Fairly Shot Of Her jig

Also known as Donald MacGillavray, Fairly Shot On Her, Fairly Shott Off Her, Fairly Shut Of Her, Good Night, The Highland Muster Roll, Weel’s Me I Getten Shott On Her.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Fairly Shot Of Her has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2B BGE|E/F/GE E/F/GE|D2A AFD|
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2B BGB|cBA dcB|D2A AFD:|
B/^c/dE B2E |B/^c/dE BGE|B/^c/dE B2E|B/^c/dB AFD|
B/^c/dE B2E|B/^c/dE BGB|cBA dcB|D2A AFD:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:"Am"c2A c2A |c2e ecA|c2A c2A|GB" G"d dBG|
"Am"c2A c2A|c2e ece |ce"Am"g dB" G"G|"D"A2B cBA:|!
|:"G"G2g gfg|"D"B2d d^cd|"G"G2g gfg|GBd dBA|
G2g gfg|gfg d2B|cd"C"e dB" G"G|"Am"A2B cBA:|
ABC
X: 3
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
c2A c2A|c2e ece |fdf ece|dBg dBG:|
ABC
X: 4
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2 B BGE|E/F/GE E/F/GE|D2 A AFD|
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2 B BGB|cBA dcB|DDA AFD|
B/^c/dE B2 E|B/^c/dE BGE|B/^c/dE B2 E|DDA AFD|
B/^c/dE B2 E|B/^c/d=c BGB|cBA dcB|DDA AFD||
ABC
X: 5
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
g3 e3|G>AB dBG|g3 e3|c>dc ecA|
g3 e3|G>AB dBG|c2 A- A>BA|c>de ecA|
c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG|c2 A- A>BA|c>de- ecA|
c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG|g3 e3|gag ecA||
ABC
X: 6
T: Fairly Shot Of Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
c2A ABA|cde ecA|c2A ABA|GAB dBG|
c2A ABA|cde ecA|c2A ABA|GAB dBG||
g3 e3|gag ecA|g3 e3|GAB dBG|
g3 e3|cdc ecA|g3 e3|GAB dBG||
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Eighteen comments

Fairly Shot Of Her

This could equally be written in 6/4 or 3/8 or 3/4.
Arguably not a jig in the modern sense of the word, it’s nice played slow; It has a nice marching lilt to it.

I wrote it from memory: Clannad are the only artists who have recorded it to my knowledge. I can’t recall if they play it in minor throughout or if they use these c# .

Does anyone know where this tune originated? And what’s behind the title?

Scottish ?

"Oh gin I were fairly shot o’ her,
Fairly, fairly fairly shot’ o’ her,
Oh gin I were fairly shot o’ her,
If she were deid, I wad dance on the top o’ her"

It’s a Scottish love song. :)
I don’t know if it is originally Scottish or Irish. Sung and recorded by that great Scottish singer Sylvia Barnes when she was a member of Glasgow band "Kentigern".

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Ps….

The "Clannad" tune and the the "Kentigern" tune aren’t identical, but are clearly variants of the same tune.

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I think Clannad uses everywhere C natural so the tune is in e minor, not e dorian

Northumbrianian version

X: 4
T:Fairly Shot of Her.
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
B|:"Am"c2A c2A |c2e ecA|c2A c2A|GB" G"d dBG|
"Am"c2A c2A|c2e ece |ce"Am"g dB" G"G|"D"A2B cBA:|!
|:"G"G2g gfg|"D"B2d d^cd|"G"G2g gfg|GBd dBA|
G2g gfg|gfg d2B|cd"C"e dB" G"G|"Am"A2B cBA:|

Fairly Shot

There are numerous versions in print and ms, Northumbrian, English, Scottish and Irish. AFAIK the earliest sighting is a quirky version in the Atkinson ms (Northumberland, 1695). The one to avoid is in the Northumbrian Minstrelsy, which garbles strain 2.

It’s in O’Neills 1001 as Good Night (No. 405).

Northumbrian ‘on’ = English ‘of’ = Scottish ‘o’.

Oops

‘The one to avoid’ was posted while I was writing my comment…

Alternative A part to avoid in dodgy Stokoe version

c2A c2A|c2e ece |fdf ece|dBg dBG:|

Jacobite song

I fooled around on the concertina a bit recently playing this tune, and it suddenly sounded very familiar: Ewan McColl used it on "Songs from the Jacobite Rebellions"; there it´s called "Donald McGillivray" .

"Ewan McColl used it on "Songs from the Jacobite Rebellions"; there it´s called "Donald McGillivray" ."

Yes, James Hogg created the song, pretending it was an old "relic" apparently to wind up literary critics of the day.
It is almost note for note the first setting here, though there is an inflected C towards the end.
A concocted song with a pinched melody:

X:4
T:Donald MacGillavry
S:James Hogg
S:Jacobite Relics of Scotland No 60, p.101
R: jig
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Emin
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2 B BGE|E/F/GE E/F/GE|D2 A AFD|
E/F/GE E/F/GE|E2 B BGB|cBA dcB|DDA AFD|
B/^c/dE B2 E|B/^c/dE BGE|B/^c/dE B2 E|DDA AFD|
B/^c/dE B2 E|B/^c/d=c BGB|cBA dcB|DDA AFD||

You can hear Silly Wizard perform it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=appBtXoxfb8


And Clannad’s version here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFd_1XJsxRE&feature=kp


The above words supplied by Kenny are from the "Musical Museum", where Burns "corrected" the words he’d heard (I seem to recall they came from an employee at the printers of the "Museum") and added his own verses. There is another version, that is cited in "Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway song" by Cromek et al, 1810 (p 88) - https://archive.org/details/remainsofnithsda00cromiala - the opening goes:-

O gin I were fairly shot on her,
O gin I were fairly shot on her,
Auld Satan wad lie neither side nor on top on her,
But wad cowre in his cleugh, and sing —
’ fairly shot on her.’

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The version from the Atkinson MS - in 6/4. Submitted in 6/8 above. You might want to put repeats in, but it doesn’t have them in the MS. Atkinson’s bar lines can be quite erratically placed. I’ve tweaked this slightly to compensate.

X: 5
T: Weel’s me I getten shott on her
S:Henry Atkinson MS, c1694
R: jig
M: 6/4
L: 1/4
K: Amin
g3 e3|G>AB dBG|g3 e3|c>dc ecA|
g3 e3|G>AB dBG|c2 A- A>BA|c>de ecA|
c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG|c2 A- A>BA|c>de- ecA|
c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG|g3 e3|gag ecA||

http://www.asaplive.com/archive/detail.asp?id=R0112101

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Weejie, if you shunt everything on and change where the parts begin and end, it makes more sense.

X: 6
T: Weel’s me I getten shott on her
S: Henry Atkinson MS, c1694
N: Barlines fixed
R: jig
M: 6/4
L: 1/4
K: Amin
c2 A- A>BA|c>de ecA|c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG|
c2 A- A>BA|c>de- ecA|c2 A- A>BA|G>AB dBG||
g3 e3|gag ecA|g3 e3|G>AB dBG|
g3 e3|c>dc ecA|g3 e3|G>AB dBG||

You might want to edit your submission accordingly - will leave that up to you :-)

I’ll keep it as it is, Dow, because my submission is hopefully an illustration of the way Atkinson presents much of his work. I shifted the metre to conform to the other jig settings here, and removed one bar because it didn’t conform to the rest of his own transcription. I like what you have done with it, and feel free to submit your own fix.

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Done. Took out all the ties and straightened it out as well, just to be different.

More like a jig now!

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