The cricket’s march over the salt box
Source: Laurence Nugent. Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta
Sara McQuaid also has this tune in her DADGAD guitar book.
The Cricket’s March Over the Saltbox
Does anyone know the origin of this tune? Who wrote it?
As far as I know, this tune first appeared on Larry Nugent’s first solo recording in 1996, which was "gian marco’s" source, as noted above. I looked at the CD sleeve insert, and there are no details about the tune at all. Larry has composed a few tunes, it might be one of his own.
According to Sarah McQuaid’s Book…
this tune originates with Willie Johnston of Lack, Fermanagh who got the tune from the fairies.
I’ve heard it said that it’s an old contradance tune that was often played in the 70s at contradances in New England.
Nice 2nd part, unusual and interesting, ‘different’ but beautiful!
Close to what is printed in Sarah McQuaid’s DADGAD book minus some complementary notes in the B part, especially around those quarter/crotchet notes in the first couple of phrases.
the cricket’s march over the saltbax
There is a tune in the second Kerr’s (the blue cover) called "Idlewild" which is this same tune, more or less, in 2/4 or 4/4, more like a clog. Larry’s version is better!
The Cricket’s March Over The Salt Box, X:5
variation for the B part
Re: The Cricket’s March Over The Salt Box
This tune appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection under the name "Idlewild". That book was first published in 1883, so it’s definitely an older tune.