Also known as
Black Rock, The Duck Chewed Tobacco, The Duck Chews Tobacco, Gilderoy, Indian Ate A Wood Chuck, Indian Ate A Woodchuck, Indian Ate A Woodcock, Indian Ate A Woodhen, Indian Ate A Woodpecker, Indian Ate The Woodcock, Indian Ate The Woodhen, Indian Ate The Woodpecker, Indian Eat A Woodchuck, Indian Eat A Woodcock, Indian Eat A Woodhen, Indian Eat A Woodpecker, Indian Eat The Woodchuck, Indian Eat The Woodcock, Indian Eat The Woodhen, Indian Eat The Woodpecker, Indian Killed A Woodcock, Indian Killed The Woodcock, The Jolly Beggarman, Nellie On The Shore.
I havent posted a tune in a while and some are probably glad of that since I don’t usually post “irish” tunes. But I happened to be putting this into music for someone who only reads music and doesnt play by ear so I thought “why not?”
It is definitely in the Red Haired Bastard family of tunes https://thesession.org/tunes/566
However, the arrangement I posted is everything that I like about traditional tunes. The naturals and sharps of the F’s and C’s give it a wild, natural feeling.
Like most of my tunes, It comes from the USA Allegheny region and up until the 60’s traditional players would often refer to it as “Gilderoy” as well as other names I might add later.
Notice on the “B” part, it doesnt goe back and repeat the initial melodic phrase of the “A” part.
If the great session master Jeremy decides it doesn’t deserve it’s own space here, I understand.
One thing I found interesting about the name in MD, PA and WV with traditional players born before 1900, the tune was NEVER called “Red Haired Boy.”
‘Eat’ or ‘Ate’? 😉 (welcome back) ~ “Indian Ate the Woodchuck”