Fortune jig

Also known as Fella From Fortune, Feller From Fortune, Lots Of Fish In Bonavist’ Harbour.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Fortune has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Fortune
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
K: Edor
|:e2e edB|d3 e2B|d2d dBA|d3 c3|
d2c BAA|FDD DFA|d3 cBA|1 FED E2B:|2 FED E2A||
X: 2
T: Fortune
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GAB d2d|ded B2d|edd edd|efg d2B|
GAB d2d|ded B2d|g2e d2B|1 ABA G2B:|2 ABA G2e||
K: Ador
|:a2a age|a3 b2a|g2g ged|g3 f3|
g2f e2d|ded B2d|g3 fed|1 BAG A2e:|2 BAG A2B||

Two comments


From the playing of Great Big Sea. They jig-ified the song’s (verse) melody, with a few alternatives, and gave it a B Part (which doesn’t follow the chorus melody).

There’s a few live videos on YouTube.

Song melody is here (and there are many other online sources/variations):

Great Big Sea, first tune in the set of three:

Some notes on the dots …

They play the A Part four times through the first time, rather than the typical two times through.

Going into the B Part from the A Part, both times, they add an extra half bar, as either:
"[M:9/8] EFE D3- D3", or, "[M:9/8] EFE D3 z3". Have removed this one bar of 9/8 in X1, which works well too.

The first few bars of the B Part bears a close resemblance to the Newfoundland variant of "This Is my Love, Do You Like Her?", known as "Pussycat Up In The Plum Tree" (e.g., ), then loops back into a similar melody as the A Part of Feller From Fortune.

And in the B Part, some of the held notes can be held longer, and some of them could be split into two. Either works, have just put it closer to Great Big Sea’s setting here in X1. For example, the first bar works as "e3 edB", and the second bar works as "d2d e2B" (or "d2d e2e").