Oliver Jack reel

Also known as Olifiord Jack.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Oliver Jack has been added to 4 tune sets.

Oliver Jack has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Oliver Jack
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|d2 dc B2 ge|d2 dc BGBc|d2 dc B2 ge|d4 d2:|
B2|c2 cA B2 BG|A2 AG FGAB|c2 cA BGGB|A2 d2 G2:|
X: 2
T: Oliver Jack
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3ABc|:d2 dd|g2 Bc|d2 de|dc Bc|d2 dd|g2 BB|1 BA z2|z2 Bc:|2 BA z2|z2 AB||
|:c2 BA|d2 cA|BA Bc|d2 (3gfe|d2 Bc|dc AF|1 AG z2|z2 AB:|2 AG z2||

Eight comments

Oliver Jack

I first heard this fine Shetland tune on a fiddle weekend in the Yorkshire Dales by Jenna Reid - she follows it nicely with ‘Da Fashion O Da Delting Lasses’ and ‘Up and Doon da Harbour’ on her CD ‘Da Homin’ (see Recordings link)

This is a Nigel Gatherer transcription that I found on JC Tunefinder:
X: 1
T:Oliver Jack
S:Dick Rutter, Edinburgh
Z:Nigel Gatherer
F:http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/abc/tb17.abc 2008-01-31 10:07:59 UT

😏 ~ there’s absolutely no difference between your transcription and Nigels?

Nice little tune by the way, rings like a song. Are there lyrics?

What I meant was that the transcription I’ve submitted was found on the JC site, where it is attributed to NigelG ! 🙂

Don’t know if there’s an associated song. Nigel?

😀 ~ I had wondered… Good on you for crediting the source, one of our members and someone who has contributed a lot of useful information in this digital realm and also in the ‘reel world’…

Oliver Jack

Never heard any words to this tune. I’ve always liked the tune.


Thanks Nigel.

Reminds me of Billy Boy

Im not even saying its a variant, but it reminded me of Billy Boy. Here’s Billy Boy in AA BB…

X: 1
T: The Billy Boy Stomp
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3ABc |: d2 dd | g2 Bc | d2 de | dc Bc | d2 dd | g2 BB |1 BA z2 | z2 Bc :|2 BA z2 | z2 AB |
|: c2 BA | d2 cA | BA Bc | d2 (3gfe | d2 Bc | dc AF |1 AG z2 | z2 AB :|2 AG z2 |

Maybe that’s what was rolling around in the mud of my mind snorting nonsense syllables longing to join up into lyrics?