The Road To Skye jig

Also known as Isle Of Skye, The New York, Paddy’s Resource, The Rover.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Behind The Bush In The Garden (a few times), Rosewood (a few times) and The Whiskey (a few times).

The Road To Skye has been added to 1 tune set.

The Road To Skye has been added to 115 tunebooks.

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Twelve settings

X: 1
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:AGF ECE|Ace f2e|acc cBc|dFF F2E|
AGF ECE|Ace f2e|aec BAB|BAG A3:|
|:Ace Ace|Ace dcB|Ace fga|fee efg|
aba gag|faf ecA|dcd Bed|BAG A3:|
X: 2
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GFG EGD|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cBc E2F|
GFG EGD|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cEF G2:|
:D|GBd GBd|GBd cAF|GBd efg|fdd def|
g3 f3|efe d2B|cBc ABc|BGG G2:||
X: 3
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G DB,/C/D | GBd e2 f | gdB BAB cBc E2 D |
GFG D2 D | GB/c/d e2 d | g2 B BB/B/B | cEF G2 :|
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GB/c/d efg | fd^c d2 f |
gbg f/g/ag | ece d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|
~ | c2 c EBA | ~ | cEF G :|
| gdg fdf | e/f/ge d3 | cBc A/B/cA | AGF G2 :|
| g3 f3 | e3 dB/c/d | c2 c AFd | BGG G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GGG FGD | GBd e2f| gBB {c}BAB | cBc E2D |
GGG FGD | GBd e2f| gBB {c}BAB |1 cAF GBA :|2 cAF G2A :|
GBd GBd |GBd cAF | GBd eag | {g}fdd def|
g3 f3 |e3 d2B | cBc Adc |1 BGG G2A :|2 BGG G3 :|
X: 5
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 EGD | GBd e2d| gBB BAB | cBc E2D |
GFG E/F/GD | GBd e2f| gBB BAB | cAF G2F :|
GBd GBd | GBd cAF | GBd eag | fd^c def|
~g3 ~f3 | e/f/ge dcB | cBc Adc | BGG G2F :|
X: 6
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 EGD | GBd e2f| gdc ~B3| cBc E2D |
GFG E/F/GD | GBd e2f| gdc ~B3 | cAF G2F :|
|: GBd GBd | GBd cAF | GBd eag | fd^c def|
gbg ~f3 | e/f/ge dBG | cBc Adc | BGF GBA :|
X: 7
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GFG DB,D|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cBc DEF|
GFG DB,D|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cEF G2:|
:D|GBd GBd|GBd cBA|GBd efg|fdd def|
gag fgf|ege d2B|c2c Adc|AGF G2:||
# Added by bobbi .
X: 8
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:GFG DBD|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cBc E2F|
GFG DBD|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cEF G3:|
|:GBd GBd|GBd cBA|GBd efg|fd^c def|
geg fdf|ece dcB|cBc Adc|BGF G3:|
X: 9
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G DB,/C/D | GBd e2 f | gdB BAB cBc E2 D |
GFG D2 D | GB/c/d e2 d | g2 B BB/B/B | cEF G2 :|
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GB/c/d efg | fd^c d2 f |
gbg f/g/ag | ece d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|
GFG E2 D | GBd e2 d | gBB B^AB | cBc E2 D |
GFG E2 D | GBd e2 d | gBB B^AB | cAF G2 :|
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GBd efg | fd^c def |
gbg afd | cde dBG | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|
X: 10
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFG DB,D | GBd e2 d | gdB BAB | cBc E2 F |
GFG DB,D | GBd e2 d | gdB BAB | cEF G2 :|
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GBd efg | fd^c def |
gbg faf | ece ~d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|
X: 11
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|AGF ECE|Ace (f2 e)|aec cBc|dFF (F2 E)|
|AGF ECE|Ace (f2 e)|aec BAB|cAA A2:|
B|Ace Ace|Ace dcB|Ace fga|gee efg|
|1a3 g3|f3e2c|dcd Bed|cAA A2:|
|2 aAA gAA|fAA e2c|dcd Bed|cAA A3||
X: 12
T: The Road To Skye
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GFG DB,D | GBd ~e2d | gdB BAB | cBc E2F |
GFG DB,D | GBd ~e2d | gdB BAB |1 cEF GBA :|2 cEF G3 ||
|: GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GBd eag | fd^c def |
geg fdf | ece dBd | cBc Adc |1 BGF G3 :|2 BGF GBA ||

Twenty-one comments

Tune requested by ktmacm
Source: Chris Norman
Transcription: g.m.p.

I have a different setting of this tune, in G, not uncommon in london sessions. I don’t know what name it goes by:

T:?!?
M:6/8
K:G
D|GFG EGD|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cBc E2F|
GFG EGD|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cEF G2:|
:D|GBd GBd|GBd cAF|GBd efg|fdd def|
g3 f3|efe d2B|cBc ABc|BGG G2:||

The Road to Skye

I’m not sure how this name, common in Cape Breton, got attached to an old Irish jig printed under at least two titles in O’Neill.

The name "The New York Jig," commonly used since the 1960s, may come from its inclusion in the repertoire of the the New York Ceili Band c. 1960.

“Paddy’s Resource” (Eire - G) / “The Road to Skye” (Cape Breton - A & G)

K: G Major
|: D |
G2 G DB,/C/D | GBd e2 f | gdB BAB cBc E2 D |
GFG D2 D | GB/c/d e2 d | g2 B BB/B/B | cEF G2 :|
|: d |
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GB/c/d efg | fd^c d2 f |
gbg f/g/ag | ece d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|

A-part ~ alternates: lead-in & for measure 4 & 8:

|: BA |
~ | c2 c EBA | ~ | cEF G :|

B-part ~ alternates for the last four bars:

| gdg fdf | e/f/ge d3 | cBc A/B/cA | AGF G2 :|
&
| g3 f3 | e3 dB/c/d | c2 c AFd | BGG G2 :|

This tune is a favourite of my wife’s and also seems to go well with dancers too… It’s a great tune to play and to dance too.

The New York Jig

A wild idea… could this appellation have to do with the fact that it is no. 212 in O’Neill’s?

Version played by Trouble in the Kitchen

I transcribed this version from the playing of Melbourne band TitK. Not sure where they got it from.

X:1
T:The Road to Skye
Z:Trouble in the Kitchen
R:Jig
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:G
GGG FGD | GBd e2f| gBB {c}BAB | cBc E2D |
GGG FGD | GBd e2f| gBB {c}BAB |1 cAF GBA :|2 cAF G2A :|
GBd GBd |GBd cAF | GBd eag | {g}fdd def|
g3 f3 |e3 d2B | cBc Adc |1 BGG G2A :|2 BGG G3 :|

That’s not what they’re playing. It’s more like this:

X:1
T:The Road to Skye
Z:Trouble in the Kitchen
R:Jig
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:G
~G3 EGD | GBd e2d| gBB BAB | cBc E2D |
GFG E/F/GD | GBd e2f| gBB BAB | cAF G2F :|
GBd GBd | GBd cAF | GBd eag | fd^c def|
~g3 ~f3 | e/f/ge dcB | cBc Adc | BGG G2F :|

And from a recent vid:

X:1
T:The Road to Skye
Z:Trouble in the Kitchen
R:Jig
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:G
~G3 EGD | GBd e2f| gdc ~B3| cBc E2D |
GFG E/F/GD | GBd e2f| gdc ~B3 | cAF G2F :|
|: GBd GBd | GBd cAF | GBd eag | fd^c def|
gbg ~f3 | e/f/ge dBG | cBc Adc | BGF GBA :|

Road to Ske or Paddy’s Resource or Des Carty’s Jig

Here I’ve transcribed it as Paul Kelly plays it on "A Mandolin Album" , the first of four jigs. He plays it in G major


X:1
T:Des Carty’s Jig or Paddy’s Resource or Road to Skye
M:6/8
L:1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
D|GFG DB,D|GBd e2d|gBB BAB|cBc DEF|
GFG DB,D|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cEF G2:|
:D|GBd GBd|GBd cBA|GBd efg|fdd def|
gag fgf|ege d2B|c2c Adc|AGF G2:||

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New York Jig

This is a variation of the New York Jig in G
|:GFG DBD|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cBc E2F|
GFG DBD|GBd e2d|gdB BAB|cEF G3:|
|:GBd GBd|GBd cBA|GBd efg|fd^c def|
geg fdf|ece dcB|cBc Adc|BGF G3:|

“Paddy’s Resource” ~ just adding the headers and another take

X: 3
T: Paddy’s Resource
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G2 G DB,/C/D | GBd e2 f | gdB BAB cBc E2 D |
GFG D2 D | GB/c/d e2 d | g2 B BB/B/B | cEF G2 :|
|: d |\
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GB/c/d efg | fd^c d2 f |
gbg f/g/ag | ece d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|

X: 9
T: Paddy’s Resource
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
GFG E2 D | GBd e2 d | gBB B^AB | cBc E2 D |
GFG E2 D | GBd e2 d | gBB B^AB | cAF G2 :|
|: D |\
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GBd efg | fd^c def |
gbg afd | cde dBG | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|

“Paddy’s Resource” ~ another rescued duplication

Submitted on September 24th 2012 by b.maloney.
~ /tunes/12187

X: 10
T: Paddy’s Resource
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: d |\
GFG DB,D | GBd e2 d | gdB BAB | cBc E2 F |
GFG DB,D | GBd e2 d | gdB BAB | cEF G2 :|
|: D |\
GBd GBd | GBd cBA | GBd efg | fd^c def |
gbg faf | ece ~d2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 :|

Isle Of Skye

Beautiful jig learned from the playing of a beautiful girl on youtube that will be posted soon.

The Road to Skye

"Paddy’s Recourse" is the title of this tune, as far as my memory goes!

"Paddie’s Resource" was the title used the first time this tune appeared in print (in 1780, in McGlashan’s "Collection of Scots Measures", according to The Fiddler’s Companion).

The Road to Skye/Paddie’s Resource

The McGlashan setting is definitely the same tune, although the B part is slightly different from all the settings above:

A | EAc cAE | EGB BGE | AAc cBA | cdc B2 A | Ace agf | edc B2 A | cAF EFA | cAA A2 |]

Charlie Gore has suggested comparing the tune with "Lady Carlisle’s Reel" from W Boag’s "Collection of Favourite Reels and Strathspeys" (c1797), but I have not seen that book (it also seems to be in 24 Country Dances for the Year 1790, but I haven’t seen that either).

New York Jig, X:12

From the playing of John Whelan.