The Castleblaney Piper jig

By Ed Reavy

Also known as The Castleblayney Piper, The Cat In The Corner, Donegal Jig No. 1.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Castleblaney Piper appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Castleblaney Piper has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Castleblaney Piper has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Castleblaney Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FDF ABc|dAG FED|~G3 FGA|BGE AGE|
~F3 ABc|dAG FED|dfa gec|dAF D3:|
|:afd fec|dAG FED|~G3 FGA|BGE E2b|
afd fec|dAG FED|dfa gec|dAF D3:|
2
X: 2
T: The Castleblaney Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FEF ABc|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2A|
FEF ABc|dAG FED|afd gec|dAF D3:|
afd gec|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2^g|
afd gec|dAG FED|afd gec|dAF D3|
afd gec|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2^g|
aba gec|dAG FED|faf gec|dAF D3||
3
X: 3
T: The Castleblaney Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FDF ABc|dfd AGF|GBG EFG|~F3 GFE|
FDF AFA|ded cde|~f3 gec|1 edc dAG:|2 edc d2e||
fed gfe|fdB AGF|~G3 FGA|BGE E2e|
f2a gfe|fed cde|~f3 gec|edc d2e|
fed gfe|fdB AGF|GBG EFG|~F3 GFE|
~F3 ~A3|~d3 cde|faf gec|edc dAG||
4
X: 4
T: The Castleblaney Piper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG|FDF ABc|dfd AGF|GBG EFG|FDF GFE|
FDF ABc|dfd cde|faf ged|edc d3:|
e|fed gfe|fed cAF|GBG FGA|BGE E3|
f2d g2e|fed cde|faf gec|edc d2e|
fed gfe|fed cAF|GBG FGA|BGE EFG|
FDF ABc|dfd cde|faf gec|edc d3||

Eleven comments

source: Paul McGrattan: the frost is all over
transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

The Castleblaney Piper

This is one of those things where the title’s definitely wrong as posted. This is the Castleblaney Piper and it was composed by Ed Reavy. Hare In The Corn is a completely different tune.

The Fiddler’s Companion also mistakenly prints this as the Hare in the Corn, which I think is a bit slack seeing as the other "version" they give of (supposedly) the same tune in G major is very different in the B-part.

This is the setting I’m referring to, from the FC:

X: 2
T: Hare in the Corn, The [3a]
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig
S: Randy Miller
K: D
FEF ABc|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2A|
FEF ABc|dAG FED|afd gec|dAF D3:|
afd gec|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2^g|
afd gec|dAG FED|afd gec|dAF D3|
afd gec|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BEE E2^g|
aba gec|dAG FED|faf gec|dAF D3||

The Hare In The Corn tune (aka The Absent-minded Man) is here https://thesession.org/tunes/8444. The similarity in the A-parts cause the two to be confused on recordings (Paul McGrattan’s is one example) and tunebooks and online tune indexes, despite the fact that they have completely different 2nd parts and they’re in different keys.

Another source

This tune also appears — note for note — under the title ‘Fox Chase’ as tune #7 in "Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with Armagh Pipers Club" (7th Edition, 1976).

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Clarification: By "this tune" I meant the two settings that are posted above. Looking up a more official transcription of the tune composed by Ed Reavy, it is clear that it is really a different (though similar) jig.
Here, in fact, the transcription of "Hare in the Corn" given by Henrik Norbeck:

X: 1
T:Hare in the Corn, The
R:jig
Z:id:hn-jig-92
M:6/8
K:D
FDF ABc|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BGE EAG|
FDF ABc|dAG FED|dfa gec|1 dAF DAG:|2 dAF D2a||
|:afd gec|dAG FED|GBG FGA|BGE E2a|
afd gec|dAG FED|dfa gec|1 dAF D2a:|2 dAF DAG||

This tune sometimes also appears under the title Cat in the Corner. To add to the confusion, there is also a slide that goes by the title Hare in the Corn, and there appear to also be a number of other tunes that get called by one or the other of these titles. Lots of fun here…

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The Castleblaney Piper

A simple jig composed by Ed Reavy. The title of the tune has been attached to a wrong tune for years on this website, but this is the right one.

A bit of research shows that Castleblaney or Castleblayney is a town in Co. Monaghan, where Reavy’s mother used to live.

The version #1 is almost based on Sligo whistle player Carmel Gunning’s version. Hope a few other versions will be transcribed from other sources.

Castle Blayney was the seat of the Irish branch of the Blayney (Blaenau) family from Montgomeryshire, Mid Wales. There are still quite a few Blayneys in this area if Wales.