Y Derwydd jig

Also known as The Druid, Hogiau’r Foelas, Lads Of Foelas, The Lads Of Foelas.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Y Derwydd has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Y Derwydd
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|FGA {B}AFA|BGB AFD|Bcd efg|efd cBA|
~F3 ~A3|BGB AzA|Bcd efg|ABc d3|
FzA AFA|BGB AFD|Bcd efg|efd cBA|
FDF AFA|BGB A3|Bcd efg|ABc d2a|
~f3 afa|~g3 efg|fdf fzf|EFD cBA|
AFA AFA|~G3 EzG|FED cde|dAF D3|
faa faa|geg {a}geg|~f3 dzf|efd cBA|
~F3 AFA|~G3 EFG|fed cde|dAF D3|
X: 2
T: Y Derwydd
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:z|EFG GEG|AFA G3|ABc def|edc BAG|
EFG G2 G|AFA G2 G|ABc d2 f|[Gg][Aa][Bb] [c2c'2]:|
|:g|geg geg|fdf fdf|egf edc|B/c/dc BAG|
geg g2 g|fdf f2 f|edc Bcd|cGE [C2c2]:|
X: 3
T: Y Derwydd
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|FGA A2 A|BGB A2 d|Bcd efg|fed cc/B/A|
F2 A AF/G/A|BGB AFD|Bcd e>fg|1 ABc d2:|2 A>Bc d||
|:e/f/g|af/g/a a2 f|ge/f/g g2 e|f/g/ag fed|c>ed cBA|
aff afa|gee geg|fed c>de|1 dAf d:|2 d>A[Ff] [D2d2]||
X: 4
T: Y Derwydd
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:FAA AFA|BGB AFD|Bcd efg|efd cBA|
[1 FzA AFA|BGB A2A|Bcd efg|ABc d3:|
[2 FDF AFA|BGB A2A|Bcd efg|ABc d2||
|:f/g/|a2a agf|g2g gfe|f2f fed|ecA A2 f/g/|a2a agf|
g2g g2g|1 fed cde|dAF D2:|2 fed cBA|agf edc|dAF D3||
# Added by Abram .
X: 5
T: Y Derwydd
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:FGA AFA|BF/G/B AFD|Bcd efg|efd cBA|
Fc/A/F AF/G/A|BGB A3|Bcd efg|ABc d3:|
|:F2A AFA|BF/G/B AFD|Bcd efg|efd cBA|
F3 AFA|BGB AF/G/A|Bcd efg|ABc d2A:|
|:f3 afa|g3 efg|fdf f3|efd cBA|
AF/G/A D3|G3 EFG|FED cde|dAF D3:|
|:faa faa|geg gag|f3 d2f|efd cBA|
F3 AF/G/A|G3 EFG|fed cde|dAF D3:|
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

Welsh chestnuts


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Druid music

I’ve got two recordings of this. It may be a chestnut, but it’s great fun to play, at least for a fiddler. Thanks for posting it!

Actually I quite like this having revisited it just now. Before I looked at the dots there I was confusing it with another old chestnut whose actual name escapes me but is a polka/longdance.

This is a nicer setting of y Derwydd than the one I’d seen in the past. Its good on the flute like this too. Fiddlemouse do you use this setting? Thanks c!

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well, its an attempt at a flute setting 🙂

Fiddling druidry…

I’m just starting to play this setting, but as of now I like it enough to keep using it!

More fiddling druidry

Although I have to admit the roll on the A in the 5th measure isn’t too fiddle-friendly, unless you pop up into third position. I may fudge that bit!
I’ve got another version of Y Derwydd, one I learned by ear from a Gwerinos recording. I’m thinking of making a set out of the two of them and a suitable third piece (not chosen yet).

What Sara said

Hi Sara, you could play the AFA there. That’s how I used to do it, no rolls at all actually, but I like the rolls better (but I’m on the floot ffliwt fflwt 🙂

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Open “A” Rolls

Hi Lesl, tried that and like it. Thanks!

“Hogiau’r Foelas” / “Y Dderwydd”

Page 19, tune #33:
“Blodau’r Grug: 100 Popular Welsh Folk Dance Tunes”
Selected and arranged by Alex Hamilton
Revised by Robin Huw Bowen
Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru = The Welsh Folk Dance Society

Also played in the key of ‘C’…
|: EFG GEG | AFA G3 | ~

“Y Derwydd” / “The Druid”

K: D Major
|: A |
FGA A2 A | BGB A2 d | Bcd efg | fed cc/B/A |
F2 A AF/G/A | BGB AFD | Bcd e>fg |1 ABc d2 :|
2 A>Bc d ||
|: e/f/g |
af/g/a a2 f | ge/f/g g2 e | f/g/ag fed | c>ed cBA |
aff afa | gee geg | fed c>de|1 dAf d :|
2d>Af d2 ||

Flute 🙂

It looks flute friendly. I’ll see how it works 🙂

“Y Derwydd” = “The Druid”

Thanks for the heads up Jeffery, I hadn’t done the pronunciation on this one, not having been the original contributor…

Y ~ “uh”
Derwydd ~ “Dare-oi-th” ~ ‘oi’ as in ‘oil’, or “Oye You!” The ‘th’ is voiced (=‘dd’) as in the English words ‘the’, ‘this’, ‘bathe’…

“Y Derwydd” ~ “Uh Dare-oi-th”