Elizabeth Adair jig

By Angus Fitchett

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Elizabeth Adair has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Elizabeth Adair
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:c/B/|A2 F d2 c|B2 G e2 d|cde ABc|d2 f a3|
A2 F d2 c|B2 G e/f/ed|cde ABc|d3 d2:|
|:f/g/|f2 g agf|gfg e2 g|f<af def|ecA A2 f/g/|
[1 f2 g agf|gfg e2 d|cde ABc|d3 d2:|
[2 f>ga g>ab|agf e/f/ed|cde ABc|d3 d2||
X: 2
T: Elizabeth Adair
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 F d2 c|B2 G e2 d|c>de ABc|d2 f AFG|
A2 F dcd|B2 G e2 d|c>de ABc|d3:|
f2 g a2 f|gfg e2 g|f2 a dd/e/f|ecA g2 e|
1 fag agf|gfg e2 d|c>de ABc|d3:|
2 f>ga g>ab|agf gg/f/e|f>ga A2 c|d3-||
X: 3
T: Elizabeth Adair
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2 D B2 A|G2 E c2 B|ABc FGA|B2 d f3|
F2 D B2 A|G2 E c2 B|ABc FGA|1 B3:|2 B3- B||
d2 e fdf|ede c2 f|dfd B2 e|cFF F2 f|
[1 d2 e fdf|ede c2 f|def FGA|B3- B:|
[2 def efg|fed c2 g|fdB FGA|B3||

Eight comments

“Elizabeth Adair” ~ by Angus Fitchet

~ another take, slight differences:

K: D Major
|: dcB |
A2 F d2 c | B2 G e2 d | c>de ABc | d2 f AFG |
A2 F dcd | B2 G e2 d | c>de ABc | d3 :|
|: dfg |
f2 g a2 f | gfg e2 g | f2 a dd/e/f | ecA g2 e |
1 fag agf | gfg e2 d | c>de ABc | d3 :|
2 f>ga g>ab | agf gg/f/e | f>ga A2 c | d3- ||

Just an impartial observation. They’re all good tunes.

Elizabeth Adair

ceolachan, where did you get your version?

Angus Fitchet tunes get me going more than Andrew Rankine’s, I have to say. An Angus Fitchet week - let me know when!

“Elizabeth Adair” ~ by Angus Fitchet ~ as played by Will Atkinson

I ‘can’ believe I forgot to mention that this transcript was taken from the playing of one of my favourite musicians, Will Atkinson, who played it in C on a C harmonica. He also makes up part of one of my all time favourite bands, “The Shepherds” from Northumberland, who included the fiddler Willy Taylor, also a fine composer, and the small pipes player Joe Hutton, which reminds me I owe someone an email (apologies Pippa).

Being in C I had the choice to take it down one step to Bb or up a step to D. I chose the latter. However, even though I tend to favour the grumble of the nether reaches. I have since been ‘told’ that it should be Bb, but I haven’t confirmed that yet, not having the 2 volumes of the Fitchet tune collection on hand. I received some notice that that is ‘THE ONLY’ key it SHOULD be played in. I tend not to respond well to such stubborness and inflexible attitudes. Those are the sorts that tend to play everything dot for dot off the sheet like a typewriter and can’t see the music beyond the dots… I’ve had a few acquaintances and ‘friends’ that have been of that adamantine nature. What is funny is when I’ve actually found earlier transcripts that disagree with their presumptions. The internal struggle was quickly apparent on their faces…

However, preferring my ears first over my eyes, and people over books, I’ve learned this from more than one source, living and recorded, and outside of Will Atkinson’s take in C, it was in D… So, I fought off my predilection toward going down and chose to step up to D instead… For the poor soul struggling and wincing over this, I might just add a Bb take on it, but later… Now, I think somewhere I’ve actually got Angus Fitchet and friends playing this, hmmmm… 😉

I’ve just noticed I only made one entry here after submitting it. Obviously I got ‘distracted’ and forgot to return, apologies to all…

“Elizabeth Adair” ~ by Angus Fitchet ~ & like Will, he plays it in C

However, for someone named Leslie’s sake, courtesy of fiddler Jim McAulay (FIDDLE4), here is his transcription in Bb, for those who might like to take it that wee bit lower:

X: 1134
T: Elizabeth Adair
C: Angus Fitchet
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig
K: Bb
|: B2 G |
F2 D B2 A | G2 E c2 B | ABc FGA | B2 d f3 |
F2 D B2 A | G2 E c2 B | ABc FGA |[1 B3 :|[2 B3- B ||
|: fe |
d2 e fdf | ede c2 f | dfd B2 e | cFF F2 f |
[1 d2 e fdf | ede c2 f | def FGA | B3- B :|
[2 def efg | fed c2 g | fdB FGA | B3 ||

It seems an old ceilidh band recording that Leslie learned the tune off of had it in Bb, and from that beginning a conviction that it should only be played in Bb came about. Ah well, we all suffer some type or measure of delusion don’t we? 😎

Re: Elizabeth Adair

I play in a session with a fiddler who is the niece of Elizabeth Adair, for whom this tune was written. I think she told me that her aunt arranged dance bands for broadcasting on radio - I’ll need to ask her next time I see her.