Maid Of The Mill jig

Also known as The Maid Of The Mill.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Maid Of The Mill has been added to 1 tune set.

Maid Of The Mill has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Maid Of The Mill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D | G>FG B>AG | A>Bc d>BG | d>cB c>Bc | A>FD D>EF |
G>FG B>AG | A>Bc d>BG | d>cB A>GF | G3 G2 :|
|: B/c/ | d>^cd d>fg | c>AB c>dc | A>Bc d>ed | G3 F>ED |
G>FG B>AG | A>Bc d>BG | d>cB A>GF | G3 G2 :|

Five comments

"The Maid of the Mill" ~ a Morris Dance tune

S: Bertie Clark - fiddler

"The Voice of the People Volume 9:
Rig-a-jig-jig: Dance Music of the South of England"
track 27, the first tune

There are various takes on this melody/tune and I suspect some of you may have others you can contribute here. Some are considerably different, though the rhythm seems to be consistent throughout, meaning, as an example ~ | G>FG …

Some folks sing a little ditty to it:

"The maid of the mill, the maid of the mill,
Some say she won’t but we know that she will…"

Does anyone else have more or different verses?

Maid of the Mill - origins

Am I right in thinking it was written by the Tyneside composer, Shield, for a ballad opera of the same name and went viral to the extent that something like 35 different "traditional" versions have been collected? The same guy also wrote Curly Headed Ploughboy.

Nice one fen, I believe so. Lord knows I’ve seen and heard a slew of different ways under the same name and basic rhythm… 😀

Maid of the Mill - other words

The words I know are:
"She says she won’t but her sister will"…….