Father Tom’s Wager jig

Also known as Close To The Floor, Father Tom Wager’s, Father Tom’s, Fr. Tom’s Wager, The Frog In The Well, Geall An T-Atar Tomais, Tom’s Wager.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hag With The Money (a few times), The Lilting Fisherman (a few times), Rosemary Lane (a few times) and The Silver Vale (a few times).

Father Tom’s Wager has been added to 3 tune sets.

Father Tom's Wager has been added to 73 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|cBc ABc|
dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|1cAF GBc:|2cAF Gdc||
Bdg a2g|fed cAF|DGG FAA|GBB ABc|
Bdg a2 g|fed ^cde|f2d cAF|1AGF Gdc:|2AGF GBc||
X: 2
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dge dBG | AEF GDB | GBD GBd | cBc AA/B/c |
dge dBG | AEF GDB | GBD GB/c/d | cAF G2 :|
Bdg bag | fed cAF | DGG FAA | GBB ABc |
B/c/dg bag | gfe dBG | cE^c dBG | cAF G2 :|
X: 3
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dge dBG | AEF GDB, | G,B,D GBd | cBc ABc |
dge dBG | AEF GDB, | G,B,D GBd | cAF G2 :|
Bdg bag | gfe edc | B/c/dB cAG |
[1 FAD D2 c| Bdg bag | gfe edc | B/c/dB cAF | AGF G2 :|
[2 FAD Ddc | B2 d gdB | cGE CEG | F/G/AF Df/e/g | gdB G2 |]
X: 4
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dge dBG | AEF GD[BB,] | [GG,][BB,]D GAB | cBc ABc |
dge dBG | AEF GD[BB,] | [GG,][BB,]D GAB | cAF G3 :|
|: Bdg bag | fed cAF | DGG FGA | GAB ABc | Bdg bag|
fed cAF | DGG FGA | BGF G3 :| c3 Bd F | AGF G3 ||
X: 5
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|~c3 ABc|
dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|cAF G2c:|
|:Bdg bag|fed cAF|DGG FGA|BGB ABc|
Bdg bag|fed ^cde|fed cAF|AGF G2c:|
X: 6
T: Father Tom's Wager
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(B/c/)|(d>g).e d>BG|.A(EF) G>DB,|G,B,D GBd|{d}cBc ABc|
(dg).e d>BG|A>(EF) G>DB,|G,B,D GAc|BGG G2:|
|:(d/c/)|.B.d.(g b).a.g|.f.e(d c).A.F|(DG).G (FA).A|(GB).B .A(Bc)|
.B(dg) b>a(g|g).f.e dBG|c>(ec B>)AG|.A(EF) G2:|]
# Added by Moxhe .

Sixteen comments

Also known as Father Tom’s Wager.

Tom’s Wager

The Father Tom’s Wager that’s already on the site is a different tune.I learned this from a Paddy Glackin tape that someone gave me.

I’ve learned this from my mother in the mid 20’s as Father Tom’s Wager a great wee jig and excellent tune for beginners and intermediatories. Making more copies for the session in "The Classroom"

Sorry that should read mid 60’s. I’m not that old !!
Peter
And neither am I.
Rose (his mother)

“Close to the Floor” / “Father Tom’s Wager”

For below D challenged instruments ~ raising the bar…

X: 2
T: Close to the Floor
T: Geall An T-Atar Tomais
T: Frog in the Well, The
T: Tom’s Wager
T: Father Tom’s Wager
N: A-part, bars 2, 3, 4 & 6 raised an octave from ~ | AEF GDB, | G,B,D GBd | ~ .
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: B/c/ |\
dge dBG | AEF GDB | GBD GBd | cBc AA/B/c |
dge dBG | AEF GDB | GBD GB/c/d | cAF G2 :|
|: d/c/ |\
Bdg bag | fed cAF | DGG FAA | GBB ABc |
B/c/dg bag | gfe dBG | cE^c dBG | cAF G2 :|

B-part, bar 7 ~ cE^c ~ or ~ ce^c…

“Fr. Tom’s Wager” ~ some very different ways with it & a second ending

X: 3
T: Fr. Tom’s Wager
S: The Brendan Mulhaire Ceili Band
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: B |\
dge dBG | AEF GDB, | G,B,D GBd | cBc ABc |
dge dBG | AEF GDB, | G,B,D GBd | cAF G2 :|
|: d |\
Bdg bag | gfe edc | B/c/dB cAG |
[1 FAD D2 c| Bdg bag | gfe edc | B/c/dB cAF | AGF G2 :|
[2 FAD Ddc | B2 d gdB | cGE CEG | F/G/AF Df/e/g | gdB G2 |]

Wouldn’t mind…

hearing the third to last measure as | cGE ^CEG |
or even | cGE ^CEA |

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From _Rockall_ by The House Band

Liner notes attribute it to Rose Murphy of Yorkshire, via Jon Scaife and Roger Wilson. It seems unrelated to the Em tune by the same name. The House Band plays it at a blistering tempo!

Rose Murphy

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2786
Rose Murphy certainly lived - and was recorded at the age of 76 - in Yorkshire, but she came from Bellmount, near Milltown, Co. Galway, according to the cassette sleeve notes. She was more probably the "House Band’s" source of the tune, rather than it’s composer, as although the sleeve notes say that 2 of her compositions are included on the recording, this is not one of them.

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This must surely be here already under a different name.

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Well done, that man.

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X: 1
T: Father Tom’s Wager
S: Andy McGann, Felix Dolan & Joe Burke - The Funny Reel
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|~c3 ABc|
dge dBG|AEF GDB,|G,B,D GBd|cAF G2c:|
|:Bdg bag|fed cAF|DGG FGA|BGB ABc|
Bdg bag|fed ^cde|fed cAF|AGF G2c:|

Father Tom’s Wager

Nicgaviskey give a very powerful rendering of this great old jig on Youtube.

Father Tom’s Wager, X:6 / Close to the Floor

This setting – attributed to “J. Hand” – appears in the Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883, p. 86 as Close to the Floor.

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