The Rambling Pitchfork jig

Also known as An Píce Ar Fán, Baxter’s, Clar-claigean An Moncaí, Clár-Cloigeann An Moncaí, The Farmer’s Frolic, The Fisherman’s Widow, The Monkey’s Forehead, Ramblin’ Pitchfork, Roland’s Return, Roland’s U-Turn, The Rollicking Dandy.

There are 127 recordings of this tune.

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The Rambling Pitchfork appears in 5 other tune collections.

The Rambling Pitchfork has been added to 92 tune sets.

The Rambling Pitchfork has been added to 1,054 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2F AFF|dFF AFF|G2G ABc|ded cAG|
FEF AFF|dFF AFF|GFG BAG|FDD D3:|
d2e fed|ecA ABc|dcd fed|faf gfe|
d2e fed|ecA BAF|GFG BAG|FDD D3:|
2
X: 2
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F2F AGF | cAG AGF | G2G A2B | d2d cAG|
F2F AGF | cAG AGF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 :|
|: ~f3 fcF | FAc fcA | G2G A2B | d2d cAG |
|[1 ~f3 fcF | FAc fcA | G2A BAG | AFD D3 :|
|[2 fef gfg | afd cAF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
|| d2e fed | ede A=B^c | d2e fed | g2g gec |
| d2e fed | ede A2=B | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
|| d2e fed | ede A=B^c | d2e fed | afa def |
| afd gec| fed cAF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
# Added by Grack .
3
X: 3
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: E |\
F3 AFF | dFF AFD | GFG ABc | ded cAG |
FAF AFF | dFF AFD | GFG BAB | AFD D2 :|
|: A |\
d2 e fed | ecA AFA | dcd efg | faf gfe |
[1 dcd fed | ecA AGF | GFG BAB | AFD D2 :|
[2 a2 f gfe | fed ecA | GFG BAB | AFD D2 |]
4
X: 4
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2F AFF|dFF AFD|GFG ABc|ded cBA|
F2F AFF|dFF AFD|GFG BAG|AFD [1D2E:| [2DFA||
dcd fed|ecA ABc|dcd efg|aba gfe|
dcd fed|ecA AGF|GFG BAG|AFD [1DFA:|[2D2E|]
5
X: 5
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AG|~F3 AFF | cFF AFD | ~G3 ABc | ded ^cAG |
FEF AFF | cFF AFE |DGG BAG | AFD D2E |
FDD ADD | cBc AFD |GFG ABc | fed cAG |
~F3 AFF | cFF AFD | ~G3 BAG | AFD DED |
|d2e fed | e^cA ABA | d^cd efg | faf gfe |
d2e fdd | e^cA ABA | ~G3 BAG | AFD D2A |
d2e fdd | e^cA ABA | d^cd fed | faf g2g |
a2f g2e | fed cAF | ~G3 BAG | AFD D2E |
6
X: 6
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AG|F3 AFF | cFF AFD | G3 AB^c | ded ^cAG |
FEF AFF | cFF AFD |DGG BAG | AFD D2E |
FDD ADD | cBc AFD |GFG AB^c | ded ^cAG |
F3 AFF | cFF AFD | G3 BAG | AFD D2 ||
|d2e fed | e^cA ABA | d^cd efg | faf gfe |
d2e fdd | e^cA ABA | G3 BAG | AFD D2A |
d2e fdd | e^cA ABA | d^cd fed | faf g3 |
a2f g2e | fed cAF | G3 BAG | AFD D2E ||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2G AFA | dcA AGF |1 G3 ABc | ded cAG :|2 GFG ABG | AFD D3||
d2e f2d | dcA ABc | d2e f2g | afd dcA |
[1 d2e f2d | ecA AGF | GFG ABG | AFD D3 :|
[2 afa geg | fed cAF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
8
X: 8
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E |FDD ADD|dcd AFD|G2A Bgf|efe dBA|
|FDD ADD|dcd AGF| G2A BGB|AFD D2E|
|FDD ADD|dcd AFD|G2A Bgf|efe dBA|
|FDD ADD|dcd AGF| G2A BGB|AFD DFA|
|d2e fdf|ecA ABc|d2e f2g|agf edc|
|d2e fdf|ecA AGF|G2A BGB|AFD DFA|
|d2e fdf|ecA ABc|d2e f2g|agf ede|
|agf efe|dBA BAF|G2A BGB|AFD D3|
9
X: 9
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E |FEF AFF|dFF AFD|GFG ABc|ded cAG|
|FEF AFF|dFF AFD| GFG BGB|AFD D2:|
A|d2e fed|ecA AFA|dcd efg|f/g/af gfe|
|~d3 fdf|ecA AGF|GFG BGB|AFD D2A|
|d2e fed|ecA AFA|dcd efg|f/g/af gfg|
|agf gfe|fed ecA|GFG BGB|AFD D2|
10
X: 10
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F2F AFF|dFF AFD|GFG ABc|ded cBA|
F2F AFF|dFF AFD|GFG BAB|1 AFD D2E :|2 AFD D2A ||
|: d2e fed| eAA ABc|dcd fed|faf gfe|
d2e fed|eAA ABA|GFG BAB|1 AFD D2A :|2 AFD D2E ||

Twenty comments

Here’s a lovely tune that sounds nice when it’s played with a "lilting" feeling.

The setting of the tune here includes a few slight variations on the melody. Compare the first four bars to the next four. Some of the longer notes have been replaced with triplets.

To give this tune a nice lilt, try sliding up to the long notes. This works especially well on the opening F in the first part, and the opening D of the second part.

If you’re playing the fiddle or banjo, keep your finger on the F for the first few bars, and use cross bowing/picking. This is a technique that is more often used in reels, "The Mountain Road" for example.

Roland’s U-Turn

Here’s a different setting of the tune called "Roland’s U-Turn". I transcribed it from the "Late In the Night" CD , live at O’Conner’s in Doolin. It’s a really nice version…has some extra flare…

X: 1
T: Roland’s U-Turn
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
Q: 1/8 = 400
R: jig
K: Fmaj
F2F AGF | cAG AGF | G2G A2B | d2d cAG|
F2F AGF | cAG AGF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 :|
|: ~f3 fcF | FAc fcA | G2G A2B | d2d cAG |
|[1 ~f3 fcF | FAc fcA | G2A BAG | AFD D3 :|
|[2 fef gfg | afd cAF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
|| d2e fed | ede A=B^c | d2e fed | g2g gec |
| d2e fed | ede A2=B | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||
|| d2e fed | ede A=B^c | d2e fed | afa def |
| afd gec| fed cAF | G2A BAG | AFD D3 ||

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Scottish pipes version (w flattened c)

to be heard on one of BattlefieldBand’s albums (‘wae’s me… ’ or ‘there is a buzz’ perhaps)

"The Rambling Pitchfork" ~ courtesy of Michael Dunn, Irish fiddler, Lancashire

X: 3
T: The Rambling Pitchfork
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: D Major
|: E |\
F3 AFF | dFF AFD | GFG ABc | ded cAG |
FAF AFF | dFF AFD | GFG BAB | AFD D2 :|
|: A |\
d2 e fed | ecA AFA | dcd efg | faf gfe |
[1 dcd fed | ecA AGF | GFG BAB | AFD D2 :|
[2 a2 f gfe | fed ecA | GFG BAB | AFD D2 |]

Michael Dunn is likely the current longest serving and oldest Irish fiddler in Lancashire, a great character, good craic…

Anyone know where this tune is called "The flat skulled monkey"? I’m not disputing it as a name, I always love to see the Gaelic originals (or translations) for tunes, it’s just a very unusual one.

"Roland’s Return" ~ minor relatives

Key signature: d minor
Submitted on August 2nd 2008 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/8777

& a different take ~

"Roland’s Return"
Key signature: F Major (d minor)
Submitted on April 6th 2007 by joesmith.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7046

For another comparison to these see "Roland’s U-Turn" above…

I heard a longer version of this song that actually starts in E dorian with irish bagpipes playing a D drone…

Mary Custy’s setting of Rambling Pitchfork

Setting 4 is from Mary Custy and Stephen Flaherty’s CD "After 10:30". They play it in C, but I’ve put it in D. Mary has a more standard setting in the sheet music and ABC on her teaching website, but you can hear her recording of it on the same page: http://www.marycustymusicschool.com/#!blog/c1hby . The first jig in the set is the Caherlistrane jig thesession.org/tunes/3006 .

Rambling Pitchfork

X:5 from Johnny Doran’s piping.

Dance Music of Ireland #163

O’Neill’s DMI has the Rambling Pitchfork in a slightly different setting in DMaj under the name of "The Fisherman’s Widow"

Re: The Farmer’s Frolic

"The Farmer’s Frolic" a song by Gaelic Storm from their album "Gaelic Storm", 1998.

Re: The Farmer’s Frolic

Wow yeah, indeed it does

Re: The Farmer’s Frolic

Rambling pitchfork definitelly as Matt mentioned

The Rambling Pitchfork, X:9

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. I like this version with the descending notes in the second time through the ‘b’ tune.

The Fisherman’s Widow, X:10

From the playing of The Irish Descendants, with subtle differences from X1.