The Drocketty March jig

Also known as Drocketty’s March, The Drogheda March.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Drocketty March has been added to 1 tune set.

The Drocketty March has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Drocketty March
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBd gfe|edB ded|GBd gfe|edB A2 G|
GBd gfe|edB def|gag (3efg e|dBG A2 G:|
B2 d c2 e|B2 d cBA|B2 d c2 e|dBG A2 G|
Bcd cde|Bcd cBA|Bcd cde|dBG A2 G:|
d2 d G2 G|dBd gfe|d2 d G2G|dBG A2 G|
d2 d G2 G|dBd gfe|dBd GBd|dBG A2 G:|

Four comments

The Drocketty March

This 6/8 March I found on the Bakerswell CD of 1988.

In the sleeve notes, Sean Potts tells us that this tune is named after a dance with which it is associated.

The Drocketty March is from Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Re: The Drocketty March

Arthur Warren Darley may be the composer.

"The Boys of Wexford" by Darley & McCall
"Boolavogue" by Darley & McCall
"Kelly the Boy from Killanne" by Darley & McCall
"Drocketty’s March" by Darley & McCall
"Lady and the Farmer" by Darley & McCall
"Bruckless Shore" his name for the "Swedish Jig"/"Arthur Darley’s Jig"
"Cloch na Ceithre Mhile (The Four Mile Stone)" by Arthur Darley

Re: The Drocketty March

Bakerswell plays The Drocketty March with the first part repeated, as written. But they play the B and C parts one time through, no repeats.

Re: The Drocketty March

The Drocketty March is an old mummer’s tune from County Wexford. It was collected by PJ McCall and Arthur Darley as part of the early Feis Ceoil movement and published in the Feis Ceoil collection of Irish airs. If you visit the Na piobairi uilleann website, you can find the collected version of the tune in their online music collection. Since Arthur Darley was a trained violinist, he probably looked after the notation of the collected pieces of music of which a significant number were gathered in south Wexford. The playing of the tune by Sean Potts snr. would reflect the fact that Sean would have sought out music from that area, since his father, ‘old’ John Potts, the uilleann piper was originally from the same area of Wexford that most of the Feis Ceoil ‘Wexford’ tunes were collected from. The jig ‘Port sean Sheain’ is named after him.
The current Sean Potts maintains his links with his ancestral area and in fact was the presenter of a ‘Geantrai’ programme some years ago from Carrig-on-Bannow for that reason.