The Rabbit In The Field jig

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Rabbit In The Field has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Rabbit In The Field has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Rabbit In The Field
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d3 ~G3|~d3 cBA|BAG EDB,|EDB, ~A,3|
G,B,D G,B,D|EFG ABc|Bee dBA|1AGF GAc:|2AGF GAB||
d3 ~B3|def gfe|edB gdB|edB ~A3|
GBd GBd|bag e/2f/2ge|edB gdB|AGF GAc:|
X: 2
T: The Rabbit In The Field
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2B ~G3|ded cBA|BAG EDB,|EDB, ~A,3|
G,B,D G,B,D|EFG ABc|B2G dBG|1AGF GBc:|2AGF GAB||
ded BAB|def gfe|edB gdB|gdB ~A3|
GBd GBd|bag e/2f/2ge|edB gdB|AGF GAB:||

Ten comments

This is from the recording, Fonnchaoi, by Verena Commins And Julie Langan.

Composer ?

Composed by Billy McComiskie, I seem to recall.

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“The Rabbit In The Field” C: Billy McComiskey

Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
http://www.irishtune.info/
http://www.irishtune.info/tune/1631/

http://www.east-durham.org/
http://www.east-durham.org/irishartsweek/
http://www.east-durham.org/irishartsweek/teacherbios/mccomiskey.htm

"Billy McComiskey is a highly regarded player and composer of Irish traditional music. A Brooklyn native, in his early teens he started studying accordion with the late Sean McGlynn from Galway. He won the All-Ireland Senior title in 1986. He formed and played with two legendary trios: Washington DC’s Irish Tradition and the internationally acclaimed Trian. He is known on both sides of the Atlantic as an indefatigable session player, teacher and promulgator of the music."

Does his own playing differ from what I have here from Verena and Julie? If so, could someone please post the ABCs here? I suspect it might be slightly different in the 6th and 7th bars of the first part.

“The Rabbit In The Field” C: Billy McComiskey ~ with friends

http://comhaltas.ie/

At the 2004 Convention held in Parsippany, New Jersey, ComhaltasLive recorded some great music, including this selection of jigs played by Joannie Madden on concert flute, Brian Conway on fiddle, Billy McComisky on button accordion and Felix Dolan on piano — all from New York.

"The Trip to Sligo" / "The Tar Road to Sligo” / “The Rabbit in the Field”
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_199_6_tunes_from_america

Thanks ceol!

So… here’s the setting from the man himself:

X:1
T:Rabbit in the Field
S:Billy McComisky
Z:Jack Gilder
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:G
d2B ~G3|ded cBA|BAG EDB,|EDB, ~A,3|
G,B,D G,B,D|EFG ABc|B2G dBG|1AGF GBc:|2AGF GAB||
ded BAB|def gfe|edB gdB|gdB ~A3|
GBd GBd|bag e/2f/2ge|edB gdB|AGF GAB:||

You beat met to it button. I went out right after offering that up for you and didn’t get a chance to ABC it, which I’d planned to follow with. We’re just back inside the house… That’s a fun set… It’s good to see the other transcript…

Yes, it’s the best thing about the comments section.

Strange… I thought it was from banjo player Tony Sullivan… 😏

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Inspiration?

Karen Tweed plays this tune as "Hare in the Corn", a title that has been spread around among a whole family of related jigs and slides going back at least as far as the 19th century; this particular tune seems to fit melodically into that family.

See, for example, https://thesession.org/tunes/1736

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