The Seven Stars jig

Also known as Lucky Seven, Moon And 7 Stars, Moon And Seven Stars, The Moon And Seven Stars, The Moon And The Seven Stars, Seven Stars And The Moon.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Greensleeves (a few times).

The Seven Stars has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Seven Stars has been added to 263 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2A A2A | GAB A2A | Bcd efg | fed cBA |
d2A A2F | GAB A2A | Bcd efg | Adc d2d :|
|: e2A A2f | efg ~f2f | efg fed | cde A2A |
BGB AFA | BGB AFA | Bcd efg | Adc d2d :|
X: 2
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: "D"d2A AGF | "G"GAB "D"A2A | "G"Bcd efg | "A"fed cBA |
"D"d2A AGF | "G"GAB "D"A2A | "G"Bcd efg | "A"Adc "D"d3 :|
|: "A"e2A ABA | efg "D"~f2f | "A"efg "D"fed | "E"cde "A"A2A |
"G"BGB "D"AFA | "G"BGB "D"AFA | "G"Bcd efg | "A"Adc "D"d3 :|
# Added by Bryce .
X: 3
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|: d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd efg | fed cBA |
d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd efg |1 Adc d2c :|2 Adc d3||
|: e2A A3 | efg f3 | efg fed | cdB A3 |
BGB AFA | BGB AFA | Bcd efg |1 Adc d3 :|2 Adc d2c||
X: 4
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
B|: c2G G2E | FGA G2G | ABc def | edc BAG |
c2G G2E | FGA G2G | ABc def |1 GcB c2B :|2 GcB c3||
|: d2G G2B |def e2e | def edc | BcA G3|
AFA GEG | AFA GEG | ABc def |1 GcB c3 :|2 GcB c2B||
X: 5
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2A AGF|GAB A3|Bcd efg|fed cBA|
d2A AGF|GAB A3|Bcd efg|Adc d3:|
|:e2A A2f|efg f3|fgf e2d|cdB A3|
BGB AFA|BGB AFA|Bcd efg|Adc d3:|
X: 6
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|: d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd efg | ~f3 ecA |
d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd efg |1 Adc d2c :|2 Adc d2d||
|: e2A e2A | efg Tf2 z | efg fed | cdB A2A |
~B3 A2A | ~B3 A2A | Bcd efg |1 Adc d2d :|2 Adc d2c||
X: 7
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|: d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd ~e3 | ~f3 ecA |
d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd e2e |1 Adc d2c :|2 Adc d2d||
|: ~e3 e2A | efg f3 | efg fed | cdB A2A |
~B3 AFA | ~B3 A2A | Bcd e2e |1 Adc d2d :|2 Adc d2c||
X: 8
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|: d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd ~e3 | ~d3 cBA |
d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd e2e |1 (3A/B/c/dc d2c :|2 (3A/B/c/dc d2d||
|: e2A e2A | efg f2d | efg fed | cdB A2A |
~B3 AFA | ~B3 A2A | Bcd e2e |1 (3A/B/c/dc d2d :|2 (3A/B/c/dc d2c||
X: 9
T: The Seven Stars
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c|: d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd e2e | ~f3 ecA |
d2A A2F | GAB A3 | Bcd e2e |1 Adc d2c :|2 Adc d2d||
|: e2A e2A | efg f3 | efg ~f3 | edc A2A |
~B3 AFA | ~B3 A2A | Bcd e2e |1 Adc d2d :|2 Adc d2c||

Nineteen comments

Josh, it’s good to see you posting again! Nice tune, too. But you’re back to your old habits…so tell us something about the Seven Stars….

Posted .

this is a tune we used to play quite a lot at the english session down at the cricketers pub in greenwich - one of a set of three.the other two were: ‘would you marry a young virgin’ and something else involving squirrels

It’s a pleasure to be back!

Mmm…it’s good to be home again. I’ve been scouting colleges and going through that whole edumuhcation thing. Boy! What a trip! But anyway, about the tune.
I know it’s a pretty popular fife & drum tune, and I heard it once in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick last summer, and forgot all about it until recently. Other than that, I know nothing more about it.

This tune is found in Joshua Jacksons 1798 manuscript under the name of The Seven Stars, and can be found in an excellent book of tunes from the said manuscript, available from Yorkshire Dales Workshops.

Seven Stars

This tune is well known throughout England and Northumbria. It is in the Hardy manuscripts and I think that it is one of the best tunes in the whole world. The Angels of the North use it for a very old dance called Duck for the Oyster and couple it with Lamb Skinnet (Northumbrian) and Oyster Girl (English - very widespread).

When the Angels played in Tallinn this summer we were surprised to hear it played almost as a Polka by Sofia Joons who got it from a Danish Souce. Of course, there has always been a liberal trade in many things (including genes, language and tunes) across the North sea and up into the Baltic, so we are not surprised to find the connection.
Noel Jackson
Angels of the North

STAR ABOVE THE GARTER gets lyrics

I’VE GIVEN THIS TUNE SOME LYRICS, SORT OF AN ODE TO BIG DIPPER - DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER EXISTING LYRICS

Whoops wrong title MOON & SEVEN STARS

HI AGAIN WHEN I SAID I WROTE LYRICS (ODE TO BIG DIPPER), I MEANT FOR THE JIG, "THE MOON & SEVEN STARS," NOT the star above the garter

Set

The B part of "Seven Stars" runs very well into the A of the Irish "O’Keefe’s Slide" - good spot to crank up the tempo, too!

Try this tune with my tune!

Try this tune as a set with Fiddler on the Ceiling.

Gaspée Affair

Just finished learning this tune from herself. She reports that this tune was played by the American rebels while burning the HMS Gaspée in Warwick, Rhode Island, June 9th, 1772. The ship was collecting for unpopular trade regulations.

Well, she says that’s what they told the kids in drum and fife corps back then when they’d play the tune for the Gaspée Day celebrations in Warwick every year.

The Gaspée Affair:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspée_Affair

Great Dance Tune

This tune is very popular at American contradances. It’s a great tune, both for playing and for dancing.

The Moon and Seven Stars,

This is the version from the Winder collection (1820s)
The earliest known publication that I could find is -David Rutherford’s Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, 1756? It’s also in Airds airs vol 1 1781. Any astronomers out there know a constellation of 7 stars?

Re: The Seven Stars

Given that it’s an English tune, the name is probably referring to seven stars that can be seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Once known as a constellation, The Big Dipper seems to fit the bill. Although there’s likely others it could be about too.

Nice subtle differences in your variant Andy!

Re: The Seven Stars

No, more likely The Plough, as it is known here, aka The Big Dipper. As any ex-Girl Guide knows, in the Northern Hemisphere, if you follow a line upwards from the last 2 stars on the right, it will point you to the North (Pole) star. (But whether that’s what the tune is about could be another story!)
Great tune: we usually play it preceded by The Oyster Girl.

Re: The Seven Stars

Does it have to be "next to"? Various theories, including Orion, Pleiades, the Plough and even the planets (ok, pedants rule, they are not stars.) I really don’t care, it’s just a good tune!

The Seven Stars, X:6

Some variations from the Susan Mashiyama & Rich Sobel recordings.