The Humours Of Bantry jig

Also known as The Humors Of Bantry.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Bantry
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d |g2 g ege | dBG AGE | D2 G A^GA | BG/A/B AGE |
gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DEG A^GA | BGG G2 :|
|: d |edd gdd | edd gdB | def gfg | edB A3 |
[1 g2 g ege | dBG AGE | DGG AcA | BGG G2 :|
[2 gfg a^ga | bge edB | G2 G A/B/cA | BG/G/G G2 |]
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Bantry
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d |gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGB AGE |
gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: d |edd gdd | edd gdB | def gfg | edB AGE |
[1 gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DGG A/B/cA | BGG G2 :|
[2 gfg aga | bge edB | GFG A/B/cA | BGG G2 |]

Nine comments

“The Humours/Humors of Bantry” ~ O’Neill

"O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 133, tune #711
"O’Neill Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 19, tune #13
"O’Neill’s Irish Music", 1915, page 75, tune #129

X: 2
T: Humors of Bantry
T: Humours of Bantry
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig
K: G Major
|: d |\
gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGB AGE |
gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DEG AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: d |\
edd gdd | edd gdB | def gfg | edB AGE |
[1 gfg e/f/ge | dBG AGE | DGG A/B/cA | BGG G2 :|
[2 gfg aga | bge edB | GFG A/B/cA | BGG G2 |]

This really is just a variation on the Blackthorn Stick. I wouldn’t call it a separate tune. The litmus test is: try it at your local session. If people join in with the Blackthorn Stick, then it’s likely the tune isn’t going to hold its ground in sessions. I’d personally let it gather dust in O’Neill’s. Blackthorn Stick is one of my favourite tunes though.

I’d also be wary of calling The Maid On The Green "family". The A-part is very similar, yes, but can you prove that one was a direct descendant of the other?

To be in the same family is not the same as one being a direct descendent of the other. A common ancestor is all they require.

Right. So is there a common ancestor?

Changes in parts are not exactly rare, such as an A-part known and a B-part forgotten or half remembered, or an A-part from one and a B-part from another suddenly coming to hand and being taken as a reasonable pairing ~ they are still related, share something significant, like a part, A or B… Also, there isn’t necessarily a no go with taking the second part of this against others playing the more common if later version known as "The Blackthorn Stick".

In the end it is Jeremy’s call and he may axe this. Personally, I like the second ending from this, which may even predate "The Blackthorn Stick". Mostly, the name "The Blackthorn Stick" seems to be a later occurance, as far as I can figure…

The links are there for people to compare themselves, in your case you disagree, alright, point made… :-/

There are bastards in music too… ;-)

“The Blackthorn Stick” ~ 1883

I have a dozen different versions of the tune in front of me at the moment, and it is to be found in this old stalwart ~

"Ryan’s Mammoth Collection", 1883
(consequently also in "Cole’s 1,000 Fiddle Tunes")