Fool’s jig

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Fool's has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Fool's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2E D2F|A2F DEF|G2F G2B|A2F DEF|
G3 .B2G|F3 .A2 F|E2D E2F|E2G F2E|
D2E D2F|A2F DEF|G2F G2B|A2F D2z|
d2c d2B|A2G F2E|F3 D3|1 D3- D2z :|2 D2z ABc||
.d2A .F2A|B2A .F2A|.d2A .F2A|B2A G2F|
G3 .e2G|F3 .d2F|E2D E2F|E2G F2E|
D2E D2F|A2F DEF|G2F G2B|A2F D2z|
d2c d2B|A2G F2E|F3 D3| D3 .dz2|
X: 2
T: Fool's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F (3DEF | G2 B>G F2 A>F | E>DE>F E>GF>E |
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F D2 | d>cd>B A>GF>E | F2 D2 D2 :|
.d>AF>A B>AF>A | d>AF>A B>AG>F | G2 e>G F2 d>F | E>DE>F E>GF>E |
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F D2 | d>cd>B A>GF>E | F2 D2 D2 :|

Nine comments

My all-time favorite jig. Goes absolutely perfectly on pennywhistle (higher keys only, I find…) and doesn’t sound too great on a fiddle…. but be your own judge. Play it 3 times - slowly, faster, blazing fast. Great fun, gets people’s feet a-stomping. good for sessions when there’s too many bodhraniis…

I have this jig in my pennywhistle instruction book. It was one of the first tunes I learned to play on whistle.
I played this one for a friend once, and he danced. I told him that it’s called "Fool’s Jig" and he said, "Aw, I danced the jig, and I’m a fool!"

Yep… i learned it from Cathal McConnel’s (I think that’s his name…) "Irish Tinwhistle Tutor" and it stuck with me for 4 years… it was the third tune I learned.

This tune appears in O’Neills, written in 4/4, as a hornpipe (or reel, I forget), under the name of Roxburgh Castle. It is also popular in Northumberland and the Scottish borders, where the above title comes from.

With that in mind ~ “Fool’s / Roxburgh Castle Hornpipe”

This is a straight transfer from the notes given here, with very little change, I added the lead in of (3A,B,C ~

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|: (3A,B,C |
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F (3DEF | G2 B>G F2 A>F | E>DE>F E>GF>E |
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F D2 | d>cd>B A>GF>E | F2 D2 D2 :|
|: (3ABc |
.d>AF>A B>AF>A | d>AF>A B>AG>F | G2 e>G F2 d>F | E>DE>F E>GF>E |
D>ED>F A>F (3DEF | G>FG>B A>F D2 | d>cd>B A>GF>E | F2 D2 D2 :|