Annotation:Jaunting Car for Six

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X:1 T:Jaunting Car for Six M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig S:Kerr - Merry Melodies, vol. 3, No. 233 (c. 1880's) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A efe c2c c3|efe cde fga|efe c2c c3|BcB B2c def:| |:e2a agf ecA|e2a agf e3|e2a agf ecA|BcB B2c def:||

Irish Jaunting Car, by James Magill of Donegall Place in Belfast, c. 1860's.
JAUNTING CAR FOR SIX (Carr Cliathánach do Sheisear). AKA and see "Follow Her Over the Border," "Hey the hedrie Falie," "Tending the Steer with a Heavy Heart." Scottish, Irish; Slip Jig (9/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also the related "Drops of Brandy (1)." The pipe slip jig "Tending the Steer with a Heavy Heart" (G'ioman nan Gamhnan, 's mi muladach) from William Gunn's Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes (Glasgow, 1848), and Donald Grant's "Hey up hedrie Falie" (AKA "Miss Brodie of Brodie's Favorite") share cognate first strains, while the second strains are more diverse while still sharing structural and harmonic sameness as well as similar melodic contour.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bernard Bogue manuscript (Counties Monaghan and Tyrone) [Breathnach].

Volume V05, Page 297 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica tell us:

From Ireland comes the “jaunting-car,” which is in general use, both in the towns, where it is the commonest public carriage for hire, and in the country districts, where it is employed to carry the mails and for the use of tourists. The gentry and more well-to-do farmers also use it as a private carriage in all parts of Ireland.

The genuine Irish jaunting-car is a two-wheeled vehicle constructed to carry four persons besides the driver. In the centre, at right angles to the axle, is a “well” about 18 in. deep, used for carrying parcels or small luggage and covered with a lid which is usually furnished with a cushion. The “well” provides a low back to each of the two seats, which are in the form of wings placed over each wheel, with foot boards hanging outside the wheel on hinges, so that when not in use they can be turned up over the seats, thus reducing the width of the car (sometimes very necessary in the narrow country roads) and protecting the seats from the weather.

The passengers on each side sit with their backs to each other, with the “well” between them. The driver sits on a movable box seat, or “dicky,” a few inches high, placed across the head of the “well,” with a footboard to which there is usually no splash-board attached.

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince ha hÉireann vol. IV), 1996; No. 48, p. 23. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 233, p. 26.

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