The Black Knife jig

Also known as Sgian Dubh.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Black Knife has been added to 5 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Black Knife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B,2B B2F|AFA ECA,|B,2B BAF|Bcd c2A|
B,2B B2F|AFA ECA,|DCD ECE|1 FEC B,CA,:|2 FEC B,2e||
|:fAB Bcd|fdf ede|fdB Bcd|fdf ede|
[1 fAB Bcd|cBA eAe|fbf eae|dec Bcd:|
[2 fbf eae|dea ecA|FAd dAG|FDC B,2A,||
2
X: 2
T: The Black Knife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B,2B B2F|AFD ECA,|B,2B BFB|Bcd dcB|
B,2B B2F|AFD ECA,|D2D E2A|1 FEC B,2A,:|2 FEC B,2e||
|:fBB Bcd|fgf ede|fBB Bcd|fgf ede|
[1 fBB Bcd|cBA ecA|fef edc|dcB Bcd:|
[2 fbf eae|dea ecA|FAd cAG|FDC B,2A,||
3
X: 3
T: The Black Knife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:D2d d2A|cAc GEC|D2d dcA|def e2c|
D2d d2A|cAc GEC|FEF GEG|1 AGE DEC:|2 AGE D2g||
|:acd def|afa gfg|afd def|afa gfg|
[1 acd def|edc gcg|ad'a gc'g|fge def:|
[2 ad'a gc'g|fgc' gec|Acf fcB|AFE D2C||
4
X: 4
T: The Black Knife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2e e2B|dBG AFD|E2e e2d|efg f2B|
E2e e2B|dBG AFD|~G3 ~A3|1 BGE E2D:|2 BGE E2A||
|:BDE EFG|BcB AGA|BGE EFG|~B3 ~A3|
[1 BDE EFG|BcB AFA|BeB AdA|GBG FGA:|
[2 BeB AdA|GAB AFA|Bdf fdB|AFD E2D||
5
X: 5
T: The Black Knife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2e e2B|dBd AFD|E2e e2B|efg gfe|
E2e e2B|dBd AFD|~G3 ~A3|1 BGE E2D:|2 BGE E2A||
|:BDE EFG|~B3 AFA|BGE EFG|~B3 AFD|
[1 BDE EFG|~B3 AFA|BeB AdA|GBG FGA:|
[2 BeB AdA|~G3 ~F3|Bdf fdB|AFD E2D||

Five comments

The Black Knife, X:3

Sorry if this tune setting isn’t quite accurate- it’s the first time I’ve ever used ABC!
Whenever there’s a low C jump to the first octave C.

Re: The Black Knife

I’ve seen this tune as Sgian Dubh, which is its Gaelic title. It is from the Atholl collection from 1884.