Jock Wilson’s Ball reel

Also known as Jack Wilson’s Ball, Jock Wilson’s, Mo Chuachag Laghach Thu, My Gentle Milk Maid, My Gentle Milkmaid, My Kindly Sweetheart.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Jock Wilson's Ball has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Jock Wilson's Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2 cd cBBc|(3BBB de feec|B2 cd cBBd|cA (3AAA feec:|
d2 fe dBAB|d2 fe beef|d2 fe dBAd|cA (3AAA feec:|
X: 2
T: Jock Wilson's Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B | d2 c2 B2 f2 | B>cd>e f2 B>c | d2 c2 B2 f2 | A2 e>A c>AA
B | d2 c2 B2 f2 | B>cd>e f2 B>c | d>B c<A A2 eA | A2 e>A c>AA ||
B | d2 ad d2 fd | d2 ad f2 B>c | d2 ad d2 fA | A2 e>A c>A AB |
d2 ad d2 fd | d2 ad f2 B>c | d>ef>g a2 a>f | g>ef>d c<ee |]

Five comments

Jock Wilson’s Ball

Learnt from a fine 1956 home recording of Cape Breton fiddler Bill Lamey put to CD by Rounder. Liner notes say it’s a pipe tune but it is a tasty short reel on the fiddle. Lamey uses double stops liberally throughout on the A and E strings. His version is worlds apart from what I found in Ceol na Fidhle Vol.s 1 &2 and a more driving rocker as well.

Re: Jock Wilson’s Ball

Definitely a duplicate. Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index lists this tune as "My Gentle Milkmaid”.

Re: Jock Wilson’s Ball

Quite right, Daniel, the title is wrong. "Jock Wilson’s Ball" is a different tune, but somewhere along the way in Cape Breton, they got mixed up. Jerry Holland also gives it the title "Jock Wilson’s Ball" in one of his collections. There are similarities, no doubt, but they are different tunes. Compare with setting 2 above.

Jock Wilson’s Ball, X:2

This setting from the Army Manual of Bagpipe Tunes (1934).