The Wee Rabbit hornpipe

By Rosie Mulholland

Also known as The Wee Fat Rabbit.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Wee Rabbit has been added to 1 tune set.

The Wee Rabbit has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Wee Rabbit
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A>G|F>D (3DED E>F (3GFE|A>d d>c d>c B>A|F>B B>c d>c B>d|c>A A>^G A2A>=G|
(3FGA G>F (3EFG F>E|D>F A> B- B>A G>F|A>B c>d e>c B>A|A>d d>c d2:|
|:d>e|f>d (3ded f>a d'>c'|b2b>a b>a g>f|g2g>f g>f e>d|c2A>^G A2A>=G|
(3FGA G>F (3EFG F>E|D>F A> B- B>A G>F|A>B c>d e>c B>A|A>d d>c d2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Wee Rabbit
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M:6/8
K:Bbmaj
C|:D2B, B,CB,|C2D EDC|F2B B2A|B2A G2F|D2G G3|B2A G2B|A2F F2=E|F3 F2E|
DEF E2D|CDE D2C|B,2D F2G-|G2F E2D|F2G A2B|c2A G2F|F2B B2A|1 B3 F2E:|2 B3 B2c||
d2B BcB|d2f b2a|g3 g2f|g2f e2d|edc c2B|c2B A2G|G2F =EFG|F3 f2E|
DEF E2D|CDE D2C|B,2D F2G-|G2F E2D|F2G A2B|c2A G2F|F2B B2A|B3 B2c|
d2B BcB|d2f b2a|g3 g2f|g2f e2d|edc c2B|c2B A2G|G2F =EFG|F3 f2E|
D2B, B,CB,|D2F B2F|G2e e2d|c2B A2G|GAc f2e|d2c B2A-|A2B B2A|B3 F2E||
3
X: 3
T: The Wee Rabbit
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GF|:"C" E2 CCDC|"F"D2 E FED|"C" E2 cc2B|c2 BA2 G|
"A" E2 A A2 G|"F" A2 c B2 A|"G" B2 G G2 [1^F|G3] G2 F|% play ^f g3 the second time
"C" EFG F2 E|"F" DEF E2 D|"C" C2 E G2 "F" A-|A2 G F2 E ?|
"G" G2 A B2 c|d2 BA2 G|"C"G2 c "F" c2 B|1 "C" c3 G2 F:|
|:c3 c2 d|"C"e2 ccdc|e2 g c'2 b|"A"a5 g|a2 g f2 e|
"F"f3 f2 e|f2 e d2 c|"G"B2 G G2 ^f|g3 G2 F "C" EFG F2 E|"F" DEF E2 D|
"C" C2 E G2 "F" A-|A2 G F2 E ?|"G" G2 A B2 c|d2 BA2 G|
"C"G2 c "F" c2 B|"C" c6:|

Eleven comments

Oops

Deanta plays this in the key of Bflat - even worse (for me).

Hornpipe!

Funny, I always reckones this one to be in jig time! Great tune, thanks from a rabbit fan.

Sorry

that should have been ‘reckoned’ of course.

Jiggy wiv me

This is one of those tunes that straddles the line between jig and hornpipe. In Deanta’s version, at least, there’s a stronger 6-pulse than there is a four… if you were going to annotate their version in 4/4, as is done here, all of those dotted-eighth/sixteenths would really be triplets.

If you consider it a hornpipe, Deanta plays it as literally the slowest hornpipe I have in my music collection. (Or, at least, of the ones labeled ‘hornpipe’ in my iTunes library.)

Slide?

Hornpipe/Jig?

Sounds like a slide to me.

Re: The Wee Fat Rabbit

The setting doesn’t match the time signature.

Any information about the tune and or its source?

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Re: The Wee Fat Rabbit

It’s the Wee Rabbit, composed by Rosie Mulholland, recorded by Déanta. It has already been posted here - https://thesession.org/tunes/4608 . None of those transcriptions does the job either. It’s too slow for a hornpipe feel, not really a jig either…. Slow slide?

Re: The Wee Rabbit

Irishtune.info has it listed as a single jig:
https://www.irishtune.info/tune/6434/

However, it is mentioned that Josephine Keegan has included it in a tunebook as a hornpipe. A very slow and bouncy hornpipe, or a slide/single jig with parts twice as long?