The Fox On The Prowl reel

Also known as Martin Power’s, Vincent Broderick’s.

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fox On The Prowl has been added to 68 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:defd e~A3|BAFA dAFA|d2 de fdfa|b2 af fee2|
|defd e~A3|BAFA dAFA|d2 df abaf|edef d3 A:|
|:defd A2 AB|defd e~A3|BAFA defa|b2 af feea|
|b~f3 afef|defd e~A3|BAFA defd|edef d3 A:|
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ABC
X: 2
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2fd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde f2af|~g2fg edBA|
d2fd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde f2af|edef d3:|
|:e|f2af ~d3e|f2af eA~A2|BAFA defa|b2af fe~e2|
bf~f2 af~f2|dfaf eA~A2|BAFA dfaf|edef d3:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|bf~f2 af~f2|defd efdB|BAFB ABdf|edef d3:|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Bc|d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFA|d3e ~f2 af|bfaf eB ~B2|
d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFG|Adde ~f2af|edBA d2:||
e|faaf dcde|faaf eA ~A2|BAFA d2fa|baaf e2 fa|
bf ~f2 afec|d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA dfaf|edBA d3:|]
ABC
X: 5
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
deed eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
e|faaf dcde|faaf eA~A2|BAFA defab|faf e3 A|
bF~F2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
defd A2 AB|defd e~A3|BAFA defab|faf e3 a|
bf~f2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|
ABC
X: 7
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
defd A2 AB|defd e~A3|BAFA defab|faf e3 a|
bf~f2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|
ABC
X: 8
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|defd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde fa~a2|bfaf edBA|
defd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde fa~a2|edef d3:|
|:e|faa2 d3e|faaf eA~A2|BAFA defg|bfaf fee2|
bf~f2 afef|defd efdB|~A2FB A2af|edef d3:|
ABC
X: 9
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|d2 fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFA|ABde f3 d|g2fg effe|
d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFG|ABde ~f3 g|edef d3 c:||
|faaf d3e|f2af eA ~A2|BAFA ABdf|b2af g~e3|
bf ~f2 afef|defd e2 dA|FAAF ABdf|edef d3 e:|]
ABC
X: 10
T: The Fox On The Prowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D || GABG A~D3 | E~D3 G~D3 | G2GA BGBd | e2dB BAA2 |
GABG A~D3 | E~D3 G~D3 | G2GB dedB | AGAB G3 :|
|: D || GABG D2DE | GABG A~D3 | E~D3 GABd | e2dB BAAd |
e~B3 dBAB | GABG A~D3 | E~D3 GABG | AGAB G3 :|
ABC

Seventeen comments

The Fox on the Prowl

I just learned this tune off Mike and Mary Rafferty on the cd The Road From Ballinakill. It came in a round about way…someone on the wooden flute email list posted a web address for WFUV (www.wfuv.org), the public radio station at Fordham University in New York. They recommended an Irish music program there called A Thousand Welcomes, and I checked it out, listening through the archives. This tune jumped out at me, partly because Mike Rafferty is one of my all-time favorite flute players, partly the double entendre in the title of the tune, and partly because I’d never heard of the tune before.

So here it is. Mr. Rafferty plays it at an easy pace, but full of lilt and swing, powered also by his daughter Mary on button box. I’ve shown the flute setting here. On fiddle I play those A rolls (in measures 1 & 5, Part A, measures 2 & 6, Part B) as bowed triplets:
|defd eA (3AAA|
Similarly, you can triplet the high b’s in the 4th measures of each half. Otherwise, the notes fit well on any trad instrument.

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I’ve also posted the other tune in the Raffertys’ set, The Liffey Banks. It goes after Fox on the Prowl.

Posted .

Thanks to a posting by Mark in Oz and a good catch by Bannerman, I can add here that this tune was written by Vincent Broderick, flute player from Co. Galway and resident of Dublin.

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Sorry Will! I’ll post it al here instead where it belongs:

A|d2fd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde f2af|~g2fg edBA|
d2fd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde f2af|edef d3:|
|:e|f2af ~d3e|f2af eA~A2|BAFA defa|b2af fe~e2|
bf~f2 af~f2|dfaf eA~A2|BAFA dfaf|edef d3:|

That was my version and there are some more comments below:

This is a popular tune at sessions in Sydney, and always goes down well. bb likes to play "The Crib Of Perches", "Vincent Broderick’s" and "The Fair-haired Lass" in a set together, and woe betide you if you try to steal one of them and use them in another set!

Vincent Broderick’s is the only name I have ever been given for this tune - does anyone have an alternative title? It’s been taken off someone’s CD, and I get told every time who plays it but I’m always to drunk to be able to remember the next day!

This setting is a sort of fusion of the version that I got off bb and the one posted as "no name" on Henrik Norbeck’s index. bb and others here play the last few bars as follows:

|bf~f2 af~f2|defd efdB|BAFB ABdf|edef d3:|

However, since that 2nd bar is the same as in "The Crib Of Perches", it’s too easy to go back into the previous tune in the set if you’re not concentrating. I’ve heard this happen in sessions here a couple of times. Maybe Norbeck’s last few bars as transcribed here are "safer" in that respect (I also like the way it goes up to high A).

One variation I’ve heard on bar 4 of the 1st part goes well on the flute:

|gbfb edBc|


Posted on January 26th 2003 by Dow

Vincent Broderick’s
This tune was written by flute player, Vincent Broderick and is included in the collection of his compositions titled "The Turoe Stone" - the correct name for the reel is "The Fox on the Prowl". One that most often gets christened "Vincent Broderick’s" is really the "Tinker’s Daughter", a great reel which can be found on this site at http://www.thesession.org/tunes/353 - I hope I haven’t confused anybody but Vincent has composed some brilliant music which seems to fit in so well with the established tradition and is so deserving of recognition.

Posted on January 27th 2003 by Bannerman

Thanks Bannerman…

No need for apologies Mark—I felt kinda sheepish having to break the news that it was already in here. Your B part is an interesting variation—reminds me a bit of Sailor’s Bonnet.

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Another Story to go with Vincent’s tune. This man had a beautiful daughter and no man was good enough for her. The boyfriend used to come around at night and give a good kick to the hen-house door. The father would tell his daughter to go check on the hens as the "fox is on the Prowl".

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The Fox on The Prowl - West Kerry version

Here is a distinct version of the tune played by West Kerry fiddle player Grainne McGee. She plays it at a very relaxed speed and follows it with "The Devils of Dublin".

X:1080
T:The Fox on the Prowl
C:© Vincent Broderick
S:version of Grainne McGee
B:V. Broderick: The Truroe Stone
R:reel
Z:transcription Johannes Schiefner(jschiefner@gmx.net)
Z:id:js_1080
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:D
Bc|d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFA|d3e ~f2 af|bfaf eB ~B2|
d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFG|Adde ~f2af|edBA d2:||
e|faaf dcde|faaf eA ~A2|BAFA d2fa|baaf e2 fa|
bf ~f2 afec|d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA dfaf|edBA d3:|]

A setting from Kevin Crawford

I don’t usually spend time cataloging multiple versions of tunes. But this one is quite different from the others posted, and different enuf to be less confusible with the Sailor’s Bonnet, the Crib of Perches, etc.

It comes from a workshop Kevin gave in New York last week. He associates this tune with Chris Droney, but he knew it was written by a flute player (he guessed Josie McD). He plays it together with a tune called the Sligo Reel.

T: The Fox on the Prowl
S: Kevin Crawford, NY Irish Arts Center, 2007 Sep 30
M: C|
K: D
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
deed eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
e|faaf dcde|faaf eA~A2|BAFA defab|faf e3 A|
bF~F2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|

The workshop was brilliant. It was more than just a new tune; the tune was just the vehicle for the musical ideas that he wanted to get across. For example, the BAFA BAFA bit (which is the most noticable difference from the Rafferty and Lamh Ar Lamh versions — they play BAFA dAFA) is played with a good push on those low Fs, for an interesting rhythmic effect. And the deed bits were used to demonstrate an E crann. There was a lot more, but you’ll have to take a workshop with him yourself, if you get the opportunity!

BTW the tune called "Vincent Broderick’s", referenced on the details tab of this tune page, is actually a jig that VB named "The Old Flail".

Kevin’s

X: 1
Kevin at Irish week in west virgina taught me this,


T: Fox On The Prowl
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
defd A2 AB|defd e~A3|BAFA defab|faf e3 a|
bf~f2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|

something like that anyway

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X: 1
T: Fox On The Prowl
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
A|d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde faaf|g2 fg|egfe|
d2 fd eA~A2|BAFA BAFA|AFde fbaf|edef d3 :|
defd A2 AB|defd e~A3|BAFA defab|faf e3 a|
bf~f2 afef|deed edBA|FA~A2 FAdf|edef d3 :|

Ps

I left out *which* tune is the Old Flail, in my note above — it’s the "Vincent Broderick’s" on the Mulcahy Family album.

Greenfield, Mass version

This is what gets played a little north of me …

X: 149
T: The Fox On The Prowl
C: Vincent Broderick
M: C|
K: Dmaj
A|defd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde fa~a2|bfaf edBA|
defd eA~A2|BAFA dAFB|ABde fa~a2|edef d3:|
|:e|faa2 d3e|faaf eA~A2|BAFA defg|bfaf fee2|
bf~f2 afef|defd efdB|~A2FB A2af|edef d3:|

Mark Roberts version

Something along the lines of:

X:1
T:The Fox on the Prowl
R:reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:D
|d2 fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFA|ABde f3 d|g2fg effe|
d2fd eA ~A2|BAFA BAFG|ABde ~f3 g|edef d3 c:||
|faaf d3e|f2af eA ~A2|BAFA ABdf|b2af g~e3|
bf ~f2 afef|defd e2 dA|FAAF ABdf|edef d3 e:|]

‘another story’ murcu… is there another tale of this kind? Must we assume Vincent is the source of the story and the reason why he gave his tune this name in the first place?
There is something of a signal in the tune alright, as opposed to a fully ‘lyrical’ development.
I can hear how the same modules are repeated in slightly different ways throughout the tune, like a real fox turning around the hen house and looking at it from different angles, perhaps…

The Fox on the Prowl - Gmaj

I’ve been working with changing keys and settings with several popular tunes and thought this one was particularly well-suited for playing in Gmaj, with plenty of crans for the pipes.