The Liverpool hornpipe

Also known as Cornphiopa Learphoill, Liverpool, Pibddawns Lerpwll.

There are 59 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Derry (a few times), Off To California (a few times), Dunphy’s (a few times), The Harvest Home (a few times).

The Liverpool has been added to 241 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…