The Red-Speckled Hen jig

Also known as The Red Speckled Hen.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Red-Speckled Hen has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Red-Speckled Hen
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
BBB c2A|BBB d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB c2A|BBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3:|
d2e fBB|BfB d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|d2e fBB|
BfB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|d2e fBB|BfB d2e|
fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB c2A|BBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3
|:BBB BBB|fBc d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB BBB|fBc d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3:|
d2e fee|fBB f3|d2e fBB|c2B cAA|d2e fee|
fBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|d2e fee|fBB f3|
d2e fBB|c2B cAA|BBB BBB|fBc d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|]

Eight comments

Are these dots correct ? I have been completely unable to find any version of this on the net, and so am just working off the memory of how I heard it from a bouzoukist friend whom I see but once a year.

I imagine it’s a 6-8 pipe march. It’s certainly Scottish.The B part has this compelling cross-rhythm/ tension which people like.

Bad start to the year….

No, the dots are not correct. It was recorded by "The Tannahill Weavers", but they give no information about the tune on the sleeve notes to the cassette tape of the recording which I have. It is a jig, not a 6/8 pipe march, and as with all Scottish pipe tunes the first thing you should have asked is "does it have 4 parts". It does, and you’ve only posted half a tune. It can be found in the "John Macfadyen Collection" Book 2.

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Oops, so sorry ….

And happy new year to you too Kenny.

I guess by implication what I was implying was that if someone ( you ?) does know the tune correctly, s/he could post that. Not all of us have Macfadyen’s collection ( nor even wish to get it). I just like this tune, and want to know how it really should be played.

So, are the 2 parts I’ve posted at least correct ?

It’s pretty close. I don’t have a copy of McFadyen’s 2, but the Tannahill’s version is basically (sans grace notes):

X:1
T:The Red Speckled Hen
C:Donald Morrison
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:D
BBB c2A|BBB d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB c2A|BBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3:|
d2e fBB|BfB d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|d2e fBB|
BfB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|d2e fBB|BfB d2e|
fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB c2A|BBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3
|:BBB BBB|fBc d2e|fBB d2e|c2B cAA|BBB BBB|fBc d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3:|
d2e fee|fBB f3|d2e fBB|c2B cAA|d2e fee|
fBB d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|d2e fee|fBB f3|
d2e fBB|c2B cAA|BBB BBB|fBc d2e|f2d edc|BBB f3|]

As you can see, composed by Donald Morrison. The Tannahills begin with that long F sharp note.

Key is Bm, of course.

Thanks…

ta very muchly Weejie. That’s the spirit.

I’ve now amended the abc so it should show up correct now.

SIMON

Unfortunately, Simon, the sheet music has already been put up. You could e-mail Jeremy and ask him to update it.

If I may post your original version too. It’s interesting to see how tunes move on:

X: 1
T: Red-Speckled Hen, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Bmin
|: BBB c2A |BBB d2e |f2 B d2e |c2 B cBA |
BBB c2A |BBB d2e |f2 d e2 c|B3 B3 :|
|:d2 e f2 B|BBB d2e |f2 B d2e |c2 B cBA |
d2 e f2 B|BBB d2e | f2 d e2 c|B3 B3 :|