Kitty’s Rambles jig

Also known as Brendan’s, I’m A Man In Myself Like Oliver’s Bull, The Rambles Of Kitty.

There are 45 recordings of a tune by this name.

Kitty's Rambles has been added to 164 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DFA c2A|dAd efg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
DFA c2A|dAd efg|fed cAG|Ad^c d2 D:|
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gfe|
fef gfg|agf efg|fed cAG|Ad^c d2 d:|
|:afd d^cd|Adf agf|gec cBc|Gce gfe|
fef gfg|agf efg|fed cAG|Ad^c d2a:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:FDD c2A|dA/B/d efg|fed ^cAG|F/G/AF GFE|
FDD c2A|dA/B/d efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dAG:|2FAd d2A
|:dfa dfa|daf g2f|ecg ecg|ecg gfe|
~f3 gfg|~a3 efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c d2A:|2Ad^c dfg|
|:afd d^cd|Adf afd|gec cBc|Gce gfe|
fAf gfg|~a3 efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dfg:|1Ad^c dAG|
ABC
X: 3
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:FDD c2A|ded efg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
FDD c2A|ded efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dAG:|2FAd d2^c
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gfe|
fdf ~g3|agf efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c d2^c:|2Ad^c dfg|
|:afd ded|Adf afd|gec cBc|Ece gfe|
~f3 ~g3|aza efg|efd cAG|1Ad^c de/f/g:|1Ad^c dAG|
ABC
X: 4
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FED ^cBA|d^cd efg|afd ^cBA|GFG AFD|
FED ^cBA|d^cd efg|afd ^cBG|1Ad^c d3:|2Ad^c d2A|:
dfa dfa|dfa afd|cee cee|ceg gfe|
fdf gfg|aga bag|fed ^cBG|Ad^c d3:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DFA cAA|dAd efg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
|DFA cAA|dAd efg|fed cAG|Ad^c d2 D:|
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gfe|
|fdf ggg|afd efg|(3gfed cAG|1 Ad^c d2A:|2 Ad^c d (3efg|
|: afd dAF|Adf a2f|gec cBc|Gce gfe|
|1 fdf ~g3|afd efg|(3gfed cAG|Ad^c d2f:|
|2 fdf ~g3|~a3 bag|(3gfed cAG|Ad^c d2f||
ABC
X: 6
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDD cAA|d^cd efg|fed cAG|EAG EFG|
FDD cAA|d^cd efg|fed cAG|1 Ad^c dAG:|2 Ad^c d2A||
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gag|
fed efg|~a3 g2e|fed cAG|1 Ad^c d2A:|2 Ad^c de/f/g||
|:afd d^cd|Adf aba|gec cBc|Ace gag|
fed efg|~a3 g2e|fed cAG|1 Ad^c de/f/g:|2 Ad^c dAG||
ABC
X: 7
T: Kitty's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
G|FDD c2A|def geg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
FDD c2A|def geg|fed cAG|Add d2:|
A|dfa fga|dfa agf|efg efg|eaf gfe|
f3 g3|agf efg|fed cAG|Add d2:|
ABC

Fifteen comments

This is a great tune, especially for teaching to players who are just beginning to learn how to choose variations for a tune, which is exactly how I originally learned it from Shannon Heaton. This is the tune also known as Brendan’s Jig in the Chicago area (not sure of the identity of that Brendan, though I suspect it might be Brendan Bulger, one of these days I’ll have to send my spies in Chicago round to ask). The full story of that name is at http://thesession.org/discussions/66 — my god, that was our 66th thread? It’s about a third of the way down the thread.

We (AMF) play the tune in a set that goes Behind the Haystack/Cordal Jig (Julia Clifford’s)/Kitty’s Rambles. Really rocks at a swift and swinging pace!

Zina

Kitty’s Rambles

T:Kitty’s Rambles
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Mary Bergin
R:jig
Z:g.m.p
K:DMix
|:FDD c2A|dA/B/d efg|fed ^cAG|F/G/AF GFE|
FDD c2A|dA/B/d efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dAG:|2FAd d2A
|:dfa dfa|daf g2f|ecg ecg|ecg gfe|
~f3 gfg|~a3 efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c d2A:|2Ad^c dfg|
|:afd d^cd|Adf afd|gec cBc|Gce gfe|
fAf gfg|~a3 efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dfg:|1Ad^c dAG|

Kitty’s Rambles

T:Kitty’s Rambles
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Laurence Nugent
R:jig
Z:g.m.p.
K:DMix
|:FDD c2A|ded efg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
FDD c2A|ded efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c dAG:|2FAd d2^c
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gfe|
fdf ~g3|agf efg|fed cAG|1Ad^c d2^c:|2Ad^c dfg|
|:afd ded|Adf afd|gec cBc|Ece gfe|
~f3 ~g3|aza efg|efd cAG|1Ad^c de/f/g:|1Ad^c dAG|

Jesus, Gian Marco, how about YOUR setting? *grin*

Kitty’s Rambles

T:Kitty’s Rambles
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Frank Lee’s Tara Ceilidh Band (Hayes, Middlesex, September, 1932 )
R:jig
Z:g.m.p.
K:DMix
FED ^cBA|d^cd efg|afd ^cBA|GFG AFD|
FED ^cBA|d^cd efg|afd ^cBG|1Ad^c d3:|2Ad^c d2A|:
dfa dfa|dfa afd|cee cee|ceg gfe|
fdf gfg|aga bag|fed ^cBG|Ad^c d3:|

Sean Keane recorded this tune. He also chooses it alot for solo’s at preformences. Haha, I know Im a Chieftains freak.

Johnathan

I’ve played this for years as a two part jig because I learned it off of Jimmy Powers’ playing on Paddy in the Smoke. Someone I played with last weekend had the third part so I guess I’d better add it on :-)

Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake play a version of this tune on their CD "The Ewe With The Crooked Horn". They call it "I’m A Man In Myself Like Oliver’s Bull". (Which must surely win some sort of prize!)

Mcsherry´s version

X: 1
T: Kitty’s Rambles
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
|:DFA cAA|dAd efg|fed cAG|FAF GFE|
|DFA cAA|dAd efg|fed cAG|Ad^c d2 D:|
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gfe|
|fdf ggg|afd efg|(3gfed cAG|1 Ad^c d2A:|2 Ad^c d (3efg|
|: afd dAF|Adf a2f|gec cBc|Gce gfe|
|1 fdf ~g3|afd efg|(3gfed cAG|Ad^c d2f:|
|2 fdf ~g3|~a3 bag|(3gfed cAG|Ad^c d2f||

This tune is listed as being recorded by Michael McGoldrick And John McSherry on their At First light Album.

Is this correct?

No….

No, it’s not. There’s a reel on "First Light" called "Brendan’s", and it looks like Zina has posted this as an alternative title to the jig "Kitty’s Rambles" - see first post above. I’m not sure how this website chooses which tune to go for when confronted with 2 tunes with the same name, but on this occasion, it chose the wrong one.

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Yet another version

Learnt at the South Sligo Summer School, 2012

X:1
T:Kitty’s Rambles
R:jig
S:Angela Deane
M:6/8
K:Dmix
FDD cAA|d^cd efg|fed cAG|EAG EFG|
FDD cAA|d^cd efg|fed cAG|1 Ad^c dAG:|2 Ad^c d2A||
|:dfa dfa|dfa afd|ceg ceg|ceg gag|
fed efg|~a3 g2e|fed cAG|1 Ad^c d2A:|2 Ad^c de/f/g||
|:afd d^cd|Adf aba|gec cBc|Ace gag|
fed efg|~a3 g2e|fed cAG|1 Ad^c de/f/g:|2 Ad^c dAG||

Hmm - I was in that class. Which one of my classmates are you I wonder…

I’m A Man In Myself Like Oliver’s Bull.

Added X:7
Source: Joyce, Patrick Weston: Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (Dublin, 1909)

"The Olivers were the local landlords of my native place sixty or seventy years
ago. The name of the tune was quite a common saying, and was applied to a
confident, self-helpful person."


Okay, so this setting has only two parts… I find the third part a bit redundant, anyway (depends on the setting)…

I’m A Man In Myself Like Oliver’s Bull

Jesse Smith and Colm Gannon recently recorded the short version of the tune, citing Joyce Collection as the source.