Bill Harte’s jig

Also known as Bill Hart’s, Bill Hart’s Favourite, Bill Harte’s Favourite, Jim Beehan’s, Port Liam Uí Airt, The Rookery, Ryan’s, Sonny Brogan’s, Superman’s, The Superman, Tom Hearte’s.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Lark In The Morning (a few times) and Out On The Ocean (a few times).

Bill Harte’s has been added to 18 tune sets.

Bill Harte's has been added to 265 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DED A2A|BAG ABA|DED A2A|BAG EGE|
DED A2A|BAG ABc|d2B cBA|1 BAG EGE:|2 BAG E2D||
|:d2B cBA|BAG ABc|d2B cBA|BAG E2D|
dcB cBA|BAG ABc|ded c2A|1 BAG E2D:|2 BAG EGE||
X: 2
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ABA e2e|fed efe|ABA e2e|fed BdB|
ABA e2e|fed efg|a2f gfe|1 fed BdB:|2 fed B2A||
|:a2f gfe|fed efg|a2f gfe|fed B2A|
agf gfe|fed efg|aba g2e|1 fed B2A:|2 fed BdB||
X: 3
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D3 ~A3|BAG ~A3|D2D ~A3|BAG ~E3|
D3 ~A3|BAG ABc|dcB cBA|BAG E2D:|
dcB cBA|BAG ABc|dcB cBA|BAG ~E3|
dcB cBA|BAG ABc|ded cBA|BAG E2D:|
X: 4
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:D3 A3|BAG A3|D3 A3|BAG E3|
D3 A3|BAG ABc|d2B c2A|BAG E2D:||
|:d2B c2A|BAG ABc|d2B c2A|BAG E2D|
dcB cBA|BAG ABc|d3 c2A|BAG E2D:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: ~D3 ~A3|BAG ABA|~D3 ~A3|BAG EDC|
~D3 ~A3|BAG ABc|dcB cBA|1 BAG EGE:|2 BAG E2D||
|:deB ~c2A|BAG ABc|deB ~c2A|BAG EDC|
deB ~c2A|BAG ABc|deB c2A|1 BAG EDC:|2 BAG EGE||
X: 6
T: Bill Harte's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AAA eAe|fed ede|AAA eAe|fed BAG|
AAA eAe|fed efg|aba ged|egd BAG:|:
aba g2e|fed efg|aba ged|efd BAG|
aba g2e|fed efg|aba ged|efd BAG:|

Twenty-eight comments

Bill Harte’s

Sorry if this is already posted somewhere - I couldn’t find it. Be prepared to play it in Amix also:

K: Amix
|:ABA e2e|fed efe|ABA e2e|fed BdB|
ABA e2e|fed efg|a2f gfe|1 fed BdB:|2 fed B2A||
|:a2f gfe|fed efg|a2f gfe|fed B2A|
agf gfe|fed efg|aba g2e|1 fed B2A:|2 fed BdB||

It’s quite surprising this mighty little tune was not posted here yet. Thank you for posting it, for I’ve forgotten to learn it properly for ages. Solas recorded it as Sonny Brogan’s if my memory is correct, but I personally perfer Dervish’s lively playing of the tune.

Bill Hart’s Jig

One of the great old jigs. Easy to learn and a grand session tune.

Must have some Clare connection as I remember Robbie McMahon (Spancil Hill) teaching a group of European students on a visit to Ennis how to lilt it - and very effectively too !!

Tune requested by galway-fiddle.

Source: sharon shannon, frankie gavin, michael mcgoldrick and jim murray - tunes
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Rookery = Bill Hart’s

as I said in the comments when I posted the recording.

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This is just a

this is just a different version of ryan’s

Ryan’s ?

So who calls it "Ryan’s" ?

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Sonny Brogan

This tune is usually called after either Sonny Brogan and Bill Harte, two pioneering box players in Dubin.

"The Rookery" is a name more often applied to other tunes, including a version "Whelan’s Jig" (from Tommy Whelan) on the recording by Jack and Charlie Coen.

I learned this tune from Dan Beimborn who knows it as "Jim Beehan’s" so I’ve added that as an alias.

Bill Hart’s Favourite

Thanks Jim, I’ll check it out. This tune caught my attention by the name when I was reading another discussion on this site (about the Kesh). Funny thing is I know a man by the name of Bill Hart. I will have to play it for him some day. :)
Kaylee

The B part of this is very similar to the A part of Road to Ness, an equally lively but much less popular Scottish setting. Thanks Kenny for pointing this out.

Road to Ness

https://thesession.org/tunes/10916

Sweet recording of Bill Hart’s jig

There is a very nice version on an old Outlet record now out on cd (PTICD 1001) where the whistle player Tom McHaile puts it on the back of Lark in the Morning. Lovely arrangement and nice key change to boot!

It’s credited as The Rookery to Vincent Broderick, flute player from Loghrea E Galway

That’s a totally different and unrelated tune. Please check facts before making comments like this.

Bill Harte

Bill was appearantly a member of the police force of Dublin and played together with Sonny Brogan, Sarah Hobbs and James Cawley in the Lough Gill Quartet, who released a string of four 78’s back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. In case anyone was wondering.

And I have a feeling that this is not a tune that he composed himself, because everything about it screams, to me at least, "piping tune!", and Bill played B/C accordion.

The Rookery, X:2

Lovely energy in this tune.

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Sonny Brogan’s (aka Bill Hart’s Jig)

We used to play this setting back in the 1980’s. Also known as the Rookery in the Session. It’s simple, but has a lot of drive. It’s a great follow-up tune to raise the tension level in a session.

Re: Sonny Brogan’s (aka Bill Hart’s Jig)

It is known by both names in our session, though more commonly as The Rookery; great tune to end a set of jigs on.

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Re: Bill Harte’s

This appears in Ted Furey’s 1975 collection (Vol 2) as ‘Bill Harts or Down by Ocean’ - also given as ‘out on the ocean’, where he mentions that Bill Hart, an accordian (sic) player, was a Guard at Fitzgibbon Street Station. Not at all relevant, of course, but a bit of biog to accompany the tune. (Ted gives the key signature as A major, but it is actually written it in D. His proof reader was, perhaps, less than meticulous).

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Re: Bill Harte’s

To whichever wag added "The Superman Jig" as an alternate title for this tune…

Thanks. Now all I can hear when I play this tune is the John Williams theme music. :-/

Tom Hearte’s

Source: Kevin Henry
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Re: Tom Hearte’s

Duplicate : more commonly known as "Bill Harte’s" - this particular setting was posted here by "Dow" 13 years ago :

https://thesession.org/tunes/2788

Sorry, "gian marco" - best wishes, Kenny
[ Thanks for getting me back to listening to Kevin Henry again - I love his old style of playing, and regard myself as being extremely fortunate in having sat in on sessions with him twice at Willie Clancy weeks some years
back. ]

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