Willy’s Single jig

Also known as Rowsome’s, Rowsome’s Slip, Willie’s Single, Willies Single.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Willy’s Single has been added to 2 tune sets.

Willy's Single has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Willy's Single
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E3 GFE|F2D D3|Bcd edc|1 d2B A2G:|2 d3 d2e||
f2d d2c|d2f afd|ecA A3|ecA A3|
f2d d2c|d2f afd|ecA ABc|d3 d2e|
f2d d2c|d2f afd|ecA A3|ecA A3|
f3 fef|g3 gfg|a2f g2e|f2d A2G||
X: 2
T: Willy's Single
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E3 GFE F2D D3|1 Bcd ecA ded dcA|2 Bcd ecA ded d2g||
f2d d2c d2f afd|ecA A3 ecA AcA/A/|
f2d d2c d2f afd|ecA ABc d3 d2e|
f2d d2c d2f afd|ecA A3 ecA AcA/A/|
f3 fef g3 gfg|a2f g2e f2d cAG||
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments

Now…. is this because it’s a Single Jig… or because Willie’s a bachelor?


Willie Clancy’s Single Jig

The title refers to the fact that it’s a single jig. Willy Clancy introduced this tune, but he may have gotten it from Levey’s Dance Music of Ireland second collection (1873) where a similar tune is listed as "Untitled".

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The Cheiftains

The Chieftains played this jig in their song The Donegal Set on the Water From the Well album. It is followed by King of the Pipers and The Glen Road to Carrick


It’s normally spelt "Willie’s single". It features as Track 1, Side 2 of Pat Mitchell’s album "Uilleann Pipes", and Pat can probably be credited with popularising it among pipers.

The sleeve note on the tune reads as follows:

"Pat starts Side Two with a tune whose name is forgotten but referred to so often as Willie’s Single that the name has stuck. The somewhat stately pace of this tune is interesting. This is the way Garrett Barry played it, entirely unlike the fast speed at which most single jigs are played today. This kind of tune and treatment may very well have been the nearest in style to the original music of the quadrille from which present-day sets evolved during the first half of the nineteenth century."

Willie’s Single

On the 1955 Peter Kennedy recordings of Willie and Bobby Casey this tune is listed as "Rowsome’s Single Jig." Leo’s grandfather Samuel knew a great number of these tunes.