The Wandering Minstrel jig

Also known as An Ceoltoir Fanach, Cape Breton, The Cape Breton, Wandering Minstrel, Wondering Musician.

There are 62 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Wandering Minstrel has been added to 233 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Wandering Minstrel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|ADD BAF|Ade fdB|ADD BAG|F3 GFE|
ADD BAF|Ade fdB|AdB AFE|FDD D2:|
|:e|faf ede|fdB AFA|BdB AGF|GFG E2e|
faf ede|fdB AFA|BdB AFE|FDD D2:|
|:e|f3 afd|gbe gbe|f3 afd|ceA ceA|
f3 afd|gbe gbe|fga efg|fdc d2:|
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X: 2
T: The Wandering Minstrel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ADD BAF|Ade fdB|ADD BAG|~F3 GFE|
ADD BAF|Ade fdB|AdB AFE|1 FDC D2 B:|2 F/E/DC D2 e||
faf ede|fdB AFA|~B3 AGF|GFG E2e|
~f3 ede|fdB AFA|B/c/dB AFE|FDC D2 e:||
f2 f afd|gbe gbe|~f3 afd|ceA ceA|
~f3 afd|gbe gbe|f/g/af efg|fdc d3 |
~f3 afd|~g3 gfe|~f3 afd|c2 c cBA|
f/a/fA afd|gbe gbe|f/g/af efg|fdc dcB||
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X: 3
T: The Wandering Minstrel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ADA BAF | Ade fdB | AFA BAF | FdF EFG | ADA BAF | Ade fdB | AdB AFE |1 FDD D3 :|2 FDD D2g | \
|: faf ede | fdB AFA | B2G Bcd | AFD E2g | faf ede | fdB AFA | AdB AFE | FDD D2g :|: fdf afd | \
gbe gbe | fdf afd | ceA ceg | fdf afd | gbe gbe | fdf ece |1 fdd d2g :|2 fdd d3 | \
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ABC
X: 4
T: The Wandering Minstrel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|Add BAF|Ade fdB|Add BAF|AFD EDE|
Add BAF|Ade fdB|AdB AFE|FDD D2:|
|:B|Ade ~f3|efg fdB|Ade f2e|fdB BAF|
Ade ~f3|efg fdA|~B3 AFE|FDD D2:|
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Eight comments

Wandering Minstrel

A great jig, particularly the third part. We always play it in a set which starts with the Lark in the Morning and the Humours of Ennistymon - a bit of a marathon you might say with a 4 part jig followed by two 3 parters but good fun just the same as they’re all first-rate tunes!

The Wandering Minstrel

Here’s a transcription of Eileen Iver’s first cut on this tune from the self-titled cd. The articulations are pretty straight forward, but the f/a/fA triplet toward the end of the C part is a particularly nice touch.

X: 1
T: Wandering Minstrel, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
D: Eileen Ivers, Traditional Irish Music
K: Dmaj
ADD BAF|Ade fdB|ADD BAG|~F3 GFE|
ADD BAF|Ade fdB|AdB AFE|1 FDC D2 B:|2 F/E/DC D2 e||
faf ede|fdB AFA|~B3 AGF|GFG E2e|
~f3 ede|fdB AFA|B/c/dB AFE|FDC D2 e:||
f2 f afd|gbe gbe|~f3 afd|ceA ceA|
~f3 afd|gbe gbe|f/g/af efg|fdc d3 |
~f3 afd|~g3 gfe|~f3 afd|c2 c cBA|
f/a/fA afd|gbe gbe|f/g/af efg|fdc dcB||

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Variations

im lookin for some nice variations for this tune for banjo. Im preparing for fleadh cheoli and unsure whether to play this tune or ‘Lark in the Morning’ (4verse jig). Im hoping to get helpful advice,tips,ornamentation and variation.

We just learned this tune at Skenachy from my friend Carolee, who’s sister brought it back from Ireland calling it Cape Breton Jig. Great tune!

|: ADA BAF | Ade fdB | AFA BAF | FdF EFG | ADA BAF | Ade fdB | AdB AFE |1 FDD D3 :|2 FDD D2g | \
|: faf ede | fdB AFA | B2G Bcd | AFD E2g | faf ede | fdB AFA | AdB AFE | FDD D2g :|: fdf afd | \
gbe gbe | fdf afd | ceA ceg | fdf afd | gbe gbe | fdf ece |1 fdd d2g :|2 fdd d3 | \

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Wandering Minstrel

On the Gentlemen Pipers record Mr Seamus Ennis teams us ‘The Wandering Minstrel’ with ‘Jackson’s Morning Brush.’ Awesome stuff!!!

John Carty and Brian Rooney

play a two-part version of this. Well, it’s only the first part that’s compatible, really!

Nice CD though - ‘At Complete Ease’.

Two-part Version

It goes like this:

K:D
|:B|Add BAF|Ade fdB|Add BAF|AFD EDE|
Add BAF|Ade fdB|AdB AFE|FDD D2:|
|:B|Ade ~f3|efg fdB|Ade f2e|fdB BAF|
Ade ~f3|efg fdA|~B3 AFE|FDD D2:|

This is mostly based on Carty and Rooney’s duet playing. They cite Leitrim flute player Packie Duignan as the source of it. You can listen to Harry Bradley play virtually the same version of the tune here: http://www.watsonflutes.com/products.html John McEvoy and John Wynne also recorded a very similar version recently.