The Piper’s Maggot slip jig

Also known as A Health To The Piper, Good Health To The Piper, Health To The Piper, Here’s A Good Health To The Piper, Here’s Good Health To The Piper, The Piper’s Whim, Seo Slainte Do’n Piobaire.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Piper’s Maggot appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Piper’s Maggot has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Piper's Maggot has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Piper's Maggot
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
{gcd}c2{e}A {g}A{d}c{e}A {gef}ec{G}A|{g}e2{GdG}e ac{d}A{gef} e2d{gcd}|
c2{e}A {g}A{d}c{e}A {gef}ec{G}A|{g}BG{d}B {a}gdB {Gdc}d2e:|
{gcd}c2a {g}aec aec|{gcd}c2a {g}aec {gef}e2d|
{gcd}c2a {g}aec aec|{g}BG{d}B {a}gdB {Gdc}d2e:|
2
X: 2
T: The Piper's Maggot
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
F2 D DED AFD |[1 E/F/GE cGE cG :|[2 E/F/GE cGE G2 ||
F2 A dAF d2 G |[1 E/F/GE cGE G2 :|[2 E/F/GE cGE cG |]
3
X: 3
T: The Piper's Maggot
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c|d3 GBG dBG|B/c/dB gdB efg|d3 GBG dBG|A/B/cA fAB c2:|
|:c|B/c/dB gdB gdB|B/c/dc fdB efg|B/c/dB gdB gdB|A/B/cA fAB c2:|

Thirteen comments

I think those symbol things could be left out.

"The Piper’s Maggot" ~ your wish is my command oh pere ~

~ sans the twiddly bits, less maggoty, and with a few minor adjustments:

The Piper’s Maggot
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: A Dorian
|: e |
c2 A AcA ecA | e2 e acA e2 d |
c2 A AcA ecA | BGB gdB d2 :|
|: e |
c2 a aec aec | c2 a aec e2 d |
c2 a aec aec | BGB gdB d2 :|

Twddles and twaddles and other odd bits usually suggests a cut-and-paste from some source online, but I haven’t gone looking to confirm that yet, but that’s my suspicion ~ ? ๐Ÿ˜

Oops! I missed the ‘minor adjustment’ for bar 2 of the A-part:

~ | e2 e ecA f2 a | ~ or ~ | e2 e ec/B/A e2 d | ~ or ~ | e3 e2 c e2 a | ~ or ~ | efe ecA fed | ~

"Here’s Good Health to the Piper" ~ some history

"O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903, #1150

K: A Mixolydian
|: e |
c2 A AcA ecA | ede acA e2 d |
c2 A AcA ecA | BGB gdB d2 :|
|: e |
c2 a aec aed | c2 a aec e2 d |
c2 a aec aec | BGB gdB d2 :|

Twiddly things

The twiddly things are gracings that are useful for pipers and and other instrumentalists who want to play in the piping style. I found them useful. THis is particularly true for a simple little tune like this one, the subtlety is all in the gracing.
Noel

Yes, but that could be added in the ‘Comments’, leaving the basic tune for all types of instruments, including the choice of ‘twiddly bits’… There are plenty of piper’s tune collections out there with ‘proscribed’ ornamentation, as for competitions… But, if it is felt necessary to gum up the transcription with the twiddly bits, then at least it would be courteous to give the basic tune in the ‘Comments’… If there is a question as to which sort of transcription is more open and welcoming, well, you just have to look at the transcriptions, twiddled or not… ๐Ÿ˜

Subtlety is hardly a case of gracing a thing to bits… But each to his own, including choice of instruments and interpretations and treatments, eh? Personally, I feel that the most subtle treatment is where the gracings don’t dominate or take away from the beauty of the basic melody…and I have heard plenty of fine interpretations that are not beaten to death with the ornamentation. If examples are needed, Northumbrian, then I would recommend a listen to "The Shepherds" or any of its members, such as Willy Taylor, Will Atkinson, Joe Hutton, each on a different instrument, and the latter on Northumbrian smallpipes…

Ha - listen to the Midi

AAAA!!! ~ That’s horrid… I can’t take anymore or my ears will start to bleed… ๐Ÿ™

The Piper’s Maggot

I published this in a book in 1987. I first became aware of the tune from Robert Bremner’s "Collection of Scots Reels and Country Dances" (1758). It can also be found in the collections of James Aird, Nathaniel Gow, and later, James Kerr.

"The Piper’s Maggot" ~ for pipes in D Mixolydian ๐Ÿ˜‰ ~ without ‘grace’

& for Sarah & the D-limited lot ~

Discussion: What One Octave Tunes in D exist?
# Posted on September 19th 2007 by Sarah the Flute
https://thesession.org/discussions/15202

X: 1
T: Woods Of Fanaid, The
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: D Mixolydian
|: E |
F2 D DED AFD | F/G/AF dAF AB/A/G |
F2 D DED AFD |[1 E/F/GE cGE cG :|[2 E/F/GE cGE G2 ||
|: A |
F2 A dAF dAF | F2 A dAF ABc |
F2 A dAF d2 G |[1 E/F/GE cGE G2 :|[2 E/F/GE cGE cG |]

T: The Piper’s Maggot ๐Ÿ˜

Damn, sorry, the T ~ I cut-and-pasted and forgot to edit…

This tune is really old. I suspect its origins are Scottish, and that it spread from there to Ireland and England. A version in Gmaj appears in the Northumbrian Minstrelsy:

X: 1
T: The Piperโ€™s Maggot
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
S: Bruce & Stokoe โ€“ Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882)
K: Gmaj
c|d3 GBG dBG|B/c/dB gdB efg|d3 GBG dBG|A/B/cA fAB c2:|
|:c|B/c/dB gdB gdB|B/c/dc fdB efg|B/c/dB gdB gdB|A/B/cA fAB c2:|