The Cowboy jig

Also known as Charley The Prayermaster, The Cowboy.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Cowboy has been added to 201 tunebooks.

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Five 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|

Eleven 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….