The Fickle Lad jig

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Fickle Lad
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GAB GAB|ABc AB^c|def gfg|bgb a2B|
GAB GAB|ABc AB^c|def gfg|[1baf g2G:|[2baf g2a||
b3 g3|aba a2b|c'3 f3|gag g2a|
b3 g3|aba a2b|c'3 f3|gag gfe|
|:~d3 BGB|~d3 BGB|d2B g2d|b2a gfe|
~c3 AFA|~c3AFA|[1cdc cBA|GFB GFB:|
[2cdc cBA|GAB GAB|ABc AB^c|def gfg baf g2G||

Two comments

The Fickle Lad

A nice tune from James Byrne’s "The Road to Glenlough" album. Byrne’s precise fiddling means the transcriber’s job is very easy! One thing about this tune is that the third part ends with a reprise of bars 5-8 of the first part. Then the whole first part is played only once before moving on to the second. Is this perhaps not just a jig but a set dance?

Re: The Fickle Lad

This tune is also known as "garcon volange" and was published in Kerr’s (First volume). It’s a quadrille tune, known in many countries. A Donegal friend once told me that the first part would be played one more time each time through; something to do with the dance that was done. Another good version is on the first La Lugh album, where it is called Aunt Lizzie’s, after Gerry (O’ Connor, fiddle)’s grand-aunt, who "transcribed it as the first part of the New Lancer’s Quadrilles," a local dance.
Thank you, Daniel, for transcribing so much of James Byrne’s music. He was a great and, to me, a particularly important fiddler, for the tunes he played and for his really special style of playing.