“The Hogmanay Jig” ~ attributed to Andrew Rankine ~ C, D, G & A Major
This transcript is based on the playing of Will Atkinson. The tune can and is played in other keys. Besides the D Major transcription given here the other options for it are C, G & A Major…
“The Hogmanay Jig” ~ another take, G Major
K: G Major
|: G/A/ |
B2 B BcB | A2 G G2 A | B2 B BAG | F2 E E2 D/E/ |
F2 F FGF | E2 D D2 E |[1 DFA d^cd | c2 B B2 :|[2 DFA cBA | G3 G2 A ||
|: B2 B A2 A | G2 G F2 F | E2 E EDE | F2 E DE/F/A | c2 c B2 B |
[1 A2 A G2 G | FGF EFE | D3 DB,/C/D :|
[2 ABA GFE | DFA cBA | G3- G |]
Hogmanay Jig is published in the Newcastle RSCDS collection under Ian Rankine’s name, as is the tune Donald Ian Rankine - also posted.
Donald Ian Rankine
What key do they have it in Geoff?
Having just checked, I was mistaken, there are around 7 by Rankine but this is not amongst them. As I have attributed it to hime in my pad (we also play it in G), I suspect I heard Take The Floor (my other source of good tunes) attribute it to him and they are the experts on Scottish dance tunes.
“The Hogmanay Jig” ~ another transcription courtesy of Geoff
Not huge differences, but still of interest:
K: G Major
G2 A |:
B2 B BcB | A2 G G2 A | B2 B BAG | F2 E E3 |
F2F FGF | E2 D D2 E |[1 DFA d^cd | c2 B BGA :|[2 DFA cBA | G3 G2 A ||
|: B2 B A2 A | G2 G F2 F | E2 E EDE | F3 FDF |
c2 c B2 B | A2 A G2 G |[1 FGF EFE | D3 DB,D :|[2 DFA cBA | G3 |]
I believe this is a Freeland Barbour tune.
Of course, its a quickstep rather than a jig
The Angels of the North play it with Lemonville Jig (another quickstep popularised by Willy Atkinson) and with the Corner House by Charlie Sherrit.
Rankine or Barbour?
It seems in several sources, recordings and elswhere, it is attributed to an Andrew Rankine… ? Also, while I agree it has that quickstep sound about it, minus that many old quicksteps can be 64 bars in length, it is called "Hogmanay Jig" in those sources as well. There not being a ‘quickstep’ section here, a 6/8 (12/8) tune like this has to go somewhere, and since I kept finding it being called a ‘jig’, well, I put it here… I’d love to know more though, history and some confirmation of origin. I am not familiar with either Rankine or Barbour… As a 32 bar tune, it works really well for other things than just quickstepping…
What key do you play it in Noel?
Hi ‘c’. This is one of the first jigs I ever learnt. I was taught it when I was at school. We always played it in D, and we followed it either with a nice, low, growly fiddle setting of Major Mackay, or (strangely enough like Noel..) Charlie Sherritt’s Corner House Jig. After Corner House we’d go into Stool Of Repentance in A. I still have the sheetmusic for these, but unfortunately I left them with my dad who is currently thousands of miles away. I do remember the setting we used to play though. It went something like this, give or take a note here and there:
T: Hogmanay, The
fgf fgf|e2d d2e|fgf fed|c2B B3|
cdc cdc|B2A A2^G|Ace a2a|1 g2f f2e:|2 d3 d2e||
|:f2f e2e|d2d c2c|B2B BAB|c3 Ace|
g2g f2f|e2e d2d|1 c2c BcB|A3 Ace:|2 c2A ABc|d3 d2e||
Hogmanay Jig - a 48-Bar Rendering
Here’s a 48-bar version of the tune ….
… as played by the Jig Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band, of Bristol, UK
Hogmanay Jig - a 48-Bar Rendering - AABBCC
Thanks for the link Mix, and the heads up. Here’s my attempt at a transcription for that, courtesy of the ‘Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band’, and nice to see and hear a ceilidh band that hasn’t any brass, bass clarinets, saxaphones or trap sets in your ones face… ;-)
T: Hogmanay Jig, The
S: The Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band
R: jig, quickstep
|: e |\
fgf fgf | e2 d d2 e | fgf fed | c2 B B2 B |
cdc cdc | B2 A A2 ^G |[1 Ace a2 g | g2 f f2 :|[2 Ace aec | d3 d2 ||
|: e |\
f3 e2 e | d3 c2 c | B2 B BcB | c2 B Ace |
ggg fff | e2 e d2 d |[1 c2 c BcB | A3 A2 :|[2 c2 c cBc | d3 dc ||
|: B |\
AAd d2 e | f3 f2 d | fff g2 f |
[1 e3 e2 e | cdc B2 B | cdA B2 B | cBc dcB | A2 G F2 :|
[2 e3 A2 d | cde B2 B | c2 A B2 B | AAA f2 e | d3- d2 |]
"your ones" ~ :-/ - one or t’other… :-D
S: “The Jig Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band”
It’s not "The Mad Wolf Ceilidh Band", and thanks to Mix for setting me straight… The slip is a laugh, as I once had a friend we called "The Mad Wolf" or "Wolfman", who for a time while attending university, to save money, lived in an old fallen hollowed out tree, and this was in a place famous for high precipitation - rain and snow… He was a sweetheart, and a hell of a lot of fun too, as is this band, from the recording I’ve listened to above, courtesy of Mix. While it’s a rough recording there’s no doubting the fun being had by all, always nice to hear… I wish we’d been there for the craic.
The C-part & “A Life on the Ocean Waves”
Also, not mentioned previously was how this third part reminded us both of "A Life on the Ocean Waves", the opening few bars…
Updated link for the 48-bar version (mp3) cited above
As played at a ceilidh for the dance: “The Waves of Tory”
YouTube video here:
The Hogmanay, X:6
A 48-bar setting as played by the Jig Mad Wolf Ceilidh band.