Tom Bawcock’s Eve jig

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One setting

X: 1
T: Tom Bawcock's Eve
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |:G2B BAB |G2B BAB |d2B A2B |e2d B2D |
G2B BAB |G2B BAB |d2B A2F |G2G G2B :|
|:d2B A2B |e2d B2B |d2B A2B |e2b B2b |
G2B BAB |G2B BAB |d2B A2F |G2G G2D :|

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This is a simple tune played often in the small fishing village of Mousehole in southwest Cornwall on Tom Bawcock’s Eve (the 23rd of December.)

According to the story during a cold winter the villagers of Mousehole had no crops to eat and a long storm prevented the fishermen from gathering fish. A man named Tom Bawcock (and perhaps his cat) braved it out into the sea and saved the village from famine.

The locals use this now as an excuse to have a party, lights are lit along the harbour and local food such as ‘starry-gazey pie’ (7 types of fish with the heads poking out of the top) and morgy broth is served.
Words are sung to this tune and pretty much recount what I’ve just said above- except with rhyming….

the 1st half of the 2nd part could inspire someone to rewrite the whole tune in Eminor…