The Nine Points Of Roguery reel

Also known as 9 Points Of Roguery, The 9 Points Of Roguery, The Black Mare Of Fanad, Black Mare Of Fannett, Nine Pints Of Roguery.

There are 39 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Oak Tree (a few times), Crowley’s (a few times), Matt Peoples’ (a few times), Miss Lyall (a few times) and Swinging On The Gate (a few times).

The Nine Points Of Roguery has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Nine Points Of Roguery has been added to 358 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Nine Points Of Roguery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE|:D2 (3FED ADFE|DEFG ABAF|D2 (3FED GEFA|BEED EGFE|
|D2 (3FED ADFE|DEFG ABAF|DEFA GABc|1 dfec d2 FE:|2 dfec d2 AB||
|:~=c3 A ~B3 G|AGAB AGFE|DE (3FED GEFA|BEED E2 AB|
|~=c3 A ~B3 G|Adcd fdAF|DEFA GABc|1dfec d2 AB:|2 dfec d2 fe|
|:d2 fa gfec|defg abaf|(3ddd fa gfed|be (3eee beef|
|d2 fa gfec|defg abaf|defa gfeg|1 fdge fddA:|2 fdge fdAF||
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X: 2
T: The Nine Points Of Roguery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 FD GEFE|DEFG ABAF|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|D2 FD GEFE|DEFG ABAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d4:|
B|:~=c3 A ~B2 GB|A3B AGFE|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|cBAc BAGB|Adde fdAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d3:|
|:d2 fd gefe|defg abaf|d2 fd gefa|be~e2 be~e2|
|d2 fd gefe|defg abaf|defg a3g|faeg fdd2:|
B|:~=c3 A ~B2 GB|A3B AGFE|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|cBAc BAGB|Adde fdAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d3:|
X: 3
T: The Nine Points Of Roguery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A, | "D" D2 FD GFED | AdAF AdAF | {DE}D2 FA "G" GFEd |"C" =cE (3EEE CEEF |
"D" DEFD GFED | AdAF AdAF | {DE}D2 FA "G" GFEc | dD (3DDD dDD :|
|: B | "C" {d}C2 cA "G/B" {d} B2 BG | "Am" {Ad} A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" (3DDD FA "G" GFEd | "C"=cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd|
"C" =cecA "G/B" BdBG | "Am" Adcd "G/B" fdAF | "D" (3DED FA "G" GFEc |"D" dD (3DDD dDD :|
|: c| "D" d2 fa "C" gfec | "D" defg abaf | d2 fa "C" gfga | "Am" be (3dfd beef|
"D" d2 fa "C" gfec | "D" defg abaf | d2 fa "C" gfga | "Am" fage "D" fdA:|
B | "C" =cedA "G/B" BdBG | " Am" Adcd "G/B" fdAF | "D" {DE}D2 FA GFEd |"C" =cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd |
"C" (3=cdc ca "G/B" B2 BG | "Am" {B} A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" (3DED FA "G"GFEc | "D" dD (3DDD dDDB |
"C" [E2=c2] cA "G/B" [D2B2] BG | "Am" A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" {DE} D2 FA"G" GFEd | "C" =cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd |
"C" =cecA "G/B" BdBG | "Am" Adcd "D" fdAF | (3DED FA "G" GFEc | "D" dD (3DDD dDD |]

Twenty-three comments

The Nine Points of Roguery

A great set of notes to go with a wonderful title. The B part, with it’s c natural, is the signature of this three part reel.

If you don’t want the triplets in the A part, just play them as FD. Similarly, you can skip the rolls on the c and B in the B Part by simply playing |=c2 cA B2 BG|. The rest of the tune is pretty straightforward.

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Triplets

Jorg, Glad to hear the loose forearm is helping…stay with it and the consistency will come. Thanks too for the variations, always welcome, and the cross reference to Black Mare of Fanad, which I know from the Northern Fiddler book.
Will

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A fiddler I know told me the title refers to the seven deadly sins, plus the two you love the most, thus equaling "The Nine Points of Roguery." :)

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Natalie McMaster…

…plays this with Ivers, I think, with the Chieftains album Tears of Stone. Called ‘Fiddling Ladies’ or something similar, it’s the 13 minute long song. Willie Frazer is another song in the set, though the last one continues to elude me.

Actually I think it’s Maire Breatnach that starts it out (Natalie McMaster has the 2nd solo with some Cape Breton stuff, while Eileen Ivers goes bezerk on The College Groves afterwards). Anyhow, here’s my attempt at the dots from the Chieftain’s version. They play it AA BB CC BB, or "Donegal style", as Jörg mentioned above.

X: 1
T: Nine Points Of Roguery, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
S: Chieftains, Tears of Stone
|:D2 FD GEFE|DEFG ABAF|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|D2 FD GEFE|DEFG ABAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d4:|
B|:~=c3 A ~B2 GB|A3B AGFE|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|cBAc BAGB|Adde fdAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d3:|
|:d2 fd gefe|defg abaf|d2 fd gefa|be~e2 be~e2|
|d2 fd gefe|defg abaf|defg a3g|faeg fdd2:|
B|:~=c3 A ~B2 GB|A3B AGFE|D2 FD GEFA|BE~E2 BE~E2|
|cBAc BAGB|Adde fdAF|D2FD GEFG|Addc d3:|

Confused….

We played this tune at our session last night as AA BB CC BB AA and then moved on to the next tune, which succeeded in getting me very lost and confused. Is this the normal flow of the tune, or just a variation unique to our session?

Re: Fiddlekit

I think the Boys of the Lough play this song AA BB CC BB AA, which could very well be how the session players got it.

Re: the nine points being 7 deadly sins plus your 2 favorites…

That’s great, I love it! However, I’ve also heard that the nine points of roguery are something to the effect of the opposites of the nine points of knightly virtue, those being honor, loyalty, liberality, pride, good faith, bravery, glory, unselfishness, and courtesy.

Order of parts

I just heard Tommy Peoples’ version (from High Part of the Road) of this tune for the first time in years, and it was some of the most aggressive, even violent, fiddling I’ve ever heard. He played the tune AA BB CC BB, and then repeated it like that once, before going into Bean an Ti Lar.

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I love listening to Matt Molloy whiz through this tune. How do you flute/whistle players play the C nat roll on the second part?

Not at all.

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@Greg t P T

C nat roll is played fingering the C nat with the two index fingers up (everything else down), closing the right index finger to play the upper note of the ornament and closing the left index finger to play the lower. Sounds good if done quickly.

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Full version of Black Mare of Fanad

We play the Black Mare of Fanad with friends in Seattle. They do the Nine Points of Roguery when we play in Olympia….
Anyway, they are somewhat different.
Here’s the full version of Black Mare…

X: 1
T:The Black Mare of Fanad
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Donnegal
R:Reel
K:D
A, | "D" D2 FD GFED | AdAF AdAF | {DE}D2 FA "G" GFEd |"C" =cE (3EEE CE
EF | !
"D" DEFD GFED | AdAF AdAF | {DE}D2 FA "G" GFEc | dD (3DDD dDD :| !
|: B | "C" {d}C2 cA "G/B" {d} B2 BG | "Am" {Ad} A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" (
3DDD FA "G" GFEd | "C"=cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd|!
"C" =cecA "G/B" BdBG | "Am" Adcd "G/B" fdAF | "D" (3DED FA "G" GFEc |"
D" dD (3DDD dDD :| !
|: c| "D" d2 fa "C" gfec | "D" defg abaf | d2 fa "C" gfga | "Am" be (3d
fd beef| !
"D" d2 fa "C" gfec | "D" defg abaf | d2 fa "C" gfga | "Am" fage "D" fdA
:| !
B | "C" =cedA "G/B" BdBG | " Am" Adcd "G/B" fdAF | "D" {DE}D2 FA GFEd |
"C" =cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd |!
"C" (3=cdc ca "G/B" B2 BG | "Am" {B} A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" (3DED FA "G"
GFEc | "D" dD (3DDD dDDB |!
"C" [E2=c2] cA "G/B" [D2B2] BG | "Am" A2 Ad "G/B" AGFE | "D" {DE} D2 FA
"G" GFEd | "C" =cE (3EEE "Am" cEEd | !
"C" =cecA "G/B" BdBG | "Am" Adcd "D" fdAF | (3DED FA "G" GFEc | "D" dD (
3DDD dDD |]

Black Mare source

I forgot to mention.
I was told this version came from "The Northern Fiddler" book…

What are the Nine Points of Roguery?

1. deceit
2. slight of hand
3. cunning
4. influence
5. a comely face
6. upper hand
7. good natured (hint of cynicism optional)
8. loadsa style
9. perfectly ruthless (can play the bagpipe and will)

Well, I’m only guessing… Any specialist out there?

I’ve always liked the Black Mare setting better than the Nine Points. It’s a much wilder tune played that way, aptly descriptive of an untamable wild horse like the Black Mare in the story John Doherty used to tell. Nine Points is kind of dull and pedestrian in comparison…

The Nine Points of Roguery (slip jig - Boys of the Lough)

I’ve always liked this slip jig from a Boys of the Lough LP that we have. Here’s a YouTube Link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvWx_KLDfuE


I can’t seem to find it in The Sessions Tune Section - I’ve also tried The Nine Points of Knavery and Black Mare of Fanad, which are possible alternative titles, but still no joy.

Is it going under yet another title?
I’d really like to get the sheet music or ABC for it, if possible.

Many thanks if you can help me!

Re: The Nine Points of Roguery (slip jig - Boys of the Lough)

Problem solved - it’s a reel! How embarrassing!
(Retires to hide under the table for a few hours.)

The sort of senior moments I keep having, I really hate how this site doesn’t have an ‘edit’ function once the post is up! :)

Re: The Nine Points of Roguery (slip jig - Boys of the Lough)

My feeble brain was misled by the ‘nine’ in the title: was also a bit tired after searching for several other tunes on the Session.
Hope I gave you a laugh this morning, anyway. And may I take the opportunity to thank Jeremy for this remarkable site, where I can find the tunes I love so easily (once I’ve come to my senses)! :)

Re: The Nine Points of Roguery (slip jig - Boys of the Lough)

Interesting tune, chord wise its very simple but how do the multitude view the key? Do the first 2 bars of part 2 shift into G maj? Is the C nat a real accidental or intentional :-) joke.
How do the music theory geeks view this tune? I have my own opinion but im curious as to yours .

Re: The Nine Points Of Roguery

I suspect that the original form of the title was "Nine Points of Roguery" and was intended as a comic opposition to William Murray, Lord Mansfield’s famous phrase "property is nine points of the law" (usually misquoted these days in modern legal language as "possession is nine-tenths of the law").

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