The Roving Bachelor reel

Also known as Johnny McGreevy’s, The Morning Of The Day, Tommy Peoples, Tommy Peoples’, Tommy Peoples’ No. 2.

There are 24 recordings of this tune.

The Roving Bachelor appears in 5 other tune collections.

The Roving Bachelor has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Roving Bachelor has been added to 89 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Roving Bachelor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| B2 BA B2 ge | d2 ge dBGA | B2 BA B2 ge | dBAc BGGA |
B2 BA B2 ge | d2 ge dBGA | B2 BA B2 ge | dBAc BG G2 |
| gfed edBd | gfed e2 ef | gfed efge | afge dfaf |
gfed edBd | gfed e2 ef | gbag fage | d2 ge dBGA |
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: The Roving Bachelor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| BEBA BEge | dBge dBGA | BEBA BEge | dBAc BGGA |
BEBA BEge | dBge dBGA | BEBA BEge |dBAc BGef ||
| gfed eB{c}Bd | gfed eBef | gfed efge | afge dfgf |
gfed eB{c}Bd | gfed eBef | gbag fage | dBge dBGA ||
3
X: 3
T: The Roving Bachelor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A-B BA Bdge | d2 de dBGA | A-B BA Bdge | dBAB G2GA |
A-B BA Bd ge | d2 de dBGA | A-B BA Bdge | dBAB G2 Bd|
| gfed edBd | ~g2 fg ea~a2 | gfed efge | dBAB G2 Bd |
gfed edBd | ~g2 fg ea~a2| bg ~g2 a3b | ge dB A4|

Nine comments

Roving Bachelor

I owe this one to contributer "slainte". It’s the second of the two "Tommy Peoples’ " reels on the pre - Altan recording by Frankie Kennedy and Mairead Mooney. I found it quite by accident under this title in one of the "Kerr’s " collections of Scottish & Irish tunes. A nice flute tune, I think (as is the first one).

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Thanks Kenny. It’s a lovely tune.

Thanks, Kenny. I’ve just got a flute, so I’ll try this tune on that one.

Northern version of "Pigtown Fling"?

At least that’s what it sounds like to me anyway.

this is how I play this on the banjo.
I learnt it from a Mel Bay 5stringer book and adapted it slighlty for the tenor.
I throw in a couple of low Es in the first part.
and some cheeky c’s in the second.

X: 1
T: Roving Bachelor, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Reel
K: Gmaj
| BEBA BEge | dBge dBGA | BEBA BEge | dBAc BGGA |
BEBA BEge | dBge dBGA | BEBA BEge |dBAc BGef ||
| gfed eB{c}Bd | gfed eBef | gfed efge | afge dfgf |
gfed eB{c}Bd | gfed eBef | gbag fage | dBge dBGA ||

Author

I believe this was written by Jim Noctor - caould anyone confirm this?

Re tune composer

Hi there, its a tune i know as the pigtown fling ok, but it s not composed by jimmy for sure

The Roving Bachelor, X:3

McComiskey, Sproule and Carroll play this (or very close to it) on the album Trian and call it Johnny McGreevy’s.