The Catfish jig

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Catfish has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Catfish
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
f|gdB GBd|cBc EAG|FAF DFA|GBe d2f|
gdB GBd|cBc EAG|FAF DEF|1 G3G2:|2 G3 gdB||
GBd gdB|cBc a2g|gaf def|gfe d^c=c|
B2d gdB|cBc a2g|gaf def|1 g3 gdB:|2 g3 g2f||
2
X: 2
T: The Catfish
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e2f||"G"gdB GAB|"C"cdc "Am"E2E|"D7"DFA cAF|"G"GAB def|
"G"gdB GAB|"C"cdc "Am"E2E|"D7"DFA cBA|"G"G3:|
|:d^c=c|"G"Bcd gdB|"C"cAc "Am"a2g|"D7"faf def|"G"gfe "D7"d^c=c|
"G"Bcd gdB|"C"cAc "Am"a2g|"D7"faf def|1 "G"1g3:|2 "G"g3||

Four comments

The Catfish

A friend of mine learned this nice jig in a workshop with Siobhan Kennedy. I searched for it in Tunepal, TheSession and abctunesearch by name, with ABC-Code, by playing the tune and couldn’t find it. So here it is.

Re: The Catfish

Thanks to TheSession, wich matched the tunetitle immediatly with a recording, i have a bit more of information. Iontach writes on the Sleevenote of there recording: The Catfish is an Old Time Tune, that we found in a Collection of tunes from Ontario and Michigan.

The Catfish, X:2

My friend, Bob Hubbach, attends the fiddle festival in the Ottawa Valley, he refers to it as just Pembroke (Ontario) He brought this tune back several years ago. It’s a real favorite & in many Michigan tune lists. I transcribed this version from Bob’s playing, which is never the same version twice, and I’ve added the chords we play. Sometimes we use an A7 instead of Am in the 2nd & 6th full measure of the second part which gives it a different flavor. I would have included it in the music but I’m not that well versed in ABC & haven’t figured out how to include chords in parentheses.

Re: The Catfish

BTW, we call the tune, Catfish Jig.