Rookland Lasses jig

Also known as Billy’s, Rookhope Lasses.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Rookland Lasses has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Rookland Lasses
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBd gfg|dBG DFA|1 BGG G2:|2 BGF G||
|:d/e/f|gGG fGG|eGG dGG|DGB dBG|FAA ABc|
dBG ecA|fdB gdB|cAF Ddc|1 BGF G:|2 BGG G2||
X: 2
T: Rookland Lasses
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|D2 G B^AB|GB/c/d gfg|dBG DGB|cAF D2 E|
DGG B^AB|GBd gfg|dBG DFA|1 BGG G2:|2 BGF G||
|:d/e/f|gGG fGG|eGG dGG|DGG dBG|
[1 FAA Ad/e/f|gGG fGG|eGG dGG|DGG dBG|FAA G:|
[2 FAA AFE|DGG ecA|fdB gdB|cAF Ddc|BGG G2||
X: 3
T: Rookland Lasses
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B|"G"DGG BAB|"G"GBd gfg|"G"dBG DGB|"D7"cAF DFA|
"G"DGG BAB|"G"GBd gfg|"G"dBG "D7" DFA|"D7"BGG "G"G2:|
|:(3def||"G"gGG "D7"fGG|"C"eGG "G"dGG|"G"DGB dBG|"D7"FAA ABc|
"G"dBG "Am"ecA|"D7"fdB "G"gdB|"D7"cAF Ddc|"D7"BGG "G"G2:|

Eight comments

C:Billy Pigg

A jig apparently composed by the Northumbrian piper Billy Pigg.
I was reminded of this tune when Ceol posted an Andy May tune, as Andy plays this one and the setting is based on his.
Written in G, but usually heard in the Northumbrian pipe pitch of F to F#ish.

Rookland is in Geordieland, and nae doot has one or two lasses in its vicinity.

"Rookland Lasses" ~ C: attributed to Billy Pigg

Nice one Weejie, thanks… I play it with a second ending, given above…


F#ish ~ that half step lowerish… 😀

Or a sharp fish…..

😀 I’ve known a few, and caught and ate them too…

Rookland Lasses

A Billy Pigg composition, so written on the Northumbrian Pipes. Published in Pete Loud’s Collection of Northumbrian, Tyneside and Other Traditional Fiddle Tunes. I have no idea where Rookland is nor why its female inhabitants are worthy of comment!


Rookland is near Biddlestone.

Re: Rookland Lasses

I first heard the Andy May version on his album "Yellow Haired Laddie" yesterday. The first section reminds me a lot of the first section of another jig, "Hullichan."