The Dead Piper jig

Also known as Finbarr Dwyer’s, Michael Dwyer’s.

There are 41 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Beare Island (a few times), The Brocca (a few times), The Crooked Road To Dublin (a few times) and Finbarr Dwyer’s (a few times).

The Dead Piper has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Dead Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d | BGB dBG | cGg dBG | DGB dBG | cAF dAF |
G2 B dBg | ecg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA G3 ||
BGB ~d3 | edc dBG | BGB dBG |AFA DFA |
GBB dBg | ecg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA GBd ||
~g2 e fed | ~g2 e dBG | ~g2 e fed | edB ABd |
bag agf | gdg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA GBd ||
~g2 e fed | ~g2 e dBG | ~g2 e fed | edB ABd |
gfg agf | gfg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA G3 ||
X: 2
T: The Dead Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGB dBG | cGg dBG | BGB dBG | (3^GAB A A=GA |
BGB ~d3 | ~c3 dBG | BGB dBA | GDB, G,3 ||
BGB dBG | cGg dBG | BGB ~d3 | cAF dAF |
GBB dBg | eGg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA G3 ||
~g2 e fed | ~g2 e dBG | gag (3fga f | gdB ABd |
gdg fdf | gdg dBG | BGB dBA | GFA G3 ||
~g2 e fed | ~g2 e dBG | gag (3fga f | gdB ABd |
bag ~a2 f | gfe dBG | BGB dBA | GFA G3 ||

Three comments

The Dead Piper

Another one from Finbarr Dwyer’s ‘Star of Ireland’ album. I don’t know if he wrote it - I can’t find a reference to it anywhere else.

I’ve transcribed it in full, as there are so many little variations throughout.

The second setting is a transcription of how he plays it the second time through.

This tune was composed by Michael Dwyer. It appears on page 126 of Josephine Keegan’s 2004 tune collection "A Drop in the Ocean".

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