The Three Sea Captains jig

Also known as Three Captains, The Three Captains.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Castle Kelly (lots of times) and Joe Bane’s Schottische (a few times).

The Three Sea Captains has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Three Sea Captains has been added to 303 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Three Sea Captains
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G3 BGB|c2A F2D|GDG BGB|d2B G3|
cec A3|BdB G3|A2B c2B|ABG FED|
GDG BGB|c2A F2D|GDG BGB|d2B G3|
cec A3|BdB G3|EcB AGF|G3 G2:|
d|gfg dcB|ABc def|gfg dBd|e2c A2d|
g2a bge|f2g afd|e3 ed^c|d3 z2 B|
c2d ecA|B2c dBG|A2B c2B|ABG FED|
GDG BGB|c2A F2D|G3 BGB|d2B G3|
cec A3|BdB G3|EcB AGF|G3 G2:|
X: 2
T: The Three Sea Captains
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G BGB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | BdB G3 | A2 B c2 B | AB/A/G FED |
GDG BGB | c2 A FGA | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | B/c/dB G2 F | EcB AGF | G3 G || ( ~ or :| )
g2 g dcB | AA/B/c def | g2 g dBd | ecA A3 |
g2 a bge | f2 g afd | e2 f g2 f | edc d3 |
c2 d ecA | B2 c dBG | A2 B c2 B | ABG FED |
GDG BG/A/B | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B GAB |
cec A2 c | BdB G3 | EcB AGF | G3- G2 || ( ~ or :| )
X: 3
T: The Three Sea Captains
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | gfe dcB | ABG FED |
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | AcB AGF | G3 G2 ||
g3 dBG | ABc def | gfg dcB | ecA A2 f |
~g2 a bge | ~f2 g afd | egf ed^c | d3 d2 B |
c2 d edc | B2 c dcB | A2 B ~c2 e | dBG FED |
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | AcB AGF | G3 G2 ||
X: 4
T: The Three Sea Captains
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G BGB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | BdB G3 | A2 B c2 B | AB/A/G FED |
GDG BGB | c2 A FGA | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | B/c/dB G2 F | EcB AGF | G3- G2 :|
g2 g dcB | AA/B/c def | g2 g dBd | ecA A3 |
g2 a bge | f2 g afd | e2 f g2 f | ed^c d3 |
c2 d ecA | B2 c dBG | A2 B c2 B | ABG FED |
GDG BG/A/B | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B GAB |
cec A2 c | BdB G3 | EcB AGF | G3- G2 :|
X: 5
T: The Three Sea Captains
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G3 BGB|c2A F2D|GDG BGB|d2B G2B|
cec A2c|BdB G2B|A2B c2B|ABG FED|
GDG BGB|c2A F2D|GDG BGB|d2B G2B|
cec A2c|BdB G2F|EcB AGF|G3 G2:|
d|gfg dcB|ABc def|gfg dBd|e2c A2d|
g2a bge|f2g afd|e3 ed^c|d3 d2B|
c2d ecA|B2c dBG|A2B c2B|ABG FED|
GDG BGB|c2A F2D|G3 BGB|d2B G2B|
cec A2c|BdB G2F|EcB AGF|G3 G2:|
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

Set Dance / Barndance?

I got this tune from Tim Livernoir (a Rhode Island-based flute player). He told me it was a set dance, not a barndance, but there was no option to designate it as a set dance. So, here it is.

JDH

Designating tune types

John, I hope you can understand why "set dance" can’t appear as a tune designation. It says nothing about the time signature of the tune. Jigs, polkas and reels can all be set dances. The same goes for "O’Carolan Composition".

Please appreciate that the tunes need to be ordered on the site by some criteria and I have chosen the tune type and key signature as the basic criteria. You can always add in the comments whether a jig or a polka or whatever is also a set dance.

But please appreciate that "set dance" is far too nebulous a term to order tunes by.

The Three Sea Captains

As an Irish dancer, I can clarify this is a set dance- as it’s my set dance :).

My fav comment about 3 Sea Captains is that of my TCRG’s father, who heard it so often as she prepared for Nationals that he started calling it The Three Million Sea Captains…

The Three Sea Captains

This set dance was composed in honour of the victory of the combined fleets of Britain, France and Russia (and their respective sea captains) over the Egyptian and Turkish fleets at the battle of Navarino in 1827.
Navarino bay is off Pylos in the Peloponnese of southern Greece..
This was the last great sea battle fought with wooden ships and was decisive in the struggle for Greek independence from the Ottoman empire.
For more information and anecdotes about the dance:
http://www.setdancingnews.net/
Old news and reviews - Vol.19

“The Three Sea Captains”

K: G MAjor
|: D |
G2 G BGB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | BdB G3 | A2 B c2 B | AB/A/G FED |
GDG BGB | c2 A FGA | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | B/c/dB G2 F | EcB AGF | G3 G || ( ~ or :| )
|: B/c/d |
g2 g dcB | AA/B/c def | g2 g dBd | ecA A3 |
g2 a bge | f2 g afd | e2 f g2 f | edc d3 |
c2 d ecA | B2 c dBG | A2 B c2 B | ABG FED |
GDG BG/A/B | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B GAB |
cec A2 c | BdB G3 | EcB AGF | G3- G2 || ( ~ or :| )

“The Three Captains” / “Na Tri Taoisaig/Taoiseaca” ~ some history

Courtesy of "The Fiddler’s Companion" ~ Andrew Kuntz

"The Calvert Collection", 1799
Assembled by Thomas Calvert, musician, Kelso, Scotland
This collection includes bass parts for many of the tunes, second violin parts for some, and included in the transcriptions are double-stops, trills, ties, etc… The following transcript has been simplified for easier comparison…

Calvert business, from a note in this collections, was supplying “a variety of music and instruments, instruments lent out, tun’d and repaired.”

Page 14: "The Three Captains"

K: G Major
D |
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | gfe dcB | ABG FED |
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | AcB AGF | G3 G2 ||
f |
g3 dBG | ABc def | gfg dcB | ecA A2 f |
~g2 a bge | ~f2 g afd | egf ed^c | d3 d2 B |
c2 d edc | B2 c dcB | A2 B ~c2 e | dBG FED |
G2 G BAB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BAB | d2B G2 B |
cec A2 c | BdB G2 B | AcB AGF | G3 G2 ||

Note: In this transcript the parts do not repeat…

“The Three Sea Captains”

X: 2
T: Three Sea Captains, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G2 G BGB | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | BdB G3 | A2 B c2 B | AB/A/G FED |
GDG BGB | c2 A FGA | G2 G BGB | d2 B G2 B |
cec A2 A | B/c/dB G2 F | EcB AGF | G3- G2 :|
|: (3B/c/d/ |\
g2 g dcB | AA/B/c def | g2 g dBd | ecA A3 |
g2 a bge | f2 g afd | e2 f g2 f | ed^c d3 |
c2 d ecA | B2 c dBG | A2 B c2 B | ABG FED |
GDG BG/A/B | c2 A F2 A | G2 G BGB | d2 B GAB |
cec A2 c | BdB G3 | EcB AGF | G3- G2 :|

Is there a FAQ on how to read these?

I’m sorry… I’m sure it’s intuitive to someone that knows how to play but not to me…

Is there a FAQ on how to read these?

Tony
If you’re referring to the ABC notation, then you could try:
http://abcnotation.com/wiki/abc:standard:v2.1
If you read sheet music you can also match the ABC to the sheet music using the links above.

Matt Cranitch’s Recording of The Three Sea Captains

His book, Irish Fiddle Tunes - 62 Traditional pieces - includes a CD containing every tune in the book. The recording is exceptional - all tunes are played solo by Dr. Cranitch. For anyone learning the - Three Sea Captains on fiddle, this recording and notation will speed you on your way. The package - book and CD - is yet another wonderful and lasting contribution to ITM by this Cork master fiddler -

Re: The Three Sea Captains

Tony, just in case you haven’t made sense of abc yet, ABC is not something you would normally read music from directly. Rather, it is an easy way of sharing tunes very small sized text files that don’t need costly software to read and create. There are loads of ABC editors and readers available free on the net.
This site is an excellent place to go for information
http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/page,abc.html

One of the most popular and easiest to use for windows, mac and linux is easyabc, available here
https://sourceforge.net/projects/easyabc/