The Frog In The Well jig

Also known as Boat With A Hole, Charlie Harris’, The Frog’s Frolics, The Goat In The Green, Goat On The Green, The Goat On The Green, The Grey Goose (in The Goodman MS), The Humours Of Dingle, Old Apples In Winter, Paddy Cronin’s.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Girls Of Banbridge (a few times), Morrison’s (a few times) and The Silver Tip (a few times).

The Frog In The Well has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Frog In The Well has been added to 222 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~E3 GEE|BEE GFE|D3 FDD|ADD FED|
~E3 GEE|BEE G2A|~B3 ABA|1 GED EGD:|2 GED E2B||
|:efe ~B3|e2f gfe|fdd Add|Bdd fed|
e^de ~B3|e2f gfe|fdB AGF|1 GED E2B:|2 GED EGD||
X: 2
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~E3 GFE| BGE GFE| D (3FED FED| ADG FED | ~E3 GFE| BGE GFE| BGB AFA| GBG E2
X: 3
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
D|~E3 FEE|BEE GFE|DED FDF|AFA dAF|
~E3 FEE|BEE GFE|d2B AFA|BED E2:|
d|efe BAB|def gfe|fdd Add|fdf afd|
efe BAB|def afd|edB AFA|BED E2:|
X: 4
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E3 GEE|BEE GFE|D2D FDF|AFA dAF|
E2E GEE|BEE GFE|d2c BAG| 1 ABE EED:| 2 ABE EEf ||
efe BAB|def afe|fdd Add|faf fed|
efe BAB|def afe|fdB AGA| 1 BEE E2f:| 2 BEE E2D||
X: 5
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E3 GEE|BEE GFE|D3 FDD|ADD FED|
E3 GEE|BEE G2A|B3 AGF|1 GED EGD:|2 GED E2B ||
|:efe B3|e2f gfe|fdd Add|fag fed|
e^de BAB|e2f gfe|fdB AGF|1 GED E2B:|2 GED E2D||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:D|~E3 GFE|BEE GFE|~D3 FED|FAG FED |
~E3 GFE|BEF G2A|BdB BAF|GEE ~E2:|
|:B|efe ~B3|e2f gfe|fdd add|bdd add |
efe ~B3|e2f gfe|edB BAF|GEE ~E2:|
X: 7
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F GFE|BEF GFE|D2E FED|ADD FED|
E2F GFE|BEF G2A|BdB BGF|1 GEE E3:|2 GEE E2B||
|:efe B2d|e2f gfe|fdd Add|fef agf|
efe B2d|e2f gfe|fdB AGF|1 GEE E3:|2 GEE E2D||
X: 8
T: The Frog In The Well
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2E GFE|BEF GFE|D2D FED|ABG FED|
E2E GFE|BEF G2A|BdB BAF|1 GED E3:|2 GED E2B||
|:efe B2B|eBe g2e|fdd add|fdf agf|
ede B2B|eBe g2e|fdB AGF| GED E3:||

Ten comments

This gets played frequently at my local session, but there are surprisingly few transcriptions of it on the net. This is taken from an MD recording. There is a lot of room for variation, e.g. bars 3 & 4: |D3 FDF|ABA FED|. I’ve also heard the last 2 bars of the 2nd part played |fed BAF|GED E…

There is another version available under the same name on JC’s index, and also one from Richard Moon’s Tune Database entitled "Jigs From Charlie Harris".

James Kelly Plays it…

…on his Caple Street album. He does more of this type thing:

~E3 GFE| BGE GFE| D (3FED FED| ADG FED | ~E3 GFE| BGE GFE| BGB AFA| GBG E2…

Thanks for posting this—i wondered what the name was.

Goat on the Green

Also, on Paddy Canny’s album and on Patick Orceau’s "Live At Mona’s"

The Frog’s Frolics

John Brosnan’s version:

K: Emin
D|~E3 FEE|BEE GFE|DED FDF|AFA dAF|
~E3 FEE|BEE GFE|d2B AFA|BED E2:|
d|efe BAB|def gfe|fdd Add|fdf afd|
efe BAB|def afd|edB AFA|BED E2:|

This tune sounds a bit like a composite of "The Apples in Winter" and "The Boys of Tanderagee." It’s probably a cousin of "The Hills of Glenorchy": https://thesession.org/tunes/842

Terry Bingham

He plays it as Charlie Harris’s, and it goes like that (or smth like that…)

E3 GEE|BEE GFE|D2D FDF|AFA dAF|
E2E GEE|BEE GFE|d2c BAG| 1 ABE EED:| 2 ABE EEf ||
efe BAB|def afe|fdd Add|faf fed|
efe BAB|def afe|fdB AGA| 1 BEE E2f:| 2 BEE E2D||

I hope that transcription is not too bad :-p

What Frog?

This is Anderson’s jig. It was recorded by Michael Coleman - but I can’t remember the title he used on it. Eddie Meehan (the flute player) composed a third part.

Re: The Frog In The Well

"The Frog’s Frolic" doesn’t belong here: it is an alternative title for "Dunkeld House", a variant of "The Templehouse Jig"

Re: The Frog In The Well / The Templehouse / Dunkeld House

The second part of this submission is significantly different from the other two.

Even if they were close enough with both parts, this, being the earliest submission of the three, how this website works, would take precedence… Here are those other two:

The Templehouse
https://thesession.org/tunes/5216
# Added by Mix O’Lydian - July 5th, 2010

Dunkeld House
https://thesession.org/tunes/10575
# Added by swisspiper - November 21st, 2005