Patrick Hutchinson’s jig

Also known as Alistrum’s March, Jackie McCarthy’s, Máirseáil Alasdruim, Paddy Whack’s, Willie Clancy’s Allistrum’s March.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Patrick Hutchinson’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Patrick Hutchinson's has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Patrick Hutchinson's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c | B3 AGF | G2 g fdc | B3 AGF | Ggf d2 c |
B3 AGF | G2 g fdc | BAB cBc | dgf d2 :|
|:B | Aff Agg | age fdB | Aff Agg | age d2 B |
Aff Agg | bag fde | fef gfg | age d2 :|
X: 2
T: Patrick Hutchinson's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c|:B2G AGF|G2g fdc|B2G AGF|Ggf dec|
B2G AGF|G2g fdc|BAB cBc|dgf d2 c:|
|:Aff agg|age fdc|Aff agg|agf d2c|
Aff agg|bag fde|~f3 ~g3|agf d2c:|
X: 3
T: Patrick Hutchinson's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: B2G AGF | G2g fdc | B2G AGF | Ggf d2c |
B2G AGF | G2g fdc | ~B3 cBc |1 dgf dcA :|2 dgf d3 ||
|: Aff Agg | age fdc | Aff Agg | agf d2c |
Aff Agg | bag fde | fdf gfg |1 agf d2c :|2 agf dcA ||

Thirteen comments

TECHNICALLY I sort of learned this from Patrick Hutchinson, my pipe teacher, at a session that I recorded last Sunday.

Really nice tune. I tried all the variations I could think of to see if it was already in the database but I suppose not. Maybe somebody will burn me and hang me ‘cause I didn’t do enough to see if it really was on the session. Maybe not!

Anyone know the name to this one?


The tune comes from WIllie Clancy and a classic recording by Pat Mitchell. Better check their versions, they’re better ones.

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Just found out this is Willie Clancy’s version of Allistrum’s March


Mrs. Galvin

Technically it’s Mrs. Galvin’s version, as Willie got it from her.

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Jackie McCarthy’s

This is transcribed from Yvonne Casey’s version on her CD "Yvonne Casey." Fiddle player Jesse Smith uses a low A as the first note of the second half of the first and third measures of the B section.

C Sharp?

This tune sounds more "right" to me if the C’s in the second part are sharped, putting the part squarely in the key of D. I noticed that the versions transcribed from pipers’ renditions avoid the issue by not including any C’s at all in the second part.

Any other opinions?

BTW I met Yvonne Casey in Doolin during the summer of 2005. She autographed my copy of her CD.

Jackie McCarthy’s

Hi, Slainte - Nice catch on the duplication. I searched for any dupes using the abc’s, and Allistrum’s didn’t come up … . . but it sure is the same tune. Learn something new every day!

@ Larry Ayers — I met her summer of 2008, and she is great!

No, Willie learned this from an old man, Mickey McCocoran was the name I think. Mrs Galvin played it in a lower key.

Mick O’Brien and Caoimhin recording

Mick O Brien and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh have a brilliant rendition of this tune on their album Kitty Lie Over. It’s a slightly different version, and arguably more interesting to listen to!