Tythe Pig

This is an online fiddle lesson for the celtic tune "The Tythe Pig."

This is the tune you hear in the 2005 movie "Pride and Prejudice." It is played at the Meryton Assembly (Meryton Ball) where Lizzy and Jane Bennett first meet Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingly. On the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, it is called "Meryton Townhall."

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Genre: Celtic
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the celtic tune "The Tythe Pig."

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  • #56550

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is the tune you hear in the 2005 movie “Pride and Prejudice.” It is played at the Meryton Assembly (Meryton Ball) where Lizzy and Jane Bennett first meet Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingly. On the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, it is called “Meryton Townhall.”

    The Tythe Pig

    #56551
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Sounds good.  Is the Tythe Pig some sort of Christmas Dinner tradition, or am I thinking too seasonally, here’s?

    #56558

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    The Tythe Pig is the tenth piglet of a sow’s litter which is claimed by the clergy. Here is a satirical c. 1750 etching of a farmer offering to keep the Tythe Pig but give the Vicar his tenth child instead. Very funny!

    #56561

    Joe
    Participant

    I like it….. thanks John

    #56567
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Oh, ok…I never heard of that story before…lol.  I didn’t catch tithe from tythe…lol.  Kinda cute.

    #56569

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I always loved this tune!  Thank you soooo much for the lesson! But what a weird name for a dance tune! 🙂

    #56581
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    In the backwoods of our little town, on the southern edge of ky, there in nowhere we used to have a Christmas celebration made to emulate the old Christmases in England in the Renaissance times.  The guy who started this back in the 60 s and continued up to when he died, head of the music department at Cumberland College, that guy was the King…dressed up in 1500s king clothes…he and his wife proceeded in with Renaissance trumpets, played by brass majors at Cumberland.  The6 went through the entire court Christmas tradition…jesters juggling and telling funny stories, choirs singing madrigals…the favorite was always the one called Riu Riu Chiu…those madrigals are still our favorite Christmas music now, but the only Christmas music you hear around here is heavy metal junk…anyway…one of the processions was piglets with the apples in their mouths…the bread loaves were green and red and they were passed down the long tables as we tore off our portions by hand.  Finally we all sang we wish you a merry Christmas as the fig puddings were proceeded in and passed along.  Ancient instruments were played the whole time and it was a very popular way to celebrate Christmas. It did cost, but if you were broke you and your household could attend by either working ( in costume) or playing instruments…since I was quick back then at picking up an 8 strument, I got us in playing one thing or another.  This just reminded me of that…lol…the piglets.

    #56582
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Here’s Riu Riu Chiu…lol…the school back in out town always worked those poor kids so hard, saying we were all so far behind the rest of the country and over half of our population left to earn a living…well, our daughter’s schools up here never caught up with stuff she knew when we moved when she was ten years old…lol.  Anyway…here’s Riu R Ch, and at the Cumberland Madrigal Dinners they dressed about like the picture…

    #56600

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That’s really interesting! I would love to see that.

    #56632
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I guess several colleges still do that.  Not sure about Cumberland…it’s changed so much…the president that was there from the 50s until mid 80s truly believed in humbleness, sharing Cumberland’s resources with the greater community…this man was what I call a true Christain.  He lived simply, there was widespread poverty all around…but he made sure if you wanted an education, you could get it…if you barely got through high school (as I did…lots of Fs…lots of having to redo grades…failure through high school and was barely able to graduate) he had an arsenal of peo0le who were dedicated to getting anyone willing to try, a decent college education.  He gave out free food and sometimes even apartments in some of Cumberland’s buildings to people who hit up hard times…his wife fed stray dogs and took them for medicines…the dogs sometimes lived underneath their porch…the area had no animal shelters…now that college has a different name, is kinda snobby look8ng and I don’t know what they do…I don’t think they are 8nvolved in enriching the community like it was in the old days.  That President was the one who got me into jogging, etc…he made it a very popular thing in our old town.  We all jogged and read Dostoevsky, studied constellations and bird migrations and jogged…lol. The Madrigal Dinner was just one of the gifts Cumberland gave to the community.  The old prez was dedicated to humbly serving his community with his talents and status in life.  Used to be a great place.  I think it’s all different now.  Anyway, it was a fun thing.

    #56708
    cricket
    cricket
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    I think I did it again…hijacked a thread.  New Years Resolution: no veering off in every direction…no hijacking…stay with original poster’s topic.  Everything reminds me of one thing, then another, etc., ad nauseum…I guess that means I’m old, or just gabby and yakkidy …I’m doing it again right now, ain’t it?  No more.  Stops now…on topic.  That’s a nice story, that Tythe Pig…

    #56743

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha, don’t make any resolutions you know you can’t keep! 🙂  I enjoyed the story about the Cumberland president. I’m sure he made a positive difference in a lot of lives!

    #56755
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    He did, for sure.  Yet, I’m embarrassed that I give out so much info at the drop of a hat…no more, no Snickers, no yakking…no S and no Y!

    #56764
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Tanks for the pig song,  John!  Pigs like music too!

    #56766
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I didn’t realize I had so much in common with pigs…bananas, strawberries, hold the liquor and please no rock n roll…Mozart is ok.

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    #56772
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    But I am on topic! 😁

    #56776
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    You’re ahead of me on that, Rock…🤔

    #56857

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    What a cool video! Playing Motzart fattens up your pigs. I was surprised about pigs not liking alcohol, too. Turns out pigs are way more conservative than I thought!

    Did you know pigs also enjoy the ballet? Their favorite is “Swine Lake.”

    I’ve heard they also enjoy plays by Shakespear. “Hamlet” is the most popular.

    #56869
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Lol…they don’t like coffee, though.  Goats and ducks do, but pigs say no oinks for coffee.

    #57082
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I don’t know why we can’t just let our farm animals be farm animals!  Now we are turning cows into music lovers for profit!

    #57084
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Let’s face it, Rock, hot dogs and hamburgers are just smarter than people.

    #57088
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    Well, maybe not straight alcohol, but they sure love corn mash from the still.  My Grandad’s favorite thing was to feed the mash to the pigs & get them drunk.

    #57089
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I wonder if those cows would have been able to experience a little more credibility in the performance if their heads weren’t locked up the stocks??

    #57090
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Lol,  they did look uncomfortable!

    #57092
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I like to think the bacon on my plate is sober…

    #57098
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    You kinda tied it all together there,  Cricket!

    #57102
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    When I was a kid there was a big county garbage dump over the mountain, and it had a bunch of hogs that just lived there.  They were unbelievably huge.  Someone rode herd on them & would eventually market them, until I heard they didn’t allow that anymore…Cricket you probably don’t want to know where that bacon’s wallered around in.

    But speaking of the corn mash (& grits too)…

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/01/02/574367086/from-hooch-to-haute-cuisine-a-nearly-extinct-bootleggers-corn-gets-a-second-shot?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

    #57106
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I think it’s illegal to hunt wild hogs for eating in ky now…they are supposedly unhealthy … the dept of fish and wildlife says either kill them yourself or call them in to see that the6 are destroyed…supposedly @ threat. I don’t know…up where we are there aren’t any wild hogs or I’m not even sure if anybody around here raises hogs at all…mostly cows, goats, sheep, and emu…which is weird…lol.  The heirloom corn looks great…we used to save seeds back in the mountains but then moved up here and did it the modern way for a while…I lost the seeds I had back in the old days…but a few years back it dawned on me that I’d rather be growing old heirlooms than modern consumerism stuff…so we went back…I grow anything that is old, rare, will grow here…and save any seed I can ahold of.  I could go on and on, but …I will stop myself from veering off and highjacking another time…but, yeah…I like the idea of saving the old plants and not partaking in the plants designed by corporations for transforming all of us into consumers.

    #57110
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I used to order seeds from online seed exchange people, but anymore I order through Baker Heirloom Seeds…they specialize in finding old heirlooms and preserving them.  Once in a while I hear about something I can’t ge5 from them and go back to seed exchange sites.  I wish I had som3 acreage around me, but I do whatever I can on our postage stamp, rocky hillside…I keep trying to squeeze in more and more @ncient plants here.  Got @ big shade problem here, though.  Always trying to figur3 that out.

    #57111

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Rock, that’s a funny video. I wonder if someone could work full-time as a cow psychologist. Or maybe a cow masseuse.

    Here is one of my favorite videos.

    #57120
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John,  haven’t we been done farm animal videos before?

    #57124

    Robin123
    Participant

    Interesting and funny video’s. I love the cows coming in to hear the trombone!

    I’ve not seen Pride and Prejudice before. I want to now after seeing the clip:o)

    #57131
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John,  the Japanese have answered your question!  They don’t have to call them,  they never let them loose!  Yes,  massage them too!

    #57179

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Robin, it is a good movie!

    Rock, those cows have it better than most of us, until they end up in the pan, that is.

    #57184
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    $500 a lb. I wonder if they would barter?

    #57190
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    They just don’t get the concept of hamburger over there…

    #57202
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    In my hobby of “what’s going on with farm animals this week” I found this little sweety!

    #57203
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    One thing…you ever let them in or give them people stuff, you find that all animals do have a human side.  Makes me long for my old vegan days…I don’t like the idea of killing for food…

    #57413

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    lol this is why I love cows.

    #57414

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    lol this is why I love cows.

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