Tom Billy’s jig

Also known as Apples In Winter.

There are 147 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Scotsman Over The Border (a few times), The Banks Of The Ilen (a few times), The Carraroe (a few times), The Foxhunter’s (a few times).

Tom Billy's has been added to 65 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e3 gfg|fge edB|~G3 BAB|GBd g2f|
e3 gfg|fge edB|GBd gfg|edB ABd:|
|:e2a age|aba agf|~g3 ged|GBd g2f|
eae aea|dgd gdg|e3 gfg|edB ABd:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
fBB aBB|fec cBc|ABA cAc|efg a2g|
~f3 ~a3|fec cBc|Ace aga|1 fec Bce:|2 fec BcA||
|:fbb baf|abb baf|aba aec|Ace aga|
fbb fbb|eaa eaa|fec aba|1 fec Bce:|2 fec BcA||
ABC
X: 3
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eAA gfg|edB BAB|~G3 ~B3|def g2f|
eAA gfg|edB BAB|GBd gfg|edB A3:|
|:e2a age|aba age|~g3 gdB|GBd g2f|
eaa eaa|dgg dgg|edB gfg|edB A3:|
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X: 4
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ABA ABd|edB G3|dBB gBB|def gfg|
ABA ABd|edB G3|dBB gBB|ABA A3:|
|:e(3aaa aga|bab age|(3efg e GBd|ede ged|
eaa aga|bab age|efg dBG|BAG A3:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAA gAA|edB BAB|G2A BAB|def g2f|
eAA gAA|edB BAB|GBd gag|edB A3 :|
|:eaa age|aAa age|g2g gdB|GBd gag|
eaa eae|dgg dgg|edB gag|edB A3 :|
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Eleven comments

Tom Billy’s

I got this from some musician friends but the original source was apparently Jean Michel Veillon. The title they gave me was "Tom Billy’s". There’s a nice variation you can do for bars 3-4 of the B-part: |gdg ada|bda gdf|.

This also appears in Bdor on Dervish’s Harmony Hill in the first set of jigs:

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Bdor
fBB aBB|fec cBc|ABA cAc|efg a2g|
~f3 ~a3|fec cBc|Ace aga|1 fec Bce:|2 fec BcA||
|:fbb baf|abb baf|aba aec|Ace aga|
fbb fbb|eaa eaa|fec aba|1 fec Bce:|2 fec BcA||

The jigs aren’t named separately, but in true Dervish style, the whole set is given the name "Apples In Winter", a jig which bears a passing resemblance to this tune, particularly in the A-part.

This one sounds a bit bland but theres something about it I like.

Its also called "The Flowers of Spring".

No it’s not. That’s a different tune that goes by the name Tom Billy’s http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1283. Did you actually look at the tune or just the name?

I don’t find this jig bland at all. I think it’s a beautiful tune, but there you go.

An Ador setting of this also appears on Muintir Lewis’ Weeds In The Garden http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/1420. I haven’t got the album so the setting I heard is 2nd hand, but from memory it was more like the Dervish version, something along the lines of this:

X: 1
T: Tom Billy’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
eAA gfg|edB BAB|~G3 ~B3|def g2f|
eAA gfg|edB BAB|GBd gfg|edB A3:|
|:e2a age|aba age|~g3 gdB|GBd g2f|
eaa eaa|dgg dgg|edB gfg|edB A3:|

Clare Variation

The way play tom billy’s is slightly different
T: Tom Billy’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
ABA ABd|edB G3|dBB gBB|def gfg|
ABA ABd|edB G3|dBB gBB|ABA A3:|
|:e(3aaa aga|bab age|(3efg e GBd|ede ged|
eaa aga|bab age|efg dBG|BAG A3:|

That’s a different tune called the Flowers of Spring. People, before you post different "versions" in the comments of tunes, please check to see that it is not actually a totally different tune by the same name.

Grumble, grumble, grumble… :-/

So many ‘different’ tunes attributed to dear old and long departed Tom Billy…

I learned this setting as a gan ainm from Dan Compton here in Portland Oregon. A bit of searching to see if I could find a name for it turned up a very similar "Rattle the Quilt" taken from Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol 5, which also mentioned Tom Billy’s as another name that finally helped me find it here.