McDermott’s hornpipe

Also known as The Flowers Of Antrim, McCormack’s No. 2, McDermott’s No. 2.

There are 72 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Galway (lots of times), Memories Of Sligo (a few times), The Curlew (a few times).

McDermott's has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: McDermott's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dcdA FABA|GFGE C2 ED|CDEF GABc|(3dfe (3dcB A2 fe|
dcdA FABA|GFGE C2 ED|CDEF GABc|1 d2 f2 d2 fe:|2 d2 f2 d2 FG||
|:AFdF AFdF|AFdF A2GF|E=c (3=c=c=c Ec (3=c=c=c|E=c=cB ABAG|
FAdA FAdA|FAdA G2 FG|Eeed cABc|1 d2 f2 d2 FG:|2 d2 f2 d4||
ABC
X: 2
T: McDermott's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
{a}fe|:dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA Bdcd|(3efe (3dcB Ag{a}fe|
|dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA Bdcd|1 (3efe dc d2fe:|2 (3efe dc d2AG||
[FA]Ad2 [FA]AdA|FAdB GBFA|E=c~c2 Ec~c2|E=c~c2 (3ABc AG|
FAdA FAdA|FAdB GBFA|E2ed cABc|1 d2f2 {de}d2AG:|2 d2f2 d2||
ABC
X: 3
T: McDermott's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
gfe|dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe (3dcB Agfe|
dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe dc dgfe||
dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE|
DFdA FdAF|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe dc d2 AG||
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA ~G2 G=F|E=c~c2 Ec~c2|E=c~c2 [C2A2] AG|
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA ~G3A|Bged cAcd|(3efe dc d2AG||
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA GA=FG|E=c~c2 Ec~c2|E=c~c2 [C2A2] AG|
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA ~G3A|Bged cAcd|(3efe dc dgfe||
dcdA (=F^F)BA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE|
DFdA FdAF|GFGE CDEF|EFGA B2cd|(3efe dc d2 [F2c2]||
[Fd]cdA FdAF|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe (3dB^G Agfe|
dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA ~B2cd|(3efe dc d2 AG||
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA GA=FG|E=c~c2 [E2c2]~c2|[E2c2]~c2 [C2A2] AG|
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|FdAF ~G2 GA|Bged cAcd|(3efe dc d2B2||
AFdF AFdF|AFdF AFD=F|~E2 =cE dEcE|~E2 =cE [CA]A AG|
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|(3FGA dA ~G3A|Bged cAcd|(3efe dc d4||
ABC

Nine comments

McDermott’s Hornpipe

This tune is very familiar but it isn’t like any McDermott’s tunes that already here so I suspect it has another name?

I lifted it from the Jim McKillop LP - ‘Mist in the Glen’.

It’s certainly not the same McDermott’s which Andy McGann plays on ‘It’s a Hard Road to Travel’.

A Google search on the first measure turned up the following at http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/Mc_MEN.htm :

McDERMOT’S NO. 2. Irish, Hornpipe. Similar to the “Flowers of Antrim [1],” “Marquis of Lorne [1],” “Sligo Fancy” family of tunes. The tune is sometimes considered the last parts of a four-part hornpipe recorded in 1922 by New York/County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman under the name “McDermott’s,” a name which has stuck. The first two parts of the Coleman piece are also called “The Galway Hornpipe [1]” or “The Baldheaded Bachelor.”

X:1
T:McDermot’s No. 2
R:hornpipe
S:A homemade tape of Con Cassidy of unknown provenance
Z:Transcribed by Larry Sanger
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:D
{a}fe|:dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA Bdcd|(3efe (3dcB Ag{a}fe|
|dcdA FABA|GFGE CDEF|EFGA Bdcd|1 (3efe dc d2fe:|2 (3efe dc d2AG||
[FA]Ad2 [FA]AdA|FAdB GBFA|E=c~c2 Ec~c2|E=c~c2 (3ABc AG|
FAdA FAdA|FAdB GBFA|E2ed cABc|1 d2f2 {de}d2AG:|2 d2f2 d2||

McDermott’s No. 2

Good work there, young Gary. I’ll change the name so that there’s less confusion with the other McDermott tunes here. Thanks.

Aka. The Flowers of Antrim

To add some more info, Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington play exactly the same setting of the tune as "The Flowers of Antrim" on their recent album "Fortune Favours the Merry." It seems M. Coleman is the source. (well, as quoted in Gary’s comment)

Different settings of the tune already posted:
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/508
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1261

And the link to McDermott’s No.1: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1261

Yeah, that’s the one. It seems I was p*ssed.

Paired with…

Galway Bay hornpipe by Andy McGann on Its a hard road to travel and titled McDermott’s. He alternates the tunes then tacks Bonaparte crossing the Rhine on the end.

Sorcha Costelloe’s McDermott’s (Flowers of Antrim)

Setting #3, which I’ll add momentarily, is my transcription of Sorcha Costelloe’s playing of McDermott’s Hornpipe #2, aka Flowers of Antrim, from this Comhaltas Live video of her 2nd place performance in the 2013 All-Ireland Fleadh. I think I got most, if not all, of the long rolls, but omitted the short rolls. I’m not sure about the double stops (and I left a few out) so if anyone can point out the errors, I’ll fix them.
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_435_6_sorcha_costello/