Fourpence Ha’penny Farthing jig

Also known as Fourpence Halfpenny Farthing, The Wild Irishman.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with O’Rourke’s (lots of times), The Skylark (a few times) and The Boys Of Malin (a few times).

Fourpence Ha'penny Farthing has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Fourpence Ha'penny Farthing
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A | d2 e f2 d | g2 e f2 d | d2 e fed | c3 e3|
d2 e f2 d | g2 e f2 d | fga gec | d3 d2:|
|: g | fed c2 A | ABA A2 g | fed c2 A | B3 g3|
fed c2 A | ABA A2 g | fga gec | d3 d2 :|
X: 2
T: Fourpence Ha'penny Farthing
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|:e2 f g2 e|a2 f g2 e|e2 f gfe| d3f3|
e2 f g2 e|a2 f g2 d|egb afd|e3E3:|
|:bge c3|Bdf fdB|Bdf fdB|f2 g a3|
bge c3|Bdf fdB|egb afd|e3E3:|
# Added by Moxhe .

Five comments

I tune that I heard played at the Queen Victoria pub session (Priddy, Somerset, England) on Monday this week.

Fourpence Ha’penny Farthing - approximately £0.02 in modern UK currency (not adjusted for inflation).

English country dance

2n version, in E major

The source for this version is : Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol. III, 1765-1772, nr 118.

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Re: Fourpence Ha’penny Farthing

Thompson actually gives "The Wild Irishman" as the title of this tune. "Fourpence Ha’penny Farthing" more usually refers to a different tune, a tune also known as "The Jockey", or "She got money by th’ bargain".