA |Bcd efg | fAG FED||
error in above entry
I’ve just realised the first ‘c’ should be sharp, not natural. I have corrected it in the setting at the top of the page.
A tin whistle version here
The Miners Of Wicklow, X:4
This version is so different that it is almost another tune !
It comes from Aird’s Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1, 1782.