The Rambling Sailor reel

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Little Diamond (a few times), Mrs. Crowley’s (a few times), Bill The Weaver’s (a few times) and Rose Anne’s (a few times).

The Rambling Sailor has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cAAc BGAB|c2GE FEDG|~c3G AcGE|FEDE FGAB|
cAAc BGAB|c2GE FEDG|CE~E2 CEGE|FGAB c2cB|
cGcd edef|~g3a gfed|cGcd efeG|deed cGAB|
cGcd edef|~g3a gfed|~c3G AcGE|FEDE FGAB|
cded ~c3G|AcGE FEDG|cded cdef|~g3a gfed|
cded ~c3G|AcGE FEDG|CE~E2 CEGE|FGAB c2cB|
X: 2
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: "Part A" BG | "Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
|: "Part B" B2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :||!
# Added by Yogi .

Five comments

The Rambling Sailor

Played often in Sydney. This is a flute setting transcribed direct from a minidisc recording.

Bar 22 of the sheetmusic should be |AcGE FEDG|

This is the way Paddy O’Brien had it on his recording with Seamus Connolly. In O’Neill, it’s in D major, so maybe O’Brien "adjusted" it for the box.

Strike the Gay Harp

I came across this in O’Neills 1001 (in D as mentioned above) and was immediately struck by its similarity to Strike the Gay Harp. It’s a reel version of the jig (or vice versa!).

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We have a completely different tune called ‘The Rambling Sailor’, but according to the FAQ I cannot submit another setting of an existing tune, so here it is. This tune, in E Dorian is used for a dance by Brighton Morris Men. There is a song that goes with it, but we don’t usually sing it, and I can’t remember the words.

X:326
T:Rambling Sailor
M:4/4
S:A(AB)5
R:Reel
Z:John (Yogi) Allen for BMM
Q:150
K:E Dorian
|: "Part A" BG | "Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :|!
|: "Part B" B2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 |\
"Bm" d2 Bd "A" c2 A2 | "G" BcBA "D" F2 F2 |!
"Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :||!

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