The Lilting Fisherman reel

Also known as Arda Berkshire, The Berkshire Heights, Cunningham’s Fancy, Fisherman’s Lilt, The Fisherman’s Lilt, Halligan’s Fancy, The Kerry Man, Kerryman’s Daughter, The Lilting Fisherman, The Missing, Molly, What Ails You?, Pretty Girls Of The Village, You’re Right My Love.

There are 48 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Drunken Landlady (a few times), The Morning Star (a few times), A Trip To The Cottage (a few times), Colonel Fraser’s (a few times) and Father O’Flynn (a few times).

The Lilting Fisherman has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Lilting Fisherman has been added to 267 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cA|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|
|G~E3 GAcd egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c3 d|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|e~g3 e~a3|gabg a2 ag|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:GE E2 GAcd|edcB cA A2|GE E2 GAcd|1 edcB c3 A:|2 edcB c3 d||
|eg g2 agea|gede cA A2|eg g2 ea a2|gabg a3 g|
|eg g2 agea|gede cA A2|GE E2 GAcd|edcB c3 A||
X: 3
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G3 E GAcd | edcB cA A2 | GE ~E2 GAcd |1. edcB c3 A:|2. edcB c3 d ||
eg ~g2 ea ~a2 | gede cA A2 | eg ~g2 ea ~a2 | gabg a3 g|
eg ~g2 agea | gede cA A2 | GE ~E2 GAcd |1. edcB c3 d:|2. edcB c3 A ||
X: 4
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cA|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|
|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c3 d|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|e~g3 e~a3|gabg a2 ag|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|
X: 5
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE|G2~G2 G2Bd|egdB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|gedB cABA|
GBAF G2Bd|egdB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|gedB ~c3d||
eg~g2 ~a3e|gedB cAA2|eg~g2 eaab|(3c'ba b^g aba=g|
eg~g2 eaaf|gedB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|egdB ~c3d|
eg~g2 ~a3e|gedB cAA2|eg~g2 eaab|(3c'ba b^g abab|
c'aba agef|gedB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|egdB cABA||
X: 6
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B-A|GE~E2 cdef|gedB c-A Az|GE~E2 cdef|gedB c2:|
c-d|ef~g2 eaaf|gedB c-AA2|ef~g2 eaab|c'bag a2g-f|
ef~g2 eaaf|gedB cAA2|GE~E2 cdef|gedB c2c-d||
ef~g2 eaaf|gedB c-AA2|ef~g2 eaab|c'bag a2ab|
(3c'ba bg agef|gedB c-AA2|GE~E2 cdef|gedB c2|]
X: 7
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:G3E GAcd | edcB cA A2 | GE E2 GAcd | edcB c3A |
G3E GAcd | edcB cA A2 | GE E2 GAcd | edcB c3d ||
|:eg g2 agea | gede cA A2 | eg g2 ea a2 | gabg a3g |
eg g2 agea | gede cA A2 | GE E2 GAcd | edcB c3A ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A3F ABde | fedc dB B2 | AF F2 ABde | fedc d3B |
A3F ABde | fedc dB B2 | AF F2 ABde | fedc d3e ||
|:fa a2 bafb | afef dB B2 | fa a2 fb b2 | abc'a b3a |
fa a2 bafb | afef dB B2 | AF F2 ABde | fedc d3B ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: The Lilting Fisherman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 Ac|
|G~E3 GAcd|e2dB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c3d|
|e~g3 eaae|gedB cAAc|e~g3 e~a3|bagb a3g|
|egge agea|gedB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|e2dB cAAc|

Fourteen comments

The Kerryman’s Daughter

I learned this from the playing of Eileen Ivers. A simple, straightforward melody that doesn’t need much embellishment beyond the rolls on those long g’s and a’s in the second half. I like to play this before Maids of Feakle, but it works well in front of any reel in G.

If your fingers wear out on the rolls, switch to triplets, but go lightly.

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The Fisherman’s Lilt

This is my version based on the flute playing of Scottish piper Finaly MacDonald.

|:GE E2 GAcd|edcB cA A2|GE E2 GAcd|1 edcB c3 A:|2 edcB c3 d||
|eg g2 agea|gede cA A2|eg g2 ea a2|gabg a3 g|
|eg g2 agea|gede cA A2|GE E2 GAcd|edcB c3 A||

The B-part gets repeated in our session.

Dow, you’re right. The second part is usually repeated. Here’s the version I play now:

K: Cmaj
G3 E GAcd | edcB cA A2 | GE ~E2 GAcd |1. edcB c3 A:|2. edcB c3 d ||
eg ~g2 ea ~a2 | gede cA A2 | eg ~g2 ea ~a2 | gabg a3 g|
eg ~g2 agea | gede cA A2 | GE ~E2 GAcd |1. edcB c3 d:|2. edcB c3 A ||

This comes from a banjo player in Yorkshire. One of many great tunes we enjoyed playing together there. Well, he’s much better than I.

This is one of a very few C major tunes we can play on keyless flute. Bothy Band play it in both C and D. The first part is a little bit similar to that of a Shetland reel "Oot Be Est Da Vong," which is in D.

In O’Neill’s from Patsy Touhey, "Cunningham’s Fancy." Touhey recorded it announced as "Halligan’s Fancy," perhaps he’d change the name for each customer buying his homemade cylinder recordings.
Was suprised to find out that this is the same melody as the Banks of Inverness, the first two parts of the Siege of Ennis (from Roche’s collection), the tunes of the songs Paddy Doyle/Doran’s Ass/Mo Ghile Mear. The jig Port tsean-Sean (Old John’s) is the same in 6/8. Kerryman’s Daughter was Coleman’s title.

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There’s a missing bar line between the fifth and sixth measure in this version of the ABC, if I’m not mistaken. This should fix it:

K: Cmaj
cA|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|
|G~E3 GAcd|egdB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c3 d|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|e~g3 e~a3|gabg a2 ag|
|e~g3 e~a3|gedB cAAc|G~E3 GAcd|egdB c2 cA|

James Morrison recorded a strange version of this which puts the 1st part in a different key altogether.

X: 1
T: Kerryman’s Daughter, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
DE|G2~G2 G2Bd|egdB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|gedB cABA|
GBAF G2Bd|egdB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|gedB ~c3d||
eg~g2 ~a3e|gedB cAA2|eg~g2 eaab|(3c’ba b^g aba=g|
eg~g2 eaaf|gedB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|egdB ~c3d|
eg~g2 ~a3e|gedB cAA2|eg~g2 eaab|(3c’ba b^g abab|
c’aba agef|gedB cABA|GE~E2 G2Bd|egdB cABA||

BTW it was entitled "Fisherman’s Lilt" on that recording

Setting #6

is "Cunningham’s Fancy" as printed in O’Neill’s. I’ve added this setting because I particularly like these phrases going up to the 3rd c, and I think it has some nice variations overall.

I’ve changed their quirky roll-notation to a tilde, but apart from that it’s true to original.

The Lilting Fisherman, X:9

Source: Edel Fox
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta
Note: An unusual ending measure