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JOYS OF WEDLOCK [1], THE. AKA and see "New Married Couple (1)." Irish (originally), Canadian, American; Double Jig. Ireland, Limerick. Canada; Maritimes. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Learned by Irish collector P.W. Joyce as a child in Co. Limerick during the 1840's. The earliest appearance of the tune in notation is in Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman's mid-19th century music manuscripts. Goodman (1828-1896) was an uilleann piper, and an Irish speaker who collected locally in County Cork and elsewhere in Munster. He also obtained tunes from manuscripts and printed collections, and, in fact Goodman's setting is nearly identical to Joyce's. O'Neill prints the tune as "New Married Couple (1)."

Sources for notated versions: Reuben Smith (b. 1931, Blooming Point, Queens County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [Shields].

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 60. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Song), 1909; No. 130, p. 66. Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 81. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 139, p. 89. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddlers Repertoire), 1983; No. 19. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 127. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 119, p. 50. Shields/Goodman (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 171, p. 72. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 37.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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