The Lilting Fisherman jig

By Paddy Killoran

Also known as A Bit Of Ginger, Donnybroke, The Fisherman’s Lilt, The Fishermn’s Lilt, The Ginger Bit, Joe Derrane’s.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Lilting Fisherman appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Lilting Fisherman has been added to 42 tune sets.

The Lilting Fisherman has been added to 256 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|dBG GBd|gfg ege|dBG GFG|AFD cBc|
dBG GBd|gfg ege|dBG FGA|BGF G2:|
K:D Major
B|ABA AFA|fgf f2e|dce dcB|ABA AFG|
AFA AFA|BGB Bcd|cec ABc|dfe d2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B/c/|dBG GBd|gfg ege|dBG GFG|AFD DFA|
dBG GBd|gfg ege|dBG FGA|BGG G2:|
F/G/|ABA AFA|fgf f2e|dfe dcB|AFF F2G|
ABA AFA|BcB Bcd|cec ABc|1 dfe dcB:|2 dfe d2||
3
X: 3
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:dBG GBd|~g3 ege|dBG GFG|AFD cBA|
dBG GBd|~g3 ege|dBG FGA|BGF Gz2:|
K:Dmaj
ABA AFA|~f3 f2e|dce dcB|AFF F2G|
AFA A2d|BGB B2d|cBc ABc|1 dfe dcB:|2 d3 zB=c||
4
X: 4
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c/d/|ecA AGA|a3 agf|ecA ABG|E3 E c/d/|
ecA AGA|a3 def|fec edB|A3 A2||
G/A/|B2 B B2 B|g3 gfe|e^de BAG|BAF F2 G/A/|
B2 B Be^d|cBc f3|BcB Bc^d|e3 e2||
E|=c3 cBA|AGA B2 E|dcd =fed|d=cB c2 e|
e2 a a2 =g|=g3 fed|=c=fe Adc|A3 A2||

Thirteen comments

Two key tune

There is a fine tune that I’m surprised hasn’t been posted yet. The A part is in G Major, but the B part switches to D Major (or there-abouts). There’s a fine whistle rendition of this with Mug of Brown Ale and The Rambling Pitchfork at http://www.sligo-man.com/Pages/mp3.htm.

Sea Jigs in G and D (run)

I’m also surprised this hasn’t been posted. I think the Lilting Fisherman works real well squeezed between Out on the Ocean and The Carraroe. Not only do all of these jigs have kind of a nautical theme but the Lilting Fisherman is a great sequey between Out on the Ocean (G maj) and The Carraroe (D maj.
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New Set

Im was thinking of puting this with the Jig of Slurs [changing keys again] and Caliope House [cause it’s a good tune].

Posted .

This was recorded by Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds as Joe Derrane’s. There is a completely different tune in here already by that name so maybe best not to xref it.

Mainly I prefer tunes where the A and B are more connected, but this is a tune that goes somewhere else in the B but still is a great one.

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“Lead in notes”

Very well known tune but obviously not popular in the Boston and New York sessions. 🙂
I’m not sure about the “lead in notes” here. I usually play something like “bC” in part one and “fg” in part two but I suppose that it’s a matter of taste.

This isn’t it…

Help me here. I have the album Wheels of the World, Vol. 2: Early Irish-American Music, and on it, James Morrison plays a tune called the Fisherman’s Lilt, and it is not this at all. I’m very confused. What have I been playing all this time. This recording is from the 20’s so I would think it would be correct.

Thanks

Hey, yeah you’re right. Thanks Kenny.

-Shea

Bit of Ginger

According to Jerry O’Brien in his Accordion Instructor, this jig was composed by Paddy Killoran of New York.

X:1
T:Bit of Ginger
C:Paddy Killoran
S:Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor (1949)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
B/c/ | dBG GBd | gfg ege | dBG GFG | AFD DFA |
dBG GBd | gfg ege | dBG FGA | BGG G2 :|
K:D
F/G/ | ABA AFA | fgf f2e | dfe dcB | AFF F2G |
ABA AFA | BcB Bcd | cec ABc |1 dfe dcB :|2 dfe d2 ||

The Lilting Fisherman, X:3

From the playing of Frances Marriott.

At our local session, this is played in a set with The Old Favourite.

The Lilting Fisherman, X:4

This setting is transcribed as a “Quadrille” in the c1900 Reilly Family fiddle MSS of Drumreilly, Co Leitrim. It was originally a light classical tune that was assimilated into the folk music tradition. This version of the original composition also contains the third part which is not played anymore.

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Re: The Lilting Fisherman

The older version of the first two parts alone make this additional setting very interesting, then add the third minor part…very nice. I used my Easy ABC to transpose this setting to the more common G/D keys and with the minor third part, they play great.