The Miners Of Wicklow jig

Also known as Madam I’d Love To Be Tossing Your Hay, Madam, I’d Like To Be Tossin’ Your Hay, Madam, I’d Like To Be Tossing Your Hay, Plearaca Na Suiri, The Wicklow March, Wicklow Miners, The Wicklow Miners, The Wicklow, The Wicklow’s March.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

The Miners Of Wicklow appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Miners Of Wicklow has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Miners Of Wicklow has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D|DFA AFA|dcB AFA|B2 E EFG|AFD D2 F|
DFA AFA|dcB AFA|B2 d ecA|d3 d2:|
|:g|~f3 fdf|e2 e efg|~f3 fdf|gfe a2 g|
~f3 fdf|e2 e ecA|Bcd ecA|d3 d2:|
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2
X: 2
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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||
# Added .
3
X: 3
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D|F2 A ABc|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||
4
X: 4
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d|F2A A2=c|BGB AFA|BGE EFG|AFD DED|
F2A A2=c|BGB AFA|B/c/dB c/d/ec|d3 d2:|
|:g|fdf fdf|ece ece|fdf fdf|g3 a2g|
fdf fdf|ecA ABA|B/c/dB c/d/ec|d3 d2:|
# Added by Moxhe .
5
X: 5
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:EGG GEG|cBA GEG|AFD D2A|GEC C2D|
EGG GEG|cBA GEG|ABc dcB|1 c3 c2F:|2 c3 c2d||
ece ece|dBd dBd|ece ece|dBA c2d|
ece ece|dBd dBd|ABc dcB|c3 c2d|
ece ece|dBd dBd|ece ece|dBA G2F|
EGG GEG|cBA GEG|ABc dcB|c3 c2F||
6
X: 6
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FGA ABc|dcB ABA|BGE EFG|FEF DED|
DFA ABc|dcB ABA|Bcd ecA|1 d3 d2A:|2 d3 d2e||
|:fdf ece|dcB ABA|BGE EFG|FEF DED|
fdf ece|dcB ABA|Bcd ecA|1 d3 d2e:|2 d3 d2A||

Sixteen comments

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?

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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.

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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:

X: 1
T: Miners of Wicklow
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: D
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.

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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.

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“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.
https://thesession.org/tunes/9066

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:

X: 1
T: The Miners Of Wicklow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: 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.

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.

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Gan Ainm

Whilst browsing through some odds and ends in my digital archives, this jig came up. I learnt it from a tape of mixed stuff a good few years ago and after a few airings forgot it. The tape has no information as to which ceilidh band made the recording and I generally only stumble across the tape in question purely by accident (I´ve no idea which tape it´s on!). Anyhow, I obviously must have digitalized the track at some stage and luckily so - now I know where to find it! This tune is sandwiched between the Killimer and the Luckpenny (I think - the recording ends before the B part starts). Anyone know what it is?

The Miners Of Wicklow, X:6

I posted this one as Gan Ainm and hoped someone might be able to identify it. Thanks to John E. Roche for pointing me in the right direction. This version differs a fair bit in the B part. It comes from a recording I have of an (as yet) unidentified ceilidh band. The recording sounds like it´s from no later than the sixties or very early seventies. It´s in a set between The Killimer and ending with The Luckpenny (as far as I can tell - the recording ends at the end of the first A part).

Re: Gan Ainm

Certainly a very strong resemblance, John. Thanks! I´ve now posted it under that name as a version.