The Cowboy jig

Also known as Charley The Prayermaster, The Cowboys.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Calliope House (lots of times).

The Cowboy has been added to 20 tune sets.

The Cowboy has been added to 247 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA |: GDE G2A | Bgf gdB | ABc BGA |
B2B AGE | GDE G2A | Bgf gdB|
ABc BGA |1 BGG GBA :|2 BGG GBd ||
|:e2e edB| egf edB | d2d d2d |
dge dBG |c2d e2d | egB A2e|
dBG B2A|1 BGG GBd :|2 BGG G3 ||
X: 2
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e2 e edB | ege edB | d2B def | gfe dBA |
G2 A B2 d | ege d2 B | AGE G2 A | BGE G :|
X: 3
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:B |AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE ABc | dcB AFE |
AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE A2 B |1cAA A2 :|2cAA Ace ||
f2 e f2 e | faf fec | e2 c e2 c | eaf ece |
f2 e f2 g | agf ecB |AFE A2 B |1cAA Ace :|2cAA A2 |]
X: 4
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B |AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE ABc | dcB AFE |
AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE A2 B | 1cAA A2 :|2cAA Ace ||
~f3 fec | faf fec | e^de ~e3|eaf ecA|
d2 e ~f3 | fac B2f |ecA c2 B |1 cAA Ace :|2 cAA A2 |]
X: 5
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AEFA2B|cag aec|Bcd cAB|c>dc BAF|
AEFA2B|cag aec|Bcd c2B|1cAA A2B:|2cAA Ace|
|:eff f2d|fag fec|cee e2c|eaf ecA|
Bde f2e|fac B2f|ecA c2B|1cAA Ace:|2cAA A2B|
X: 6
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AEFA2B | cag aec | Bcd c2B | c2c BAF |
AEFA2B | cag aec | Bcd c2B |1 cAA A2B:|2cAA Ace ||
f3 fec | fag fec | e3 e2c | eaf ecA |
d2e f2e | fac B2f | ecA c2B |1 cAA Ace :|2 cAA A2B ||
X: 7
T: The Cowboy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GDE G2A | Bgf gdB | ABc B2A | B3 AGE |
GDE G2A | Bgf gdB | ABc B2A |1 BGG G2A:|2BGG GBd ||
|:e3 edB | egf edB | d3 d2B | dge dBG |
c2d e2d | egB A2e | dBG B2A |1 BGG GBd :|2 BGG G2A ||
# Added by JACKB .

Fourteen comments

Cowboy Jig

Another tune first heard at the Dora Keogh in Toronto, with an especially nice, slightly bittersweet B section. Mind, I’ve never heard the B section the same way from any two different sources, so I picked what I thought was the prettiest one. I’d welcome a correction if anyone knows something authoritative.

—-Michael B.

One more thing about the Cowboy Jig

…it’s very similar indeed to Out in the Ocean, which I understand is considerably older.

—-Michael B.

Great tune - I’ve heard this played by Alasdair Fraser and fell in love with it - Cheers!!

Alasdair Fraser play this tune in Amaj

“Out on the Ocean” ~ for comparison

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 25th 2001 by Jeremy.
https://thesession.org/tunes/108

The B-part in particular, copied from Jeremy’s transcription:

|: Bd |
e2 e edB | ege edB | d2B def | gfe dBA |
G2 A B2 d | ege d2 B | AGE G2 A | BGE G :|

History of tune?

I have heard this tune a couple of places, including Alasdair Fraser on the Road North, in A, and it’s in G in the Portland Collection. I like it in a set with Calliope House. But does anyone know where it comes from, or what it’s history is?

FM

Cowboy Jig

As "Charlie the Prayermaster" played by Addie Hsrper, Scottish fiddler:

X:322
T:Charley the Prayermaster
T:Cowboy Jig
D:Wick S.C.D., The Sound of the North (1970)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:A
B |AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE ABc | dcB AFE |
AFE A2 B | cff ecB | AFE A2 B | 1cAA A2 :| 2cAA Ace ||
f2 e f2 e | faf fec | e2 c e2 c | eaf ece |
f2 e f2 g | agf ecB |AFE A2 B | 1cAA Ace :| 2cAA A2 |]

The Cowboy, X:5

Not sure where I learned this or first heard it, but it’s always been a big earworm for me. And in my head, it always plays in A and begins with "aef" instead of "afe."

Re: The Cowboy

It’s in Cole’s 1001 Fiddle tunes, so, can we assume it’s
Scottish? it seems not particularly Irish….

Re: The Cowboy

I first heard this on Alasdair’s Cd also; as a very nice G tune after Calliope. In the Portland Collection it’s in A, not G as full measure wrote above, but I wonder if it was indeed in the other key in the first 8 printings! It’s a nice tune in both keys. I’m playing around with doing it in G after Calliope then once through in A.

The Cowboy, X:6

Simplified version based on the similarities in a few versions I’ve heard, such as the version by "Trip To Nelson" on the album "The Winding Road".

Re: The Cowboy

I just discovered this jig in an album by the English band 422, who play lots of folk songs outside of the usual Northeast English tunes. I actually thought at first, being from the US and having spent lots of time in the South, that this tune might be American, especially because in the set from 422 the other tunes have that very Southern style.