I Will If I Can jig

Also known as Hexham Races.

There are 37 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Angry Peeler (a few times), Jimmy Ward’s (a few times), The Merry Girl (a few times), The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre (a few times) and Munster Buttermilk (a few times).

I Will If I Can has been added to 13 tune sets.

I Will If I Can has been added to 93 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
Ace aec|efe e2c|Ace aec|BcB B2c|
Ace aec|efg agf|edc dcB|ABA A3:|
|:a2e fec|efe e2g|a2e fec|BcB B2e|
a2e fec|efg agf|edc dcB|ABA A3:||
X: 2
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GBd gdB|ded d2B|GBd gdB|ABA AdB|
GBd gdB|def gfe|dcB cBA|1 GAG GdB:|2 GAG Gef||
|:g2d edB|ded def|g2d edB|ABA Aef|
g2d edB|def gfe|dcB cBA|1 GAG Gef:|2 GAG GdB||
X: 3
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBd gdB | ded d2 c | ~B3 BAG | FAA AFD |
GBd gdB | def g2 f | edc BcA | BGG G2 :|
g2 d edB | ded def | g2 d edB | ABA ABd |
g2 d edB | def g2 f | edc BcA | BGF G2 :|
X: 4
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D |:GBd gdB|~d3 d2c|~B3 BAG|FAA AFD|
GBd gdB|def ~g3|edc BcA|1 AGF G2D:|2 AGF G af|
|:g2d edB|~d3 def|g2d edB|ABA Aaf|
g2d edB|Gaf ~g3|edc BcA|1 AGF G af:|2 AGF G2 z|
X: 5
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GBd gdB|d3/2e/2d d2B|GBd gdB|A3/2B/2A A2D|
GBd gdB|def {a}gfg|edB {d}cBA|GAG G2:|
|:d|g2d {f}edB|d3/2e/2d def|g2d {f}edB|A3/2B/2A A2d|
g2d {f}edB|def gfe|dcB {d}cBA|G3/2A/2G G2:|
X: 6
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A2B c2B|Ace faf|ecA BAF|B3 BcB|
|A2B c2B|Ace faf|ecA BAB|1 cAG AcB:|2 cAG A2B||
|:cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aec|~B3 BAB|
|cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aed|cdB A2B|
|c2d e2e|~f3 ecA|Ace aec|~B3 BAB|
|cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aed|cdB Acd|
|:~a3 fec|~e3 ece|~a3 fec|~B3 Bce|
|~a3 fec|ece a2f|efe dcB|1 cAG Ace:|2 cAA AcB||
X: 7
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G(3Bcd gdB | edd d2B | G(3Bcd gdB | BAA A2D |
G(3Bcd gdB | def g3 | edB cBA | BGF G2d ||
|:g2d edB | edd def | g2d edB | BAA ABd |
g2d edB | def g3 | edB cBA | BGF G3 ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
Ace fec | efe ecB | Ace fec | fec ~B3 |
Ace fec | efg ~a3 |1 efa fec | BcB ~A3 :|2 fec fec | ~B3 ~A3 |
aee fec | fec efg | aee fec | fec ~B3 |
aee ~f3 | efg ~a3 | ~a3 fec |1 BcB Ace :|2 ~B3 A3 ||
X: 9
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D | GBd gdB | ded d2 B | GBd gdB | ABA A2 B |
GBd gdB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2 :|
|: d | g2 d edB | ded d2 f | g2 d edB | ABA A2 d |
g2 d edB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2 :|
X: 10
T: I Will If I Can
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3D/E/F/ | GBd gdB | ded d2B | GBd gdB |ABA A2B/A/ |
GBd gdB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3D/E/F/ |
GBd gdB | ded d2B | GBd gdB | ABA A2B/A/ |
GBd gdB |def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3d/e/f/ |
g2d edB | ded d2e/f/ |g2d edB | ABA A2b/a/ |
gdd edB | def gfe |dcB cBA | GAG G2(3d/e/f/ |
g2d edB | ded d2e/f/ | g2d edB | ABA A2b/a/ |
gdd edB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3D/E/F/ |
GBd gdB | ded d2B | GBd gdB | ABA A2B/A/ |
GBd gdB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3D/E/F/ |
GBd gdB | ded d2B | GBd gdB | ABA A2B/A/ |
GBd gdB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3d/e/f/ |
g2d edB | ded d2e/f/ | g2d edB | ABA A2b/a/ |
gdd edB | def gfe | dcB cBA | GAG G2(3d/e/f/ |
g2d edB | ded d2e/f/ |g2d edB | ABA A2b/a/ |
gdd edB | def gfe | dcB cBA

Twenty-two comments

Kenmure’s up and awa’

Let me guess - from the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire ?

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Kenny, you’re dead right. I tried to post that info just now but nothing got through.
trevor

The Hexham Races

This is a common tune in Northumberland as well as in Scotland, but it’s usually played in G and goes by a different name.
I think it’s a nice little tune. The following setting is from the playing of Will Atkinson:

T: The Hexham Races
K: Gmaj
|:GBd gdB|ded d2B|GBd gdB|ABA AdB|
GBd gdB|def gfe|dcB cBA|1 GAG GdB:|2 GAG Gef||
|:g2d edB|ded def|g2d edB|ABA Aef|
g2d edB|def gfe|dcB cBA|1 GAG Gef:|2 GAG GdB||

Nice in D on the fiddle

I like to play this tune as a marchy jig in D on the fiddle, with the G string tuned up to A as a drone. I put a run from the open A up to the D on a single bowstroke at the start of the second part, to add to the Scottish flavour.

T: I Will If I Can

M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D |
GBd gdB | ded d2 c | ~B3 BAG | FAA AFD |
GBd gdB | def g2 f | edc BcA | BGG G2 :|
|: d |
g2 d edB | ded def | g2 d edB | ABA ABd |
g2 d edB | def g2 f | edc BcA | BGF G2 :|

Source: #1595 ~ duplication
Submitted on April 16th 2003 by tufbo
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“I Will if I Can” ~ anybody out there remember all the words?

This is another one that had lyrics put to it. I’d love to see them all again. My memory is not so good on this one…

Dunno ‘c’. Tell you what though, I don’t like the Irish version of this tune. The original’s much better!

The Kenmure title is from Burns and there are lyrics, but nothing containing the phrase "I Will If I Can".

It has lyrics on the Irish side of things and the verses and phrases finish "I Will if I Can"…

LYRICS! - Scots: “Kenmure’s Up and Awa’” / Irish: “I Will if I Can”

My bias is with the Irish take on it, how I’d first come by it, but differing from the ways given here… So give us the Burns lyrics already, and if I can come up with the Irish ~ well ~ "I will if I can"…

Aka Clogher Cross?

From Tracin’

X:1
T:Clogher Cross
S:Tracin’
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Dmix
D |:GBd gdB|~d3 d2c|~B3 BAG|FAA AFD|
GBd gdB|def ~g3|edc BcA|1 AGF G2D:|2 AGF G af|
|:g2d edB|~d3 def|g2d edB|ABA Aaf|
g2d edB|Gaf ~g3|edc BcA|1 AGF G af:|2 AGF G2 z|

Jude’s Farewell

This one has been recorded by the Kilfenora Ceili Band under the above title in both the keys of G and A.

It’s in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland #207 as ‘I Will if I Can’ and cross-indexed under ‘Up and Away’. In Music of Ireland it’s #992 as follows:

X:992
T:I Will If I Can
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
D|GBd gdB|d3/2e/2d d2B|GBd gdB|A3/2B/2A A2D|
GBd gdB|def {a}gfg|edB {d}cBA|GAG G2:|
|:d|g2d {f}edB|d3/2e/2d def|g2d {f}edB|A3/2B/2A A2d|
g2d {f}edB|def gfe|dcB {d}cBA|G3/2A/2G G2:|

I think this should be close to the "I Will if I Can" as played by John Wynne and John McEvoy on their CD — gerat music indeed.

K:Amaj
|:A2B c2B|Ace faf|ecA BAF|B3 BcB|
|A2B c2B|Ace faf|ecA BAB|1 cAG AcB:|2 cAG A2B||
|:cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aec|~B3 BAB|
|cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aed|cdB A2B|
|c2d e2e|~f3 ecA|Ace aec|~B3 BAB|
|cAA eAA|fec eAA|Ace aed|cdB Acd|
|:~a3 fec|~e3 ece|~a3 fec|~B3 Bce|
|~a3 fec|ece a2f|efe dcB|1 cAG Ace:|2 cAA AcB||

Piping Version

X: 1
T: I Will If I Can
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:D|G(3Bcd gdB | edd d2B | G(3Bcd gdB | BAA A2D |
G(3Bcd gdB | def g3 | edB cBA | BGF G2d ||
|:g2d edB | edd def | g2d edB | BAA ABd |
g2d edB | def g3 | edB cBA | BGF G3 ||

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Paul Ruane

Rough transcription of this tune I found being played by Paul Ruane of Leeds now living in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is a seriously good fiddle player.

X:1
T: Hexham Races
L:1/8
M:6/8
R: Jig
K:A
Ace fec | efe ecB | Ace fec | fec ~B3 |
Ace fec | efg ~a3 |1 efa fec | BcB ~A3 :|2 fec fec | ~B3 ~A3 |
aee fec | fec efg | aee fec | fec ~B3 |
aee ~f3 | efg ~a3 | ~a3 fec |1 BcB Ace :|2 ~B3 A3 ||

Source:~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpOmRAycu0 (first tune)

I Will If I Can, X:9

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

Hexham Races

Traditional Northumbrian Tune