The Humours Of Tullycrine hornpipe

Also known as Bobby Casey’s, Chuir Me Feisteas Ar Mo Theachsa, The Humors Of Tullycrine, The Humours Of Tullycrane, The Humours Of Tullycreen, The Humours Of Tullycryan, The Road To The Golleen, Sruthán An Chait, Straithe.

There are 68 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Scully Casey’s (lots of times), Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy (a few times), Caisleán An Oir (a few times).

The Humours Of Tullycrine has been added to 370 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Tullycrine
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EAAB cBcd|eaag e2dB|c2Ac BAGA|Bdde dBAG|
EAAB cBcd|eaag e2dB|c2Ac BAGA|1BAAG A3:|2BAAG A2Bd||
|:eaab aged|eaab aged|egga ged2|dgga gedB|
A3B B3d|eaag e2dB|c2Ac BAGA|1BAAG A2Bd:|2BAAG A3||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Tullycrine
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BA|GEEF ~G3A|Beed (3BcB AF|GEEG FEDE|FAAB AFED|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2:|
(3FGA|Be~e2 edBA|Be~e2 edBA|Bd~d2 dBAd|(3Bcd ce dBAF|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2 (3FGA |
|Beed edBA|Beed edBA|Bddc dBAd|(3Bcd ce dBAF|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Tullycrine
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ed|cAAB c3d|eaag e2dB|~c3A ~B3c|d2{e}de dBGB|
AGAB c3d|eaag e2dB|cAAc dBGB|A2AGA2:|
|:(3Bcd|eaag aged|eaag aged|eggf ged2|(3efg(3fga gedB|
AGAB c3d|eaag e2dB|cAAc dBGB|A2AGA2:|
# Added by Nico .
ABC
X: 4
T: The Humours Of Tullycrine
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E|AGAB cBcd|eaag e2dB|c2Ac BAGA|Bdde dBAG|
AGAB cBcd|eaag egdB|c2Ac BAGB|1ABAG A3:|2A2AG A2(3Bcd||
|:eaab aged|eaab aged|egga (3gag ed2|dgga gedB|
A2AB cbcd|eaag egdB|c2Ac BAGB|1ABAG A2(3Bcd:|2A2AG A3||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Humours Of Tullycrine
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
G2EF ~G3A|Be{a/}ed AB{c/}AF|~G3E~F2DE|FAAB {c/}AFDF|
EDEF ~G3A|Be{a/}ed AB{c/}AF|Gz AB {c/}AFDE|FE{A/}ED E2 BA|
~G2EF ~G3A|Be{a/}ed AB{c/}AF|~G3E~F2DE|FzAB{c/}AFDF|
DE{A/}ED ~G3 A|Bzed AB{c/}AF|~G3 B {c/}AFDE|FE{A/}ED ~E2 FA|
Be~e2 {a/}edBA|Bz{a/}ed {a/}edBA|Bd{a/}de dB~A2|(3Bcd ce dB{c/}AF|
EDEF ~G3A|Bz{a/}ed AB {c/}AF|~G3E {c/}AFDF|GE{A/}ED ~E2 FA |
Bz{a/}ed {a/}edBA|BzJ{a/}gf{a/}ed BA|Bdde dB~A2|(3Bcd ce dB{c/}AF|
EDEF ~G3A|Bz{a/}ed AB{c/}AF|~G2JFG {c/}AFDE|FE{A}ED E2|
ABC

Thirty-three comments

The Humours of Tullycrine

Source : Mary McNamara: "Traditional Music from East Clare". Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Bobby Casey’s

A friend taught me what almost the same hornpipe, calling it "Bobby Casey’s." I don’t know where he got it. I met the late Mr. Casey once but didn’t have a chance to ask him about this tune.

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I just followed craniota’s path to Mary McNamara’s album notes, where she says Breathnach collected it from fiddler John Kelly. Sure enough, there it is in his volume 1, number 205. Anyway, I find it does go well on my anglo concertina.

My friend does it as a slow march, with an interesting (perhaps non-Irish?) set of chords to go with if a guitarist wishes to join us.

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Michael Tubridy plays this tune on The Eagle’s Whistle. In the sleeve notes, he says, ‘It is one of the few hornpipes which I regard as local to this part of the country (West Clare)’.

I think this tune sounds better in Ddor - much more melancholy. That’s the way I first heard it played at a session. It’s no hassle for a fiddle player who just has to play on different strings.

Niall and Cillian Vallely play this on the Callan Bridge album in G minor, as a slow reel. Lovely stuff!

I sometimes fancy playing this tune as a strathspey. Ador is a nice key for the rhythm. Following Vallely brothers, we can play the last two bars like: |c2 de dBGA |BAAG A2|

The Vallelys also play the long ‘B’ in the 5th bar of the B part as a Cnat. In fact the B in the transcription may just be an error, it sounds peculiar to me.

For what it’s worth, I’m sure that Cillian is just playing the tune in A on a C whistle, not transposing it into G on a regular D whistle.

Vallely brothers Tullycrane

Does nayody have the abc or any other transcription) of their version of the humours of Tullycrane.
Stupid me could not find out how to bring together the version here and the one on the CD, may be I have to try with the C whistle as well anyway.

Humours of Tullycrane

After listening carefully to the Vallely’s version I think Cillian plays the tune in Edor on a Low F-Whistle. There are a lot of rolls on Cnat otherwise, and in Edor that’s just ordinars G rolls - fitting much better at least to my skills on flute and whistle :-)
The versions goes then like that:
K:Edor
M:C|
R:Hornpipe
BA|GEEF ~G3A|Beed (3BcB AF|GEEG FEDE|FAAB AFED|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2:|
(3FGA|Be~e2 edBA|Be~e2 edBA|Bd~d2 dBAd|(3Bcd ce dBAF|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2 (3FGA |
|Beed edBA|Beed edBA|Bddc dBAd|(3Bcd ce dBAF|
EDEF G3A|Beed B2 AF|G3B AFDF|GEED E2|

The Humours of Tullycrine

If you really want to be true to the Clare tradition or have gone crazy for Dm tunes, you probably feel obliged to play this tune in the odd key. But it’s actually more often played in Ador. It seems often coupled with "Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy" in co. Clare.

Similar tunes to this ?

I’ve just stumbled upon a tune called the "Homours of Tyllycrine", and now I can’t stop playing it on my mandolin. Can anyone give me a list of tunes which have a similar feel? (too lazy to look for them myself.)

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

Hormones of Tyllicrine?
Humours of Tylli crying?
Humours of Tullycrine?
:-) Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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Re: Similar tunes to this ?

There’s a very, very, very ancient tune called "Ophelia’s Ghost" which is quite similar in feel, right here on www.thesession.org http://thesession.org/tunes/5280. To find the dots, you don’t even have to get out of your chair. Good eh? There’s also a tune for the bouzouki called "The Houmous Of Tillikrine" - very similar name. Not sure if I’ve got the spelling right but you might be able to find a transcription using google.

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

Thanks Dow I’ll have a look at the ghost one right now . . I use the dots a lot, like you say it’s so easy.

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

These are reels but they always remind me of Humours of Tullycrine -
The Corner House,
Her long dark hair flowing down her back

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

Yes Lynn I like the Corner House, but I prefer the rhythm of Tullycriine …

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

Yeah but try the bouzouki tune as well, Stewpot. You might have to retune your mandolin. You might find it to your taste.

Try the Stone In The Field as well, but make sure to swallow it whole otherwise you’ll chip your teeth.

Re: Similar tunes to this ?

There’s a Junior Crehan hornpipe called The Hills of Coore which is close enough that it’s easy to get them confused.

Thanks everybody for your contribution.

“The Old Crossroads March” ~ another similarity…

Submitted on October 7th 2004 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3659

I’m surprised that ‘slainte’ hadn’t followed this one up here…

Similar tunes?

i haven’t been able to play this tune at all since learning "star of munster", which is a great tune

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Larke’s version

Which he just posted and which will likely get deleted:

X: 1
T: Bobby Casey’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Ador
|:ed|cAAB c3d|eaag e2dB|~c3A ~B3c|d2{e}de dBGB|
AGAB c3d|eaag e2dB|cAAc dBGB|A2AGA2:|
|:(3Bcd|eaag aged|eaag aged|eggf ged2|(3efg(3fga gedB|
AGAB c3d|eaag e2dB|cAAc dBGB|A2AGA2:|

He says:

Bobby Casey’s HP/Caisleán na nOir
This horpnipe follows Caisleán na nOir on Kevin Burke’s "If the Cap Fits" and is a lovely, rather haunting melody that can be almost meditative. I played it (following Caisleán na nOir) at a vigil for a funeral service recently.
# Posted on October 28th 2009 by Larke

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Bobby Casey’s/Scully Casey’s hornpipe

The Castle Ceili Band recorded this back in the 1970’s and called it Bobby Casey’s who in turn got it from his father, Scully Casey. They (the Caseys) would’ve probably called it The Humours of Tullycrine (it doesn’t really matter how you spell it, it’s Anglisized from the Irish anyway) if they would’ve known the title at all.

Humours of Tullycrine Hornpipe in Ad

T: Humours Of Tullycrine, The
M: 4/4
K: Ador
|:E|AGAB cBcd|eaag e2dB|c2Ac BAGA|Bdde dBAG|
AGAB cBcd|eaag egdB|c2Ac BAGB|1ABAG A3:|2A2AG A2(3Bcd||
|:eaab aged|eaab aged|egga (3gag ed2|dgga gedB|
A2AB cbcd|eaag egdB|c2Ac BAGB|1ABAG A2(3Bcd:|2A2AG A3||

Mistake

Sorry last line is A2AB cBcd|eaag egdB|c2Ac BAGB|1ABAG A2(3Bcd:|2A2AG A3||

Stumbling upon this familiar tune on the database by accident, I near failed to recognise it cause I was reading it at a fast reel tempo at first. It made it barely recognisable!

It seems like this tune needs to be played slow, has to be played slow, to give all it has to give.

I became familiar with it through Kevin Burke’s eminently sensitive recording on If the Cap fits-

another name

I learned this one from Maggie Sansone, but she called it Stream of the Cat.

Niall and Cillian Vallely’s Callan Bridge version

Here’s my attempt at Niall and Cillian Vallely’s version from the Callan Bridge CD, first time around.

Niall and Cillian Vallely’s Callan Bridge version

Nice. But it’s E Dorian, not A Dorian.