The Luck Penny jig

Also known as The Luckpenny, The Lucky Penny, Pingin Áḋúil.

There are 49 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Brendan Tonra’s (a few times), The Cat In The Corner (a few times), The Pipe On The Hob (a few times), The Pipe On The Hob (a few times) and Queen Of The Fair (a few times).

The Luck Penny has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Luck Penny has been added to 187 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Luck Penny
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BAG AFD|G2G FGA|BAG BdB|cAG Fdc|
BAG AFD|GBd ~g3|def gdB|1 cAF G2A:|2 cAF G2B||
|:d2g gfg|abg fga|bag agf|def g2a|
bag agf|g2g fd^c|def gdB|1 cAF G2B:|2 cA F GBc||
|:dBG GFG|DGB dBG|cA=F FEF|C=FA cBA|
dBG GBd|g2g fd^c|def gdB|1 cAF GBc:|2 cAF G2A||
X: 2
T: The Luck Penny
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(B/c/)|dBG GFG|dBG GAB | cA=F FEF | cA=F FBc|dBG GFG|gag fdB |def gdB |
cAF G2 B/c/ |dBG GFG |DGB DGB|cA=F FEF |C=FF A,FF |dBG GFG |gag fdB |de
f gdB |cAF G2||
X: 3
T: The Luck Penny
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A| BAG AGF | DGG FGA | BAG B/c/dB | cAG FGA |
B2G AFD | GBd g3 | fed gdB | cAF G2:|
|:B|dgg gfg | f/g/ag fga | bag agf | def g2a |
bgg agg | g3 fd^c | def gdB | cAF G2:|
B|dBG GFG | dBG GAB | cA=F =FE=F | cA=F =FAc |
dBG GBd | g3 fd^c | def gdB | cAF G2B |
dBG GFG | G,B,D GAB | cA=F =FE=F | A,C=F ABc |
dBG GBd | g3 fd^c | def gdB | cAF G2 |]

Eight comments

The Luck Penny

I got this tune from Clare concertina player, Dymphna O’Sullivan. I particularly like the F natural sequences in bars 3 and 4 of the third part of the tune which gives it a very distinctive flavour. In our local session we follow this with the two Pipe on the Hob jigs (both already posted on this site).

Luck Penny, The

Try this as a 3rd part. It’s very similar to the Breathnach 3, No. 14 version, given as An Duthracht, which is the same tune, except for the little dip to bottom A towards the end.

(B/c/)|dBG GFG|dBG GAB | cA=F FEF | cA=F FBc|dBG GFG|gag fdB |def gdB |
cAF G2 B/c/ |dBG GFG |DGB DGB|cA=F FEF |C=FF A,FF |dBG GFG |gag fdB |de
f gdB |cAF G2||

I think it’s a much more attractive setting.

The Luck Penny

On a historical note,the luck penny was (and maybe still is) an extra penny on the price agreed in horse fairs in Ireland.

The Luckpenny

Also to be found recorded on The London Lasses first album in a jig sandwich: Tenpenny Bit, The Luckpenny, Gallagher’s Frolics - track three - beautiful arrangement

The Luck Penny

I got this tune from my sister who got it from Brian Conway at Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend.

The Luck Penny, X:3

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. Some nice variations from other settings in the third part.