The Blarney Pilgrim jig

Also known as Dean Lloyd’s Jig #1, Killoughery, Killoughery Jig No. 1.

There are 55 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Behind The Haystack (a few times), Banish Misfortune (a few times), The Battering Ram (a few times), Drowsy Maggie (a few times), Jim Ward’s (a few times).

The Blarney Pilgrim has been added to 1,588 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Four settings

X: 1
T: The Blarney Pilgrim
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DED DEG| A2A ABc| BAG AGE| GEA GED|
DED DEG|A2A ABc|BAG AGE| GED D3:|
ded dBG|AGA BGE| ded dBG|AGA GAB|
g2e dBG|AGA BGE|B2G AGE| GAG G3:|
A2D B2D| A2D ABc|BAG AGE|GEA GED|
ADD BDD|ADD ABc|BAG AGE|GED D3:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Blarney Pilgrim
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: DD/D/D DEG | AA/A/A ABc | BAG AGE | GEA GED |
DD/D/D DEG | A2 A ABc | BAG AGE | GED DD/D/D :|
dd/d/d dBG | AGA BGE | dd/d/d dBG | ABA GBd |
g/g/ge dBG | AA/A/A BGE | B/B/BG AGE |[1 GED DBc :|[2 GED DFG ||
AD/D/D BD/D/D | A2 D ABc | BAG AGE | GEA GED |
AD/D/D B2 D | AD/D/D ABc | BAG AGE |[1 GED DFG :|[2 GED D3 |]
ABC
X: 3
T: The Blarney Pilgrim
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emix
|:E3 EFA| B3 Bcd| cBA BAF| AFB AFE|
E3 EFA|B3 Bcd|cBA BAF| AFE E3:|
efe ecA|BAB cAF| efe ecA|BAB Ace|
a2f ecA|BAB cAF|c2A BAF| AFE E3:|
B2E c2E| B2E Bcd|cBA BAF|AFB AFE|
BEE cEE|BEE Bcd|cBA BAF|AFE E3:|
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 4
T: The Blarney Pilgrim
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:DED DEG| A2A ABc| BAG AGE| GEA GED|
DED DEG|A2A ABc|BAG AGE| GED D3:|
ded dBG|AGA BGE| ded dBG|AGA B3|
g2e dBG|AGA B2d|dcB AGE| GED D3:|
A2D B2D| A2D ABc|BAG AGE|GEA GED|
ADD BDD|ADD ABc|BAG AGE|GED D3:|
# Added by Boyen .
ABC

Eighteen comments

I’ve shown some ideas for varying the lively third part. Sometimes it works well with short, snappy notes and sometimes it’s better to squeeze in as many droning D notes as possible.

A great version of this tune being played at a nice, steady pace can be found on the classic Andy Irvine/Paul Brady collaboration album.

This is apparently a really well-known tune. I’ve found it at many free sheet music sites. I first saw it in a pennywhistle book.

This tune is nicely paired before The Walls of Liscarrol.

Posted by .

The Blarney Pilgrim

I have heard this tune played by Gaelic Storm. Seven Nations also does this with Uillean Pipes. I believe it is on the Road Kill CD.

Tommy peoples

Tommy Peoples puts a few lovely spins and stutters on this tune on his cd Waiting For A Call.

Posted by .

Titanic confusion

Oddly, in the orchestra arrangement of Gaelic Storm’s Titanic version, the second piece (a reel) is labelled as Blarney Pilgrim, while the first one (a jig, and this tune) is left unlabeled…

Now, I need to figure out what the proper name of the second half is.

Small correction

I have since found the second tune; it’s a polka called Ryan’s.

Structure…???

this is one of those tunes where I think of the last part as a variation on the first and of the second part as a kind of chorus or refrain.. So i tend to play it ABCB..
Also there’s a lovely light version by John Renbourn & Robin Williamson on a track called South Wind & Blarney Pilgrim but I don’t know the album name…

Nice playful version by Paddy Keenan on The Long Grazing Acre.

Key of G - not D mixolydian

I don’t see how this tune could be centered on D as tonic - even if mixolydian.

I really do like the tune though - and on mandolin I like playing a couple open D notes along with the melody on that B part - and sometimes an open G note on the A part.

I know that there’s been plenty of discussion about the key and backing to this tune, but all I ever found was the first part. Anybody have ideas for a good, simple backing for the other two parts?

Clearing up Titanic Confusion

For Gaelic Storm’s arrangement I’m nearly 99% certain that the tunes are Blarney Pilgrim followed by Armagh Polka, or at least thats what its being called in my Foinn Seisiun books…

“The Blarney Pilgrim”

X: 2
T: Blarney Pilgrim, The
S: Seamus Egan on tenor banjo
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
|: DD/D/D DEG | AA/A/A ABc | BAG AGE | GEA GED |
DD/D/D DEG | A2 A ABc | BAG AGE | GED DD/D/D :|
dd/d/d dBG | AGA BGE | dd/d/d dBG | ABA GBd |
g/g/ge dBG | AA/A/A BGE | B/B/BG AGE |[1 GED DBc :|[2 GED DFG ||
AD/D/D BD/D/D | A2 D ABc | BAG AGE | GEA GED |
AD/D/D B2 D | AD/D/D ABc | BAG AGE |[1 GED DFG :|[2 GED D3 |]

Add x4

This is a version I heard from Craig Duncan I believe. Very similar to X1 but handles the B part differently and quite nicely IMO.

Posted by .