The Lancers jig

Also known as Fred And Peter’s, Sligo Lancers.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Lancers has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Lancers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFA dcd|e2d B3|DFA DFA|G2F E3|
DFA dcd|e2d B3|ABA GFE|DFA d3:|
|:f2e dBA|Bcd A3|dcd e3|~f3 g3|
f2e d2A|Bcd A3|ABA GFE|DFA d3:|
X: 2
T: The Lancers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFA dcd|e2d B3|DFA DFA|G2F E3|DFA dcd|e2d B3|ABA GFE|DFA d3:|
|:f2e d2A|Bcd A3|~d3 ~e3|~f3 ~g3|f2e d2A|Bcd A3|ABA GFE|DFA d3:|

Eight comments

The Lancers

Got this one from the Peter Horan and Fred Finn “Music of Sligo” section on ITMA.


You mean the Comhaltas Archives.

This has jogged my memory about transcribing the Lancers polka, or march, or whatever it is, that Michael Gorman and John Doherty played. We’re up to 5 Lancers jigs and 1 slide here.

I don’t actually remember which I got it from. I downloaded the whole batch of files to my computer when I found them online (audio watermarks and all). That was a year or so ago, I think. I was unable to find the link again when I posted the tune this morning, else I’d have posted the link too.

The Sligo Lancers

A tune from Peter Horan and Fred Finn, the recording may be heard at, and was presumably an outtake from the LP they made. Various tunes for the Lancers quadrille are to be found in the Irish folk tradition and those all have their counterparts in printed sources, some of them very old; far as I know this is unique, though.

The title is my own invention, to distinguish it from other Lancers tunes on this site.

Sligo Lancers

Sorry about the plagiarism, Sol. Honest mistake!

No worries, Kevin!

Though you did cause me a bit of confusion over the weekend. I was attending a workshop with Paddy O’Brien and Nathan Gourley, and I played it for them hoping Paddy might know more about the tune. He didn’t, but Nathan actually ran it into Tunepal while I was playing and got a hit. I remembered talking about it here, so I claimed I was the one who posted it to The Session. Then I started wondering if I really had and looked it up on my phone, and when I did, I found yours instead of mine! I was all worried I had dreamed about posting it here, but I did a more careful search and finally sorted out what had happened later that evening.