The Humours Of Castlelyons jig

Also known as The Humours Of Castle Lyons, Jackson’s Slippers, The Humors Of Castlelyons.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Humours Of Castlelyons appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Humours Of Castlelyons has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Humours Of Castlelyons has been added to 33 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Castlelyons
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~G3 BAG|dBG BAG|A2B cBA|1 BGE EDE:|2 BGE E2f||
gag gdB|gag gdB|A2B c2d|ecA ABd|
~g3 gdB|gag gdB|A2B cBA|BGE E2f|
gag gdB|gag gdB|A2B c2d|ecA ABd|
~g3 aga|bge dBG|A2B cBA|BGE EDE||
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Castlelyons
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GFG BGG|dGG BGG|A2 B cde|gfe dBA|
e2 f gfe|f^dB Bcd|e2 f gfe|bag agf|
e2 f gfe|f^dB BAG|A2 B cBA|BGE E2 B|
e2 f gfe|f^dB Bcd|e2 f gfg|bge efg|
bag agf|gfe dBG|a2 B cBA|BGE E2||
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Castlelyons
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 A BAG|dBG B/c/dB|A2 B cBA|ecA BGE|
g2 g gdB|g/a/ba gdB|A2 B cBA|ecA AB/c/d|
[1 gbg gdB|gba gdB|A2 B cBA|BGE E2:|
[2 gba gfa|bg/f/e dB/A/G|A3 c>BA|BGE E2||

Thirteen comments

The Humours of Castlelyons (jig)

This is an old traditional jig learned from Joe Burke and Brian Conway’s box and fiddle duet playing heard on the radio. Someone has already transcribed the Fmaj version from Christy Barry and Conor’s playing as a variant of “The Rambling Pitchfork”: But I believe G major is the common key for the tune and it’s different enough to deserves a separate post, especially in the second part. The band Shaskeeen seems to have recorded it in G too.

A bit of research shows it’s in O’Neill, and the title comes from a parish in Cork.

I’ve just checked the transcription of the Fmaj version “Roland’s U-Turn” and found it is a bit different from this version in the second part. And here’s another similar tune with a different second part “Patrick Maloney’s Favorite”:

Sorry, that should read “Christy Barry and Conor McCarthy’s playing.”

Also on Shaskeen’s compilation album “Collection of Jigs and Reels”: It’s named or misnamed “The Rambling Pitchfork.” I won’t add that as an alternative title.

The Source

According to the notes of Kevin and Sean Moloney’s duet album “Bridging the Gap,” this jig was recorded by the Old Ballinakill Ceili Band in 1920’s. I haven’t got Joe Burke and Brain Conway’s very recent recording “Tribute to Andy McGann,” but I guess J. Burke cites the same source: he is also from Ballinakill, East Galway.

“Roland’s Return!” ~ Roche I, page 41, tune #92

“The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume I”, 1912

Double Jigs ~ pages 37 - 53

Transposed from d to e minor for comparision…

T: Roland’s Return
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Emin
|: E/F/ |\
GFG BGG | dGG BGG | A2 B cde | gfe dBA |
GFG BGG | dGG BAG | A2 B cBA | BGE E2 :|
(3B/c/^d/ |\
e2 f gfe | f^dB Bcd | e2 f gfe | bag agf |
e2 f gfe | f^dB BAG | A2 B cBA | BGE E2 B |
e2 f gfe | f^dB Bcd | e2 f gfg | bge efg |
bag agf | gfe dBG | a2 B cBA | BGE E2 |]

Correction ~ transposed from F Major to G Major

Relative keys, but my head was in minor land and not registering the right keys for these two takes…

The Roche collections were in wide distribution in Ireland and had their influence…

Hmmmmm ~ it still feels right resolving on E, as minor in resolution…

But, here’s a correction for the the next to the last measure ~ A not a ~

bag agf | gfe dBG | A2 B cBA | BGE E2 |]

It does kind of move in and out of Major and minor…

“The Humours Of Castlelyons” ~ taking it elsewhere

X: 2
T: Humours Of Castlelyons, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D/E/ |\
G2 A BAG | dBG B/c/dB | A2 B cBA | ecA BGE |
G3 BGG | dGG BAG | A3 cBA | BGE E2 :|
|: e/f/ |\
g2 g gdB | g/a/ba gdB | A2 B cBA | ecA AB/c/d |
[1 gbg gdB | gba gdB | A2 B cBA | BGE E2 :|
[2 gba gfa | bg/f/e dB/A/G | A3 c>BA | BGE E2 ||

The B-part reminds me of others, but it is also the one thing that particularly distinguishes itself from some of its relatives.

It’s a fun tune, thanks Hiro for directing my attention here ~ after having spent some time on different instruments with the Roche Collection and the relative jig “Roland’s Return”… 😎

Re: The Humours Of Castlelyons

Recorded by hammer-dulcimer player John Rea on his 1970s solo recording as ‘Jackson’s Slippers’