The Roving Blade slip jig

Also known as Berwick Jockey, The Berwick Jockey, Go To Berwick, Johnny.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Roving Blade has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 AGF AGF | A2 A AGF B2 d |\
A3 AGF AGF | B2 E E2 G dcB :|
|: A2 D D2 F F2 d | A2 D DFA B2 d |\
A2 F F2 E FGA | B2 E E2 G d2 B :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 AGF AGF | A3 AGF d2 B |\
A3 AGF AGF | B2 E E2 B d2 B :|
|: A2 D D2 F FED | A2 D DFA d2 B |\
A2 F F2 E FGA | B2 E E2 B d2 B :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: e3 edc edc | e3 edc a2 f |\
e3 edc edc | f2 B B2 f a2 f :|
|: e2 A A2 c cBA | e2 A Ace a2 f |\
e2 c c2 B cde | f2 B B2 f a2 f :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:eee edc edc|eee edc efa|eee edc edc|d2 c BBB def:|
|:e2 A AAA edc|e2 A AAA def|e2 A AAA edc|BBB f2 B def:|
|:aaa agf ecA|aaa a2 e f2 e|aaa agf ecA|BBB f2 B def:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B || A3 BAG BAG | A3 BAG A2d | A3 BAG BAG | G2E E2F G2 :|
|: B || A2D D2A BAG | A2D D2A F2d | A2D D2A BAG | G2E E2F G2 :|
| g |: d2d dcB dcB | d2d dcB efg | ded dcB dcB | e2A A2B cde :|
|: d2G G2g dcB | d2G G2A B2e | d2G G2g dcB | c2A A2B cde :|
|: def gag fed | g2B B2c d2e | def gag fed | e2A A2B cde :|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Roving Blade
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A2 A AGF AGF | A2 A AGF Bcd |\
ABA AGF AGF | B2 E E2 F G2 B :|
A2 D D2 d AGF | A2 D D2 E F2 B |\
A2 D D2 d AGF | G2 E E2 F G2 B |
ABc ded cBA | d2 F F2 G A2 B |\
ABc ded cBA | B2 E E2 F G2 B |]
ABC

Nine comments

“O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody”, 1922

page 79, tune # 199 ~ "The Roving Blade"

X: 2
T: the Roving Blade
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: A Major
|: e3 edc edc | e3 edc a2 f | e3 edc edc | f2 B B2 f a2 f :|
|: e2 A A2 c cBA | e2 A Ace a2 f | e2 c c2 B cde | f2 B B2 f a2 f :|

& a direct transposition to D ~

X: 3
T: the Roving Blade
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: D Major
|: A3 AGF AGF | A3 AGF d2 B | A3 AGF AGF | B2 E E2 B d2 B :|
|: A2 D D2 F FED | A2 D DFA d2 B | A2 F F2 E FGA | B2 E E2 B d2 B :|

Some options for that one beat that goes d2 B, 2nd & 4th bar of both parts ~

d2 B / B2 d / dcB / Bcd

Go To Berwick, Johnny

Learned this as a three-part pipe tune. If I can figure out this whole ABC thing I will past the version I have.
Cheers!

Hmm, apart from the basic chord structure I can’t really see much resemblance to Go To Berwick Johnny, but maybe I’m just missing something. I can, however, find similarities between this and the Humours of Ballymanus in the A-part http://www.thesession.org/tunes/279.

Roche II, page 26, tune #261 “The Berwick Jockey”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912
"Hop Jigs" ~ pages 24 – 28

X: 4
T: Berwick Jockey, The
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
R: hop jig
K: Dmaj
|: A2 A AGF AGF | A2 A AGF Bcd | ABA AGF AGF | B2 E E2 F G2 B :|
A2 D D2 d AGF | A2 D D2 E F2 B | A2 D D2 d AGF | G2 E E2 F G2 B |
ABc ded cBA | d2 F F2 G A2 B | ABc ded cBA | B2 E E2 F G2 B |]

Tune in 3 parts

Finally got round to posting this is ABC. Here’s the three -part version I learned from … somewhere. I think it was Angus Mackay’s The Piper’s Assistant. Old book. Mid 1800s. This setting I play is a bit Irishized and differs a tad from the Scots version, but you still get the idea.

X: 1
T: Go to Berwick, Johnny
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmaj
|:eee edc edc|eee edc efa|eee edc edc|d2 c BBB def:|
|:e2 A AAA edc|e2 A AAA def|e2 A AAA edc|BBB f2 B def:|
|:aaa agf ecA|aaa a2 e f2 e|aaa agf ecA|BBB f2 B def:|

“Go to Berwick, Jockey”- 5 parts

Found this in ‘The Fiddler’s Tune-Book’. I’d probably drop the 5th part, but thought it might be of interest:

X: 1
T: Go to Berwick, Jockey
C: Trad.
S: The Fiddler’s Tune-Book; Slip Jigs & Waltzes; p.7, No.24.
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
Q: 280
K: Dmaj
|: B || A3 BAG BAG | A3 BAG A2d | A3 BAG BAG | G2E E2F G2 :|
|: B || A2D D2A BAG | A2D D2A F2d | A2D D2A BAG | G2E E2F G2 :|
K: Gmaj
|| g |: d2d dcB dcB | d2d dcB efg | ded dcB dcB | e2A A2B cde :|
|: d2G G2g dcB | d2G G2A B2e | d2G G2g dcB | c2A A2B cde :|
|: def gag fed | g2B B2c d2e | def gag fed | e2A A2B cde :|

X: 6 “The Berwick Jockey” ~ 1912

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912, page 26, tune #261
N: listed under "Hop Jigs", pages 24 - 28