Calliope House jig

Also known as Calico House, Caliope House, Calliope Horse, Kaliope House.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cowboy (a few times), The Cliffs Of Moher (a few times), Rory Macnab (a few times).

Calliope House has been added to 1,336 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|dAA fAA|eAA fAA|Bee e2d|efe dBA|FAA A2F|
A2B d2e|1 f2f fed|e3 e2A:|2 f2fedc|d3 efg|
a2a faa|eaa faa|g2g fgf|efe dBA|FAA A2F|
A2B d2e|1 f2f fed|e3 efg:|2 f2fedc| d3 d3|
ABC
X: 2
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
aa/a/a faa | eaa dd/e/f | gag fgf | efe edB | A>BA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e|1 fgf fed | e3 :|2 fgf efe | d3- dAB ||
dAA fAA | eAA fed | Bee e2 d | efd BdB | ABA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e |1 f3 fed | e3- edc :|2 fgf efe | d3 ||
ABC
X: 3
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~ | AA/A/A A2 F | A2 B dd/d/e | ff/f/f ee/e/e | d3 ||
ABC
X: 4
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
B|:eBB gBB|fBB gfe|cff f2e|fgf e2c|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 f2B:|2 gbg fed|e3 ega|
|:b3 gbb|fbb gbb|a3 gag|f2e c2e|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 fga:|2 gbg fed| e3 e2|
ABC
X: 5
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
aa/a/a faa | eaa dd/e/f | gag fgf | efe edB | A>BA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e|1 fgf fed | e3 :|2 fgf efe | d3- dAB ||
dAA fAA | eAA fed | Bee e2 d | efd BdB | ABA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e |1 f3 fed | e3- edc :|2 fgf efe | d3 ||
f3 d3 | A3 FGA | B3 ABA | GAG GAG | FGF F2 D |
F2 G A3|1 d3 FG+G | A3 :|2 d2 A GAG | F3 DE=F ||
FDD ADD | BDD ADD | GAG GEF | GAG GAG | FGF F2 D |
F2 G A3 |1 D3 FG+G | A3 AGA :|2 A3 GAG | F3 ||
ABC
X: 6
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
eBB gBB|fBB gBB|cff f2e|fge cec|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 gbg gfe|f3-f2:|2 gbg fec|e3-e|
b3 gbb|fbb gbb|a3 gag|fgf fec|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 gbg gfe|f3-f:|2 gbg fec| e3-e2||
eBB gBB fBB gBB|cff f2e fge cec|BcB B2G B2c e2f|
|1 gbg gfe f3-f2:|2 gbg fec e3-e|
b3 gbb fbb gbb|a3 gag fgf fec|BcB B2G B2c e2f|
|1 gbg gfe f3-f:|2 gbg fec e3-e2||
ABC
X: 7
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
B|:eBB gBB|fBB gBB|cff f2e|fgf c2e|B3 B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 f2B:|2 g2b gfe|e3 ega|
|:b3 gbb|fbb gbb|a3 gag|fgf fec|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 fga:|2 g2b gfe| e3 eB|
ABC
X: 8
T: Calliope House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a3 faa | eaa def | gag f3 | efe edB |
A>BA A2 F |A2 B d2 e|1 f3 fed | e3 efg :|2 f3 edB | d3- dAB ||
|:dAA fAA | eAA fed | Bee e2 d | efd B3 |
ABA A2 F |A2 B d2 e |1 f3 fed| e3- eAB :|2 f3 edB | d3 ||
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Thirty-five comments

It’s a sprightly, lively tune with a lovely melody and I always enjoy playing this one. At some sessions, I’ve heard this tune started with the second part so don’t get caught off-guard if you find you have to reverse the order of the two parts.

Here’s some additional info from Charles Anderson:

"This tune was written by Dave Richardson of ‘The Boys of the Lough’ and recorded and popularized by that group. The tune is dedicated to a long time friend of Cathal McConnell and The Boys of the Lough who owns a Victorian mansion in Pittsburgh where many concerts, parties and sessions have been held featuring traditional music of many styles. The house was dubbed ‘Calliope House’ when it became the home of a non-profit folk arts organization using the same name. This organization continues sponsoring folk music concerts and a folk music school in Pittsburgh under the name ‘Calliope: the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society’"

Calliope House

This tune was written in the key of E and to me sounds better when played in this key.

Key

Unfortunatelly it will be impossible for us whistlers, flautists and pipers to play it in the key it is supposed to be played in. For that reason Dmaj seems acceptable for session puposes.
I sometimes wonder which part is the first though.

The Calliope House

I just wanted to note that the owner of the Calliope House was and is George Balderose. He is a master bagpiper and folk musician. I took bagpipe lessons with him at that house for 2 years.

D-whistle/Flute

You can play Calliope House on a D-whistle (or flute) without too much difficulty. There is no d# in the tune, so the only difficult note is the g#. Most g#’s in the tune are in the upper octave where they can be fingered xxoxoo on most whistles (also try xxoxxo) with good effect. That leaves only the lower octave G# toward the end of the second part to half-hole or to work around (by playing b instead).

D-whistle/Flute con’t

Forgot to say that you can play it in E-major on a D-whistle without too much difficulty. The notes given in the previous post refer to the tune in E-maj, so that you have to move every not one note up from the version written above.

Dave says this about the tune:

"…I named the tune by way of a thank you for his(George Balderose’s) support and his work with the organization ‘Calliope.’ Calliope was the muse of poets and musicians. I wrote this on a sunny summer day in Edinburgh while sitting on a stone bench in my south-facing front garden which fronts onto the street. People were going to and fro to pick up their kids at the school opposite. I sat there to watch for my own daughter and see her over the street safely. To fill in the time, I played the mandolin. Happy days!"

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Modulating

Several of my friends who play fiddle for our rapper/morris team (we’re a teenage team in New England) play this tune, but what they often do, apparently, is start in D Major, and after a coupla times through, they modulate up to E Major by playing the second part and playing an e at the end instead of another d, and starting at the beginning in E Major (4 sharps). It sounds quite nice this way, and if you want to, you can modulate up and down whenever you feel like it :) .

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I agree with Alan, This tune sounds better in the key of E.
( my flute has the G# key :-))

Calliope House

It does sound better in E and,if memory serves,The Boys Of The Lough played the high part first.

He wrote this tune on the Cittern, this tune is his claim to fame.

And a brilliant tune indeed.

Cittern…

So much for playing it on a "cittern" haha

Aye Dafydd, I learned it from the playing of the BoTL & they did indeed play the high part first!

i always find the "2nd part" played as the first part…….

without exception.

i really dont see how this tune sounds right the way it is written here….

but play it how you like…….
lol

Me too!!!

& you could always play in on an E whistle too (or E flute if you could find one)… That said, and whatever ‘original’ key it might have been in, and having played it in a lot of different venues and situations, it was only ever played it in ‘D’… I’ve tried it in ‘E’ too, on several instruments, but can’t say I notice any appreciable difference. Here’s another take on it, as I’d been taught it, quite some time ago, and as I’ve known it for at least a good while. But, as I don’t have the ol’ Boys of the Lough recording on hand I can’t really tell you who has it ass backwards… ;-) I haven’t gone to the notes, wanting to strum this up just raw from memory, however failing or confused that may be ~

T: Calliope House
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: D Major
|: ee/f/g |
aa/a/a faa | eaa dd/e/f | gag fgf | efe edB | A>BA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e|1 fgf fed | e3 :|2 fgf efe | d3- dAB ||
dAA fAA | eAA fed | Bee e2 d | efd BdB | ABA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e |1 f3 fed | e3- edc :|2 fgf efe | d3 ||

The least you could have done SaxWhistle is give you take on the thing… Be brave, give it a shot…

I haven’t notated rolls above, long or short, whish is usual for me, but most will know that any beat with two of the same note, such as eaa or fgf or efe or Bee, or a note followed by a 2 or a 3, such as A2 or e3, can be rolled ~ any number of ways, or as in that first beat, measure 1 ~ aa/a/a, aside from the other option to roll it you can use that same way with it in a number of places too, here it is multiplied for the B-part:, measure 4 through to that d3 of the second ending:

~ | AA/A/A A2 F | A2 B dd/d/e | ff/f/f ee/e/e | d3 ||

does anyone have the sheet music to this song in the key of E?

Here it is in E

There are some slight differences apart from the transposition; just a matter of personal taste/style. By the way, you can download Barfly to interpret .abc files, and even transpose them for you. I use a Mac version. I’m not sure what the PC version is like. Here’s the link:
http://www.barfly.dial.pipex.com/

X: 1
T:Calliope House
C:Dave Richardson
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K:Emaj
B|:eBB gBB|fBB gfe|cff f2e|fgf e2c|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 f2B:|2 gbg fed|e3 ega|
|:b3 gbb|fbb gbb|a3 gag|f2e c2e|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 g2b gfe|f3 fga:|2 gbg fed| e3 e2|

One of our local ceilidh bands plays a jig set including Calliope House and has taken to lowering their instruments for a whole AABB in order to sing: "Diddley diddley diddley diddley, diddley di de di de di dum…" and so on. They even have all the words written down. At ceilidhs they don’t warn the caller, which can lead to amusement…

Calliope House

Great tune, and like no other. Nice to go into The Cowboy or Out on the Ocean afterwards.

I still think it sounds a bit odd if the B part is played first, though this is not uncommon (eg BoTL and Patrick Street #1)

Great tune

I taught myself the tune in D, but when I found out it was in E, then I taught it to myself in E. And now I like it better in E; I find I can ornament it differently. But I have never heard it played with the second part first, I can’t imagine that sounding better. I really like this tune a lot. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas do an amazing set with this tune into MacArthur Road, another great tune in E.

Calliope house

I learnt this tune from the BotL album Open Road, where it may have been first published. It’s definitely in E - what a great key on the fiddle, too - and definitely has the high part second.
People round here play it in D and back to front, it drives me nuts! Thought I’d get that off me chest…

Calliope House Duet?

I’ve heard this played as a duet with two fiddles or fiddle and cello. Beautiful. Does anyone have the music for the second (non-melody) part?

(New to this so may be using the wrong terminology … apologies.)

Guitar Accompaniment

Does anyone have any clues to a guitar accompaniment to this tune?

We are playing it in D

Thanks

Melodic accompaniment

I like playing this second voice :

Melody (posted by Ceolachan above) :

T: Calliope House
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: D Major
|: ee/f/g |
aa/a/a faa | eaa dd/e/f | gag fgf | efe edB | A>BA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e|1 fgf fed | e3 :|2 fgf efe | d3- dAB ||
dAA fAA | eAA fed | Bee e2 d | efd BdB | ABA A2 F |
A2 B d2 e |1 f3 fed | e3- edc :|2 fgf efe | d3 ||

second voice :

T: Calliope House
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: D Major
|: Ade |
f3 d3 | A3 FGA | B3 ABA | GAG GAG | FGF F2 D |
F2 G A3|1 d3 FG+G | A3 :|2 d2 A GAG | F3 DE=F ||
FDD ADD | BDD ADD | GAG GEF | GAG GAG | FGF F2 D |
F2 G A3 |1 D3 FG+G | A3 AGA :|2 A3 GAG | F3 ||

It is a big of a drag to play this on a D tinwhistle. It’s much easier on a B whistle where the second natural major key is E, so it’s as if you would be playing in G on a D tinwhistle. However, half fingering the G# seems to do in a pinch, as B whistles that are affordable are rather hard to come by.

I love this tune, though. I’ve heard it played in sessions as Fraser & Haas did on their "Fire and Ice" album, in which they play Calliope into MacArthur Road and finish with Frank’s.

How is ‘Calliope’ pronounced?

"How is ‘Calliope’ pronounced?"

Apparently, "calliope" the instrument , is pronounced "kal-lee-ohp" and the Greek dude’s name was pronounced "Kal-eye-opp-ee".

The house was named with reference to both, so I suppose it’s debatable.

Thanks Weejie, that narrows it down at least.

Here’s a hexatonic version of the tune - Dave Richardson plays it without the 7th (at least, every time I’ve heard him play it - Alasdair Fraser too):

X:1
T:Calliope House
C:Dave Richardson
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Emaj
B|\
eBB gBB|fBB gBB|cff f2e|fge cec|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 gbg gfe|f3-f2:|2 gbg fec|e3-e|
|:ga|\
b3 gbb|fbb gbb|a3 gag|fgf fec|BcB B2G|
B2c e2f|1 gbg gfe|f3-f:|2 gbg fec| e3-e2||

I think it has more of a 12/8 swing to it:

X:1
T:Calliope House
C:Dave Richardson
M:12/8
L:1/8
K:Emaj
B|\
eBB gBB fBB gBB|cff f2e fge cec|BcB B2G B2c e2f|
|1 gbg gfe f3-f2:|2 gbg fec e3-e|
|:ga|\
b3 gbb fbb gbb|a3 gag fgf fec|BcB B2G B2c e2f|
|1 gbg gfe f3-f:|2 gbg fec e3-e2||

harmony part for Calliope House

Does anyone know of a transcription (in sheet music type notation) of the harmony part for Calliope House, as played on button accordion by Jackie Daly on Patrick Street’s first album?

Best in E on the Accordion

Heard this jig a few weeks ago on the CD Road to the North and loved it. It does sound better in E major and flows nicely into the Blackthorn Stick jig in A major.

this is one of my favourite tunes! Alasdair fraser and Paul Machlis do an amazing version of this tune:)