AKA the Joys of Wedlock
Another name I’ve heard this tune called is the Joys of Wedlock. Anybody else?
Many Joys of Wedlock
The jig that I know as "Joys of Wedlock" is different. I guess that just means the joys of wedlock are many. :)
Another Joy(s) of Wedlock
I just checked JC’s ABC Tune Finder. Search on "Joys of Wedlock." The second one in the list (index 10) is exactly the version I know as Joys of Wedlock. The first one in the list is the same melody but slight differences. I didn’t look at any of the others — there were 15 hits.
By the way, Joys of Wedlock (as on the ABC Tune Finder) is a nice, bouncy little jig — I like it a lot.
I know a version called "The Catholic Boys" and the name seems to fit the tag at the end of each melody line.
No ornamentations on the notes :( And something about Danu’s version
Well first of all it’s a pity there are no Ornamentations on the notes, can anyone donate them?
Second - I have "Think Before you Think" by Danu, and for some reason "The Blackthorn Stick" though it is played as a jig, I couldn’t find any resemblence.
I originally learned this tune in A where I think it falls pretty nicely (at least on fiddle).
Celtic Thunder play this following Sixpenny Money…
I play it following A Health to the Ladies. Both tunes rollick along at a good clip, and I like the immediate key change from A to G between without slowing down. I recently looked at the entry for the former and discovered that someone else plays it the same way!
I should post my own ornaments for this tune, although it’s fairly easy to see where one might put any.
i know this tune as "Blackthorn", and it appears on the Bradley Brother’s CD entitled "Irish Dance World"
However, the tune we are discussing is listed on this site as on Kevin Joyce’s CD "Final Round", this is incorrect. "Blackthorn Stick" is the title of a track on this CD, however, the tune is very different, as is the structure.
hope that provides a little clarity.
“The Blackthorn Stick” ~ all in the family
I wish you folks with your versions would add your ABC take on it here…please?! :-/ Here are two historical relatives ~
"The Maid On The Green"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on July 20th 2003 by gian marco.
"Mick McGarry’s Jig"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on June 24th 2004 by Dow.
“The Humours Of Bantry” ~ slight differences & a 2nd ending
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 8th 2008 by ceolachan.
Has anyone got Lyrics for this tune? It does better as an air for a song…
I have a set comprised of Rakes of Kildare, The Blackthorn Stick, Lannigan’s Ball. Great rollicking tunes. The "minor-major-minor" sandwich is a lot of fun, and makes for a pretty unique set.
A tin whistle version here
The Blackthorn Stick, X:2
This version appears in P.W. Joyce’s Old Irish Music and Songs (1909), vol. 1, p. 99, No. 200, as Fire on the Mountains.
The Blackthorn Stick, X:3
This version of “Fire on the Mountains” is provided by the Traditional Tune Archive that gives the Roche Collection as source. According to TTA, this tune is also known as Boys of Bockhill, Boys of Rockhill, Humors of Bantry, Billy Patterson, Billy Patterson’s Favorite, Blackthorn Stick, Catholic Boys, The Rose on the Mountain, The Eagle’s Nest, The Coach Road to Sligo, The Hare on the Mountain.
The Blackthorn Stick, X:4
Transposed for a middle interlude between two run-throughs in G version.