The Hollyford jig

Also known as The Rambling Pitchfork, Sliabh Russell.

There are 122 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sporting Pitchfork (lots of times), Paddy McMahon’s (a few times), The Black Rogue (a few times), Coppers And Brass (a few times).

The Hollyford has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Hollyford
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
~F3 AGG|AFD GED|~D3 ~c2A|ded cAG|
~F3 AGG|AFD GEA|~D3 GEA|1 ~D3 DAG:|2 ~D3 DdB||
|:~c3 cAd|d^cA GED|~D3 ~c2A|ded cAB|
~c3 edd|ecA GEA|~D3 GEA|1 ~D3 DdB:|2 ~D3 DAG||
X: 2
T: The Hollyford
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:AG|F3 AGG|AFD GEA|D3 c2A|ded cAG|
F3 AGG|AFD GEA|D3 GEA|1 D3 DAG:|2 D3 D2B||
|:c3 cAd|dcA GEA|D3 c2A|ded cAB|
cBc edd|ecA GEA|D3 GEA|1D3 D2B:|2D3 DAG||
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments


Not the Hollyford Jig on Billy Clifford’s album, but one that appears in O’Neill’s as a 3-part tune that seems related to the Pipe On The Hob:

T:Hollyford Jig, The
S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 362
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
F3 AGF|ABA GED|EGE c2A|d/e/fd cAG|
|:c3 cAc|dcA GED|EGE c2A|d/e/fd cAB|
ced cAc|dcA GED|DED d/c/AG|FAF GED:|
|:dFF A,FF|A,/D/FA GED|EGE cde|fed efg|
f/g/af gbg|fdB AGF|EFE d/c/AG|FEF GED:|

The setting I’ve posted only has two parts, but I’ve transcribed it as it appears on Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan’s "Whirlwind", where it was called The Rambling Pitchfork.

A similar setting was recorded by Danú under the title Sliabh Russell.

X: 1
T: Sliabh Russell
S: Danú – All Things Considered
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
~F3 AGG|AGE GED|~D3 ~c2A|ded cAG|
~F3 AGG|AGE GED|~D3 GEA|1 ~D3 DAG:|2 ~D3 D2B||
|:~c3 cAd|dcA GEA|~D3 ~c2A|ded ^cAB|
~c3 edd|ecA GEA|~D3 GEA|1 ~D3 D2B:|2 ~D3 DAG||

Nnnnnn! This is so familiar, and I don’t mean "Pipe on the Hob", but some multipart relative, especially that second part, but played more like so ~

|: B |\
c2 c cAd | dcA GEA | ~D3 c2 A | ded cAB |
cdc cAd | dcA GAc | dcA GEA | ~D3 D2 :|

And the other parts follow, but I can’t pull out the title… :-/

That’s the 2nd part of the 3 part Pipe on the Hob in Ador, ‘c’.

Yes, thanks Dow…

‘c’, I was thinking about your "multi-part" comment today while on the bus to work and when I sang the 2nd part in my head, I kept coming back to the similarities between it and the 2nd part of The Humours of Ballyloughlin. Then I realised that the 1st parts of the 2 tunes also have similarities. I would never have noticed a link between The Pipe on the Hob and The Humours of Ballyloughlin in a direct comparison. I wonder if there’s anything in that…

Yes, that too crossed my mind. I think I need to just play it through and write all the parts out and see what it is, which may be that I happened to have learned it in another way? But, it’s not like my brain is being kind lately and sadly it’s not just me suffering its curious ways. Sleep would likely help, and more walks in the countryside away from the hustling and bustling… :-/