The Woodcock jig

Also known as Hamilton’s No. 2, Hammy Hamilton’s, Miss Hamilton’s.

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Kerfunten (lots of times).

The Woodcock has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Woodcock has been added to 183 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Woodcock
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:dBG cGE|DBD ~G3|~B3 dcB|dcB ABc|
dBG cGE|DBD ~G3|~B3 ded|1 ABA ~G3:|2 ABA G2B||
dBG ecA|~f3 g2d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
dBG ecA|~f3 g2d|e/f/ge dBG|ABA GBc|
dBG ecA|~f3 g2g|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
dBG cGE|DBD ~G3|~B3 ded|ABA ~G3||
X: 2
T: The Woodcock
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:dBG cGE|DED ~G3|~B3 dcB|dcB ABc|
|dBG cGE|DED ~G3|1 ~B3 dcB|AGF GBc:|2 ~B3 ded|cAF GBc||
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|AGF GBc|
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
|dBG cGE|DED ~G3|~B3 ded|cAF G2 B||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Woodcock
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: "G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG dcB | "G" dcB "D" ABc |
"G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG "C" ded | "D" ABA "G" G2 d:|
| "G" dBG "C" ecA |"D" ~f3 "G" g2 d | "C" e/2f/2ge "G" dBG | dcB "D" ABc |
|1 "G" dBG "C" ecA |"D" ~f3 "G" g2 d |"C" e/2f/2ge "G" dBG | "D" ABA "G" G2 d |
:|2 "G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG "C" ded | "D" ABA "G" G3 ||
X: 4
T: The Woodcock
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: ^c |dBG cGE | DBD G2 A | B^AB dBG | dcB AA/B/^c |
dBG cGE | DED G3 | B^AB d>ed |[1 AFd G2 :|[2 cAd G2 |]
|: e |dBG ecA | f^ef g2 d | ege dBG | dcB A2 e |
[1 dBG e2 c | fd/e/f g3 | e/f/ge dBg | dcF G2 :|
[2 dBG cGE | DED G3 | B^AB d>ed | cAd G2 |]
X: 5
T: The Woodcock
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dBG cGE|D3 G3|B3 dcB|dcB ABc|
dBG cGE|D3 G3|1 B3 dcB|AGF GBc:|2 B3 ded|cAF GBc||
|dBG ecA|f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
dBG ecA|f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|AGF GBc|
dBG ecA|f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
dBG cGE|D3 G3|B3 ded|cAF G2 B||
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments

Woodcock

I noted that someone posted the details for Hammy Hamilton’s recording "Moneymusk". Well he wrote the two jigs on that album, Woodcock and Kerfunten and I note that The Session has the music for the Kerfunten but not Woodcock. SO I have rectified that. Please note that Deanta also have a really nice recording of these two jigs together on one of their albums. They do make a nice set together.
Enjoy.
Donough

The Woodcock

We play this with a few minor differences, as follies:

X: 1
T: Woodcock, The
C: Hammy Hamilton
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:dBG cGE|DED ~G3|~B3 dcB|dcB ABc|
|dBG cGE|DED ~G3|1 ~B3 dcB|AGF GBc:|2 ~B3 ded|cAF GBc||
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|AGF GBc|
|dBG ecA|~f3 g2 d|e/f/ge dBG|dcB ABc|
|dBG cGE|DED ~G3|~B3 ded|cAF G2 B||

Posted .

Chords

I was trying to work out this out from the Deanta version (before I noticed it was on The Session) and had got hold of the hn-jig-170 via ABC Tune Finder. I was frustrated at how different the HN version is from Deanta’s playing. Here’s my heavily amended version (very similar as it turns it to the version posted here). I’ve put in some basic chords, but if anybody has any suggestions for anything more sophisticated please let me know

It’s a really great tune.

X:1
T:The Woodcock
C:Hammy Hamilton
D:Deanta - Ready for the Storm
Z:Started with id:hn-jig-170 but substantially modified to fit Deanta version plus chords added
R:Jig
M:6/8
K:G
|: "G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG dcB | "G" dcB "D" ABc |
"G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG "C" ded | "D" ABA "G" G2 d:|
| "G" dBG "C" ecA |"D" ~f3 "G" g2 d | "C" e/2f/2ge "G" dBG | dcB "D" ABc |
|1 "G" dBG "C" ecA |"D" ~f3 "G" g2 d |"C" e/2f/2ge "G" dBG | "D" ABA "G" G2 d |
:|2 "G" dBG "C" cGE | "G" DBD ~G3 | "G" BAG "C" ded | "D" ABA "G" G3 ||

“The Woodcock” - C: Hammy Hamilton

X: 4
T: Woodcock, The
C: Hammy Hamilton - http://hamiltonflutes.com/Welcome.html
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: ^c |\
dBG cGE | DBD G2 A | B^AB dBG | dcB AA/B/^c |
dBG cGE | DED G3 | B^AB d>ed |[1 AFd G2 :|[2 cAd G2 |]
|: e |\
dBG ecA | f^ef g2 d | ege dBG | dcB A2 e |
[1 dBG e2 c | fd/e/f g3 | e/f/ge dBg | dcF G2 :|
[2 dBG cGE | DED G3 | B^AB d>ed | cAd G2 |]

I need to update my old edition of his "The Irish Flute Player’s Handbook" - to the new & improved:
http://hamiltonflutes.com/The_Irish_Flute_Players_Handbook.html

~ and I’ll have to put his DVD "Wooden Flute Maintenance" on my Christmas wish list:
http://hamiltonflutes.com/DVD-ROM.html
Bless him for putting in the time toward this good cause…

Re: The Woodcock

Below is a link to The Woodcock as played by Hammy Hamilton. He says that the main thing that people get wrong is that they play high D in the 4th bar. He says to be sure to play the low D.
On the second part he says he plays it mostly as the first time on the recording, but sometimes uses a variation on the d e f g.

https://soundcloud.com/user-449978865/woodcock-from-hamilton-on-whistle


I am not familiar with writing out tunes in ABC. Maybe someone would want to take a go at it?