The Wily Old Batchelor hornpipe

Also known as The Bashful Bachelor, The Old Bachelor Willy, Wily Old Bachelor, The Wily Old Bachelor, Wily Old Batchelor.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Wily Old Batchelor has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Wily Old Batchelor
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(DC)|B,DGA BGDB,|CEAB cAFD|B,DGA BGc3/2B/2|(3ABG (3FGE (3DEC (3B,CA,|
B,DGA BGDB,|CEAB cAFD|B,DGB ADEF|G2B2G2:|
|:(ga)|bgeg dgBg|dgBg dgBg|bgeg dgBg|fgab a2(ga)|
bgeg dgBg|cBAB cdef|gdBG EcAF|G2B2G2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Wily Old Batchelor
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DC|B,DGA BGDB,| CEAB cAFD | B,DGA BdcB | (3ABA (3GFE (3DED (3CB,A, |
B,DGA BGDB,| CEAB cAFD | B,DGB ADFA | (3GAG FA G2 :|
|: ga| bgeg dB (3BBB | dgeg dB (3BBB | bgeg dgbg | a2 a^g a2 =ga|
bgeg dB (3BBB | c2 cB cdef | gdBG FAcA | (3GAG FA G2:|
ABC

Three comments

Reminds me of ….

This nice - reminds me of the reel Roly Poly.
Lots of arpeggios - makes it very easy to learn.

Paddy Cronin does a wonderful version of this tune on his recording "Kerry’s Own".

Caitlin Nic Gabhann setting

This is how I learned it from her self titled album. I think it’s easier to play than the other version, but I’ve listened to it a thousand times and never heard it otherwise.