The Piper’s Whim slip jig

Also known as Piper’s Fancy, The Piper’s Fancy, The Piper’s Maggot, Pipers Fancy, The Pipers Fancy, Pipers Maggot, The Pipers Maggot, Pipers Whim, The Pipers Whim, Pipers’ Fancy, Pipers’ Maggot, Pipers’ Whim.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Piper's Whim has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Piper's Whim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|:A|B2 G GDG dBG|B/c/dB gdB deg|B2 G GDG d2 G|A/B/cA fcA c2:|
A|B2 d gdB gdc|B2 d gdB deg|B/c/dB gdB gdB|A/B/cA fcA c2 A|
B2 d gdB g2 c|BGd gdB de/^f/g|bb/a/g a>g^f g2 e|f2 c A/B/cA fc||
2
X: 2
T: The Piper's Whim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c|B3 GBG dBG|B/c/dB gdB efg|B3 GBG dBG|A/B/cA fAB c2:|
c|B/c/dB gdB gdB|B/c/dB gdB efg|B/c/dB gdB gdB|B/c/dB fAB c2 c|
B/c/dB gdB gdB|B/c/dB gdB efg|bag agf efg|B/c/dB cAF G2||
3
X: 3
T: The Piper's Whim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d|B2 G GAG dBG|B/c/dB gdB deg|
B2 G GAG dBG|A/B/cA =fcA c2:|
|:d|B2 d gdB gdc|B2 d gdB deg|
B2 d gdB gdB|A/B/cA =fcA c2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Piper's Whim
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:|
5
X: 5
T: The Piper's Whim
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c||B2G GFG dBG|BGB dBd efg|B2G GFG dBG|AcA ecA ecA||
B2G GFG dBG|BGB dBd efg|B2G GFG dBG|AcA ecA ABc||
BdB gdB gdB|BdB gdB efg|BdB gdB gdB|AcA ecA ABc|
BdB gdB gdB|BdB gdB efg|BdB gdB gdB|AcA dBG G2c||

Thirteen comments

"The Piper’s Whim" / "The Piper’s Maggot" ~ 1922

"O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody", 1922, #192
Source: Officer & piper William Walsh, Chicago

K: G Major
|: c |
B3 GBG dBG | B/c/dB gdB efg |
B3 GBG dBG | A/B/cA fAB c2 :|
|: c |
B/c/dB gdB gdB | B/c/dB gdB efg |
1 B/c/dB gdB gdB | B/c/dB fAB c2 :|
2 bag agf efg | B/c/dB cAF G2 ||

"The Piper’s Whim" / "The Piper’s Maggot" ~ 1757

Robert Bremner’s Collection, 1757, Edinburgh

K: G Major
|: d |
B2 G GAG dBG | B/c/dB gdB deg |
B2 G GAG dBG | A/B/cA =fcA c2 :|
|: d |
B2 d gdB gdc | B2 d gdB deg |
B2 d gdB gdB | A/B/cA =fcA c2 :|

"The Piper’s Maggot" ~ 1802

Nathaniel Gow’s 2nd Repository, 1802

This is identical to the transcription previous except for a slight difference in the 1st bar of the B-part, it being in agreement, identical, to the following 3rd bar ~

|: d |
B2 d gdB gdB | B2 d gdB deg |
B2 d gdB gdB | A/B/cA =fcA c2 :|

"Piper’s Maggot" / "Piper’s Fancy" ~ 1882

Northumbrian Minstrelsey - Bruce & Stokes, 1882

K: G Major
|: 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 :|

"The Piper’s Maggot" ~ "O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody", 1922

“’The Piper’s Maggot’, as this old tune was called, first appeared in print in "Rob’t Bremner’s Collection of Scots Reels and Country Dances, Edinburgh 1758". As the word Maggot which means an odd fancy or whim is obsolete in this age, the change of name is permissible. The tune was printed in Aird’s Selections etc., London 1797, and in later publications somewhat varied.” ~ Captain Francis O’Neill

The second ending I’ve given in the transcription is my take on it, moving the melody a notch forward in the last two measures and into an Ouroboros cycle… 😉

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros

You’re getting lazy with your abc headers of late, ‘c’, tut tut tut 😉

If you mean the ones in the ‘Comments’, that is the way they were listed? If not, please, tell me ~ PLEASE! ~ TELL ME!!! 😀

Nah, that smilie don’t do it. I’m supposed to be screaming…

Ahhhh, so! ~ 😎

With the ABC’s, being of the old school, though I have made adjustments, I’ve missed the XYZ’s…

The Piper’s Whim, X:5

This simplified and more congenial version of the maggot is most probably an arrangement by Paddy Moloney.
My score is a direct transcription from The Chieftains’ rendition of the tune on fiddles, whistle and drum(s) on track 3 of the original sound track LP of Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film Barry Lyndon.
The story is set at the end of the 18th century.
There are 7 class trad tracks on the Album.
The rest is brilliant classical music and a couple of tasteful crossover numbers.
Check it out if you haven’t come across it already.

Re: The Piper’s Whim

In this arrangement, the similarity between the second part and The Humours of Ballymanus’ 3rd part becomes more apparent than in the early publications given above.
Humours of Ballymanus (slip jig):
https://thesession.org/tunes/279