Greig’s Pipes reel

Also known as An Seilgaire Ua Ciarraig, Cobbler’s Hornpipe, The Cobbler’s Hornpipe, Connolly’s, The Connolly, Craig’s Pipes, Cregg’s Pipe, Cregg’s Pipes, Creggs Pipes, Creig’s Pipes, The Fiddler Is Drunk, Greg’s Pipe Tune, Greg’s Pipes, Gregg’s Pipes, Greigg’s Pipes, Grieg’s Pipes, Gun Do Dhuit Am Bodach Fodar Dhomh, The Kerry Huntsman, The Kildysart, The Kildysert, Kregg’s Pipe, Kregg’s Pipes, The Level Plain, Limber Elbow, Magh Seola, The Old Man Wouldn’t Give Me Straw, Píopaí Greig, Willie Wink’s Testament, Willie Winkie’s Testament, Willy Wilky.

There are 100 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Imelda Roland’s (lots of times), The Silver Spear (a few times), Are You Willing? (a few times), The Cup Of Tea (a few times), Niamh’s Capers (a few times).

Greig's Pipes has been added to 754 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: ~B2BA BAGA | B2GB AGEG |1 ~B2BA BAGB |
cABG AGEG :|2 Bd~d2 eBdB | AcBG AGEG ||
| DG~G2 DGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | d2BG ABGE |
AG~G2 AGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BG~G2 ||
|:d2 (3Bcd edge | dGBG AGEG |
d2 (3Bcd eg~g2 |1 agbg ageg :|2 agab aged ||
ABC
X: 2
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2Bd egge|d2BG AGEG|d2Bd egge|agbg ageg|
d2Bd egge|d2BG AGEG|d2Bd egge|dBAB G3A|
B2B/B/B BAGA|B2BG AGEG|B2B/B/B BAGA|BGAF G2GA|
B2B/B/B BAGA|B2BG AGEG|B2B/B/B BAGA|BGAF G2D/D/D|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG AGBd|gedB ABGE|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG AGBd|gedB G4|
ABC
X: 3
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:Bc d2 BA G2|G2 GA BG e2|e2 dc BG B2| A2 A2 Ae d2|
B2 g2 fg e2|ed B2 AB G2|AB BA GF G2|G2 G2 G2 D2||
|:B2 cd d2 BA| G2 G2 GA BG|e2 e2 dc BG|B2 A2 A2 Ae|
d2 B2 g2 fg|e2 ed B2 AB|G2 AB BA GF|G2 G2 G2 D2||
Bc/B/ AG d2 d2|ed ce d2 ga|bd gb ag fd|dc Bc A2 Ae|
d2 B2 ga/g/ fg|e2 ed B2 AB|G2 AB BA GF|G2 G2 G2 D2||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 4
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 B2 BAGA | B2 GB AGED | B3 A BAGB | AGBG AGED |
B3 A BAGA | B2 dB AGEG | Beed BddB | AGBG EGEG ||
DGGF DGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BGGE |
DGGF G3 E | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BGGB ||
d2 Bd efge | d2 BG AGEe | d2 Bd efge | agbg baeg |
d2 Bd efge | d2 BG AGEe | d2 Bd efge | agbg baed |]
ABC
X: 5
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
K:G
DGBG AGAG | DGBG AGEG | DGBG AGAG |1 dBAB GEDz :|2 dBAB GEDe ||
d2 Bd egge | d2 BG AGE>e | d2 Bd eggb |1 agbg ageg :|2 agbg aged ||
B2 BA BAGB | A2 BG AGEG | B2 BA BA G2 | (3ABc BG AGEG |
B2 BA BAGB | A2 BG AGEG | (3B^cd ed BdeB | A2 BGAG E>D ||
G2 GF GBdB | G2 GB AGEF | G2 GF GBdB |1 A2 BG AGED :|2 A2 BG AGEG ||
B2 Gd Bdgd | B2 GB AGEG | B2 GB GBGB | A2 BG AGEG |
B2 Gd Bdgd | B2 GB AGEG | (3B^cd gB gBgB | A2 BG AGEG ||
ABC
X: 6
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
f/g/|a>df>d a>df>b|a>df>d e>BBf/g/|a>df>d adfd|e/e/e fd eBB :|
e|f>df>d f>dd>e|f>df>d eBBe|f>df>d a>dfd|e/e/e fd eBB :|
d|ADFD ADDd|ADFD BEEd|ADFD ADFD | GBFA BEE :|
z|d>edA FDDc|d/c/B/A/ dA BEEc| d>edA F/G/AFD|GBFA BEE :|
ABC
X: 7
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2cA BAcB|A2cA BAFE|A2cA BABc|efed cBAG|!
A2cA BAcB|A2cA BAFE|(3efe cA (3BcB AF|EFAc ~B2Ae||!
feae feae|feae dcBA|feae feae|efed cAAe|!
feae feae|feae dcBA|Ac (3efg abaf|efed ce a2||!
e3f e3f|e2cA BAFE|e3f e2cA|(3Bcd cA Bc (3efg|!
agfa gfeg|fedf ecAc|(3ded fd (3cdc ec|(3Bcd cA BAFE||!
ABC
X: 8
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BG AGBA|G2 BG AGED|G2 BG AAAB|dedc BAGF|
G2 BG AGBA|G2 BG AGED|c2 BG A2 GE|DEGB A2 Gd:|]
edgd edgd|edgd cBAG|edgd edgd|dedc BGGd|
edgd edgd|edgd cBAG|GB (3def gage|dedc Bd g2:|]
d2 de d3 e|d2 BG AGED|d3 e d2 BG|(3ABc BG AB (3def|
gfeg fedf|edce dBGB|c2 ec B2 dB|(3ABc BG AGED:|]
ABC
X: 9
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B3A BAGA | B2GB AGEG | B3A BAGB |AcBG AGEG |
B3A BAGA | B2GB AGEG | Bd d2 eBdB | AcBG AGEG ||
|:DG G2 DGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BG G2 |
AG G2 DGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BG G2 ||
|:d2 (3Bcd egge | d2 BG AGEG |d2 (3Bcd eg g2 |agbg ageg |
d2 (3Bcd egge | d2 BG AGEG |d2 (3Bcd eg g2 |agab aged ||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 10
T: Greig's Pipes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
K: Gmaj
B2 BB BAGA | B2 GB AGE(D | D)B BB BAGB | AcBG AGED |
(AB) BB BAGA | !breath! B2 GB AGED | Beed cddz | AGB z AGED ||
DGGG GGBG | GGB z AGED | DGGG GGGB | !breath!d2 Ad BGGE |
DGGG AGAB | DGB z AGED | DGGG GGGB | !breath!d2 Ad Bgge ||
dG (3Bcd eggg | !breath!d2 BG AGED | D2 Bd eggg | !breath!a2 ab aged |
dG (3Bcd eggg | !breath!d2 BG AGED | D2 Bd eggg | !breath!a2 ab aged |]
ABC

Seventeen comments

Greig’s pipes

Conal O’Grada has recorded a 5-part version of this reel.

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Kieran Hanrahan

Played with "The Congess" and "the Cup of tea" on Kieran Hanrahan-Plays the irish tenor banjo album.Brilliant

Cregg’s Pipes

"This three part version of Cregg’s Pipes was recorded by the Flanagan Brothers in New York in 1927. It includes a part which is common with the opening part in "The Coalminer", another of the "big" Flanagan reels."

This is what Paul Brock says about this version of the reel on his ‘Mo Chairdin’ LP.

X: 1
T: Cregg’s Pipes
V: Flanagan Brothers
D: 1927
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
d2Bd egge|d2BG AGEG|d2Bd egge|agbg ageg|
d2Bd egge|d2BG AGEG|d2Bd egge|dBAB G3A|
B2B/B/B BAGA|B2BG AGEG|B2B/B/B BAGA|BGAF G2GA|
B2B/B/B BAGA|B2BG AGEG|B2B/B/B BAGA|BGAF G2D/D/D|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG AGBd|gedB ABGE|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG AGBd|gedB G4|

Paul Brock plays it in A….

… and it’s a fantastic rendition too!

Lunasa

I like how Lunasa plays this tune, it’s very beautiful and calming, especially the chords they use in the third phrase.

Not at all like Joanie Madden version

The sheet music here is nothing like the version of The Level Plain on Song of the Irish Whistle CD by Joanie Madden. Any one know how I can get the Joanie Madden version or why the difference? Thanks.

The Real Magh Seola

X: 1
T: Magh Seola
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Amin
|:Bc d2 BA G2|G2 GA BG e2|e2 dc BG B2| A2 A2 Ae d2|
B2 g2 fg e2|ed B2 AB G2|AB BA GF G2|G2 G2 G2 D2||
|:B2 cd d2 BA| G2 G2 GA BG|e2 e2 dc BG|B2 A2 A2 Ae|
d2 B2 g2 fg|e2 ed B2 AB|G2 AB BA GF|G2 G2 G2 D2||
Bc/B/ AG d2 d2|ed ce d2 ga|bd gb ag fd|dc Bc A2 Ae|
d2 B2 ga/g/ fg|e2 ed B2 AB|G2 AB BA GF|G2 G2 G2 D2||

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I’m not sure how Greig’s Pipes was given this name, as the only tune I have heard with this name is the tune I posted above, I thought this tune used to be on this data base but now cannot be found.

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Lunasa version

Does anyone have Lunasa’s setting? Or can anyone tell me how I could get said setting?

This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as ‘Greg’s Pipes - a 4 part reel with 2 parts in Am and 2 parts in G. The version in Kerr’s Merry Melodies is very similar but has 3 parts in Am and 1 part in G. It is the same tune …. just. It also appears in the Skye Collection and in the Grier MS (Leitrim) - according to the notes on the McNamara Family CD, this old version of the tune was the basis for the Bucks of Oranmore, the Foxhunters and the Reel of Tulloch. Impressive descendents!

This sounds similar but still different from Lunasa’s version. I’d love to see something a bit closer.

“Greig’s / Craig’s Pipes” ~ rescued & corrected duplication

Submitted on June 14th 2011 by VivaVirago.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11298

X: 4
T: Craig’s Pipes
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
B2 B2 BAGA | B2 GB AGED | B3 A BAGB | AGBG AGED |
B3 A BAGA | B2 dB AGEG | Beed BddB | AGBG EGEG ||
DGGF DGBG | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BGGE |
DGGF G3 E | DGBG AGEG | DGGF GABc | dBAc BGGB ||
d2 Bd efge | d2 BG AGEe | d2 Bd efge | agbg baeg |
d2 Bd efge | d2 BG AGEe | d2 Bd efge | agbg baed |]

Sadly no comment was left by the person who made this submission…

Duplication # 11298

Damn, I did it again, sorry Jeremy. I was rushing out and forgot to reduce the link to the basics… :-/

Brendan Breathnach setting

This is the five part as published by Brendan Breathnach in his Ceol Rince Na hEireann, cuid 1.
While transcribing, I tried to be as closed to Breathnach’s text as possible, except I haven’t kept the grace notes.

And following is Paul de Grae’s translation of editor’s (i.e. B. Breathnach) notes on the tunes :
(taken from http://www.capeirish.com/webabc/collections/cre/v1/cre1-pdg.pdf)

"96. Píopaí Greig [Greig’s Pipes]: The setting* published by O’Farrell in the
"Pocket Companion" is printed by O’Neill in "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic
Melody" (288). In his notes, O’Neill said that it was Joshua Campbell who
composed this reel and that he printed it in the year 1779. It was printed
before that by Nial Stíobhard (1761). The first part of O’Neill’s Edenderry Reel
(O’N i, 770) is a version of the first part of this reel. Limber Elbow, which he
also prints (O’N iii, 268), is a poor version. In County Clare this tune is called
Connolly’s Reel. The Kerry Huntsman is another name. Many musicians call it
Kregg’s [also, Craig’s] Pipes but this is incorrect
[from Sonny Brogan, accordion]"

*And here his the O’Farrell version (taken from Bill Black’s site http://www.capeirish.com/webabc/collections/ofpc/ofpc1/ofpc1-tunes.txt ; but this link seems broken for the moment …)

The Kerry Huntsman

As in O’Neill’s 1850.

Lúnasa Flute Setting

I just added the 9th setting of this tune. I tried to get it as close as possible to Lúnasa’s flute part of this tune. :-) They use the name Cregg’s Pipes. I slowed the recording down to 1/2 speed and transcribed it note by note. The fiddle part is definitely different though.
Hope you enjoy this! :-D