Hardiman The Fiddler slip jig

Also known as The Heart Of A Loaf, Poitín Whiskey, Pottien Whiskey.

There are 95 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Give Us A Drink Of Water (lots of times), The Kid On The Mountain (lots of times), Maire Rua (lots of times), The Drops Of Brandy (lots of times) and The Humours Of Derrycrossane (lots of times).

Hardiman The Fiddler has been added to 35 tune sets.

Hardiman The Fiddler has been added to 593 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2G FDE F2G|A2A AGA cAG|A2G FDE F2G|Add ded cAG:|
|Add d2e f2e|Add ded cAG|Add d2e f2g|aff ged cAG|
Add d2e f2e|Add ded cAG|dcA cde f2g|aff ged cAG|
X: 2
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: ~A2 G FDE F2 G | ABA A^GA cA=G | A2 G FDE ~F2 G | Ad/c/d ded cAG :|
Ad/c/d d2 e ~f3 | Ad/c/d ded cAG | Ad/c/d d2 e ~f2 g | agf gg/e/d c2 G |
Add d2 e f3 | Ad/d/d ded cAG | dcA B/c/de f2 g | a2 f g>ed cAG |]
X: 3
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: ~A2 G FDE F2 G | ABA A^GA cA=G | A2 G FDE ~F2 G | Ad/^c/d ded =cAG :|
Ad/^c/d d2 e ~f3 | Ad/^c/d ded =cAG | Ad/^c/d d2 e ~f2 g | agf gg/e/d c2 G |
Add d2 e f3 | Ad/d/d ded cAG | dcA B/^c/de f2 g | a2 f g>ed cAG |]
# Added by muspc .
X: 4
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:Bee def f2g|Bee ege dBA| Bee def g2a|bge ege dBA:|
|:B2A GAB G2A|BAB GAB dBA|BAB A2B G2A|Bee ege dBA:|
X: 5
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2G FDE F2G|Ac/A/A AGA cAG|Ac/A/G FDE F2G|Add ded cAG|
Ac/A/G FDE F2G|Ac/A/A ADA cAG|Ac/A/G FDE F2G|Add ded de=f||
|Add d2e =f3|Add ded cAG|Add d2e ^f2g|agf ged cAG|
Add d2e =f2e|Add ded cAG|dcA B/c/de f2g|agf ged cAG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:B2B B2A G2A|B2B B2c dBA| BcB B2A G2A|B2e e2B dBA:|
|:B2e e2f g3|B2e e2B dBA|B2e e2f g2a|b2e e2B dBA:|

Twenty-seven comments

This is pleasant little slip jig that I find fun to play over and over.

The second part has a slight variation at the end so it’s not quite the same thing played twice.

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly also plays this on his Mosaic CD after the Wingflapper Track 2. But he transfoms the tune in his arrangment by using very dissonant chords in the second part, really emphasisng the C natural presence through D7 chords and stuff. Very different but not appealable to all.

Nice little tune

We used to play it in London over 25 years ago. Now I play it in a set with The Swaggering Jig and Moll Roe in front, in Australia. Lots of rolls and very lively - Guarranteed to get feet tapping.

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Really Adorian?

Look again…….it’s in Dmix! Muahahahaha!

o’neill’s lists this as having a c# in it… that is a typo! it is a c natural, as posted here.

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On the F Front

If this tune is in Dmix, then it has a strong LOCRIAN (all you medieval monks shake with fear!) flavour to it!
Surprise! It has that eerie (dark!) Locrian flavour to it, resting or lingering on the F’s as it does…
(If you like your F’s strong go and have a listen at the Humours of Derrykissane (not yet on this site?) or see what you make of the ‘subverted’ version of the Humours of Westport, which, I think, this slip jig leads nicely into…)

Key of Hardiman the Fidddler

it definitely is in Dmix. Anything else might be a nice idea if you just play the root note to it, but it all allows no accompaniment with triads. Gmaj is no option either since it doesn´t provide the possibility of bringing in the root triad in sensible measures. And the way all the c´s refer to the d´s or a´s hints at modal myxolydian thinking.

“Hardiman the Fiddler”

X: 2
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|: ~A2 G FDE F2 G | ABA A^GA cA=G |
A2 G FDE ~F2 G | Ad/c/d ded cAG :|
Ad/c/d d2 e ~f3 | Ad/c/d ded cAG |
Ad/c/d d2 e ~f2 g | agf gg/e/d c2 G |
Add d2 e f3 | Ad/d/d ded cAG |
dcA B/c/de f2 g | a2 f g>ed cAG |]

Key

D mix is the obvious tonal center, although one can certainly back it with any chords they like. Thats the great thing about music, if it sounds good, play it. It would be a helpful change to have it say "Key:" on the details page instead of"Key Signature" since many keys share the same key signature. I, for one would much rather know what key a tune is in than to know what the key signature is. Also, many songs on this site appear to be miscatagorized as to key. This might help eliminate some of the confusion.

Somehow, the name + the repetitive melody suggest a repetitive action, as in the 6/8 jig Tolladh an Leathair ‘Boring the Leather’ https://thesession.org/tunes/1496 whose melody is similar in many ways.

Some C sharps

… would be nice in ceolachan’s version if one is so inclined:

X: 2
T: Hardiman The Fiddler
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Ador
|: ~A2 G FDE F2 G | ABA A^GA cA=G |
A2 G FDE ~F2 G | Ad/^c/d ded =cAG :|
Ad/^c/d d2 e ~f3 | Ad/^c/d ded =cAG |
Ad/^c/d d2 e ~f2 g | agf gg/e/d c2 G |
Add d2 e f3 | Ad/d/d ded cAG |
dcA B/^c/de f2 g | a2 f g>ed cAG |]

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Who was Hardiman?

‘Hardiman The Fiddler’ is thought to have been named in honour of James Hardiman, first librarian of Queen’s College in Galway and author of Irish Minstrelsy, Or Bardic Remains, published in 1831.

Tonality and Modality

BTW as published here the "tonality" is A, and the "modality" is mixolydian.

Oops

I just noticed someone had already posted the YouTube link I just posted. Sorry for the repeat.

Oops again

Dorian, not mixolydin.

No, it’s D mixolydian.

The Heart of a Loaf

This version entitled "Heart of a Loaf" is transcribed from the fiddle manuscript of Francis Reynolds of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford and was written c.1885. The parts are in reverse order to the standard version and a note higher.

its in D mix, the root note is D, loads of C naturals but always resolves back to D. A dorian? I think not.
just to confuse the issue, listen to Browne and O’Loughlan on the youtube clip and they’re playing it in B -
never heard of pipes pitched in B before. Either yer man with the fiddle does some very tricky fingerwork or
he’s re-tuned it……………

Hardiman The Fiddler, X:6

This version entitled "Pottien [Poitín] Whiskey" is transcribed from the Stephen Grier MS (c.1883) from County Leitrim.

Hardiman The Fiddler

That X:6 is usually called the Whistling Thief, it’s also the melody of a song. Never really noticed that it’s much like Hardiman’s tune, only in a minor key, or G instead of D.

Yes, maybe more similar to The Swaggering Rake, which basically is HTF in E minor… https://thesession.org/tunes/12374 (And add Pottien Whiskey / The Whistling Thief as alternative names there?)

BTW, you might want to remove the redundant headers. And give Pottien Whiskey and Poitín Whiskey as separate names, because this way it’s like impossible to find with the search function.

Re: Hardiman The Fiddler

I really do wonder if this tune and "Tolladh an Leathair" are cognate…