Strop the Razor
Nice simple tune with room for variation. I’ve also heard the last few bars played.
~B3 ~c3|~d3 d2e| ~=f3 fde| ~=fag ^fdc:|
I picked this up from a John Skelton Recording
This tune appears on Ronan Browne and Peadar O’Loughlin’s ‘The South West Wind’, but bearing the proabably incorrect title ‘Petticoat Loose’ (which is another tune entirely).
They play the last phrase thus:
~B3 ~c3|~d3 d2e| ~=f3 fde| ~^fag fdc:|
i.e. F-natural in the penultimate bar, but with both Fs in the last bar played sharp.
Liam O’Flynn calls it 3The Leg of the Duck"
On his first Album, Liam O’Flynn calls this jig "The Leg of the Duck". He plays it after "Fraher’s Jig" and "I buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her"
You might like to ‘sharpen’ the C (hi hi) and ‘blunt’ (ha ha) the F’s in the last but 3 and last but 2 bars, respectively.
Strop The Razor
Willie Clancy’s Version
A better piping version known as Petticoat Loose.
Strop The Razor, X:5
This is a Contra Dance version of this tune from the album:
Pure Quil - Rodney Miller and Bob McQuillen
Strop The Razor, X:6
Another from the PW Joyce collection. This one is #94. A little different than the versions above it. In the notes Joyce says he collected it "From James Buckley, a Limerick piper". The original key in the collection is B-flat (which would likely mean James had a set pitched around B-flat), but it fits nicely in D on the modern pipes, with no keys, or in G if you’ve a F key (or you’re particularly good half-holing it).