Will The Barber jig

Also known as Albina, Albinia, Colonne De La Gavre, La Gavre, Pericondine.

Will The Barber has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fgf edc|d2A d2e|fgf edc|1 d3 d2e:|2 d3 d3||
dcd B3|e2d cBA|dcd B3|edc d3:|
a2f a2f|efg fed|a2f a2f|gfe d3:|
B2d A2d|efg fed|B2d A2d|1 edc d3:|2 edc d2e||
X: 2
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2A BcB|AGF G2D|G2A BcB|AGF G3:|
|:d2B d2B|ABc BAG|d2B d2B|AGF G3:|
|:E2G D2G|ABc BAG|E2G D2G|AGF G3:|
X: 3
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2e fgf|edc d2A|d2e fgf|edc d3:|
|:dcd B2B|efd cBA|dcd Bgf|edc d3:|
|:a2f a2f|efg fed|a2f a2f|edc d3:|
|:B2d A2d|efg fed|B2d A2d|edc d3:|
X: 4
T: Will The Barber
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2d efe|dcd c2G|c2d efe|dcd c3:|
|:cBc ABc|d2c BAG|cBc ABc|d2B c3:|
|:g2e g2e|def e2c|g2e g2e|fed c3:|
|:A2c G2c|def e2c|A2c G2c|ded c3:|

Twenty-one comments

No Flemish session or volksbal is complete without this jig.

Many Versions…

No offense there Dafydd, but I think there are plenty of versions of this song on the session? I have at least 4 in my tunebook already, and I thought one or two more have been added recently. If I’m being really dumb about this, someone correct me, and maybe we could discuss the uses/differences/ideas/origins of the other versions? 🙂

To add onto what I just said… I did a general search of Gan Ainm and 95 versions came up! Could I get a translation of the title? I apologize for my ignorance. Thanks


“Gun Ainm” in Scottish Gaelic.

My finely tuned antennae tell me that this is a wind up.

Let’s assume not. Jeffery - “Gan Ainm” is the title given to tunes we don’t have a name for. It’s Irish Gaelic for “without a name”.

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Good on yuh Kenny, a gentleman…


Thanks for clearing things up. 🙂 I’ll try not to make such a fuss next time. :P

Fuss away Jeff, we can only gain wisdom when we air our ignorance… I need to keep reminding myself of that one…

Dafydd - should it be ‘Geen Name’?

Incidentally, in irish ‘gan’ means ‘without’, in Welsh ‘gan’ means ‘with’. Am I right, Ceolachan?

Bear dance

The B part has a strong resemblence to the B part of Flemish version of ‘The Bear Dance’ that I know.

Bear Dance A part

The A part is in 2/4 or 4/4 … can’t remember which at the moment.

Geen Naam in Flemish.

Will The Barber

This tune from John Bell’s (1783-1864) music manuscript collection (Northumberland, c. 1812), seems to be creeping back from the printed sources into the repertoire, thanks to a couple of players of Border pipes.
There is a fascinating discussion of the origin of this tune as well as a host of names which I’ll put in the correct place.
One contributor claims it’s called “Colonne de la Gavre” - played in Belgium, but apparently based on a Spanish gaita tune of the 16th or 17th century (the Spanish controlled Flanders then).
All I did was copy it from the site: http://tunearch.org, because I want to transpose it up to the Border pipe range - see next entry.

Re: Will The Barber - the Belgian Connection

Here’s a version from Belgium, where it’s claimed as a traditional Belgian tune, Colonne De La Gavre! It’s the second tune in the set.

Re: Will The Barber - The Flemish Connection - Colonne De La Gavre - the dance

Oops, I made a mistake in the above comment. Belgium is a country divided geographically by two languages.
This is a Flemish tune with its French title, given here. Right.
So here’s a video of the dance. I suppose Colonne or column is the two rows of dancers. As for La Gavre - a town in France near Nantes?

Will The Barber - even more erudition from tunearch.org

Here’s the link to all the information about this tune on tunearch.org, where it’s known as Albina

It’s surprising that it occurs in so many English, Scots, French and American manuscripts and printed sources.