Strop The Razor jig

Also known as Leg Of The Duck, McCarthy’s, Petticoat Loose, Strope The Razor, Tripping Up To Larne.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Connaughtman’s Rambles (a few times), The Geese In The Bog (a few times), Jim Ward’s (a few times) and The Southwest Wind (a few times).

Strop The Razor has been added to 13 tune sets.

Strop The Razor has been added to 144 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGG AGG|BGG AGF|DGG GFG|DGG G2A|
BGG AGG|BGG AGF|D2E F2G|ADE FGA:||
dBB cAA|dBB cAF|DGG GFG|DGG G2B|
dBB cAA|dBB cAF|D2E F2G|ADE FGA:||
BAB cBc|dcd dBd | g3 gfd|gag gdc|
BAB cBc|dcd d2e | f3 fde|fag fdc:||
X: 2
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3 ~c3|~d3 d2e| ~=f3 fde| ~=fag ^fdc:|
X: 3
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3 ~c3|~d3 d2e| ~=f3 fde| ~^fag fdc:|
X: 4
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BGG AGG|BGG AGF|DGG GAG|DGG G2A|
BGG AGG|BGG AGF|D2E F2G|ADE FGA:||
|:dcB cAA|dcB cAF|DGG GFG|DGG G(3ABc|
dcB cAA|dcB cAF|D2E F2G|ADE FGA:||
|:B3 cBc|d(3Bcd dBd | g3 gfd|gba gdc|
B3 cBc|dB/c/d d2e | =f3 fde|fdg fdc:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG BAG|AFD FDC| DGG BAG|Add cAG |
DGG BAG|AFD D2E|=FDE F2G|Add cAG:|
K:Gmix
|:Ade f2g|a<ag f2d| cAG FGc|Add cAG |
Ade f2g|a<ag ^f2d| cAG ^FGA|Add cAG:|
X: 6
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Add fdd|ecA =c2A|Add fdd|faf gec|Add fdd|
ecA =c2d|=cBA c2d|eaa ged:|:Add {c}d2e|A=cc {B}c2d|Add{c}d2g|
faa gec|Add {c}d2e|A=cc {B}c2d|=cBA c2d|eaa ged:|
X: 7
T: Strop The Razor
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGG BGG|AFD =F2D|DGG BGG|BdB cAF|DGG BGG|
AFD =F2G|=FED F2G|Add cAG:|:DGG {F}G2A|D=FF {E}F2G|DGG{F}G2c|
Bdd cAF|DGG {F}G2A|D=FF {E}F2G|=FED F2G|Add cAG:|

Eight comments

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.

Willie Clancy’s Version

A better piping version known as Petticoat Loose.

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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).