The Drunken Gauger jig

There are 13 recordings of this tune.

The Drunken Gauger has been added to 1 tune set.

The Drunken Gauger has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c|BAG GED|~D3 GED|G2E AGE|ABA ABc|
BAG GED|~D3 GED|G2E BGE|GAG G2:|
|:c|BAG c2d|e/f/ge BAG|BcA BAG|ABA ABc|
BAG c2d|e/f/ge BAG|BcA BGE|GAG G2:|
# Added by KJM .

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The Drunken Gauger

Tune #141 from the Goodman manuscripts. From what I can tell it’s not closely related to the other tunes of the same name. It was recorded on the album “Dublin Made Me” by Liam O’Connor and Sean McKeon.

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Angry Peeler

Actually it sounds like a different setting of The Angry Peeler. Maybe this should be listed there instead…

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Re: The Drunken Gauger

That link has no text on it!! But anyhow a gauger is what it says, i.e., somebody who gauges, i.e., measures things. I’m not sure what the gauger in this tune measure but the one in the better known ‘Drunken Gauger’ set dance was supposedly a tailor who gauged the cloth. See https://thesession.org/tunes/2180 I have also heard that he was an excise employee who’s job it was to gauge the alcohol content of the beer. I like that one better.

Re: The Drunken Gauger

In Scotland a gauger (“gay-jer”) was a customs officer or exciseman. The poet Robert Burns was a gauger for a while.

Re: The Drunken Gauger

Indeed, in Scotland a gauger was a term used for an exciseman. But I’ve only ever heard it pronounced gah-jer, not gay-jer.