The Wily Old Bachelor hornpipe

Also known as The Bachelor, The Bashful Bachelor, The Old Bachelor Willy, The Wily Old Batchelor, The Wily Old Man.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

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The Wily Old Bachelor appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Wily Old Bachelor has been added to 1 tune set.

The Wily Old Bachelor has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Wily Old Bachelor
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(DC)|B,DGA BGDB,|CEAB cAFD|B,DGA BGc3/2B/2|(3ABG (3FGE (3DEC (3B,CA,|
B,DGA BGDB,|CEAB cAFD|B,DGB ADEF|G2B2G2:|
|:(ga)|bgeg dgBg|dgBg dgBg|bgeg dgBg|fgab a2(ga)|
bgeg dgBg|cBAB cdef|gdBG EcAF|G2B2G2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Wily Old Bachelor
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DC|B,DGA BGDB,| CEAB cAFD | B,DGA BdcB | (3ABA (3GFE (3DED (3CB,A, |
B,DGA BGDB,| CEAB cAFD | B,DGB ADFA | (3GAG FA G2 :|
|: ga| bgeg dB (3BBB | dgeg dB (3BBB | bgeg dgbg | a2 a^g a2 =ga|
bgeg dB (3BBB | c2 cB cdef | gdBG FAcA | (3GAG FA G2:|

Three comments

Reminds me of ….

This nice - reminds me of the reel Roly Poly.
Lots of arpeggios - makes it very easy to learn.

Paddy Cronin does a wonderful version of this tune on his recording "Kerry’s Own".

Caitlin Nic Gabhann setting

This is how I learned it from her self titled album. I think it’s easier to play than the other version, but I’ve listened to it a thousand times and never heard it otherwise.