Jig, Traditional Irish
TrailJams Tune of the Week for April 17, 2022
This tune might be the most requested of Irish tunes for weddings. It is a popular session tune, and is also played for contra, English, and Scottish dances. In contra dance there is a tradition of all of the dancers clapping a two-beat “clap-clap” in the B part of the tune.
- Video – Dulahan Ireland: Haste to the Wedding – played on fiddle & guitar. (Dulahan is the duo of Joe and Adele Green, County Mayo, Ireland.)
- Audio – Comhaltas: Haste to the Wedding – from the album Foinn Seisiún Volume 1
- Audio – Stephen Ducke: Haste to the Wedding (jig) – played on tin whistle. From the book Irish Music – 400 Traditional tunes
Dots (Music Notation)
As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.
Play from the Dots
Examples of sets that include this tune.
- Haste to the Wedding (D) / Jerry’s Beaver Hat (D) / Larry O’Gaff’s (G)
Jump to the Haste to the Wedding Jig Set
- Jimmy Ward’s / Saddle the Pony / Haste to the Wedding
- Haste To The Wedding / Leslie’s Hornpipe / The German Beau
References and Resources
For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- Video – Shane Farrell Music: Haste to the Wedding Jig – played on tenor banjo.
- Book – Foinn Seisiún, Volume 1 — Published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
- Book – Stephen Ducke: Irish Music 400 Traditional Tunes
- Lesson – Online Academy of Irish Music: Haste to the Wedding – fiddle lesson with sheet music, backing track, and playalong track. (Requires subscription.)