Found this among some sheet music I purchased from Waltons Ltd. in Ireland while I was there. It was originally recorded by Jim Kelly, a 5-string banjo player. Several typos (or perhaps better, notos) had to be corrected. In the original music, the pickup measure was not written as a triplet but it was played as such by Kelly in concert.
Think I’ll give it a try.
I remember this piece being played in A Major. I’m not surprised that a Five string Banjo player would put it in G. Nonetheless, I think I’ll give this version a pop.
There’s a version in the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire and it’s in F, which is considered by some old-time contra dance musicians THE key to play it in (the other, frowned-upon option being D). This is the first time I’ve heard of versions in G and A. Interesting!
To hear it in F (and to hear an INCREDIBLE banjo version), go to http://www.sls.hawaii.edu/bley-vroman/contra/dances/fisher.html.
They’ve got ABCs and midi files and dance calls for a bunch of contra dance chestnuts. See http://www.sls.hawaii.edu/bley-vroman/contra/dances/
This is the version in F from the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire.
c2|fcAc BdcB|AcAc BdcB|AcFc BdGd|AcFA G2 (3cde|
fcAc BdcB|AcFc BdcB|ABcd efge|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gece gebg|afcf afba|gece gaba|gfed c2Bc|
dBFB dBfd|cAFA cAfc|dfed cBAG|F2A2 F2:||
In the Key of F
F major is the common key that it is played by Texas fiddlers as well.
Also known as?
Sharon Shannon’s liner notes for the album Out the Gap suggests that this tune is called The Fisherman’s Lilt. On TheSession, there is a tune by that name whose principal listing is The Kerryman’s Daughter, and which is not this tune. (Is that clear?!)
& it repeats itself, “burp!”
I heard this hornpipe played at an English session by a box player who came across an F-major version of it as an untitled tune in the William Winter Tune Book, which is a private compilation of tunes that William Winter collected in the 19th century. It apparently contains tunes from several sources - English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh.
Here is it’s ABC
c2|fcAd BdcB|AFAc BdcB|AFAF BGBG|AFAF G3d|
fcAd BdcB|AFAF BdcB|Acfa bgeg|f2f2 f2:|
|:ef|gece gebe|gece g2ga|gfed c2 ^c2|dBFB dBfd|
cAFA cAfc|dfed cBAG|F2f2 f2:||
An unusual feature of this version is that the 2nd part has only 7 bars. It "could" be an error in the tune book, but it makes quite good musical sense as it stands, so I doubt it if it is an error. Perhaps it was intended for a particular form of dance.
Sounds like an error to me and makes no musical sense at all. Add |afcf a2af| or similar as bar 2 of the B-part and then it starts to sound like a proper tune.
i’m aghast that this page doesn’t mention the recording of this tune on Star Above the Garter. it’s a kind of light, leisurely romp through the tune with some nice variation and descending crossbowing bits. beautiful, of course.
It does now ‘Dan the Man’…
Fisher’s is played in Cape Breton in F - or at least Howie MacDonald plays it in that key on Live from West Mabou.
Here is his setting:
T: Fisher’s Hornpipe
fe|:fcAc BdcB|AFcF BdcB|AFcF BABG|AGAF G2fe|
fcAc BdcB|AFcF BdcB|ABcd ebge|[1 f2fe fgfe:|[2 f2fe f2ef|
gece gebg|afcf afef|gece geba|gfed c2(3ABc|
dBFB defd|cAFA cAec|dfed cBAG|F2f2 (3fgf ef|
gece gebg|afcf afef|gece g^fga|gfed c2fe|
dBFB defd|cAFA cAec|dfed cBAG| F2fe fgfe||
My favorite version so far
I play it in D since I don’t have nice enough F whistle to play on.
This version slightly modified by me is the best one I’ve come across so far.
(3ABc|:"D"dAFD "G"GBAG|"D"FEDF "G"GBAG|"D"FDFD "A7"GBAG|"D"FGAF "A7"E2(3ABc|
"D"dAFD "G"GBAG|"D"FEDF "G"GBAG|"D"FGAd "A7"cdec|1"D"(3dcB AF D2 (3ABc:|2"D"(3dcB AF D2 cd|
"A7"ecAc egfe|"D"fdAd fagf|"A"ecAc egfe|"E7"d2 B2 A2 A_B|
"G"BGDG BdcB|"D"AFDF A2 _B2|"G"BGBd "A7"cdec||1"D"(3dcB AF D2 cd:|2"D"(3dcB AF D2 ||
D is most popular around here
In the NE United States, I have never heard anyone play this in a key other than D, except of course, Bflat fifers, whose sheet music shows it in D, but it comes out as Bflat.
Does anyone know why this is a hornpipe? every time I have heard others play this tune it has not been ether slow or syncopated (the usual trade marks of a hornpipe). Just for the record I have never heard it played in anything but F.
Fisherman’s Lilt a la Liam O Floinn
This should be close to enough to the hornpipe "Fisherman’s Lilt" as recorded by Planxty on "Well Below the Valley"
|:(3ABc|dAFD GBAG|FEFA dFGE|FAdc dcBA|BGEF GABc|
|dAFD GBAG|FEFA dFGE|FA (3def gecd|eddc d2:|
|:dg|fAdc dfaf|ed (3Bcd efge|fAdc dfaf|(3gfe (3dcB ADFA|
|BG~G2 BG (3Bcd|AF (3ABc defd|(3ABA fd Bgec|eddc d2:|
Pat Costello uses this tune (on banjo) for the theme music on his
Clare FM Friday show "Wheels Of The World" — is it the
Gerry O’Connor recording? Anyway, it’s a nice version - a bit different
from the one posted here.
Norman and Nancy Blake do a lovely version of this tune on his ‘Blackberry Blossom’album on fiddle and cello. It’s the last tune played as part of a set on the track ‘D Medley’, but there’s a few lovely tunes played just before it that i’d love to get the name of in anybody knows them?
Hup, I´ve only seen your posting above because I was on holiday at the time.
The recording of Fisher´s hornpipe as a signature tune for his programme is by Pat himself. . Although he only played guitar and occasionally sang when he
was with Shaskeen CB, he is in fact a very accomplished banjo and mandolin player.
“Burp!” “BRRAAPPP!” ~ more repeating
Submitted on March 2nd 2011 by davis135
|: (3ABc |\
"D" dAFD "G" GBAG | "D" FDFD "G" GBAG | "D" FDFD "G" GBAG | "D" FDFD "A" E2 (3ABc |
"D" dAFD "G" GBAG | "D" FDFD "G" GBAG | "D" FGAB cdec | d2 d/e/d/c/ d2 :|
|: cd |\
"A" ecAc efge | "D" fdAd fgaf | "A" ecAc efgf | edcB A2 A2 | "D" BGDG BdcB |
"G" AFDF A2 GA | "D" BdcB "A" AGFE | "D"D2 d2 D2 :|
X: 10 ~ "The Fisherman’s Hornpipe"
Submitted on February 25th 2007 by dfay.
“The First Of May” ~ relative
Submitted on January 12th 2012 by Mix O’Lydian.
Pat Costello’s version from ‘Wheels of the World’
A/B/c|dAFD GBAG|FDFA GBAG|FDFA GEGB|AFDF E2 A/B/c|
dAFD GBAG|FDFA GBAG|FA d/e/f gece|d2dc d2:||
cd|ecAc egfe|fdAd fagf|ecAc efgf|e/f/e d/c/B A2 dc|
BGDG BdcB|AFDF A2d2|cdef gece|d2dc d2:||