Galop Hey barndance

Galop Hey has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Galop Hey
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 D2 F2 DF|A2 F2 d2 F2|A2 G2 E2 E2|B2 A2 F4|
D2 D2 F2 DF|A2 F2 d2 F2|A2 G2 E2 C2|E2 D2 D4:|
|:A4 AG EG|B2 A2 F4|A4 AG EG|B2 A2 F4|
D2 D2 F2 DF|A2 F2 d2 F2|A2 G2 E2 C2|E2 D2 D4:|
|:B3B B2 B2|B2 B2 G2 B2|A2 A2 F2 A2|GF GA B2 D2|
B3B B2 B2|B2 B2 G2 B2|A2 A2 F2 A2|A2 G2 G4:|

Three comments

Galop Hey

Some while ago, when our ceilidh band was playing for a barn dance, the caller (one with whom we had never worked with previously) presented with the dots of this tune and asked us to play it for the next dance.

None of the band had ever heard of it before, let alone played it. Luckily, it turned out to be pretty straightforward, and we got through it OK.

My abc transcription is taken directly from those dots that we were given …

Galop Hey

Same as here:

I know I’ve played it. I could have sworn that, when I played it, in the second part, end of the second phrase, it went down to E2 instead of F2. There was something a bit more interesting at the start of the third part as well, I thought. But mind, my memory ain’t what it was, so that could just be me …

Re: Galop Hey

Under this title, I only know of this tune from one source: collected by Cecil Sharp from John Mason of Stow-on-the- Wold. See

I learned it from Dave Townsend’s first book of English Country Dance Tunes back in the early 1980s.