The Drunken Gauger jig

Also known as The Funny Tailor.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Drunken Gauger has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Drunken Gauger has been added to 129 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|GAB c2A|BAG AGE|GBd g2e|dBe dBG|
c2A BdB|AGA BGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGG G2:|
|:D|GBd g2e|dBe dBG|Ace a2a|agb age|
dBd g2e|dBe dBG|c2A BdB|AGA BGE|
GAB c2A|BAG AGE|GBd g2e|dBe dBG|
c2A BdB|AGA AGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGG G2:|
X: 2
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|DEG ~A3|AGF G|
X: 3
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|:GED GAB GBA G2G G2A|Bcd efg fed e2B d2A||
X: 4
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|GAB c2A|BAG AGE|GB/c/d g2e|dBe dBG|
c2A Bc/d/B|AGA BGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGF G2:|
|:D|GB/c/d g2e|dBe dBG|Ace a3|agb age|
dB/c/d g2e|dBe dBG|c2A Bc/d/B|AGA BGE|
GAB c2A|BAG AGE|GB/c/d g2e|dBe dBG|
c2A B/c/dB|AGA BGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGF G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Drunken Gauger
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|D|GAB cBA|BAG AGE|GBd g>ze|d(3Bcd edB|
cec (3BcdB|Az A BGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGG G2|
|D|GAB !trill!czA|BAG AGE|GBd g>ze|d(3Bcd edB|
cec (3BcdB|~A3 BGE|D>zG AGA|BGG G2|
|:D|GBd Jg>z e|dBe dBG|Ace ~a3|agb age|
dBd Jg>z e|dBe dBG|czA (3BcdB|AGA BGE|
DE/F/G/A/B/ ~c2A|BAG AGE|GBd g2e|dBe dBG|
!trill!c3 (3BcdB|AGA BGE|DE/F/G AGA|BGG G2:|

Nineteen comments

The Drunken Gauger (jig)

Source: Ronan Browne & Peter O’Loughlin_"The South West Wind"
Transcription: g.m.p.

Liam O’Flynn’s comments

I have a recording of an O’Flynn performance at Na Piobairi Uilleann in Dublin, in which he says that this tune is associated with a set dance in which the dancer "staggers about the place in the manner of the drunken gauger." The gauger, apparently, was an official charged with sampling the offerings at the pubs and was therefore according to O’Flynn "prone to be drunk." O’Flynn’s version is not quite as jig-like as the setting here from Ronan Browne, it has a good many starts and stops in it and is played slowly.

Kevin Crehan tells that the gauger was charged with measuring the pub’s measure vs the queen’s measure. And how else do you do that by topping one up and pouring it into the other. Not wanting to waste "the precious comodity", you poured it down your own throat.

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Drunken Gauger LIamO’Flynn

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thelatesession/rams/2006/2july.smil

On the RTE’s "Late Session" there is a special from Milltown Malbay including Liam with the Drunken Gauger. His story is different to the one here, checking for alcohol content might be more dangerous for your liver than to compare measure’s….

His endings are
|DEG ~A3|AGF G|
and he plays a lovely D cran as the first half of bar 17 (1st in line 5)

The discussion with Liam and the tune start about 39 minutes after the start of the cast

Drunken Gauger: irregular form

Hello

I have heard 2 recorded versions of The Drunken Gauger jig, and both repeat the same irregular form, not the usual AA BB AA…as in most tunes.

Rather it is:

AA
B
A
B
AAA
B
A
B
A

Is this arrangement only for this jig or are there other tunes that have this seemingly irregular form?

Thanks,

R

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Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

Yes, it is always played this way.

Rather than AA BA BA, I think of it as AA BB, where the B part is longer than the A part - in this case, the A part is 16 bars (including repeats), as a standard double jig, whilst the B part is 32 bars. Here, you will find it thus notated: https://thesession.org/tunes/2180
It so happens that the extra 16 bars in the B-part are a reiteration of the A-part.

The Drunken Gauger is a *set dance*. These tunes were composed, or adapted, by the dancing masters of the 18th century to accompany specific dances choreographed by them. More often than not, these dances and their accompanying tunes have an asymmetrical structure, the B-part usually being longer than the A part (Are there any examples the other way round? I don’t know).

Here’s a handful of other set dances to ponder:

https://thesession.org/tunes/5080
https://thesession.org/tunes/1104
https://thesession.org/tunes/147
https://thesession.org/tunes/1605
https://thesession.org/tunes/893

If you are the member formerly known as what!!??!!, then you will know all this already. But I assume you’re somebody else.

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

I hope someone who knows more about music and dancing than me will fill in the gaps and correct any falsehoods.

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

Hello

Yes I am what not what!!??!!, nor am I a relation of what!!??!!.

Thanks for the information.

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Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

Junior Crehan heard the tune played by travelling dancing master Pat Barron (who stayed in the area for longer spells) and revived it from memory.

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Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

Probably less confusing to think about that tune this way:

AA
BA
BA

AA
BA
BA

no?

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

oh, and when Bobby Casey recorded it, he did AAA the first time through, as if he were playing an intro for dancers (if I recall correctly)

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

In Toronto it’s played AA BB but, as was pointed out, the ‘parts’ vary in their actual length, ie, they are not equal in terms of the number of bars in each. The ‘Toronto’ version was picked up from the many native born Irish players who play in sessions around here. So I assume that that’s a fair seal of authenticity.

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

AABB (B = your sense of it as BA) ~ as Confusion has so clearly elucidated… 8-)

Re: Drunken Gauger: irregular form

AAA ~ was as reenactor suspects ~ the ol’ "A for nought" ~ to give the dancers lead-in to the rhythm, tempo and melody, in preparation for starting to dance on the second A of the three…

Another way to think about the tune

Here is an alternate analysis of the tune (in ABCs):

X: 1
T: Drunken Gauger, The
M: 15/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
BA|:GED GAB GBA G2G G2A|Bcd efg fed e2B d2A||
Bcd efg fed g2B dBA|GED GAB GBA G2G G2A|
Bcd efg fed g2B dBA|GED GAB GBA G2G GBA:|

One might also set it up as comprising 12 bars of alternating 9/8 and 6/8, but that gets complicated, and the above is easier to see through.

The tune really comprises only two measures of 15/8, organized AB B’A B’A, so it’s a quick learn.

The difference in B’ is to land on g instead of e for the 4th beat, followed by the descending triplet.

We’re starting to work with a dancer on this tune. His lead-in is the tune played through once. He then dances it through 3 times (at 69 to70 bpm), first on the right foot, second on the left, followed by the "body" of the tune to close.

I suppose for brevity one could use a simple AB as the lead-in….

Mistaken posting - wrong tune

My post above pertains to the OTHER tune known as the Drunken Gauger or The Funny Tailor. I will post it there as well. Ignore the above if you are looking at this longer tune.

The Drunken Gauger, X:5

This is the version of Bobby Casy, adapted to flute playing by Kevin Crawford