The Five Pound Flute jig

Also known as The 5 Pound Flute, The £5 Flute.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Five Pound Flute has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Five Pound Flute
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
~D3 FDA | ~D3 CEG | cBc dcA | GED CEF :|
|: d3 ~f3 | gfg afd | AaA gAf | ~e3 edA |
~B3 def | efe fdB | cBc ecA | GED CEF :|
X: 2
T: The Five Pound Flute
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DAD FDA | ~D3 CEG | cBc dcA |1 GEC CEG :|2 GEC EGc ||
|: d3 ~f3 | gfg afd | AaA gAf | ~e3 e^cA |
~B3 def | efe fdB | ~c3 ecA |1 GEC EGc :|2 GEC CEG |]

Six comments

Johnny Hardie of the Old Blind Dogs wrote this jig. It may be slightly folk-processed as I learned it from Maine fiddler Ed Howe who couldn’t recall how he learned it … There are obviously many ornamentation options of the repeated low D.

the flute must have been an eight key with all those low C’s.

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£5.00 flute

I was at the Orkney Folk Festival when this tragic incident occurred. A flute-maker put 2 flutes into the Festival shop in a bit of a hurry, said something along the lines of "this one is 4 and this one is 5", meaning of course £400 and £500. He came back to find one had been sold for £5.00. True! I never heard if the flute-maker got the right money or not - I was always a bit reluctant to ask, because it would be an obvious sore point.
Mind you, I got my first flute for £10.00.

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Low C’s on the flute

Even though I’ve got the keys, I play almost all of those low C-naturals up an octave. It gives a nice punch to the rhythm.

Listening to - The £5 Flute

This tune can be heard on "Dance of the Celts" (Narada Collection - ND63932: 1997) and is the opening part of a set - followed by ‘Donald McLellan’s Exercise’ and ‘What pain have I endured since last year’ … (The latter obviously written by someone who has just given away an expensive flute!)