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Origins: Hurry the Jug

GUEST,mcclellan28 09 Jul 10 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,Jim Martin 10 Jul 10 - 05:12 AM
Jim Dixon 26 Jul 10 - 07:31 PM
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Subject: Origins: 'Hurry the Jug'
From: GUEST,mcclellan28
Date: 09 Jul 10 - 08:26 AM

Can anyone tell me when "Hurry the Jug" was originally written? I was planning on using "Lanigan's Ball" as the air to a folk song that was written in 1782. Only problem is..."Lanigan's Ball" wasn't written until much later. Nevertheless, it seems that "Lanigan's Ball" is based on the traditional Irish Set Dance/Jig, "Hurry the Jug." So, maybe I can use it after all?

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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Hurry the Jug'
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 05:12 AM

Timmy McCarthy (Timmy the Brit), who is well known in Irish set dancing circles may well know the answer as one of the dances which he teaches is called "Hurry the Jug". His contact details:


phone: 00353 26 45084

address: Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Ireland.

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Subject: RE: Origins: Hurry the Jug
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 07:31 PM

From Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby,... by Francis O'Neill (Chicago: The Regan Printing House, 1910), page 126:

Just in time for classification among the Long Dances in our second volume, The Dance Music of Ireland, we obtained another stranger, named "Hurry the Jug," from Bernie O'Donovan, "the Carberry Piper," a young musician of fine promise, lately arrived from Ireland. In giving this rare dance tune publicity, we have preceded Dr. Joyce by two years. Two versions of it are printed in his latest work, already mentioned—one under its proper name, as a Set Dance, and the other as a Jig, named "I Rambled Once." The means by which O'Donovan contrived to learn it himself, throws a flood of light on the secretiveness, or rather selfishness, of certain musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, who treat rare tunes as personal property, to be guarded with as much care as trade secrets.

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