The Gallowglass jig

Also known as An Gallóglach, Nathaniel Gow’s Lament For His Brother, Nathaniel Gow’s Lament For The Death Of His Brother, Nathaniel Gow’s Lament On The Occasion Of The Death Of His Brother, Niel Gow’s Lament For His Brother, Niel Gow’s Lament For The Death Of His Brother Donald.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with A Trip To The Cottage (a few times), Do You Want Any More? (a few times), Jimmy Ward’s (a few times), The Kanturk (a few times) and The Legacy (a few times).

The Gallowglass has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Gallowglass has been added to 315 tunebooks.

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Twelve settings

X: 1
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
AB|cBA eBd|cAA ABc|BAG efg|BGG GAB|
cBA eBd|cea e2 d|cBA ^GAB|cAA A:|
ea|aga e=fd|cAA ABc|BAG efg|BGG G2 e|
aga e=fd|cAA e2 d|cBA ^GAB|cAA A2 e|
aga e=fd|cAA ABc|BAG e^fg|BGG G2 e|
aeg fdB|ecA BGE|ABc dBe|cAA A2||
X: 2
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:AB|c2A eBd|cAA A2B|c3 efg|dBG GAB|
c2A eBd|cAA e2d|cBA ^GAB|cAA A:||
|:a3 e^fd|cAA A2B|c3 efg|dBG G2e|
a^ga e^fd|cAA Aed|cBA ^GAB|cAA A2e|
a3 e^fd|cAA A2B|c3 e^fg|dBG G2e|
aeg ^fdB|ecA BGE|ABc dBe|cAA A2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:cBA eAB|cBA A2 B|cBA efg|dBA GAB|
cBA eAB|cea e2 d|cBA GAB|cBA A3:|
a2 g e2 d|c2 A A2 B|cBA efg|dBA G2 e|
a2 g e2 d|c2 A Aed|cBA GAB|cBA A2 e|
a2 g e2 d|c2 A A2 B|cBA efg|dBA G2 e|
aeg fdf|ece dBd|cBA GAB|cBA A2 B|
X: 4
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
F|:GFE BFA|GEE E2F|GFE Bcd|AFD DEF|
GFE BFA|GFE B2A|GFE DEF|1GEE E2F:|2GEE E2B||
|:e3 B2A|GB2 E2F|GFE Bcd|AFD D2B|
|1e3 B2A|GFE B2A|GFE DEF|GEE E2B:|
|2eBd cAF|BGE FDB,|EFG GFA|GEE E2F|]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 5
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E/D/ | B,EE E>DE | FEF d2 B | AFA dB/^c/d/B/ | AFD D2 E/D/ |
B,EE E>DE | FEF e2 d | B>AG A>GF | BGE E2 :|
B/4^c/4^d/ | eBe/f/ g>fe | def g2 f/e/ | d>^cB AFd/B/ | AFD D2 B/4^c/4^d/ |
eBe/f/ g>fe | def g2 f/e/ | d>^cB AFA | BGE E2 B/4^c/4^d/ |
eBe/f/ g>fe | def g2 f/e/ | d>^c B AFd/B/ | AFD D2 E/D/ |
B,EE E>DE | FEF e2 d | B>AG A>GF | BGE E2 ||
X: 6
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A/2B/2|:cBA eBd|cAA A2 A/2B/2|cBA e^fg|dBG G2 A/2B/2|
cBA eBd|cea e2 d|cBA ^GAB|1 cAA A2 A/2B/2:|2 cAA A2 e||
|:a^ga efd|cAA A2A/2B/2|cBA e^fg|dBG G2 e|
a^ga efd|cde fed|cBA ^GAB|cAA A2 e|
a^ga efd|cAA A2 A/2B/2|cBA e^fg|dBG G2 e|
aeg fdB|ecA B^GE|ABc dBe|cAA A2||
X: 7
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A/B/|:cBA eBd|cAA A2 d/c/|BGG e^fg|dBG G2 A/B/|
cBA eBd|cAc e2 d|cBA ^GAB|1 cAA A2 A/B/ :|2 cAA A2 e||
aba efd|cAA A2 d/c/|BGG e^fg|dBG G2 e|
aba efd|cAc e2d|cBA ^GAB|cAA A2 e|
aba efd|cAA A2 d/c/|BGG e^fg|dBG G2 e|
aeg ^fdB|ecA dBG|ABc dBe|cAA A2 A/B/|]
X: 8
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A/B/|:cBA eBd|cAA A2 A/B/|cBc e^fg|dBG G2 A/B/|
cBA eBd|cea e2 d|cBA ^GAB|1 c2A A2 A/B/ :|2 c2A A2 e||
a^ga efd|cAA A2 A/B/|cBc e^fg|dBG G2 e|
a^ga ef/e/d|cAA e2d|cBA ^GAB|c2A A2 e|
a^ga efd|cAA A2 A/B/|cBc e^fg|dBG G2 e|
aeg fdf|ecA dBG|cBA ^GAB|c2A A2 A/B/|]
X: 9
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A/B/|:cBA eBd|cBA A2 A/B/|cBA e^fg|dBG G2 A/B/|
cBA eBd|cea e2d|cBA ^GAB|1 cBA A2 A/B/ :|2 cBA A2e||
a^ga efd|cBA A2 A/B/|cBA e^fg|dBG G2e|
a^ga efd|cBA e2d|cBA ^GAB|cBA A2e|
a^ga efd|cBA A2 A/B/|cBA e^fg|dBG G2e|
aeg fdf|ecA dBG|cBA ^GAB|cBA A2 A/B/|]
X: 10
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
A|: BGG dGc | BGG G2A | BAG d=ef | cAF F2A |
BAG dGc | Bdg d2c | BAG FGA |1 BGG G2A :|2 BGG GBd ||
g2g dec|BGG G2A|BAG d=ef|cAF F2d|
g2g dec|BGG d2c|BAG FGA|BGG GBd|
g2g dec|BGG G2A|BAG d=ef|cAF F2d|
gdf =ecA|dBG cAF|GAB cAd|BGG G2A||
X: 11
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|: cBA eBd | cAA A2B | cBA efg | dBG GAB |
cBA eBd | cea e2d | cBA GAB |1 cAA A2B :|2 cAA Ace ||
a3 efd | cAA A2B | cBA efg | dBG G2g |
a3 efd | cea e2d | cBA GAB | cAA Ace |
a3 efd | cAA A2B | cBA efg | dBG G2g |
aeg fdB | ecA BGE | ABc dBe | cAA A2B ||
X: 12
T: The Gallowglass
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A/B/|: cBA eBd | cAA A2 A/B/ | cBA efg | BGG G2 A/B/ |
cBA eBd | cea e2d | cBA GAB |1 cAA A2 A/B/ :|2 cAA A2e ||
~a3 ef/e/d | cAA A2 A/B/ | cBA efg | BGG G2e|
~a3 ef/e/d | cAA Aed | cBA GAB | cAA A2e |
~a3 ef/e/d | cAA A2 A/B/ | cBA efg | BGG G2e |
aeg ^fdB | ecA BGE | ABc dBe | cAA A2 A/B/ ||

Twenty-nine comments

This tune is played occasionally in sessions in Bristol. This version is from O’Neill.

Has anyone any information about the meaning, if any, of "Gallowglass"?

Doesn’t it mean a mercenary, or a soldier of some sort?

Thanks, Zina. Looks like you’re right. It certainly makes sense in view of the older alternative name of the tune.

trevor, my version of O’Neills has the Fs sharped in the first and third line, except where you have specifically put the natural in.

I love this tune — tho the F naturals aren’t easy on a keyless flute. What tempo do they play it at in Bristol? I always feel it should go slow-ish and stately despite it’s being a jig, but I’ve never actually heard it.

The Gallowglass

I’m always amused by the Irish way of playing this as a jig when the original name is ‘Nathaniel Gow’s Lament For The Death Of His Brother’. Nathaniel Gow was Niel Gow’s son and composed some great tunes this being one of his best.

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Gallowglasses

Gallowglasses were Scottish mercenary soldiers, unless I’m greatly mistaken.

-Max

The Gallowglass / An Galloglach

A friend sent me this information:

A ‘gallowglass’ was the name for a mercenary soldier, often Scottish, who in ages past fought in Ireland. The Gaelic word is Galloglach which is a combination of two words: Gall, a foreigner (usuallly a Scot), and Oglach, a soldier. The term is also taken to mean a warrior who is so loyal to the clan that he is willing to die protecting his chieftain, either on the battlefield or in court. Harry O’Prey and Caoimhin Mac Aoidh explain that descendants of these warriors typically have the anglicized surname Gallogley or Gallogly, dervived from Mac Gall

Paul de Grae relates that "The Gallowglass" was the jig Cork accordion player Jackie Daly was playing in a pub in the mid-1990’s when he collapsed with a serious medical problem. After a period of convalescence Daly fortunately recovered and quipped that he’d have to go back to the pub and play the whole tune, in case they thought he only knew the first bit of it!

Not by Niel but by Nat

As far as I can make out, Nathaniel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Brother is an adaptation of the Irish jig, An Galloglach/The Gallowglass. And a tune by Duncan McKercher called Lord John Scott’s March is itself an adaptation of Nat Gow’s lament. As an aside, Nat Gow’s son Niel Gow Jnr, who died young, and whose tunes were published posthumously by Nat, wrote a tune called Lord John Scott’s Strathspey.

You can find sheet music for An Galloglach/The Gallowglass Jig and Nat Gow’s lament (or is it the Right Honourable Lord John Scott’s March?!) on one page for comparison here:

http://members.tripod.com/~Hiestand/phantompiper/GALLOW.GIF

And a (slightly more rhythmic?) version of Nat Gow’s lament is also printed in Ceol na Fidhle Vol 5/6 p10.

*Niel* Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Brother Donald is a completely different tune, for which you can here a midi file here:

http://www.whitestick.co.uk/midi.html

But I can’t find the dots on the web anywhere.

Shr

… for which you can find listed, and *hear*, a midifile here …

The ‘friend’ who sent nastyweegirls information of 12/8/03 above lifted them verbatum from the 2003 edition of The Fiddler’s Companion
www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers

Must get my friends to teach me how to use cut & paste.

Another Version

X: 1
T: Gallowglass, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Amin
|:AB|c2A eBd|cAA A2B|c3 efg|dBG GAB|
c2A eBd|cAA e2d|cBA ^GAB|cAA A:||
|:a3 e^fd|cAA A2B|c3 efg|dBG G2e|
a^ga e^fd|cAA Aed|cBA ^GAB|cAA A2e|
a3 e^fd|cAA A2B|c3 e^fg|dBG G2e|
aeg ^fdB|ecA BGE|ABc dBe|cAA A2||

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Gallowglass

Anyone got the chords to this one?

The Gallowglass, X:3

This is the way I play this tune. I picked it up on a recording ages ago. I don’t clearly remember from which band, but I think it was Patrick Street.

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Beautiful! This goes in a very different direction than the versions already posted, https://thesession.org/tunes/1369, so I’m not sure if this should be merged over there as another setting, or kept on its own as a different beast entirely.

Name cross-references

I have the tune in Iain Fraser’s book ‘Scottish Fiddle Tunes’ where it is in the slow air section & entitled Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Brother.

It’s a lovely tune - thanks for putting it up. @DrSchlock.

When I try to find the tune under the title Fraser uses, though, it doesn’t show up, and I didn’t know that it was also called The Gallowglass. Would it be possible for someone to cross-reference it so it shows up under the ‘Lament’ title?

Re: The Gallowglass

The playing on the video is an excellent job!! There’s something about a slow, soulful tune like that in a minor key that kinda grabs you by the booboo….

The Gallowglass, X:6

Combination of setting here, elsewhere, and a few ideas of my own.

The run down from d-to-B in the 2nd & 3rd bars of the the A Part, and similar sequences in the B Part, could have been f-to-d, with, |cAA A2 fe|dBB e^fg|. That would probably be easier for a whistle player, albeit doesn’t sound as good. |cAA A2 dc|BGG e^fg| works better for other instruments, and whistlers/flutists could throw in a c# instead if playing quick enough.

The Gallowglass, X:7

Some more variations. B Part could instead end with: |aeg fdf|ecA dBG|ABc dBe|cAA A2 A/B/|.

A few lovely recordings of this jig are on Randal Bay’s album "Out of the Woods" (played down in Gminor), Natalie Haas’ & Alasdair Fraser’s album "Highlander’s Farewell", and Henri’s Notions’ album "Trip to the Cottage".

The Gallowglass, X:10

From the playing of Randal Bays.

The Gallowglass, X:11

From the playing of Natalie Haas & Alasdair Fraser.

The Gallowglass, X:12

From the playing of Henri’s Notions.