The Gulf Of Mexico reel

Also known as 8th Of January, The 8th Of January, The Battle Of New Orleans, Eighth Of January, The Eighth Of January, Jackson’s Victory.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Gulf Of Mexico has been added to 1 tune set.

The Gulf Of Mexico has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: The Gulf Of Mexico
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE |: FAAB ~A3F | ABAF EADE | FFBF ~A3B | AFEA D3E |
~F3B ~A3F | ABAF EADE | FdBF ~A3B | AFEA DAde :|
|: ~f3a fed2 | efed ~B3d | ~e3f edBc | dBAF DAde |
~f3b afed | e/f/ged ~B3d | ~e3f edBc | dBAF D3E :|
# Added by bdh .

Thirteen comments

Source

Transcription based on John McSherry’s playing of the tune on *Soma*. Can’t offer any details about the origins of this neat tune. 🙂

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Thanks, Weejie. Definitely derived from ‘8th of January’, but I prefer the derivation! 😉

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Why derived? Sounds to me like the 8th of January. Playing it with a hornpipe rhythm doesn’t make it a hornpipe—it lacks the basic elements of a hornpipe (e.g., the oom pah pah endings). Weird.

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And McSherry must’ve named it after the Johnny Horton lyrics from his song, the Battle of New Orleans, sung to this melody. "We fired our guns and the British kept a runnin’ on down the Mississip to the Gulf of Mexico."

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"And McSherry must’ve named it after the Johnny Horton lyrics from his song, the Battle of New Orleans, sung to this melody. "We fired our guns and the British kept a runnin’ on down the Mississip to the Gulf of Mexico."

Jimmy Driftwood lyrics, according to the link provided earlier.
You’ve almost got the lyrics right too, Will!

Grianan - 1993

I don’t think it was McSherry who named it thus. The first time I’m aware of this tune entering traditional Irish music circles under this title was on the "Grianan" recording from 1993, a good few years before "Soma" was released.
"The Battle Of New Orleans" song was a big hit in the UK for Lonnie Donegan. I always preferred the "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" version, myself.

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Nothing to add to Will and Kenny’s comments.

Does McSherry specifically call this a hornpipe on his recording?

Re: The Gulf Of Mexico

At some bootleg recording Deidre Havlin during intro credited The Gulf to Mexico to bouzouki player Pat Marsh.
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Re: The Gulf Of Mexico

I changed the type of tune from Hornpipe to Reel as the way that McSherry plays it, it sounds like a Reel, not a Hornpipe.

Re: The Gulf Of Mexico

Yes, with respect to Lonnie Donnegan, agreed (ref Kenny, above) no real competition with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1975 version of The Battle of New Orleans (still have the LP) - just noticed it has been on youtube for nearly ten years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf4MUIQYn1U


Ref the bootleg tape of Deirdre Havlin also referred to above, she did play The Gulf of Mexico brilliantly on flute. And ref her crediting it to Pat Marsh, maybe it was him who played it on the ill-fated 1993 recording, Maid Of Eirin, by Grianan. (Never heard or seen that CD, so couldn’t say for sure.).

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