Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie slip jig

Also known as Mitford Galloway, The Mitford Galloway, Rantin’ Roarin’ Willie, Rantin’ Roarin’ Willy, Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willy.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie has been added to 1 tune set.

Rattlin' Roarin' Willie has been added to 63 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|:d | B2 G GAG Bde | fcA F2 A c2 d | B2 G GAG Bde | g^fg B2 c def |
g^fg dBG Bde | f2 c AFA c2 e | dBd e2 d egd | BGB AFA G2 :|
# Added by cj .
X: 2
T: Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
f|ecA ABA cef|gfg B2c d2f|ecA ABA ceg|a^ga c2d ef=g|a^ga ecA ecd|gfg B2c d2f|ecA f2e fae|cAc BGB A2:|
:f|ecA acA ecA|BGB gBG d2f|ecA acA ecA|agf ecA e2f/g/|agf ecA cef|gfg B2c d2f|ecA f2e fae|cAc BGB A2:||
X: 3
T: Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:e2|dcBABG d4G2 Bcd2e2|=f2gfed f2c2A2 c4e2|dcBABG d4G2 Bcd2ef|efgfge g2d2B2 d4ef|
gfefge g2d2B2 d3cB2|c2B2A2 =f2c2A2 cBcdef|g4d2 e4d2 gfefge|dcBcdB c2A2F2 G4:|
|:d2|G2BcdB d2BcdB G2BcdB|=F2ABcA =f2c2A2 c4e2|G2BcdB d2BcdB G2BcdB|g2BcdB d2BcdB d2e2f2|
g2BcdB d2BcdB g2BcdB|c2ABcA =f2c2A2 cBcdef|g4d2 e4d2 gfefge|dcBcdB c2A2F2 G4:|
X: 4
T: Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|: d>^cd G2 A B>de | f>ef A2 B c2 e |

Fourteen comments

Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie

I transcribed the abc’s from The Scottish Ceilidh Collection for Fiddlers, from Taigh na Teud, one of several books I think many of you are familiar with. Ryan requested it long ago. The book put it in G major and naturalized half the f’s, and I put it in mix and sharped the other half. Any preferences?

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Rattlin, Roarin’ Willie

One of my favourite song introductions of all time, by Roy Gullane of the "Tannahill Weavers" - "This is a song by our national poet Robert Burns. It’s called "Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie", and many people think that’s what he died of…….".

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Sweeney’s Men recorded this song in 1968 - the first ever recording featuring an Irish musician (Johnny Moynihan) playing a bouzouki.

I notice the version posted here by cj has only one part. I have a two part version in A mixolydian, which I got from Richard Robinson’s Tunebook (see Links section):

M:9/8
K:Amix
f|ecA ABA cef|gfg B2c d2f|ecA ABA ceg|a^ga c2d ef=g|a^ga ecA ecd|gfg B2c d2f|ecA f2e fae|cAc BGB A2:|
:f|ecA acA ecA|BGB gBG d2f|ecA acA ecA|agf ecA e2f/g/|agf ecA cef|gfg B2c d2f|ecA f2e fae|cAc BGB A2:||

Te Tune

Y’migh check out Great Big Sea’s and the Chieftains vresion of it on Fire in the Kitchen

Rattlin’ Roarin Willie

There is a version of this on the Barra McNeils "Racket in the Attic" CD. I think the Barra McNeils also participated in the Fire in the Kitchen version.

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Mitford Galloway

I only know this as a 9/4 hornpipe. The setting I play is close to the one in the Northumbrian Minstrelsy. I learnt it off a Kathryn Tickell CD:

M:9/4
K:G
|:e2|dcBABG d4G2 Bcd2e2|=f2gfed f2c2A2 c4e2|dcBABG d4G2 Bcd2ef|efgfge g2d2B2 d4ef|
gfefge g2d2B2 d3cB2|c2B2A2 =f2c2A2 cBcdef|g4d2 e4d2 gfefge|dcBcdB c2A2F2 G4:|
|:d2|G2BcdB d2BcdB G2BcdB|=F2ABcA =f2c2A2 c4e2|G2BcdB d2BcdB G2BcdB|g2BcdB d2BcdB d2e2f2|
g2BcdB d2BcdB g2BcdB|c2ABcA =f2c2A2 cBcdef|g4d2 e4d2 gfefge|dcBcdB c2A2F2 G4:|

Rattly roarin Willie

Thats all well and good but where do i find the words?

Try a “search”

Took me 15 seconds

Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie

O rattlin’ roarin ’ Willie
Oh he held to the fair
An’ for to sell his fiddle
An’ buy some other ware
But partin’ wi’ his fiddle
The saut tear blint his eye
And rattlin’ roarin’ Willie
Ye’re welcome hame to me!

O Willie, come sell your fiddle
O sell your fiddle sae fine
O Willie, come sell your fiddle
And buy a pint o’ wine!
If I should sell my fiddle
The warl’ would think I was mad
For mony a rantin’ day
My fiddle and I ha’e had.

As I cam’ by Chrochallan
I cannily keekit ben
Rattlin’ roarin’ Willie
Was sitting at yon board en’
Sitting at yon board en’
And amang guid companie
Rattlin’ roarin’ Willie
Ye’re welcome hame to me!

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Old Burnsie’s Work

Actually, if I am not mistaken, he only worte the last stanza.
Or at least that is what I read somewhere…

Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie

Quite right, Ben. Burns himself claimed only the last verse. It’s said that the hero of the song was a lawyer in Edinburgh, one William Dunbar, also a colonel of the Crochallan corps. He is described by Burns as "one of the worthiest fellows in the world."

“Rattlin’, Roarin’ Willie” ~ slip jig in 2 parts

Key signature: D Mixolydian & G in the comments
Submitted on October 7th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7837

“Rantin’, Roarin’ Willie” ~ another curious single line take ~

Sorry, but I can’t find any information as to where I learned it this way. I only remember it being this repeatedly, suspecting it has something to do with the song…

X: 4
T: Rantin’, Roarin’ Willie
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: G Mixolydian
|: d>^cd G2 A B>de | f>ef A2 B c2 e |
d>^cd G2 A B2 ^f | g^fg B2 c d>e=f |
g>fe f>ed e>dc | f>ef A2 B c2 e |
d>^cd e2 d e<gB | A2 G G3- G2 :|