The Sporting Pitchfork jig

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Rambling Pitchfork (lots of times).

The Sporting Pitchfork has been added to 151 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
~F3 EAG|FGA DAF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|~A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3|
FAF EAG|FGA dAF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|AGB ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3||
d2e ~f2d|~g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B/c/dB BAG|~A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3|
d2e ~f2d|~g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
~B3 BAG|AGB ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~F3 ~E3|~F3 DEF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF GAG:|2 AGF G2B||
|:d2e fed|~f3 def|g2a bag|fd^c d2=c|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF G2B:|2 AGF GAG||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F3 E^DE | F^EF D>=EF | GFG A^GA | cAG FGA |
B/^c/dB B>AG | ABA AB^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
d2 e fed | f^ef d>=ef | gfg bag | fd^c d2 =c |
B/^c/dB B>AG | A2 A AA/B/^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|F3 E3|FEF DEF|G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
B/c/dB BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3|
|F3 EAG|FGA dAF|G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
B3 BAG|A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3||
|d2e fed|g2f def|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B/c/dB BAG|A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3|
|d2e f2d|g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B3 BAG|A3 DFA|dcA AGF|AGF G3||
# Added by JACKB .
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Eight comments

The Sporting Pitchfork

Source: John Kelly
Transcription: g.m.p.

What’s in a Key?

The key listed for this wonderful tune is Dmix, which seems right to me. Yet both the A and B parts seem to resolve to G. So, does the tune somehow change keys (from Dmix to Gmajor) without changing key signatures? I would find that very pleasing.
Art

Dmix is the same key signature as Gmaj… :-P

D mix or G?

It’s either a D mix tune that ends on a G chord, or a G tune that starts on a D chord. I have never found a consensus on this tune with back-up players that are familiar with it. Personally, I buy the latter and that’s what I’ll tell back-up players before playing the tune. I’ve had more success with them catching on to it thinking of the tune as being in G but starting on a D chord.

The Sporting Pitchfork

Here’s how I play it:

X: 1
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
~F3 ~E3|~F3 DEF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF GAG:|2 AGF G2B||
|:d2e fed|~f3 def|g2a bag|fd^c d2=c|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF G2B:|2 AGF GAG||

“The Sporting Pitchfork” ~ twang!

You didn’t think you’d get away from me that easily did you? :-P

X: 1134
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: G Major
|: E |
F3 E^DE | F^EF D>=EF | GFG A^GA | cAG FGA |
B/^c/dB B>AG | ABA AB^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
|: B |
d2 e fed | f^ef d>=ef | gfg bag | fd^c d2 =c |
B/^c/dB B>AG | A2 A AA/B/^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|

Last chord

I love it when a tunes ends this way… the tune is one sharp (D myx, as stated) … last chord in the B part is G which can give it an unresolved feel, which makes it kinda perfect to follow it up with another tune. I go right into Out on the Ocean The last G note goes perfectly into the two pickup notes for Out On The Ocean… Just saying..

Bob

I would resist

any attempt to settle the Dmix/Gmaj question. Sometimes things are ambiguous.