It could well be a Welsh tune. There are a few melodic details in common with the Scottish tune linked to above, but the structure is different. Anyway, let’s not forget that the traditional musics of the British Isles (the word ‘Celtic’ is not really relevant here, as I include the ‘Norse’ music of Shetland and the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ music of England) are all interconnected and the fact that this tune may have variants or relatives in Scotland, Ireland and/or England (which it very likely does) does not make it any less Welsh.
…I have been building up a bit of a Welsh repertoire over the last few years, and there is, to my ear, something in the way this tune flows that makes it sound Welsh.
Thanks for the feedback CMO. The reason I though it was Welsh was because it was played at the start of a set followed by the Miners Hornpipe and the Monmouth Hornpipe either side of this one https://thesession.org/tunes/1245
This tune is found in an MS in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. NLW20067A folio 20.verso. It is un-named, di enw, gan ainm. It appears in a book marked "Mr W. S. Clark’s Old Music Book. William Thomas Lewis, Mardy, Aberdare, 1869" William Southern Clark was a mining agent on the estate of the Marquis of Bute, and William Thomas Lewis was an assistant engineer under him. I recorded the tune here, and called it William Southern Clark’s Hornpipe. https://thesession.org/recordings/2245.
They call it Pibddawns Y Mwnci (which I believe translates as The Monkey’s Hornpipe)
Re: William Southern Clarke’s
This tune appears appears as Phillips’s Hornpipe in the John Moore of Shropshire manuscript of c1820, and untitled in the (coincidentally) John Moore of Tyneside manuscript of 1841. I’ve posted the Tyneside version.
T:Philips’s Hornpipe,aka. JMT.106
N:Untitled in this collection, but "Phillips’s HP" in J.Moore of
Ac|d2fd (cd)Bc|(AB)AG (FD)FA|(BG)Bd (cA)ce|(df)af (gf)ge|
d2fd (cd)Bc|(AB)AG (FD)FA|(BG)Bd (cA)ce|d2d2d2:|
|:ag|(fa)fd (fa)fd|(gb)ge (gb)ge|(fa)fd (fa)fd|edcBA2ag|
(fa)fd (fa)fd|(gb)ge (gb)ge|(fe)dc (Bg)ec|d2d2d2:|
William Southern Clark, C.E., F.G.S., (1818–1864), was appointed chief mineral agent to the Marquis of Bute in 1845, and lived at Mardy House, Aberdare, from 1854 when the house was built. Clark was born in 1818 in Wallsend, Northumberland; married Susan Haliburton in Brampton, Cumberland, 1848; and died, after a protracted illness, a relatively young man at The Mardy, Aberdare on 17th May 1864. He was succeeded by his assistant, William Thomas Lewis, (who became Lord Merthyr).
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