The Sail-Maker’s Wife jig

Also known as The Sail Maker’s Wife, The Sailmaker’s Wife.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Sail-Maker's Wife has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Sail-Maker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:D|E2e edB|A2B GED|E2e edB|ABd e2D|
E2e edB|A2B GED|EGB dAF|GED E2:|
|:f|g2e fdB|ABd e2f|g2e fdB|dBG E2f|
g2e fdB|Ade dBG|EGB dAF|GED E2:|
X: 2
T: The Sail-Maker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:D|E2e edB|A2B GED|E2e edB|AB/c/d e2D|
E2e edB|A2B GEE|GAB dBA|GFD E2:|
|:f|g2e fed|Bcd e2f|g2e fed|BAG ~E3|
g2e fed|Bcd BAF|~D2F ~A2B|GED E2:|
X: 3
T: The Sail-Maker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
C|: ~D2d dcA | G2A FDC | ~D2d dcA | GAc ~d3 |
D2d dcA | G2A FDD | FGA cAG |1 FDC D2C :|2 FDC D3 ||
|: fed edc | ABc ~d3 | f2d edc|AGE ~d3 |
f2d edc | ABc AGE| ~C2E ~G3 |1 FDc ~d3 :|2 FDC D2C ||
X: 4
T: The Sail-Maker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
C|: ~D2d dcA | G2A FDC | ~D2d dcA | GAc d2C |
~D2d dcA | G2A FDF | FGA cAG |1 FDC D2C :|2 FDC D2c ||
|: fed edc | ABc ~d3 | f2d edc|AGE ~D2c |
fed edc | ABc AGE| ~C2E ~G3 |1 FDC D2c :|2 FDC D2C ||

Five comments

The Sail-Maker’s Wife

Tune I picked up at a session a while back that stuck in my head. Some significant similarity in the A part to Trip to Sligo. As for the tune called Sailor’s Wife, it shares some octave jumps, but otherwise a very different melodic contour. The only place I’ve heard it recorded is on a video from Niamh Ni Charra — does anyone know if this is her own composition?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwFIoOolIFk&feature=youtu.be&t=1m55s

Re: The Sail-Maker’s Wife

According to Niamh Ni Charra in the sleeve notes of her album ‘Happy Out’, "it is apparently a Co. Louth tune from a chant or working song".

The Sail-Maker’s Wife, X:3

From the playing of Garry Walsh.

The Sail-Maker’s Wife, X:4

A few variations onto X3.