Lark’s March jig

Also known as Along With The Girls, The Lark’s March.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Lark’s March has been added to 11 tune sets.

Lark's March has been added to 113 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Lark's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eAA fAA|eAA fAA|g2g gfe|dBA GBd|
eAA fAA|eAA fAA|g2g gfe|1 dBA GBd:|2 dBA GAc||
B2d dBd|edB ABc|B2d dBd|edB A2c|
B2d dBd|edB def|g2g gfe|1 dBA GAc:|2 dBA GBd||
X: 2
T: Lark's March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAA fAA|eAA fAA|fg2 gfe|dBA GBd|
eAA fAA|eAA fAA|fg2 gfe|1 dBG GBd:|2 dBG G2A||
|:B2d edB|dBA ABc|B2d edB|dBG GAc|
B2d edB|dBA Aef|g2g gfe|1 dBG G2A:|2 dBG GBd||
|:eAA fAA|eAA fAA|fg2 gfe|dBA GBd|
eAA fAA|eAA fAA|fg2 gfe|1 dBG GBd:|2 dBG G2A||
|:B2(B B)AB|dBA GBc|d2 (d d2)B|ded B2A|
B2 (B B)AB|dBA GBc|ded cBA|1 GD B, G,2 A:|2 G3 GBd||
g3 fgf|efe edB|d2 (d d2) B|ded ABd|
g2 (f f) gf|efe edB|dfe dBA|G3 G (3 Bcd|
g (3Bcd f (3Bcd|efe edB|d2 (d d2) B|ded ABd|
g2 (f f) gf|efe edB|dfe dfe|dfe dBA||

Seventeen comments

Lark’s March, Not Calliope House

I first heard this jig played by the Corrs (in their first album?) and fell in love with the haunting melody. I searched for the tune immediately after picking up the whistle, but no tune database didn’t have it. Then, I found Martin Hayes recorded it as Lark’s March in his “Under the Moon,” but again I failed to find it with that name.
Fortunately, I’m getting used to learning tunes by ear these days and found this one is pretty simple.

Does anybody know more about this lovely jig?

Lark or butcher ?

Hi, slainte - it’s me again ! I’ve always known this tune - with the parts reversed - as “The Butcher’s March”. That was the name given to it on the “Music From The Coleman Country” LP, recorded in the early 70s, although Martin Hayes version is slightly different . “The Lark’s March”, again, as far as I know, is a 5-part jig in D, similar to the “Lark In The Morning”. “Boys Of The Lough” recorded it, and I think so did Seamus Ennis. Anyone else know about these tunes?

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Along with the Girls

Yes, I already looked through the tunes you mention before posting this one and found “The Butcher’s March” is especially similar to “Lark’s March,” but they have a little different feels. This setting played by the Corrs and Hayes sounds slightly more refined to my ears.

To add some more info, the Corrs play it as “Along with the Girls” after the song “Heaven Knows” in “Forgiven, not Forgotten.” Their version is virtually identical to that of Martin Hayes, and that’s why I thought this one is the standard.

Anyway, thanks Kenny for the information.

I just guess it’s originally a pipe tune, is it correct? If not, it must sound nice on the pipes.

The “other” Lark’s March - Five part version

Just curious… is the five-part version, mentioned by Kenny, posted anywhere on this site? Perhaps under a different name?

Mike Rafferty taught the first three parts of that tune – he called it “Tom Broderick’s Jig” – at the Catskills in 2004. I’ve got the full notation of all five parts of that “Lark’s March” in a recently compiled book of tunes played and taught by Mike Rafferty, but haven’t seen it posted here.

I agree with Kenny - I wouldn’t have said that this tune is different enough from the Butcher’s March to justify a separate entry.

Also it’s in Ador.

I take back what I said the other day. I’ve been playing through them both a lot, and they are quite different.

looking for the abc of Along with the girls 2nd part.

Lark’s March/ Along with the girls:

The Corrs plays an additional second part of it:

I’m practicing this in the tin whistle,
Does anyone have the ABC’s second part of it?

Found the first part right here but can’t find it on other site


Re: looking for the abc of Along with the girls 2nd part.

If you have a recording, why do you need the ABCs?

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Re: looking for the abc of Along with the girls 2nd part.

Maybe ’cos s/he is a beginner and wants to know how the tune goes - according to the dots?


Yes I’m a beginner… still learning how to play the tin whistle.

A note on setting 2

The second half of setting 2 is also listed as The Old Favourite on the session.

Martin Hayes plays a lovely variation of this setting on track 10 of his Under the Moon album. The setting is listed as two separate tunes The Lark’s march and the Kilfenora Jig. He completes the set with The Cliffs of Moher.

Re: Lark’s March

You can hear and see Peter Brown playing solo the “lark march” in the way I heard it the first time : it was the LP by Castle Ceili band, played by an anonymous piper….. And I ind the tune has a great proximity with the famous jig “lark in the morning”, sharing two parts at least with the first tune.

Re: Lark’s March

13 year after the fact, chiming in to say I would argue that this tune is in G Maj, not A Dor as Dr. Dow postulated. The B part is definitely in G Maj - I suppose you could make an argument that the A part is in A Dorian, but since there’s not a single C or C# in the tune, it’s really up in the air. I feel like the A part sounds more like A Mix, with the strong chord movement between an A chord (with no 3rd, so neither major nor minor) and a G chord.