This is the tune I know as Jacky Tar. I find it on youtube played this way maybe a dozen times. There seems to be no other reasonable version here except as an AKA for The Cuckoo’s Nest. While Cuckoo’s Nest is somewhat similar it is not the same - IMHO.
Here are examples of the tune I know as The Cuckoos Nest
Of course this guy thinks Jacky Tar is Cuckoo’s Nest
The Cuckoo’s Nest-Irish folk song
Maybe I should have called it Johny Asphalt 🙂
Been here since 2003.
….and it’s a hornpipe, not a reel.
Yes, it does seem to be a hornpipe
But, Jacky Tar still seems to be the more common name.
Jacky Tar, X:2
As played by Dale Russ : http://youtu.be/cLKg5IBQnNA
Re: Jacky Tar
This is a very old English tune - you will find it played by renaissance music consorts under the name "Come ashore Jolly Tar with your trousers on". Jack Tar was a very common term for a sailor of the merchant or royal navy. I can see the similarities with the Cuckoo’s Nest, but I don’t think it’s the same tune at all.
I first learnt it from Pete Cooper’s book over 20 years ago, and still rarely come across a soul who knows it. Double stopping with a B on the third note gives it a beautiful, rollicking feel.
The tune (as I know it, and roughly as transcribed in the first setting) was featured in an episode of The Tudors, played by the Toronto Consort.