The Worcester hornpipe

Also known as The Lakeside Road, New Bridge, Paddy Mack, Padraig Mac Conmara, Shippool Castle, The Worcestershire.

The Worcester appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Worcester has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Worcester
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2|G2 G2 GB d2|e2 ef g2 e2|dB GB dB GB|cA FA cA FD|
G2 G2 GB d2|e2 ef g2 e2|dg fe dc BA|G2 G2 G2:|
|:Bc|d2 B2 GF G2|e2 c2 cB c2|d2 B2 GF G2|AG FE D4|
d2 B2 GF GB|cd ef g2 e2|dg fe dc BA|G2 G2 G2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Worcester
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(DF)|G2 (3GGG GBd(B|cd)ef g(fge)|d(BGB) d(BGB)|cAF(A cA)FA|
G2 (3GGG GBdB|cde(f gf)ge|dg(ed BGA)(F|G2)GF G2:|
|:(Bc)|d(BdB) GBdg|ece(c AB)cA|d(BdB) GBdB|A(GFE) D2(Bc)|
d(BdB) GBdB|cde(f gf)ge|dgf(d B)GA(F|G2)GF G2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Worcester
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(DF)|G2GF GBdB|cdef gfge|dBGB dBGB|ABcA GFED|
G2GF GBdB|cdef gfge|dgec BcAF|G2GG G2:|
|:(Bc)|d2Bd GdBd|e2 ce Aece|d2Bd GdBd|AFDF AFDF|
d2Bd GdBd|cdef gfge|dgdc BcAF|G2GG G2:|

Thirteen comments

The Worcester Hornpipe

There are several variants of this tune: the version that I’ve posted here is the one as played at one of my local sessions.

It’s played undotted.

It’s a fun tune, but I find I’m playing it with a lot of bounce and swing, along the lines of a Morris Dance tune. Are there any recordings of it?

"It’s a fun tune, but I find I’m playing it with a lot of bounce and swing …"

Yes Ceol - I suppose you could well describe it as a "bouncy" tune. As to the degree of "swing", we may perhaps impart a minimal degree of "swing" to it at my local session, but not enough for me to describe it as being played "dotted".

"Are there any recordings of it? "

Just did a quick trawl on the net, and found this:

http://www.myspace.com/tinkersbag/music/songs/worcester-hornpipe-set-6572261

Just had a listen to the "Tinkers Bag" web recording. Yes, they do indeed play it in what I would call a Morris dance style.

We play it at a much brisker tempo, and not so "lumpy".

We usually follow it with another similar "fun" hornpipe called "Twin Sisters" …

https://thesession.org/tunes/2685

Although not *quite* the same version as Trevor posted, (which is apparently based on a version of the tune that he heard at a session in Rickford, Somerset).

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Sweet! Thanks for this link Mix, what a kick. I was playing it a little more up tempo than they are, but yes, that’s how I had it. I’m smiling. It brings back pleasant memories…

& yes, lumpy too, but not what I’d call a ‘much brisker tempo’.

locally followed (round these here parts anyway) by Speed the Plough!

Ceol - I think you may have misunderstood what I said above, which was:

‘We play it at a much brisker tempo, and not so "lumpy".’

To clarify, I thought that the "Tinker’s Bag" rendition of the tune was a little too slow, and rather "lumpy".

We, that is, those of us at one of my local (Bristol) sessions, play it much more briskly - and perhaps with a slight "swing" to it …

… in other words, probably how you were playing it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lea & Perrins’ Special Edition Worcestershire Sauce ~ Mmmm mm!

๐Ÿ™‚ I love it. I wish we were local, the ‘mix’ would be, no doubt, a kick.

We have as basic kitchen stock both, including the regular stuff…

A ‘lumpy’ memory…

The Worcester, X:3

Here’s another setting in O’Neill’s that’s a very close variant, "The Lakeside Road," #897.

Playing through it, the penultimate bars of each part differ slightly, and I find myself wanting to synchronize them with each other. I’m a little torn over which I like better, "dgec" or "dgdc," though I think I prefer the feel of "dgec" in the first part a little more.