Clutha hornpipe

Clutha has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Clutha
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G>B|d2 e>^c d>BG>B|d>^ce>c d2 (3def|g>fe>d c>BA>G|F>GA>B A2 A>B|
c2 d>B c>AF>A|c>Bd>B c2 (3cdc|a>gf>e d>ed>c|1 c2B2B2:|2 B2G2G2||
|:g>f|(3ege c2 (3ege c2|(3BdB G2 G>BA>G|F>GA>B c>de>f|a>g (3gfe d2 g>f|
(3ege c2 (3ege c2|(3BdB G2 G>BA>G|F>GA>B c>de>f|g2g2g2:|

Six comments

The Clutha Hornpipe

A tune that is played at one of my local sessions.

The version that we use (as posted here) is from Kerr’s Merry Melodies, Vol 2.

We play it just by itself - rather than in a set of tunes. I guess that’s just because no-one’s ever come up with a tune that goes with it.


"Clutha" - old name for the Clyde (a Scottish river).

Companion tunes? Try "City of Savannah" (in D) and "Trip to Dublin" (in A). We usually play them together (in the other order) for contradances, but with the arrival of "Clutha" we may need to shift the order. Many thanks for this.

Maybe an even better match for "Clutha" is "Lad o’ Beirne’s," which Natalie MacMaster included on her CD, "No Boundaries" in a set with another hornpipe and three reels. One way or another, it’s nice.

@Chuck Weber - to reciprocate, thanks for the setting suggestions! … 🙂

Thanks for this one Mix. It’s one of those tunes that as soon as you play it you know you know it. I must have come across it a long time ago and it stayed in the dep recesses of my mind.
I shall learn it and play it at the session I have just started.


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