Colbagh Breck jig

Also known as Colvach Vleac.

Colbagh Breck has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Colbagh Breck
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
d2B c2A | F2A A2F | A3 F3 | d2B c2A | F2B B2A | B3-B2c |
dcB cBA | F2A A2F | A3 F3 | dcB cBA | F2B B2A | B5 |
F2E D2E | F2A A2F | A3 F3 | F2E D2E | F2B B2A | B3-B2c |
d2B c2A | F2A A2F | A3 F3 | dcB cBA | F2B B2A | B5 ||
ABC
X: 2
T: Colbagh Breck
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
A| ddd d2 A | A2 G F2 G | A2 B cAB | (c3 c2) A |
A2 d A2 G | F2 G A2 d | A2 d ddc | (d3 d2) ||
A| ddd d2 A | A2 G F2 G | A2 B cAB | (c3 c2) A |
A2 d d2 A | F2 G A2 d | A2 d ddc | (d3 d2) ||
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Three comments

Colbagh Breck

One of my favourite Manx jigs, as it is such a simple tune, and leaves lots of room for improvisation! The title means ‘The Speckled Heifer.’

Forgot to add that this was one of the few Manx tunes that was collected from a fiddler. This is the only tune that Dr. John Clague collected from Thos. Kinrade from Ramsey (in the north of the Ireland).

The version of this tune I have added above was from the same 19th century collection as the first tune, made in the Isle of Man, but was collected from a different source. It seems to be a ballad version of the hop jigs Colbagh Breck (My Mind Will Never be Easy , Time of Day, Cucanandy, etc). On the manuscript the word "chorus" appears above the second part. The Manx titles of this variation of the other related tunes is taken from a bawdy ballad called Colbagh Breck (Colvach Vleac being a corrupted form of the title).