Sir Roger De Coverley slip jig

Also known as Sir Roger De Coverley No. 1.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Sir Roger De Coverley has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sir Roger De Coverley
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A | d2 d d2 B AFD | B2 e e2 d cBA | d2 d d2 B AA/B/c | d2 D DED D2 :|
|: A | AFA BGB AFD | Bcd efd cBA | AF/G/A BG/A/B ABc | d2 D DED c2 :|
|: e | agf g2 e fed | c2 e efd gg/f/e | agf gfe f2 e | d2 D DED c2 :|
X: 2
T: Sir Roger De Coverley
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2 d d2 B AFD | B2 e e2 d cBA | d2 d d2 B ABc | d2 d ded cBA :|
|: AFA BGB AFD | Bcd efd cBA | AFA BGB cAc | dAd ded cBA :|
|: agf gfe fed | cde efg g[fa][eb] | a2 f g2 e f2 d | ded d2 d c2 A :|

Seven comments

"Sir Roger De Coverley"

I didn’t have a name for this one, but I also somehow thought it was already on site, and maybe it is, but I’ve found it and did look and do some searching. However, in doing that searching I found the same basic slip jig in Peter Cooper’s book "English Fiddle Tunes", where he has it tagged as "Sir Roger De Coverley No. 1", page 27, tune #14. I’m adding a second transcription based on his, for comparison. As I knew this tune, and my memory may not be quite right here, we always dropped down to rumble the low D at the end of each part, quite differently from Pete’s take on it. Here’s hoping someone else recognizes this. I’ve just remembered where I’ve a slew more slip jigs and will see if I can find it there, and maybe another name for it too. All help is welcome, especially other versions. 🙂

😏 ~ "- but I’ve ‘not’ found it -" ~ not yet anyway…

Quite different from the "Roger de Coverley" that appears (or appeared) in the Oxford dictionary of music.

And the ones I’ve known by this name all across Ireland and beyond, the usual, with variations. This is the name Pete Cooper had for this one. I’m still looking, and may need to adjust the transcription some if I find notes or another connection, or add another transcription. I put it up hoping you and others, like Nigel, might recognize it and add more.

First port of call for me with 9/8 tunes is the FARNE site.

Perhaps the tune title isn’t as fictional as Sir Roger himself!


Yes, with my slow home built I usually turn to paper first, easier on the eyes, and I can lounge and peruse simultaneously, but digital archives too ~ but FARNE is an amazing resource, highly respected and valued, and I should take advantage of that more often than I do. Thanks for the memory, appreciated.

Re: Sir Roger De Coverley

"But Solomon was already impatient to prelude again and presently broke with much spirit into ‘Sir Richard de Coverley’, at which there was a sound of chairs pushed back and laughing voices". From "Silas Marner" (1861) by George Eliot, set at the start of the 19C; she also mentions ‘Over the hills and far away’.