Murphy’s hornpipe

Also known as Nellie Murphy’s.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

Murphy's has been added to 65 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2 (3ABc|
d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2 fg||
afdg faga|bged cdeg|fa (3aaa bged|(3cdc A^G A2 fg|
afdg faga|bged cdeg|fa (3aaa bgec|df (3edc d2 fg|
afdg faga|bged cdeg|fa (3aaa bgec|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2AG||
(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|dcdf ecAG|(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|df (3edc d2 AG|
(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2 AG|
(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|dcdf ecAG|(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|df (3edc d2 AG|
(3FGF D2 (3faf ec|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2 ag||
fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
d2AF d2AF|dcdf ecA2|(3faf df gfec|df (3edc d2ag|
fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
dcdf eceg|fdfa gfge|fgaf gfec|dfec d2||
X: 2
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 AG|
(3FED AD BDAD|dcdf ecAg|fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2|
fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
dcdf eceg|fdfa gfge|fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2||
fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2||
fgaf gfec|dfec d2||
X: 3
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABc|: d2AF dAFA | dcdf ecAg | f/f/f df gfed | c/e/c A2 AB c/B/A |
ddAF dAFA |dcdf ecAg |fa a/a/a bgec |1 cddc dABc:|2 cddc defg ||
afdg faga | bged ceag | fa a/a/a bged | c/e/c A2 Aefg |
afdg faga | bged cdag |fa a/a/a bgec | cddc defg|
afdg faga | bged ceag | fa a/a/a gfed | c/e/c A2 A2Bc |
dAFA dAFA |dcdf ecAg |fa a/a/a bgec | cddc d2 AG||
|: F/F/F Dg fdec |dcdf ecAG | F/F/F Dg fdec | dfec dBAG |
F/F/F Dg fdec | dcdf ecAg | fa a/a/a bgec |1 cddc dBAG:|2 cddc dfag ||
| f2 fa g3e | fedf ecAg | ffdf gfed | c/e/c A2 ABAG |
FDAD BDAD |dcdf ecAg |faa/a/a bgec | cddc dfag |
| f2 fa g3e | fedf ecAg | ffdf gfed |c/e/c B/c/B A2 A/B/c
dAdf e2eg | fdfa g3f |gbaf gfec | dAfe dABc ||
X: 4
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABc|: d2 AF d2 AF| dcdf ecAg | f2 df gfed | c2 A2 A2 (3ABc |
d2 AF d2 AF |dcdf ecAg |fa a2 bgec | dfec d2 :||
|:fg|afdg faga | bged ceag | fa a2 bged | c2 A2 A2 fg |
afdg faga | bged ceag |fa a2 bgec | dfec d2 d2:||
|:AG| F2 Dg fdec |dcdf ecAG | F2 Dg fdec | dfec d2 AG |
F2 Dg fdec | dcdf ecAg | fa a2 bgec |dfec d2 d2:||
|:ag| fefa g3e | fedf ecAg | f2 df gfed | c2 AG A3G |
FDAD BDAD |dcdf ecAg |fa a2 bgec | dfec d2 :||
|:ag| fefa g3e | fefd ecAg | f2 df gfed |c2 A2 A2 Bc|
dcdf edeg | fefa gfgb|agba gfec | dfec d2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

This is not the same tune as Murphy’s Hornpipe in G also on this database.

Maurphy’s hp D

I’ve heard the ‘c’ part as a variation of the ‘a’ part but the ‘d’ part is altogether new to me. What tune-book did you get this from?

I got this tune from an old loose bound collection of what appears to be New England fiddle music that I found in a second-hand bookshop. The title-page and first few pages are missing but the music seems to be intact. I reckon it’s probably at least 30 years old.

-m

The fourth part is standard

Frankie Gavin plays it on his 1977 album with Alec Finn. A lot of old-timers play it with accidentals in the fourth part and a bit spiced up (pretty much the way Gavin plays it the very last time thru).

This tune came up in a session just the other night. There was a slight variation in the 4th part (I’ve cut and pasted from the original abc, making the necessary modifications):

fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 AG|
(3FED AD BDAD|dcdf ecAg|fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2|
fefd gf (3gfe|fefd ec A2|(3faf df gfed|(3cdc A^G A2 (3ABc|
dcdf eceg|fdfa gfge|fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2||

Also, if I remember rightly, the endings to all the parts were as in the 4th part:
fa ~a2 bgec|dfec d2||

instead of

fgaf gfec|dfec d2||

Murphy’s, X:3

This is my transcription based on the 2011 recording by Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn

Re: Murphy’s

The first version is very similar to the very spirited 78 of Michael Coleman (Decca 12057/39635-A). Well worth listening to if you are planning to learn it. It appears on a two CD set from Coleman’s recordings from Gael Linn, edited by Harry Bradshaw.

Murphy’s, X:4

My version of this lovely hornpipe.

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