The Liverpool hornpipe

Also known as Cornphiopa Learphoill, Liverpool, Pibddawns Lerpwll.

There are 59 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Liverpool has been added to 237 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Liverpool
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|FDFA dfaf|gfec dcBA|G2BG F2AF|EDEF GFED|
FDFA dfaf|gfec dcBA|dfaf bgec|d2 d2 d2:|
|:A2|d2fd c2dc|BABc dcBA|G2BG F2AF|EDEF GFED|
FDFA dfaf|gfec dcBA|dfaf bgec|d2 d2 d2:|
|:A2|dfdf cece|Bcde dcBA|GBGB FAFA|EFGA GFED|
FDFA dfaf|gefd dcBA|afdf gece|d2 d2 d2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Liverpool
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A>G |F>DF>A d>fa>f | g>fe>c d>cB>A | G2 B>G F>GA>F | E>^DE>F (3GBA A>G |
F>DF>A d2 (3agf | g>fe>c d2 (3cBA | d>fa>f b>g (3edc | d2 d>c d2 :|
(3ABc |d2 f>d c2 e>c | B>^AB>c d>cB>=A | G2 B>G F2 A>F | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>DF>A d>fa>f | g2 (3fec d>cB>A | d>f (3agf b>ge>c | d2 A2 D2 A>c |
d>fd>f c>ec>e | B>cd>e d2 (3cBA | G>BG>B F>AF>A | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>D (3FGA d>fa>f | g>e (3fec d2 (3cBA | a>f (3def b>g (3ece | d2 (3ddd d2 |]
ABC
X: 3
T: The Liverpool
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AG |FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|
|: : A |d2 fd c2 ec | BcdB BAGF | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|
ABC

Ten comments

A lovely hornpipe, popular in sessions in my area.

I’ve not heard a 3-part setting before. I’ve heard it played with a 2nd part either like the B-part posted here, or like the C-part, or somewhere between the two. This is one of a large body of hornpipes which is known throughout Great Britain and Ireland, and despite its title, cannot be said to be ‘from’ any particular part thereof.

Irish players I have heard playing this tune, play bars 4, 12 (and, in theory, 20) as:

EDEF GBAG

This is a great tune! Very versatile tempo wise. Accompanying instruments may produce lush harmonies, moving bass lines and fill in substitution chords which sound wonderful at a slower tempo. This also sounds well at speeds approaching a reel.

Whoa! It has 3 parts?

Been playing it for years and never knew. Neither did the lady I learned it from who played it in Chicago for 30 years. Hmm…

2 parts - player’s choice?

So play it as you learned it then and you’ll show where on the ITM family tree you are? Playing three parts would cause it to become a solo then.

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Not 3-parts!

The C part given here is just a variation on the B-part, and I’ve only ever heard it given that way, on several continents and over a long stretch of time… It works as it usually does, as a 32 bar hornpipe, swung by some and straight as an arrow and even reel-like by others…

“The Liverpool Hornpipe” ~ some other ways with it

X: 2
T: Liverpool, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|: A>G |\
F>DF>A d>fa>f | g>fe>c d>cB>A | G2 B>G F>GA>F | E>^DE>F (3GBA A>G |
F>DF>A d2 (3agf | g>fe>c d2 (3cBA | d>fa>f b>g (3edc | d2 d>c d2 :|
|:(3ABc |\
d2 f>d c2 e>c | B>^AB>c d>cB>=A | G2 B>G F2 A>F | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>DF>A d>fa>f | g2 (3fec d>cB>A | d>f (3agf b>ge>c | d2 A2 D2 :|

Another option ~ with those variations as a second ending ~

[2 d>fd>f c>ec>e | B>cd>e d2 (3cBA | G>BG>B F>AF>A | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>D (3FGA d>fa>f | g>e (3fec d>cB>A | a>f (3def b>g (3ece | d2 (3ddd d2 |]

X: 3 “The Liverpool Hornpipe”

N: # Added by andy9876 as "Manchester’s Hornpipe" - January 23rd, 2008
Originally here:

"The Alston Hornpipe"
# Added by ceolachan - January 20th, 2008
http://thesession.org/tunes/8165

With these notes:

I have this as Manchester’s (Joshua Jackson Manuscripts, 1798) which is quite different. Anyone know this by another name? It’s not "Ricketts" (also called "The Manchester"), on here as:
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/272

# Posted by andy9876 - January 23rd, 2008

c: Maybe Joshua Jackson wasn’t so good with geography? ~ or didn’t like Liverpool? :-/
# Posted by ceolachan - January 23rd, 2008

~ unable to find my copy of Joshua Jackson to check…