The Fife Hunt reel

Also known as A Moonlight Ramble, Fife Hund, Tulloch Castle.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Fife Hunt appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Fife Hunt has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Fife Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:gf|ec~c2 GE~E2|Dd{e}d^c ~d3f|ec~c2 GFED|CcBd c2:|
cf|ecgc acgc|Ad{e}d^c ~d3f|ecgc acgc|GcBd ~c3f|
ecgc acgc|Ad{e}d^c ~d3f|(3efg ag fedc|GcBd ce|
X: 2
T: The Fife Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ag|f~d3 A~F3|Eee^d ~e3g|f~d3 AGFE|Ddce d2:|
dg|fdad bdad|Bee^d ~e3g|fdad bdad|Adce ~d3g|
fdad bdad|Bee^d ~e3g|(3fga ba gfed|Adce df|
X: 3
T: The Fife Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
f|ecc2 |GEE2|Dd dc| d2df|ecc2 |GEE2|Cc cB |c3:|
|:f|ec gc| ac gc|Dd dc |d2df|ec gc |ac gc|Gc cB |c3:|
X: 4
T: The Fife Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
(gf)|e3/2c/2 ((3{d}cBc) G3/2E/2 ((3{F}EDE)|Dd{e}d^c ~d3f|ec ((3{d}cBc) GFED|CcBd "Fine^"c2:|
(cf)|ecgc acgc|Ad{e}d^c ~d3f|ecgc acgc|GcBd~c3f|
ecgc acgc|Ad{e}d^c ~d3f|(3(efg) ag fedc|GcBd cegf|]

Eight comments

A tune from the olden days

This tune is an old one, it was collected by Francis O’Neill. Tis nice to have another tune in C, isn’t it?
It has a simple melody form, an innocent mood and a rather romantic title!
I assume it was composed(or should I say inspired\given) in times of material destitution but of inner joy that sprang out of the heart. An innocent heart it was, delighting in the moonlight, moreover, rambling in the moonlight!

Wow, nice one

Scottish Origin

This tune is known as Fife Hunt in Scotland. A bit of research shows that it was composed by William Gow, one of Neil Gow’s sons.

It is a beautiful tune from the old days, such a bautiful days

What could I say, there is so much beauty here.

The Fife Hunt, X:2

Setting transposed to D, I think that Eb it’s not too difficult to play in the tin whistle. Great tune!

The Fife Hunt, X:3

This is the version from the Winder Manuscripts ofWyresdale, near Lancaster.
in Airds Airs vol 3

AKA “A Pleasant Evening Ramble” in O Neil’s

The Fife Hunt, X:4

“A Moonlight Ramble”
From O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland (The 1850) Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1903 edition
Sounds like a version of the Fife Hunt.