Gusty’s Frolics slip jig

Also known as The Galway Jig, Gurty’s Frolic, Gurty’s Frolics, Gusty Frolic’s, Gusty’s Frolicks, Súgradh Aibhistín.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

Gusty’s Frolics has been added to 3 tune sets.

Gusty's Frolics has been added to 150 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A,DD DCD ~F3|A,DD DFA GEC|A,DD A,DD FEF|~G3 E2F GFE:|
|FED AB^G A2=G|FDD ABc dAG|FED AB^G A=GF|GBG E2F GFE|
|FED AB^G A2=G|FDD ABc dAG|FED ~d3 AFD|GBG E2F GFE|
|:Add ded ~f3|Add dfa gec|Add ded ~f3|~g3 ecA gfe:|
|:dfd cec d2B|AFD DE/2F/2G AFD|GBd d=cB ~c2A|GE=C CEC GEC:|
# Added by JD .
X: 2
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A,DD A,DD FEF | A,DD DFA GED | A,DD A,DD FEF | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: FDF ABF A2 G | FDF ABF GFE | FDF ABF A2 F | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: Add def gfg | Add dfa gfe | Add def gfg | ece ece gfe :|
|: fdf abf a 2g | fdf abf gfe | fdf abf a2 f | gfg ece gfe :|
|: aff dff dff | aff dfa gfe | aff dff dff | gfg ece gfe :|
|: dff a/g/fe d2 A | dff agf gfe | dff a/g/fe def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: faf dec dAF | DFA def gfe| faf ded def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: a/g/fe dfe d2 f | afd def gec | dec dec dAF | GAF GEF GFE :|
|: ABA dcB A2 B | AFD DFD EFG | AFA BGB =cBA | GFG ECE GFE :|
X: 3
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A,DD DCD FF/F/F|A,DD DFA GEC|A,DD A,DD FF/F/F|GG/G/G EF/F/F GFE:|
|FED AB^G A2 G|FF/F/F ABc dAG|FED AB^G AF/F/F|GG/G/G EF/F/F GFE|
|FED AB^G A=G/G/G|FF/F/F ABc dAG|FED dd/d/d AFD|GG/G/G EF/F/F GFE|
|:Add ded ff/f/f|Add dfa gec|Add ded ff/f/f|gg/g/g ecA gfe:|
|:dfd cec d2B| AFD DFD AF^G | AA/A/A BB/B/B =cBA|GG/G/G E=CE GFE:|
X: 4
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D(3DDD D(3DDD ~F2{B}A | D(3DDD FAF GFE| D(3DDD D(3DDD ~F2{B}A | GFG E(3.c.AE GFE :|
|: FDF ABF A2 G | FDF ABF GFE | FDF ABF A2 f | gfg ece GFE :|
|: d(3.G.F.d d(3.G.F.d ~f2a | d(3.G.F.d (3.f.c.Af gfe | d(3.G.F.d d(3.G.F.d ~f2a | gfg (3.f.c.Af gfe :|
|: d(3.G.F.d c(3.G.F.c d2B | AFA D(3DDD D(3DDD | BDD cDD Bzf| gfg (3.e.c.Af gfe :|
X: 5
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D3 D3 F2A | D3 Fc/A/F GFE| D3 D3 F2A | GFG Ec/A/E GFE |
D3 D3 F2A | D3 Fc/A/F GFE| D3 D3 F2A | GFG Ec/A/E GFE||
|: FDF AF/G/A A2G | FDF AF/G/A GFE | FDF AF/G/A A2F |Gc/A/G Ec/A/E GFE |
FDF AF/G/A A2G | FDF AF/G/A GFE | FDF AF/G/A A2f |gfg ece gfe ||
|: df/g/d df/g/d f2a | df/g/d fc/a/f gfe | df/g/d df/g/d f2a | gfg ec/a/e gfe |
df/g/d df/g/d f2a | df/g/d fc/a/f gfe | df/g/d df/g/d f2a | gfg ec/a/e gfe ||
|: df/g/d cf/g/c d2B | AF/G/A D3 D3 | BDD cDD B2f| gfg ec/a/e gfe |
df/g/d cf/g/c d2B | AF/G/A D3 D3 | BDD cDD B2F| GFG Ec/A/E GFE ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Gusty's Frolics
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A,DD A,DD FEF |A,DD DFA GED |A,DD A,DD FGA |GEC CEF GFE :|
|:FDF ABG ABG |FDF ABF GFE |FDF ABF ABF |GFG ECE GFE :|
|:Add Add fef |Add dfa gfe |Add Add fef |gfg ece gfe :|
|:fdf ab/a/g ab/a/g |fdf a2f gfe |fdf a>ba/g/ a>ba/g/ |gbg ece gfe :|
|:afg/f/ dff dff |aff dff gfe |aff dff dff |gfg ece gfe :|
|:dfa/f/ dfa/f/ d2A |dfa/f/ dfa/f/ gfe |dfa/f/ dfa/f/ dfa/f/ |gbg ece gfe :|
|:dfe dfe dAF |DFA dfa gfe|dfa/f/ dec dfa |gfg ece gfe :|
|:AFA d>ed/c/ d2D |DFA dcB AGF |DFA =cdB cBA |GEC CEF GFE :|
|:A,DD A,DD FEF |A,DD DFA GED |A,DD A,DD F2A |GEC C>DE/F/ GFE :|
|:A2A Adc/B/ A2G |AFD DED EFG |AFA BGB =cBA |GEC CDE/F/ GFE :|
# Added by Moxhe .

Fourteen comments

Also recorded by the piper Patsy Touhey, a transcription is in the book "The Piping of Patsy Touhey." This is very much more a piper’s setting, appropriately enough since the composer of this tune, Augustus "Gusty" Nicols, was a gentleman piper from Leitrim. A contemporary of Touhey’s, James Early, was also a Leitrim man, and perhaps he got the tune from him. This setting is more along the lines of the one in O’Neill’s; why Touhey’s version wasn’t used is a mystery.

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Nine Part Version!?!

A pal of mine once had a nine part version of this, which he got from Cathal McConnell. Trouble is now he can only remember 7 or 8 parts - on a good night. He thinks Cathal may have recorded it a long time ago with Boys of the Lough. What he can remember is great. Anybody got the whole thing, or know which recording it might be?

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K:D
|: A,DD A,DD FEF | A,DD DFA GED | A,DD A,DD FEF | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: FDF ABF A2 G | FDF ABF GFE | FDF ABF A2 F | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: Add def gfg | Add dfa gfe | Add def gfg | ece ece gfe :|
|: fdf abf a 2g | fdf abf gfe | fdf abf a2 f | gfg ece gfe :|
|: aff dff dff | aff dfa gfe | aff dff dff | gfg ece gfe :|
|: dff a/g/fe d2 A | dff agf gfe | dff a/g/fe def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: faf dec dAF | DFA def gfe| faf ded def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: a/g/fe dfe d2 f | afd def gec | dec dec dAF | GAF GEF GFE :|
|: ABA dcB A2 B | AFD DFD EFG | AFA BGB =cBA | GFG ECE GFE :|

Nine parts in O’Neill’s

Yes, the nine parter is also in O’Neills as Gurty’s, for anybody who struggles with ABCs.

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Heard this at a session in Belfast a few months ago, bits of it been coming to me now and then but I never could find a recording or the name of the tune, and wasn’t sure if I was remembering it right. Thanks for the recording and the notes!

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A Banjo version

This is just my personal take on it, with the ornamentations written for Irish Tenor Banjo. The only thing I really changed was adding a G# in the D part because another D note there was just too much for me. It gives a good lift into the next measure and seems like it’s that kind of tune anyway.

X:4 Patsy Touhey

Just the basics of his version - superb backstitching practsing!

Patsy Touhey

Touhey’s recording of the full 8 parts may be heard here: http://archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection/Music/Cylinders3.htm As the notes point out he only can fit in 1 1/2 playings owing to the limited amount of recording time on those old cylinders. Pretty crazy tune, I wonder why he only recorded 4 parts on the other cylinder. Touhey’s records have a bit of mystery about them, he played different second parts on separate recordings of the Humours of Whiskey; he recorded the "Duke of Leinster" on one record and the "Dandy Reel" on another - same tune. Displaying his musical breadth there, one supposes.

Gusty’s Frolics, X:5

Patsy Touhey’s version.

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Gusty’s Frolics, X:6

This setting appears in The Petrie Collection of Irish Music, part II, ed. Charles Villiers Stanford (1905), p. 203, no. 813 as “Gurty’s Frolic – A very old Munster tune”. It has quite a few differences with X:2 and a 10th part.

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Re: Gusty’s Frolics

John Doherty’s version of this reminds me a lot of the reel "The Pinch of Snuff" in slip jig form. It’s almost uncanny.