The Rambler jig

Also known as An Fánaí, Father Hanley’s, Father O’Hanley’s, The House In The Glen, The Rambler’s, The Traveller.

There are 47 recordings of this tune.

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The Rambler appears in 5 other tune collections.

The Rambler has been added to 35 tune sets.

The Rambler has been added to 240 tunebooks.

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Seventeen settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EFE E2 A|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|dcd BAF|
EFE E2 A|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|1 BcB A2 F:|2 BcB Acd||
|:ecB Ace|aff faf|ece fec|cBA Bcd|
ecB Ace|aff faf|ece fec|1 BcB Aee:|2 BcB (3ABA F||
2
X: 2
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:F|ECE E2 A|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|dcd BAF|
ECE E2 A|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|BAG A2:|
|:e|ece Ace|aga fdf|ece fec|BcA Bcd|
ece Ace|aga fdf|ece fec|BAG A2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GEG G2 c|AGE G2 g|age cde|dec dcA|
GEG G2 c|AGE G2 g|age cde|dcB c2:|
geg ceg|c'aa ac'a|g3 age|d^cd GBd|
gee ceg|c'2 a ac'a|geg age|dcB c2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E|DED D2G|~E3 D2d|edB GAB|~A3 AGE|
DED D2G|~E3 D2d|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
B|dBA GBd|~g3 ege|ded edB|~A3 ABc|
dBA GBd|~g3 age|dBd edB|AGF G2:|
5
X: 5
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
C/E/|FEC E2A|FEC E2 c/e/|fec ABc|BAF AFD|
FEC E2A|FEC E2 c/e/|fec ABc|BAA A2:|
c/d/|ece Ace|afa faf|ece fec|BcB Bcd|
ece Ace|afa faf|ece fec|ABA A2:|
6
X: 6
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
C/E/|FEC E2A|FEC E2 c/e/|fec ABc|BAF AFD|
FEC E2A|FEC E2 c/e/|fec ABc|BAA A2:|
c/d/|ece Ace|afa faf|ece fec|BcB Bcd|
ece Ace|afa faf|ece fec|ABA A2:|
7
X: 7
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GEG G2 c|AGE G2 g|age cde|dec dcA|
GEG G2 c|AGE G2 g|age cde|dcB c2:|
geg ceg|c'aa ac'a|g3 age|d^cd GB/c/d|
gee ceg|c'2 a ac'a|ge/f/g age|dcB c2:|
DED D2 G|~E3 D2 d|edB GAB|~A3 AGE|
DED D2 G|~E3 D2 d|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
dBA GBd|~g3 ege|ded edB|~A3 ABc|
dBA GBd|~g3 age|dBd edB|AGF G2:|
8
X: 8
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
~E3 E2A|FEC E2e|fec ABc|~d3 BAF|
~E3 EAA|FEC E2e|fec ABc|BAG A3:|
|:~e3 Ace|a~f2 fga|ece fec|~B3 Bcd|
~e3 Ace|a~f2 fga|ece fec|BAG A3:|
9
X: 9
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D3 D2G|EDD D2d|edB GAB|A3 AGE|
D3 D2G|E3 D2d|edB GAB|A3 G2:|
B|dBG GBd|g3 ege|ded edB|A3 ABc|
dBG GBd|g3 age|dB/c/d edB|AGF G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
10
X: 10
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E|DB,D G,2G|EDB, D2d|edB GAB|cBc AGE|DB,D G,2G|EDB, D2d|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
B|dBA GBd|ged ege|~d3 edB|{c}BAG ABc|dBA GBd|ged ege|~d3 edB|AGF G2:|
11
X: 11
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ECE E2A|FEC E2e|fec ABc|~B3 BAF|
ECE E2A|FEC E2e|fec ABc|BAG A3:|
|:~e3 Ace|a2a f3|efg fec|~B3 Bcd|
~e3 Ace|a2a f3|efg fec|BAG A3:|
12
X: 12
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D3 D2G|~E3 G2d|edB GAB|~A3 GFE|
D3 D2G|~E3 G2d|edB GAB|1 AGF G2G:|2 AGF GBc||
|:d2d GBd|~g3 ege|dBd edB|~A3 ABc|
d2d GBd|~g3 e/f/ge|dBd edB|1 AGF GBc:|2 AGF G2G||
13
X: 13
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D3 D2G|~E3 G2d|edB GAB|AcA GFE|
DED DEG|EDB DBd|edB GAB|AGF G2G:|
|:d2d GBd|~g3 ege|dgd edB|A2A ABc|
d2d GBd|~g3 bge|dBd edB|AGF G2G:|
14
X: 14
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GDB, G,B,D|EDB, DB,D|edB G2A|AGE EGE|
D>ED G,B,D|EDB, DB,D|edB G2A|1 AGF G2A:|2 AGF G2d||
|:d^cd GBd|g3 e/f/ge|dBd edB|BAG ABc|
d^cd GBd|gfg e/f/ge|dBd edB|1 AGF G2d:|2 AGF G2A||
15
X: 15
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:"A"ECE E2 A|"A"FEC E2 e|"D"fec ABc|"E"dcd BAF|
"A"ECE E2 A|"A"FEC E2 e|"D"fec ABc|"E"BAG "A"A3:|
|:"A"ece Ace|"A"aga "D"faf|"A"ece fec|"E"cBA Bcd|
"A"ece Ace|"A"aga "D"faf|"A"ece fec|"E"BAG "A"A3:|
16
X: 16
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ECE A,B,/C/E|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|B/c/dc BAF|
ECE A,B,/C/E|FEC E2 e|fec ABc|1 BAG AGF:|2 BAG AB/c/d||
|:ee/e/e AB/c/e|aAa {e}faf|ee/e/e fec|Bc/B/A Bcd|
ee/e/e AB/c/e|aAa {e}faf|ee/e/e fec|1 BAG AB/c/d:|2 BAG AGF||
# Added by jmeme .
17
X: 17
T: The Rambler
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DB,A, G,2G|EDB, D2B|dBA GAB|cBc AGE|
DB,A, G,2G|EDB, D2B|dBA GAB|1 AGF G2E:|2 AGF G2B||
|:dBA GBd|gee ege|dBd edB|BAG ABc|
dBA GBd|gee ege|dBA GAB|1 AGG GBc:|2 AGG G2E||

Twenty-nine comments

Another name

This tune is also known as father harneys. as far as i know he is the composer and a fine box player too.

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Another name

An Ceolteoir, if you know a tune by another name, you can add that information by clicking on the link "Do you know this tune by another name?".

(the link is under "Details" and also above the form where you post comments - you can’t miss it).

Played in G on "Moneymusk".

Morrison

The James Morrison recording of this is the one that oiginally caught my attention. It’s great and has some impressive bowing that’s worth hearing. The version is notably different than the one given here.

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"The Rambler" up a notch ~

K: C Major
|: A |
GEG G2 c | AGE G2 g | age cde | dec dcA |
GEG G2 c | AGE G2 g | age cde | dcB c2 :|
|: a |
geg ceg | c’aa ac’a | g3 age | d^cd GBd |
gee ceg | c’2 a ac’a | geg age | dcB c2 :|

"The Rambler" down a note

Here’s a version based on Hammy Hamilton and Paul Smyth’s flute playing:

K: G
E|DED D2G|~E3 D2d|edB GAB|~A3 AGE|
DED D2G|~E3 D2d|edB GAB|AGF G2:|
B|dBA GBd|~g3 ege|ded edB|~A3 ABc|
dBA GBd|~g3 age|dBd edB|AGF G2:|

Father Hanley’s

According to Jerry O’Brien in his Accordion Instructor, this jig was composed by Tommy Sullivan of Springfield, Massachusetts.

X:1
T:Father Hanley’s
C:Tommy Sullivan, Springfield, Mass
S:Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor (1949)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:A
C/E/ | FEC E2A | FEC E2 c/e/ | fec ABc | BAF AFD |
FEC E2A | FEC E2 c/e/ | fec ABc | BAA A2 :|
c/d/ | ece Ace | afa faf | ece fec | BcB Bcd |
ece Ace | afa faf | ece fec | ABA A2 :|

Father Hanley’s (jig)

According to Jerry O’Brien in his Accordion Instructor, this jig was composed by Tommy Sullivan of Springfield, Massachusetts.

X:1
T:Father Hanley’s
C:Tommy Sullivan, Springfield, Mass
S:Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor (1949)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:A
C/E/ | FEC E2A | FEC E2 c/e/ | fec ABc | BAF AFD |
FEC E2A | FEC E2 c/e/ | fec ABc | BAA A2 :|
c/d/ | ece Ace | afa faf | ece fec | BcB Bcd |
ece Ace | afa faf | ece fec | ABA A2 :|

Credits

Father Hanley’s, and I believe ‘Bit O’ Ginger’ jigs were contributed to the collection. It is doubtful but possible that Tommy Sullivan did compose it. I have never seen it in any older collection. (Bit O Ginger was contributed by Paddy Killoran)

Note how this tune sounds ‘Major’ though there is no g (the 7th) in it…

"The Rambler" up a notch & down a note ~ adding the headers

X: 2
T: Rambler, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: CMaj
|: A |\
GEG G2 c | AGE G2 g | age cde | dec dcA |
GEG G2 c | AGE G2 g | age cde | dcB c2 :|
|: a |\
geg ceg | c’aa ac’a | g3 age | d^cd GB/c/d |
gee ceg | c’2 a ac’a | ge/f/g age | dcB c2 :|

# Posted on November 29th 2005 by ceolachan

X: 3
T: Rambler, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: E |\
DED D2 G | ~E3 D2 d | edB GAB | ~A3 AGE |
DED D2 G | ~E3 D2 d | edB GAB | AGF G2 :|
|: B |\
dBA GBd | ~g3 ege | ded edB | ~A3 ABc |
dBA GBd | ~g3 age | dBd edB | AGF G2 :|

# Posted on January 26th 2006 by slainte

Father Hanley’s (jig)

"It is doubtful but possible that Tommy Sullivan did compose it…"

Why is it doubtful?

The Rambler - so many versions

I wish someone would post sheet music of a version closer to Stephen & Cathal Hayden, Brid Harper. I am not very good at playing by ear.

The Rambler, X:8

This is a version I learned at a local session from fiddler Billy Henry. He called it The Rover, but I haven’t found it under that title on any recordings, so I’m not adding it as an alternate title at this point (muckin’ up the database and all that).

Re: The Traveller

I learned this tune as Father Hanleys, but have heard it on several occasions be called the Traveller at local sessions.

The Rambler, X:13

Some variations from the playing of Sheila White, Joanne Meis, John Bennett, and, John Geggie.

The House in the Glen

This is transcribed as a slide in Johnny Leary’s book #253 (while it was played at a pace a bit slower than some of his jigs). He plays from low ACE for the second triplet, which sounds great! There is another transcription with this name, as a jig: https://thesession.org/tunes/12849 . But the settings here are closer to Johnny Leary’s.

The House in the Glen, X:14

This setting is based on Denis Doody’s playing from https://thesession.org/recordings/1309. It’s ended up in Gmaj after tweaking its pitch. This setting is close to Johnny Leary’s (except Johnny’s setting is in Amaj in his book). It is also close to the Monks of the Screw’s version (also in G, with the low G sounded). They also call it the House in the Glen.
Likely source? Pádraig O’Keeffe of course. Here are links to the ITMA site which has transcriptions of settings he gave to pupils, in G with the same name. As for dates, the O’Connell manuscript dates from 1931 to 1962, with most in the mid 1940s. So it might predate the O’Brien publication.
https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/score/padraig_okeeffe_oconnell_ms_155
https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/score/padraig-okeeffe-ms-bk-2-4