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X:1 T:Pither in enough M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:”Irish” B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (1788, No. 589, p. 225) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A/G/|F>GF TFED|B>cB Bcd|F>GF TFED|A2A A2d| FGF TFED|B2B Bcd|cBA dAF|ABA A2:| |:d|TcBA cec|dBB TB2d|TcBA cec|ABA A2d| TcBA cec|dBB B2d|TcBA dAF|A>BA A2:| |:G|TF2d TF2d|B2B Bcd|TF2d TF2d|A2A A2G| TF2d TF2d|B2B Bcd|TcBA dAF|ABA A2:|]



PITHER IN ENOUGH. AKA and see “Jackson's Maid at the Fair (1)," "Maid at the Fair," "Put in Enough,” "Three Lieutenants." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major (Aird, O'Neill): B Flat Major (Clinton). AABBCC. ‘Pither’ = ‘put’. The tune appears in Samuel Lee’s Jackson’s Celebrated Irish Tunes (p. 1), first published in Dublin c. 1775, republished in 1790. It is attributed to the 18th century gentleman uilleann piper and composer Walker ‘Piper’ Jackson, of the townland of Lisduan, parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. The jig also appears as "Pither in Enough" in Perth fiddler-composer John Bowie's (1759–1815) A Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances (Edinburgh, 1789, p. 28). Hime prints it under the title “Three Lieutenants” in Three Favourite Country Dances (Dublin, no date). O’Neill prints the tune as “Put in Enough” twice in Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922, 141), copied from Clinton’s Gems of Ireland, and remarks: “This is one of the famous ‘Piper’ Jackson's jigs, not included in any modern collection since its publication in a much higher key in Clinton's Gems of Ireland, London 1841.”

"Pither in Enough" or "Put in Enough" may refer to a gambling ante, given the Jackson was also known as 'Sporting Capt. Jackson', and given the penchant for gentlemen of the era to gamble.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - copied from James Aird’s Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (1782-97) [O’Neill].

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 589, p. 225. Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 121, p. 61. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 38. O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; Nos. 126 & 153 (as "Put in Enough"). Riley (Flute Melodies, vol. 1), New York, 1814; p. 16.






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