The Oyster Girl jig

Also known as The Oyster Girl’s, The Oyster Girls.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Oyster Girl has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Oyster Girl has been added to 74 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2c|:ded B2G|A2F DEF|GAB c2A|d2B ABc|
ded B2d|g2d B2d|edB dBA|1G3 B2c:|2 G3 G2A||
B2B B2 B|B2B BcB|A2A ABc|d3 B2c|
ded B2d|g2d B2d|edB dBG|1G3 G2A:|2G3 B2c||
X: 2
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 c |:"G" ded B2 G | "D7" A2 F DEF | "G" G2 G BAB | "D7" d2 c ABc |
"G" ded Bdg | "C" f2 e c2 e | "D7" d2 B cBA | "G" G3 G3 :|
|: "G" Bcd Bcd | "C" e2 c e2 c | "D7" ABc ABc | "G" d2 B d2 B |
"G" ded Bdg | "C" f2 e c2 e | "D7" d2 B cBA | "G" G3 G3 :|
X: 3
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ded B2 G | A2 F D2 F | G2 B dcB | B3 A2 ^c |
ded B2 G | g2 e c2 e | e2 B dcA | G3 G2 :|
B2 B B^AB | B2 e B2 _B | A2 A AB^c | d3- d2 ^c |
d2 d BAG | g2 e cde | edB dcA | G3- G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G" ded B2 G | "D" A2 F D2 F | "G" G2 A dcB | "D7" B3 A2 c |
"G" ded B2 G | "C" f2 e c2 e | "G" edB "D7" dcA | "G" G3 G2 :|
"Em" B2 B B2 B | "Em" B2 e B2 _B | "A7" A2 A AB^c | "D7" d3- d2 d |
"G" ded B2 G | "C" g2 e cde | "G" edB "D" dcA | "G" G3 G2 :|
X: 5
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d>ed B2 G | A2 F D2 F | G2 B d>cB | B3 A2 ^c |
d>ed B2 G | g2 e c2 e | e2 B d>cA | G3 G2 :|
B2 B B>^AB | B2 e B2 _B | A2 A A>B^c | d3- d2 ^c |
d2 d B>AG | g2 e c>de | e>dB d>cA | G3- G2 :|
X: 6
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: Bc | ded B2 G | A2 F D2 F | GFG BGB | d2 c A2 e |
ded B2 g | f2 e c2 e | ded cBA | [1 G3-G :| [2 G3-G2 |]
|: d | Bcd Bcd | e2 c e2 c | ABc ABc | d2 B d2 d |
ded B2 g | f2 e c2 e | ded cBA | [1 G3-G2 :| [2 G3-G |]
X: 7
T: The Oyster Girl
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
V:1
B2 c |:"G"ded B2 G |"D"A2 F DEF |"G"GFG BAB |"D"d2 c ABc |
"G"ded B2 g |"D"f2 e "C"c2 e |"G"d2 B "D"cBA ||1"G"G3 B2 c :|2"G"G3 G2 A ||
|:"G"Bcd Bcd |"Am7"e2 c e2 c |"D"ABc ABc |"G"d2 B d2 B |
d2 d Bdg |"D"f2 e "C"c2 e |"G"d2 B "D"cBA |1"G"G3 G2 A :|2"G"G3 B2 c ||
"G"ded B2 d |g3 gfg |"Am"a2 A A2 B |"D7"c3 A2 B |
cdc A2 c |f3 f2 e |e2 d G2 A |"G"B3 B2 c |
ded B2 d |g3 gfg |"Am"a2 b a2 g |e3 "A7"e3 |
"D"fgf e2 d |c2 a f2 e |ded def |"G"g3- g3 |]
V:2
G3 |:B3 GAB |c2 A F2 A |B3 G3 |F2 E FGA |
B3 GBd |c3 ABc |BGD DEF ||1GBd gdc :|2GBd DEF ||
|:GAB G2 B |c2 A GFE |FGA F2 A |B2 G BAG |
B2 B GBG |AcA G3 |B2 G FGF |1GBd DEF :|2GBd g3 ||
B2 G DGB |e2 d B2 zd-|c3d E3 |F2 E FG^G |
A2 D F2 E |D2 d d2 c |cBA E2 F |GFE DGA |
B2 G DGB |e2 d BAB |c2 d c2 B |c3 ^c3 |
ded c2 B |A2 F D2 c |c2 F A2 c |D3-B3 |]
# Added by Bazza .

Thirteen comments

Oyster Girl

Classic English stuff.I’m surprised thatyou let it in!!!!.
The Angelsof the North play this with the Seven Stars and Lamb Skinnet. What a great set it is. We useit with Duck for the Oyster, a phenomenal 18th Century circle dance that is still worth dancing most Saturdays.

NoelJackson
Angels of the NOrth

Folkworks Version

Slightly different (and with chords)
X:1
T:The Oyster Girl
S:Folkworks
Z:Edgar Bolton
M:6/8
R:Jig
K:G
B2 c |:"G" ded B2 G | "D7" A2 F DEF | "G" G2 G BAB | "D7" d2 c ABc |
"G" ded Bdg | "C" f2 e c2 e | "D7" d2 B cBA | "G" G3 G3 :|
|: "G" Bcd Bcd | "C" e2 c e2 c | "D7" ABc ABc | "G" d2 B d2 B |
"G" ded Bdg | "C" f2 e c2 e | "D7" d2 B cBA | "G" G3 G3 :|

Also, I’m sure I;ve heard it played with a third part but can’t trace where or by whom

“The Oyster Girls” ~ and another take on this

X: 3
T: Oyster Girls, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: ^c |\
ded B2 G | A2 F D2 F | G2 B dcB | B3 A2 ^c |
ded B2 G | g2 e c2 e | e2 B dcA | G3 G2 :|
|: B |\
B2 B B^AB | B2 e B2 _B | A2 A AB^c | d3- d2 ^c |
d2 d BAG | g2 e cde | edB dcA | G3- G2 :|

“The Oyster Girl’s Jig” ~ and yet another take, with chords

X: 4
T: Oyster Girl’s Jig, The
S: "The Oregon Country Dance Orchestra Tune Book"
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: d |\
"G" ded B2 G | "D" A2 F D2 F | "G" G2 A dcB | "D7" B3 A2 c |
"G" ded B2 G | "C" f2 e c2 e | "G" edB "D7" dcA | "G" G3 G2 :|
|: B |\
"Em" B2 B B2 B | "Em" B2 e B2 _B | "A7" A2 A AB^c | "D7" d3- d2 d |
"G" ded B2 G | "C" g2 e cde | "G" edB "D" dcA | "G" G3 G2 :|

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Actually, that’s not quite how I play it. 😀 I forgot something, and I don’t mean the ornaments and variations, I mean rhythmically ~

X: 3
T: Oyster Girls, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: ^c |\
d>ed B2 G | A2 F D2 F | G2 B d>cB | B3 A2 ^c |
d>ed B2 G | g2 e c2 e | e2 B d>cA | G3 G2 :|
|: B |\
B2 B B>^AB | B2 e B2 _B | A2 A A>B^c | d3- d2 ^c |
d2 d B>AG | g2 e c>de | e>dB d>cA | G3- G2 :|

The Oyster Girl, X:6

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

Re: The Oyster Girl

Anahata the melodeon player has a YouTube video called "Not the Oyster Girl", which he says is used in sessions to see if people are paying attention! The differences, when you listen to it, are very very obvious. I think I like the original OG tune better, but this one is still clever!
https://youtu.be/iuvRLSVWcu0

Re: The Oyster Girl

"The Oyster Girl" is also an old English folk song, too. Not related to the tune, but very interesting. I was nerding out on Mudcat and learned about an English folk singer some 50 years back named George Spicer.
https://youtu.be/jDQZ5sbf3Jg

The Oyster Girl, X:7

This tune is usually played locally (Sussex, UK) as a 32-bar jig, but I learned it many years ago as a having a third part, as in X:7 where its given with an accompanying line. (Mine: take or leave). I’m not sure about the
origin of the ‘C’ part: it may be integral or may have been nicked from another tune, but nonetheless it makes it useful for dances that need 48 bars.

For ensemble playing, there is a setting with a third (low) harmony part in the tune library at www.rudemex.co.uk.

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Re: The Oyster Girl

Hmm. A glitch? Just posted a setting (X:7) but it’s not showing up in dot form. Why so?
Also, apologies for the ‘its’ in the above. it should, of course, be ‘it’s’.

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Re: The Oyster Girl

Bazza, I can see your tune setting.