The Hole In The Hedge jig

Also known as The Hole In The Bridge.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Seamus Cooley’s (lots of times), The Green Fields Of Woodford (a few times), The Angry Peeler (a few times) and My Darling Asleep (a few times).

The Hole In The Hedge has been added to 37 tune sets.

The Hole In The Hedge has been added to 274 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:C2E EDE|GEC E2D|C2E EDE|GEC D2E|
C2E EDE|GEG c2c|cde dcA|1 GEC D2E :|2 GEC D2C||
|:c2e dcA|GEG GAB|c2e dcA|GEC D2C|
c2e dcA|GEG GAB|cBc AcA|1 GEC D2C :|2 GEC D2E||
X: 2
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 F FEF | AFE F2 E | D2 F ~F3 | AFD E2 F |
| D2 F FEF | AFA d2 A | def edB |1 AFD EFE : |2 AFD EFA ||
|: d2 f edB | AFA ABc | d2 f edB | AFD E2 F |
| d2 f edB | AFA ABc | dcd BdB |1 AFD EFA :|2 AFD EFE ||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/c/ | BAB G2 E | DB,D G2 A | BAB GFG | AGA cBA |
BAB G2 E | DB,D G2 A| BAB GFG | AGF G2 :|
B/c/ | d3 BGB | dBd edB | cBc AFA | cBc ABc |
d3 BGB | dBd edc | BAG Adc | BGF G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:C2E EDE|GED E2D|C2E EDE|GEC D2E|
C2E EDE|GEG c3|cde dcA|1 GEC D2E :|2 GEC D2B||
|:c2e dcA|~G3 GAB|c2e dcA|GEC D2B|
c2e dcA|~G3 GAB|~c3 AcA|1 GEC D2B :|2 GEC D2E||
X: 5
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:C2E EDE|GEC E2D|C2E EDE|GEC D2E|
C2E EDE|GEG c3|cde dcA|1 GEC D2E :|2 GEC D2G||
|:c2e dcA|GEG GAB|c2e dcA|GEC D2G|
c2e dcA|GEG GAB|cBc AcA|1 GEC D2G :|2 GEC D2E||
X: 6
T: The Hole In The Hedge
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:C2E EDE|GED E2D|C2E EDE|GEC DED|
C2E EDE|GEG c3|cde dcA|1 GEC DED :|2 GEC D3||
|:c2e dcA|GEG GAB|c2e dcA|GEC D3|
cde dcA|GEG GAB|cBc A/B/cA|1 GEC D3 :|2 GEC DED||

Eleven comments

Martin Hayes plays this lovely simple tune followed by Seamus Cooley’s Jig on his album "Under the Moon" and demonstrates how to play beautifully with a minimum of ornamentation. Who says you have to be flash all the time?
These two tunes also appear on "A Celebration of 50 Years" by the Tulla Ceili Band.

Although great on the fiddle, it’s also a good one for the 8-key flute if you need some practice with the little finger.

I love "Under the Moon". We use it a lot at my dance school when teaching the basics and beginning students the reel and light jig, as 1) the music is nice and slow for beginners, and 2) the feel is impeccable and gives them a good feel for the music on their first outings with it.

I always try to teach my dancing students something about the music at the same time I teach them steps, as I don’t want them to be one of those ignorant dancers who know nothing about the wider tradition the dancing springs from.

Zina

In D this works great on keyles flute or whistle. As follies:

X: 1
T: Hole in the Hedge
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: D
|: D2 F FEF | AFE F2 E | D2 F ~F3 | AFD E2 F |
| D2 F FEF | AFA d2 A | def edB |1 AFD EFE : |2 AFD EFA ||
|: d2 f edB | AFA ABc | d2 f edB | AFD E2 F |
| d2 f edB | AFA ABc | dcd BdB |1 AFD EFA :|2 AFD EFE ||

Posted .

I’ve been playing a very similar tune in G. It was printed in "The trip to Sligo" by Flaherty, B (Purcell Print 1990) and came from the playing of a fiddler called Johnny Henry. The title was given as Unknown. It’s less interesting than the tune here in C, but jollier. I’ve been calling it "Winking" because I can’t cope with tunes without titles. It goes:
.
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Trip to Sligo, p147
R:jig
K:G
d/2c/2 | BAB G2 E | DB,D G2 A | BAB GFG | AGA cBA | BAB G2 E | DB,D G2 A
| BAB GFG | AGF G2 :|
B/2c/2 | d3 BGB | dBd edB | cBc AFA | cBc ABc | d3 BGB | dBd edc | BAG A
dc | BGF G2 :|

Maybe I’ll call it "The Wink in the Hedge".

Hole In The Hedge, X:4

A few minor variations.

Quite a few different pick-up notes work going into the B Part, try: C, E, G, & B for the Cmaj settings.

Re: Hole In The Hedge

Thanks to NfldWhistler for the correction to my 13 year old posted ABC. Now I’ll have to go back and relearn the tune which I have entirely forgotten.