What are your favourite minor key hornpipes?

What are your favourite minor key hornpipes?

I don’t have many hornpipes just yet but the majority of them are in major keys. What are your favourite hornpipes that are in minor key?

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If dorian mode is sufficiently minor for you then The Drunken Sailor is quite nice.
https://thesession.org/tunes/553

Also, anyone who used to play Granny’s Garden on the BBC Micro (it’s a generational thing - if you know, you know) will have a soft spot for King of the Fairies.
https://thesession.org/tunes/475

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@Aidan O’Hare - a lovely version of the Drunken Sailor here: https://tinyurl.com/3uk6ms94

Thanks all for the suggestions.

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“Two Weeks to Wait” – https://youtu.be/neI34thArAM?t=2269 – I think I remember that the embedded youtube the Session uses doesn’t go to the timed spot (actually just checked the preview and maybe it does now?) but clicking on the link above will take you there for sure.

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Caisleán An Óir
Humours of Tullycrine
Galway Bay
The Drunken Sailor
Johnny Cope

I guess these might be called slow hornpipes? At least that’s how I first heard them on recordings by a few famous artists in a more evocative, relaxed style than the typical bouncy hornpipe rhythm. Of course they can be sped up as well. I just like these particular ones a bit slower.

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Another vote for the Rights of Man.
Also King of the Fairies

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Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine – a simple tune but a mighty one (in any of the several keys it gets played in!)
+1 for Humours of Tullycrine

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Another vote for Rights of Man, also Dm version of Peacock’s Feather. Poll Ha’penny is another lovely tune.

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The Pride of Petravore is quite nice, and goes well with everyone’s seeming favorite The Rights of Man (and/or King of the Fairies)!

https://thesession.org/tunes/82

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ps the minor version of Peacock’s Feather was on an early album [70’s?] of Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn , paired with the D major version of the same title if memory serves right. Well worth looking out.

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That’s it, thanks Jeff - classic tunes. Just look at those youthful faces from nearly 50 years ago………….

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I found this strange old one in O’Neill’s. I think it’s quite lovely, if you don’t mind working through the key signature.

The Glories of Spring:
https://thesession.org/tunes/19610

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+100 for Galway Bay.

+100 for Factory Smoke/Ebb Tide/Brown Coffin. In G-Minor, Two Flats plus F#… that makes it G-Harmonic Minor. The G-Minor version works well on the 8-Key flute, and then as with Martin Hayes playing, goes so nicely into Good Natured Man in F-Major

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I am tempted to jokingly ask if the Miner’s Hornpipe would be an example of a miner key hornpipe?

Laurence

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LOL at Bazza’s comment.