Jacky Tar hornpipe

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Jacky Tar appears in 2 other tune collections.

Jacky Tar has been added to 7 tune sets.

Jacky Tar has been added to 106 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Jacky Tar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: Bd |"Em"e2ed efge |"G" d2B2 B2dB |"D"ABde faef |"D" d2A2 A2Bd |
"Em"e2ef g2fe |"G" dBGB d2cB |"D"AGFE DEFA |"Em"G2E2 E2 :|
|: GA |"Em"BGEG BGEG |"Em"BAGF E2FG |"D"AFDF AFDF |"D" AGFE D2EF |
"Em"GFGB g2fe |"G" dBGB d2cB |"D"AGFE DEFA |"Em"G2E2 E2 :|
2
X: 2
T: Jacky Tar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Bd|:~e2ed egfe|dBBA B2dB|ABde fd (3efg|afed BA (3Bcd|
~e2ed efge|dBBA B2cB|ABBA GBdB|AGE2 E2 Bd:|
GF|:EGBG (3EFG B2|B^ABc BGE^D|DFAB (3ABA FA|d^cBA GFED|
EBBA Bdgd|B2BA BccB|A2BA (3GAB dB|AGE2 E2GF:|

Eight comments

Jacky Tar

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnbzFQdM4XA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJlpCYZ6AGM


Of course this guy thinks Jacky Tar is Cuckoo’s Nest
The Cuckoo’s Nest-Irish folk song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Q-Ck2HL6o


Maybe I should have called it Johny Asphalt 🙂

….and it’s a hornpipe, not a reel.

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Yes, it does seem to be a hornpipe

But, Jacky Tar still seems to be the more common name.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1zUYA0xKq4

Re: Jacky Tar

Here’s your source, Dick.
https://youtu.be/HnsOSeFErjQ


Do you recognise the Aberdonians in the photo, or was that a wee bit before your time in Aberdeen ?
A few things of interest to you - I’ll send you a private message.
Stay safe, a’ the best, Kenny
PS - the 3-part major Jacky Tar" you’re playing here is different to the tune originally posted above.

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