The Market Town jig

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Market Town appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Market Town has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Market Town has been added to 81 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Market Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E3 ECE|EFA A2 f|edc Bcd|cBA F3|
E3 ECE|EFA A2f|edc BAB|1 cAA A2 F:|2 cAA Acd||
|:e2 e ece|f2 g a2 f|edc Bcd|cBA F3|
e2 e ece|f2 ga2 f|edc BAB|1 cAA Acd:|2 cAA A2 F||
2
X: 2
T: The Market Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E | E>FE ECE | E>FA A2 f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F>GA |
E>FE ECE | E>FA A2 f | e>dc BAB | cAA A2 :|
c/d/ | e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F2 E |
e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | cAA A2
c/d/ | e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F2 E |
Ace def | cde fga | e>dc BAB | cAA A2 |]
3
X: 3
T: The Market Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E3 ECE|EFA A2 f|edc Bcd|cBA F3|
E3 ECE|EFA A2f|edc BAB|1 cAA A2 F:|2 cAA Acd||
|:e2 e ece|f2 g a2 f|edc Bcd|cBA F3|
|1 e2 e ece|f2 ga2 f|edc BAB|1 cAA Acd:|
|2 Ace def|cde fga|edc BAB|cAA AGF||
4
X: 4
T: The Market Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E | EFE ECE | EFA A2 f | edc Bcd | cBA FGA |
EFE ECE | EFA A2 f | edc BAB | cAA A2 :|
c/d/ | efe ece | f2g a2f | edc Bcd | cBA F2 E |
efe ece | f2g a2f | edc Bcd | cAA A2
c/d/ | efe ece | f2g a2f | edc Bcd | cBA F2 E |
Ace def | cde fga | edc BAB | cAA A2 |]

Sixteen comments

The Market Town

This tune seems to be related to "A Hundred Pipers" - at least the second section is quite similar.

I learnt this off a Kevin Burke recording, but I recall that there was a 2nd ending to the B-part that went something like:

|Ace def|cde fga|edc BAB|cAA AGF||

"The Market Town Jig" ~ another way to second end it ~

B-part ~ returning to the last 4 bars of the A-part, given here with slight variations on the notation given above:

2] EFE E^DE | F2 A A2 f | edc BA | cAG A2 ||

Market Town

Market Town by Blackthorn

Weird, something didn’t go right with that second ending given above, here it is corrected, I hope, though the ^A is optional ~

[2 EFE E^DE | F2 A A2 f | edc B^AB | cAG A2 ||

The Market Town

This tune is known in Scotland as "Peter Bailie’s Wife":

X: 1
T: Peter Bailie’s Wife
S: Kerr’s Merry Melodies
Z: Nigel Gatherer
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: A
E | E>FE ECE | E>FA A2 f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F>GA |
E>FE ECE | E>FA A2 f | e>dc BAB | cAA A2 :|
c/d/ | e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F2 E |
e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | cAA A2
c/d/ | e>fe ece | f2g a2f | e>dc B>cd | c>BA F2 E |
Ace def | cde fga | e>dc BAB | cAA A2 |]

Peter - or "Pate" Baillie (1774-1841) was a fiddler from Loanhed, just outside Edinburgh, and published a collection of his compositions in 1825. I haven’t seen that collection, so I can’t say whether this tune is in it.

well, slainte, mediocre as you were (or might still be?!), these jigs are both in AMajor to begin with -not a common tonality- so they have at least that in common. Sometimes such small details are enough to trigger our memory…
But this tune’s easy going pace, that first long E and the indeed very similar second parts totally justify your comment.
Not just an impression…

Huh birlibirdie! ~ where’s ‘slainte’? 😏

Oh! Flushed with embarrassment, comment three up there… πŸ˜€

# Posted on October 28th 2004 by slainte

I was just looking at the transcriptions… 😎

The Market Town, X:6

Just adding the fancy ending on to the first setting.

Re: The Market Town

On just finding "Hundred Pipers" in one of the portland books, I’m more inclined to say that there are really the same tune: https://thesession.org/tunes/1232

There are variants between them, but no more than you’d see in variations in settings of the same tune. And the fact that the A and B are both the same shape and key melodic fragments, I call ‘em variants. πŸ™‚

The Market Town, X:7

LIterally setting 5 without the dang lope encoded in it for easy reading.