The Sporting Pitchfork jig

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Rambling Pitchfork (lots of times), Lost And Found (a few times) and The Rambling Pitchfork (a few times).

The Sporting Pitchfork has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Sporting Pitchfork has been added to 188 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
~F3 EAG|FGA DAF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|~A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3|
FAF EAG|FGA dAF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|AGB ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3||
d2e ~f2d|~g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B/c/dB BAG|~A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3|
d2e ~f2d|~g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
~B3 BAG|AGB ABc|dcA AGF|AGF ~G3||
X: 2
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~F3 ~E3|~F3 DEF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF GAG:|2 AGF G2B||
|:d2e fed|~f3 def|g2a bag|fd^c d2=c|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF G2B:|2 AGF GAG||
X: 3
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F3 E^DE | F^EF D>=EF | GFG A^GA | cAG FGA |
B/^c/dB B>AG | ABA AB^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
d2 e fed | f^ef d>=ef | gfg bag | fd^c d2 =c |
B/^c/dB B>AG | A2 A AA/B/^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|F3 E3|FEF DEF|G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
B/c/dB BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3|
|F3 EAG|FGA dAF|G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
B3 BAG|A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3||
|d2e fed|g2f def|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B/c/dB BAG|A3 ABc|dcA AGF|AGF G3|
|d2e f2d|g2f daf|g2a bag|fdc dcA|
B3 BAG|A3 DFA|dcA AGF|AGF G3||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

The Sporting Pitchfork

Source: John Kelly
Transcription: g.m.p.

What’s in a Key?

The key listed for this wonderful tune is Dmix, which seems right to me. Yet both the A and B parts seem to resolve to G. So, does the tune somehow change keys (from Dmix to Gmajor) without changing key signatures? I would find that very pleasing.
Art

Dmix is the same key signature as Gmaj… :-P

D mix or G?

It’s either a D mix tune that ends on a G chord, or a G tune that starts on a D chord. I have never found a consensus on this tune with back-up players that are familiar with it. Personally, I buy the latter and that’s what I’ll tell back-up players before playing the tune. I’ve had more success with them catching on to it thinking of the tune as being in G but starting on a D chord.

The Sporting Pitchfork

Here’s how I play it:

X: 1
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
~F3 ~E3|~F3 DEF|~G3 AGA|cAG FGA|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF GAG:|2 AGF G2B||
|:d2e fed|~f3 def|g2a bag|fd^c d2=c|
~B3 BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|1 AGF G2B:|2 AGF GAG||

“The Sporting Pitchfork” ~ twang!

You didn’t think you’d get away from me that easily did you? :-P

X: 1134
T: The Sporting Pitchfork
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: G Major
|: E |
F3 E^DE | F^EF D>=EF | GFG A^GA | cAG FGA |
B/^c/dB B>AG | ABA AB^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|
|: B |
d2 e fed | f^ef d>=ef | gfg bag | fd^c d2 =c |
B/^c/dB B>AG | A2 A AA/B/^c | dcA AGF | AGF G2 :|

Last chord

I love it when a tunes ends this way… the tune is one sharp (D myx, as stated) … last chord in the B part is G which can give it an unresolved feel, which makes it kinda perfect to follow it up with another tune. I go right into Out on the Ocean The last G note goes perfectly into the two pickup notes for Out On The Ocean… Just saying..

Bob

I would resist

any attempt to settle the Dmix/Gmaj question. Sometimes things are ambiguous.