The Bank Of Turf hornpipe

Also known as The Blacksmith’s Charm, O’Callaghan’s Low.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Alexander’s (a few times) and Fitzgerald’s (a few times).

The Bank Of Turf has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Bank Of Turf
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GA|G2 GA BB Bc|dB cA GB AG|FE FG AB ce|dB cA FB BA|
G2 GA GA Bc|dB cA GBAG|FA (3gfe dcAF|(3ABA GF G2:|
|:Bc|dg gf g3a|bg gf g2 ag|f2 d2 de dc|(3BcB BG (3AcA AF|
Gg gf g2 ga|bg gf gbag|f2 dc dc AF|(3ABA GF G2 :|
(3DEF|G2 GA B3c|d2 GF G2 (3ABc|d2 G2 (3cdc Bc|AD (3FED dc AF|
GFGA B3c|(3dcB cA GBAG|F2 (3fed cA FD|(3ABA GF G2 :|
X: 2
T: The Bank Of Turf
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BA|G3A B3c|dBcA GBAG|FEFG ABce|dBcA BGFA|
G3A B3c|dBcA GBAG|ef (3gfe dcAF|AGGF G2:||
|:Bc|dggf g3a|bggf g2 ag|f2 d2 dedc|(3BcB BG (3AcA AF|
Gggf g3a|bggf gbag|f2 d2 dcAF|A2 G2 G2 :||
|:BA|G3A B3c|d2 G2 G2 (3ABc|d2 G2 cABG|AGFA dcAF|
G3F GABc|dGGF GBAG|F2 fd cAAF|AGGF G2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Bank Of Turf
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: (3DEF |:GFGA BABc | (3dcB (3cBA GBAG | FEFG ABcA | (3dcB (3cBA BGFA |
GFGA BABc | (3dcB (3cBA GBAG | F2 g2 (3edc (3BAF | A2 G2 G2 :|
|: Bc |dggf gfga | bggf gbag | f2 d2 d2 dc | (3Bcd BG (3ABc AF |
Gggf gfga | bggf gbag | f2 d2 (3dcB (3AGF | A2 G2 G2 : |
|: (3DEF |G3 F GABc | d2 G2 GABc | d2 G2 c2 B2 | A2 FA dcAF |
G3 F GABc | d2 G2 GBAG | F2 g2 (3edc (3BAF | A2 G2 G2 :|

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Liam O’Flynn’s version

THis is supposed to be Liam’s version of this nice hornpipe on his first recording from 1988 (no title). Of course there are a lot of variations and decorations on the recording, but the abc is a good point to start with the tune. Nice regulators on the recording, too.

I’ve corrected an error in the 3rd part bar3 , of course there is no repeat sign necessary there.

The bank of turf hornpipe

Another very nice version of this tune was played on the concertina by John Kelly senior under the title of ‘The blacksmith’s charm’. It is distinguished by a striking first octave F natural in the first part,
It was on the Topic album ‘John Kelly Fiddle And Concertina Player’, recently re-released as a CD.

see
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1307

The Bank Of Turf (hornpipe)

This is one of two possible tunes referred to in the following story:

"When no manuscript paper was available Padraig [O’Keeffe] would improvise by drawing the lines for the tablature using his bow as a ruler. On one famous occasion he met Denis Murphy who was cutting turf. Denis wanted to learn a particular tune and so Padraig drew lines on the turf and marked out the notes. Denis named the tune "The Bank of Turf" in consequence…"
(Music from Sliabh Luachra by Alan Ward, 1976)

The other tune of the same name - which could be the subject of the story - is the jig, also known as "Padraig O’Keeffe’s" https://thesession.org/tunes/1819 but, according to Alan Ward, it is "more normally linked with a three-part hornpipe": i.e., this tune.

The sheet music seems to have gone awry in the third part somehow, but the ABC version looks OK.

Liam O’Flynn’s

X: 1
T: Bank Of Turf, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|:BA|G3A B3c|dBcA GBAG|FEFG ABce|dBcA BGFA|
G3A B3c|dBcA GBAG|ef (3gfe dcAF|AGGF G2:||
|:Bc|dggf g3a|bggf g2 ag|f2 d2 dedc|(3BcB BG (3AcA AF|
Gggf g3a|bggf gbag|f2 d2 dcAF|A2 G2 G2 :||
|:BA|G3A B3c|d2 G2 G2 (3ABc|d2 G2 cABG|AGFA dcAF|
G3F GABc|dGGF GBAG|F2 fd cAAF|AGGF G2 :||

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“O’Callaghan’s Low” / “The Bank of Turf” ~ rescued from discussions

Discussion: Other names for this hornpipe
# Posted on July 24th 2012 by enirehtac

X: 3
T: O’Callaghan’s Low
T: Bank of Turf, The
S: "Denis Murphy: Music From Sliabh Luachra"
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: (3DEF |:\
GFGA BABc | (3dcB (3cBA GBAG | FEFG ABcA | (3dcB (3cBA BGFA |
GFGA BABc | (3dcB (3cBA GBAG | F2 g2 (3edc (3BAF | A2 G2 G2 :|
|: Bc |\
dggf gfga | bggf gbag | f2 d2 d2 dc | (3Bcd BG (3ABc AF |
Gggf gfga | bggf gbag | f2 d2 (3dcB (3AGF | A2 G2 G2 : |
|: (3DEF |\
G3 F GABc | d2 G2 GABc | d2 G2 c2 B2 | A2 FA dcAF |
G3 F GABc | d2 G2 GBAG | F2 g2 (3edc (3BAF | A2 G2 G2 :|

# Posted on July 24th 2012 by enirehtac

No doubt this would have been another one Denis Murphy learned from Padraig O’Keeffe using turf notation. ;-)

Discussion: Other names for this hornpipe - the comments

# Posted on July 24th 2012 by enirehtac
~ /discussions/30290


Hi, I’m going to post this tune, but wanted to check if anyone has any other names for it. I got it off Denis Murphy’s Music from Sliabh Luachra. Any formatting suggestions are welcome.

# Posted on July 24th 2012 by enirehtac

Re: Other names for this hornpipe

Looks like The Bank of Turf.

# Posted on July 24th 2012 by gam

Re: Other names for this hornpipe

Surely O’Callaghan’s Low has that bottom string figure in the last part; this isn’t it. As gam writes, this appears to be the Bank of Turf.

# Posted on July 24th 2012 by Jerry O’Donnell

Bank of Turk

Hi c,

Thanks for the post and the addition to the abc’s.

I love Denis’s version a lot more than the standard version.

Me too… ;-) Thanks for the transcription…