Comb Your Hair And Curl It slip jig

Also known as Cíor & Coirníniú M’ Gruaige, I’ll Comb My Hair And Curl It.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Foxhunter’s (lots of times), Barney Brannigan (a few times), The Boys Of Ballisodare (a few times), The Butterfly (a few times) and Coleman’s (a few times).

Comb Your Hair And Curl It has been added to 13 tune sets.

Comb Your Hair And Curl It has been added to 314 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B2E E2F G2A | Bcd e2c d3| B2E E2F G2A | ~B3 ABG FED:|
|:g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def| g2e e2d e2c | dcB AGF G2E :|
X: 2
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE EF GA|(3Bcd ec d2|BE EF GA|(3BcB AG FD:|
ge ed eg|fd dc d2|ge ed ec|(3BcB AG FD:|
B2E E2F G2A|B2e ece dBA|B2E E2F G2A|B=cB A2G FED:|
g2e efe e2f|~g3 efg afd|g2e efe e2c|d2B ABG FED:|
X: 3
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2B d2B | dBA AGF GFE |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e edc d2B | ABA AGF GFE |
X: 4
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d edc | d2B AGF GFE |
| g2e e2d eag | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d edc | d2B AGF GFE |
X: 5
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BEE FGA|B2 dc d2|BEE FGA|B/d/B AF GE|
BEE FGA|B2 dc dA|BEE FGA|B/d/B AF GE||
gee deg|fdd cde|gee ded|B/c/d AF GE|
gee deg|fdd cde|ge df ed|B/c/d AF GE||
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X: 6
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d e2c | d2B AGF G2E |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d e2c | d2B AGF GFE |
X: 7
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B2E E2F G2A | B2e ece dBA| B2E E2F G2A | B=cB A2G FED:|
|:g2e efe e2f | g2e efg afd| g2e efe e2c | d2B A2G FED |
g2e efe e2f | g2e efg afd| gfg agf g2e|d2B A2G FED||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: Comb Your Hair And Curl It
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B2E E2F G2A | B2e ece dBA| B2E E2F G2A | B=cB ABG FED:|
g2e efe e2f | g3 efg afd| g2e efe e2c | d2B ABG FED |
g2e efe e2f | g3 efg afd| gfg afd g2e | d2B ABG FED |]

Twenty-one comments

Comb your hair and curl it

I believe this tune was on the very first album of The Chieftains, roundabout the late sixties. I don

C flat

My ear and other ABC-verions tells me that the C in the 4th bar should be C-flat.

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Lars:

I wrote down the ABC rather quickly without much checking, and I must’ve missed that one. I agree that a C-flat sounds better. Personally I usually just play a long roll on this note though.

C flat??

I’m guessing you mean c natural—?

C-flat is a B-natural… I do think you’d mean C-Natural… which, on flute and whistle, is an oxymoron… considering the C-Sharp is a natural fingering and the C-natural is a cross (unless you play boehm flute, but that’s another story…)

Abnormal timing to a slip jig

Jean Carignan of Montreal, PQ, Canada recorded this tune with a variant of the Fox Chase or Fox Hunters Slip Jig. He plays both pieces with 4/4 timing. This can be found on Michael Colemans versions also…

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Hop Jig

It sounds like Harry Bradley playing this tune almost in 6/8.

M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: hop jig
K: Edor
BE EF GA|(3Bcd ec d2|BE EF GA|(3BcB AG FD:|
ge ed eg|fd dc d2|ge ed ec|(3BcB AG FD:|

I think we should play it in 9/8 when we’re slowing down.

Here’s another setting based on Grey Larsen’s whistle playing:

M: 9/8
K: Edor
B2E E2F G2A|B2e ece dBA|B2E E2F G2A|B=cB A2G FED:|
g2e efe e2f|~g3 efg afd|g2e efe e2c|d2B ABG FED:|

By 6/8 I think you mean 3/4

In the Harry Bradley version above, I think you mean 3/4, not 6/8. Your transcription pairs eighth notes together, which makes sense musically. But I think 6/8 implies three eighth note groupings. Obviously a player would figure this out, and it looks fairly obvious on the page. Just being a little picky. Sorry.

Another

I spent some time with this tune today and it came out something like this….

X:1
T:Comb Your Hair and Curl It
M:9/8
L:1/8
R:slip jig
K:D
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
B2E E2F G2A | ~B2d AGF GFE :|
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2B d2B | dBA AGF GFE |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e edc d2B | ABA AGF GFE |

Altan

Now I know where I got my version… Altan… here is more how it should be:

X:1
T:Comb Your Hair and Curl It
M:9/8
L:1/8
R:slip jig
K:D
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
B2E E2F G2A | BdB AGF GFE :|
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d edc | d2B AGF GFE |
| g2e e2d eag | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d edc | d2B AGF GFE |

Altan

i heard this at ana ltan gig
good tune :)

can i just point out tht all the c-flat/ natural stuff at th top of the page is sooo annoying. ok so someone got it wrong, its not a c flat as thts a b sharp or something but to some of us note names mean v little anyway so sooorrrrryyyy if we get it slightly wrong once in a while. u all knew what was meant anyway

Here’s another hop jig setting, similar to the Harry Bradley version above, and also played here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SJ3XrFJSqg) by Tommasso Tornielli on flute.


X: 1
T: Comb Your Hair and Curl It
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BEE FGA|B2 dc d2|BEE FGA|B/d/B AF GE|
BEE FGA|B2 dc dA|BEE FGA|B/d/B AF GE||
gee deg|fdd cde|gee ded|B/c/d AF GE|
gee deg|fdd cde|ge df ed|B/c/d AF GE||

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ooops—typo. Second to last measure should be: |ge fd ed|

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Harry Bradley got the hop jig setting of this tune straight from Michael Coleman’s recording. It’s quite possible that other hop jig settings also come from Michael Coleman, both directly or indirectly.

Altan version

Here’s how I hear it on Altan, just a few changes from merry highlanders, thanks merry:

X:1
T:Comb Your Hair and Curl It
M:9/8
L:1/8
R:slip jig
K:D
|: B2E E2F G2A | Bcd edc d2c |
B2E E2F G2A | B=cB AGF G2E :|
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d e2c | d2B AGF G2E |
| g2e e2d efg | f2d d2c def |
| g2e e2d e2c | d2B AGF GFE |

Roger Sherlock

My favorite version of this tune will be from Roger Sherlock’s "Memories of Sligo" Album recorded with guitar backing by Mary Conroy. Ceol Alainn state this about the set: "two well known slip jigs played in 3/2 time, in the style of north-east English triple hornpipes. Rarely heard in Irish music, these are the elusive and, now, contentiously-titled hop jigs known throughout Ireland before the decline of the triple hornpipe as a popular dance tune in the late-Eighteenth Century". A lovely tune indeed!

Comb Your Hair And Curl It, X:7

Good Piping jig

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Comb Your Hair And Curl It, X:8

Isn’t the form AB with 8 measures each?