The Rambling Pitchfork jig

Also known as The Fisherman’s Widow, The Fisherman’s Widow, Lambert’s, Roland’s Return, Roland’s U-Turn.

There are 105 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 Rambling Pitchfork has been added to 62 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
FFF AFF|cFF AF^F|G^FG ABg|fed cAG|
^FDD ADD|CDD A,DD|G^FG ABG|AFD D3:|
fff ecA|BBB AFD|G^FG ABg|fed cAG|
^FDD ADD|CDD A,DD|G^FG ABG|AFD D3:|
FEF G^FG|A^FA dA^F|G^FG ABg|fed cAG|
^FDD ADD|CDD A,DD|G^FG ABG|AFD D3:|
d2e fed|ecA ABc|d2e fed|agf gec|
d2e fed|ecA FGA|G^FG ABG|AFD D3:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: FFF G^FG | AGA dA^F | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3 :|
|: d2 g fed | ecA ABc | d2e fed | f/2g/2af gec |
d2e fed |ecA FGA |G^FG ABG |AFD D3: |
|: FFF AFF | cFF A2^F | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3 :|
|: f2 f ecA | B2 B AFD | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3:|
ABC

Four comments

Rambling pitchfork

This is a version by Tommy Pott.Completely different from original in D major.I left out all the upbeats - easy to put something in.Would have involved too mainly second time bars!Learnt it off someone in a session in Bristol,England.

Kevin Burke version(s)

Kevin Burke plays the minor version (slightly different to the notation here) immediately followed by the major version on ‘In Tandem’ with Ged Foley on guitar. Excellent playing from the master, not too fast and bringing out a really haunting quality in the older minor version

Kevin Burke version something like:

X: 1
T: The Rambling Pitchfork (D minor 4-part version)
D: Kevin Burke and Ged Foley. In Tandem
Z: E.Bolton
N: see www.thesession.org/tunes/2329
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig

K: Dmin
|: FFF G^FG | AGA dA^F | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3 :|
|: d2 g fed | ecA ABc | d2e fed | f/2g/2af gec |
d2e fed |ecA FGA |G^FG ABG |AFD D3: |
|: FFF AFF | cFF A2^F | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3 :|
|: f2 f ecA | B2 B AFD | G^FG A2 g | fed cAG |
^FDD ADD | CDD A,DD | G^FG ABG | AFD D3:|