The Cricket’s March Over The Salt Box jig

Also known as The Crickets March Over The Saltbox, Idlewild.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Cricket’s March Over The Salt Box has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box has been added to 95 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|DED FED|FzA d2A|Bcd A2F|E2D B3|
DED FED|FzA d2A|Bcd A2F|E2D D2:|
|:B|AFF FEF|dzB BAB|efB BAf|azf fef|
gfe fed|efe dzA|Bcd A2F|E2D D2:|
X: 2
T: The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|D>ED F>ED|F2A d2A|B>cd A2F|E2D B3|
D>ED F>ED|F2A d2A|B>cd A2F|E2D D2:|
|:B|A2F F>EF|d2B B>AB|f2B B>AB|a2f f>ef|
g>fe f>ed|de2A d2A|B>cd A2F|E2D D2:|
X: 3
T: The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|"D"D>ED F>ED|"D"F2A "G"d2A|"D"B>cd A2F|"A"E2D "G"B3|
"D"D>ED F>ED|"D"F2A "G"d2A|"D"B>cd A2F|"A"E2D "D"D2:|
|:B|"D"A2F F>EF|"G"d2B B>AB|"Bm"f2B B>AB|"D"a2f f>ef|
"G"g>fe "D"f>ed|"Bm"de2A "D"d2A|"G"B>cd "D"A2F|"A"E2D "D"D2:|
X: 4
T: The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DED FED|F2Ad2A|{A}BcdA2F|E2DB3|
DED FED|F2Ad2A|{A}Bcd AGF|1E2{FE}DD3:|2E2{FE}DD2B||
A2F FEF|d2B BAB|f2B BAB|a2f fef|
gfe fed|deAd2A|{A}BcdA2F|1E2{FE} DD2B:|2E2{FE}DD2||
X: 5
T: The Cricket's March Over The Salt Box
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(B | A2)F F3/2E1/2(e | d2)B B3/2A1/2(g | f2)B B3/2A1/2(b | a2)f f3/2e1/2f |

Twelve comments

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?
Thanks.

Tim

Don’t know…

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.

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According to Sarah McQuaid’s Book…

this tune originates with Willie Johnston of Lack, Fermanagh who got the tune from the fairies.

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I’ve heard it said that it’s an old contradance tune that was often played in the 70s at contradances in New England.

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Nice 2nd part, unusual and interesting, ‘different’ but beautiful!

4th setting

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.