Thursday 9 March 2023
Tune of the Day: Tatter Jack Walsh
Traditional Irish jig
This tune has long been a popular session jig played under several names, although “Tatter Jack Walsh” is the most common one. The title derives from the Irish “An t‑Athair Jack Walsh”, Athair meaning ‛Father’, as in a Catholic priest.
The melody can be traced back to at least 1858, when it appeared in both R.M. Levey's First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland and in P.M. Haverty's One Hundred Irish Airs.