The Marquis Of Lorne hornpipe

Also known as Bradley’s Favorite, Dunn’s, The Flowers Of Antrim, The Marquis Of Larne, The Sligo Fancy.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Marquis Of Lorne has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Marquis Of Lorne
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:ba|gfgd B2ed|cBcA E2AG|FGAB cedc|Bcde d2ba|
gfgd B2ed|cBcA E2AG|FGAB cdef|g2{a}gf g2:|
|:Bc|dBgB dBgB|dBgB d2cB|cafd cafd|cafd c2Bc|
(3dcB gB( 3dcB gB|(3dcB gB d2cB|Aafd ^cdef|g2b2 g2:||
X: 2
T: The Marquis Of Lorne
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dBgB dBgB | dBgB d2cB | Ag (3fed A2 g (3fed | A2 g (3fed c2 Bc |
dBgB dBgB | dBgB d2cB | caag f<def |1 g2 g2 g2 :|2 g2 g2 g2 :|
|:(3def|g2 d2 e2 d2 | fgab c'2 ba | ggfg efdb | (3aba (3gfe d2 (3def |
g2 d2 e2 d2 | fgab c'2 ba | ggfg ecAF |1 (3GBd (3gdB G2 :|2 G2 G2 G2

Eight comments

Also known as The Flowers of Antrim in O

For the avoidance of doubt it should be "lively" hornpipe!

The Marquis Of Lorne

I like this tune. Joe Hutton used to play it exactly as you’ve posted it, Trevor, all except for the final bar, which he had as |gdba g2|

A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet…

But this tune, going by the name of ‘Sligo Fancy’ has a swing rhythm.

Since I posted my comment in 2004, I’ve been hearing a Dmaj setting of this with Cnats in the B-part in my local session. They’re obviously settings of the same tune, but are incompatible. I’ve tried to play along using my setting and just flatting the 7th in the B-part, but it hasn’t worked, and I’ve ended up learning the Dmaj one as a separate tune. That setting has been posted onto the database here:

Marquis Of Lorne

X:2 from a 78 of John Sheridan and His Boys, which may be heard here: In the liner notes to the cassette "Fluters of Old Erin" which reissued this disc Harry Bradshaw states that John was a Cavan man and relation of famous Civil War general Philip Sheridan; a town due west of where I live is named after the General, so I have a fondness for this hornpipe aside from its other musical attractions.

The instruments were banjo, piccolo (Sheridan’s instrument), and box; I hear the box playing more ornately in the 1st bar on one of the repeats where Sheridan drops out for a spell - the box is obviously playing something busier than the rest of the Boys - (3gbg G>B (3gbg G>B perhaps, this would be a snap on the D row. Although this was a tune in G and box players were still using 1 row instruments then, so perhaps it’s a G box and he played the above, but fingering in what we C#/D players would think of as the key of D. Thus on a D box it would come out as above but be fingered (3dfd A>F (3dfd A>F. Hope that makes sense!

So anyways, you may wish to add more to the setting here and there. I always play a double cut roll on wind instruments in the 1st bar of the 2nd part, too, to liven things up a titch. It’s a delightful change from the norm, and an additional Irish version of this tune, to go with Coleman’s McDermott’s hornpipe, which is in D:

More suggestions for box

(3dfd (3Ada (3Bc#B (3Ada, more like, played in the key of D, to come out in G on a G box. Or (3gbg (3dfd (3ege (3dfd, on the D row to come out in G.