Miss Sarah McFadyen jig

By Jennifer Wrigley

Also known as Miss Sarah MacFadyen, Miss Sarah MacFayden, Miss Sarah McFayden.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

Miss Sarah McFadyen has been added to 7 tune sets.

Miss Sarah McFadyen has been added to 66 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Miss Sarah McFadyen
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 B|:cAF EAc|d~d~d egb|age d2B|cde dcB|cAF EAc|
d~d~d egb|age dBe|1 ABA A2B:|2 ABA A2 e||
|:f2 a ecA|BAB cAE|C2E F2A|dcd Bce|
fga ecA|BAa ecA|C2E F2A|1 GFG A2 e:|2 GFG A3||
X: 2
T: Miss Sarah McFadyen
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c|BGE DGB|cBc dfa|gdB c2A|B/c/dB cBA|
BGE DGB|cBc dfa|gdB cAF|G2G GB:|
|:d|e2g dBG|ABc BGD|B,2D E2G|cBc ABd|
efg dBG|ABc BGD|B,2D E2G|FEF [1 GB:|2 G2||
X: 3
T: Miss Sarah McFadyen
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B|:cAF EAc|dcd egb|age d2B|c/c/ce dcd|
cAF EcE|dcd egb|ace dcB|1 ABA A2B:|2 ABA A2 e||
|:f2 a ecA|BAB cAE|C/C/CE F/F/FA|dcd Bce|
f2d ecA|BAa ecA|C/C/CE F/F/FA|1 GFG A2 e:|2 GFG A3||

Eight comments

I LOVE this tune

I heard this tune, by Jennifer Wright, on a recording by an Ottawa ceili band called the Old Sod Band, which features (among others) Dan Schreyer and Ian Bell. (Ian plays guitar with Pierre Schreyer, and Dan was, with Pierre, one of the Schreyer triplets.) The Old Sod Band plays it with lots of swing, and minor chords substituted for their relative majors in the B section, rather like this:

F#m | C#m | Bm | E E+F | F#m | C#m | D | E A |


---Michael B.

Jennifer Wrigley

Hi Michael

Yep, it’s a great tune. But it’s written by Jennifer WRIGLEY, not Wright. And she’s a fellow Orcadian.


Jennifer Wrigley is a fantastic fiddler from Orkney, who once won the BBC Young Tradition Award. I got a copy of the sheet music of this lovely jig from a tunebook for the Scottish fiddle, but it is a very whistle-unfriendly tune like many of Jennifer’s compositions.

You will hear it played by the composer herself in the sisters’ “Watch Stone” album. She plays another great jig after it.

Some other compositions of Jennifer are on this site:

Miss Sarah McFadyen was a pupil of Jennifer’s and is now an excellent fiddler in her own right. She is very active on the Edinburgh scene and plays with the band Harem Scarem amongst other projects. Check out their website


Looking for Ms. Wright

My brain said Wrigley, but my fingers said Wright. And Wrongly. Wrigley it is. Apologies to all.

---Michael B.

Miss Sarah McFadyen

I just saw and heard Miss Sarah McFadyen herself at Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend and she is indeed a very fine fiddler, with a lovely mellow touch on the fiddle.

Miss Sarah McFadyen, X:3

I made the notes match the Tannahill Weavers’ take of this,
and also put it in G for easier playing, at least for schmucks like me… 🙂

Miss Sarah McFadyen, X:4

This is the version played (by the composer) on The Watch Stone. Beautiful playing btw, and a great tune too.