Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back hornpipe

Also known as Annie Russell’s, Flowing Down Her Back And The Colour Of Her Golden Hair Was Black, Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back, Her Golden Hair Was Black, Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back, Her Golden Long Hair Flowed Down Her Back, Her Long Black Hair, Her Long Brown Hair Flowed Down Her Back, Her Long Golden Hair, Her Lovely Hair Flowing Down Her Back, Her Lovely Hair Was Flowing Down Her Back, Moll Ha’penny, With Her Long Hair Flowing Down Her Back, With Her Lovely Long Hair.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hunter’s Purse (a few times).

Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back has been added to 8 tune sets.

Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back has been added to 323 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:de|fedf e2dB|AF~F2 ABde|fedf e2de|fbba b2ag|
fedf e2dB|AF~F2 ABde|fedf edBA|B2BA B2:|
|:de|faab afef|dBAB d3e|fbba b2ag|fedf ~e2de|
faab afef|dBAB d3e|fedf edBA|B2BA B2:|
X: 2
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| g3 a gecG | cege g2 eg | a3 b ageg | ageg a2 ba |
g2 eg d2 ed | cdeg a2 ge | eged cAdc |1 A2 GB ABce :|2 A2 AG Aeed |
(3 cBA BG AcBA | GEDE G2 EG | (3 cBA BG ABcd | eg g2 aged |
(3 cBA BG AcBA | GEDE G2 EG | AG (3 ABc BAGB |1 A2 AG Aeed :|2 A2 GB ABce :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 3
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:cd|edce d2cA|GE~E2 GAcd|edce d2cd|eaag ac'gf|
edce d2cA|GE~F2 GAcd|edce dcAG|A2AG A2:|
|:cd|egga gede|cAGA c3d|eaag ac'gf|edce ~d2cd|
egga gede|cAGA c3d|edce dcAG|A2AG A2:|
X: 4
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Bc|:dcBd c2BG|FD~D2 FGBc|dcBd c2Bc|dggf g2fe|
dcBd c2BG|FD~D2 FGBc|dcBd cBGF|G2GF G2 Bc:||
dffg fdcd|BGFG B3c|dggf g2fe|dcBd ~c2Bc|
dffg fdcd|BGFG B3c|dcBd cBGF|G2GF G2 Bc:||
# Added .
X: 5
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:de|fedf efdA|BAFB A2de|fedf e2de|fbba b2ag|
fedf efdA|BAFB ABde|fedf edBA|B2BA B2:|
X: 6
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cd|edcA d2cA|GE~E2 G2cd|edcA d2cd|eaag a2cd|
edcA decA|GE~E2 G2cd|edcA dcAG|A2AG A2:|
cd|egga g2ed|cAAB cBcd|eaag abag|e2dc d2cd|
egga g2ed|cAAB c3d|edcA dcAG|A2AG A2:|
X: 7
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|: "D" fedf "Em" e2dB | "D" AF~F2 "A" ABde | "D" fedf "Em" e2de | "Bm"fbba b2ag |
"D" fedf "Em" e2dB | "D" AF~F2 "A" ABde | "D" fedf "Em" edBA | "Bm" B2BA B2 de :|
|:"D" faab "(A)"afef| "D" dBAB d3e | "Bm" fbba b2ag | "D" fedf "A" ~e2de |
"D" faab "(A)"afef | "Bm" dBAB d3e | "D" fedf "Em" edBA |1 "Bm"B2BA B2 de :|2 "Bm"B2BA B4 ||

Twenty-seven comments

Flowing down her back and the colour of her golden hair was black

This tune is a composition of Junior Crehan. While many players play it with different titles, it seems "Flowing down her back and the colour of her golden hair was black" is the original title. (But it is too long, so I post it with the composer’s name.)

Really beautiful and impressive tune, but not so difficult to play (at least on the flute and whistle). Here I followed the most melodious version played by Michael McGoldrick as much as possible.

I often play another great modern composition "Brenda Stubbert’s" after this tune, but you can also move on to Otter’s Holt.

To tell the truth, still I’m not sure whether it’s hornpipe or reel. Please supply some info.

Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back

Mick O’Brien recorded this tune as part of a medley with "The Golden Castle" (Caisleann an Oir) on his solo album, "May Morning Dew". This is a beautiful tune and it can be played in A minor, too.

Depends on which daughter

According to Grainne Hambly’s comments on the tune when she plays it in concert, Junior Crehan used to alter the hair color in the title depending on which of his daughters was within earshot. She told the same story at two different concerts two years running, so it’s probably either accurate or a piece of generally accepted folklore attached to the tune.
Lovely piece, quite fun to play.

Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back

I’ve got Maeve Donnely and Peadar O’Loughlin’s beautiful duet album, and find they play a slightly different version of this tune as "Moll Ha’penny." Maybe this isn’t Junior Crehan’s original composition.

so I was just drunkenly humming this tune according to my present (and debatable) opinion of what the sheet music says, curious, but thinking "boring, boring, what’s next?" until I got to the end of the A part with that wicked resolution on the B. Just that one single note. In that instant I knew the guitar player who brought me all this cursed whiskey was going to get all excited, and that this is the type of tune I will play over and over and over again, boring or not.

Moll Ha’penny

Strange coincidence, "slainte". Kevin Crawford taught us this tune in a flute class in Aberdeen last week. I knew I’d heard it on the Donnelly/O’Loughlin CD, and that it was the same tune as Junior Crehan’s "Long Hair". Kevin told us that Junior Crehan did compose his own tunes, but also that he was known for "re-arranging" old tunes with a few turns or phrases of his own, something I hadn’t been aware of, although 1 example of that would be "The Mist Covered Mountain".
Kevin has his own arrangement of this, starting with the 2nd part. He called the tune "Dermot Grogan’s".
I had been going to post it as a separate tune , but to avoid controversy, I’ll just post the ABCs here. Kevin’s version was as follows [ more or less, allowing for minor variations ] :

| g3 a gecG | cege g2 eg | a3 b ageg | ageg a2 ba |
g2 eg d2 ed | cdeg a2 ge | eged cAdc |1 A2 GB ABce :|2 A2 AG Aeed |
(3 cBA BG AcBA | GEDE G2 EG | (3 cBA BG ABcd | eg g2 aged |
(3 cBA BG AcBA | GEDE G2 EG | AG (3 ABc BAGB |1 A2 AG Aeed :|2 A2 GB ABce :|

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Key/mode ?

Not sure what mode this is in - can anyone advise? Gs and Amins, I would think.

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Ha’penny

Ronan Browne’s whistle playing on P. O’Loughlin and M. Donnelly’s Ha’penny track reminds me of Chieftain’s playing of Chicago Reel: https://thesession.org/tunes/840 Similar, isn’t it?

Here is a setting we play. Note the pinky "stretch" to the high "C" in both parts…

X: 1
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: Cmaj
|:cd|edce d2cA|GE~E2 GAcd|edce d2cd|eaag ac’gf|
edce d2cA|GE~F2 GAcd|edce dcAG|A2AG A2:|
|:cd|egga gede|cAGA c3d|eaag ac’gf|edce ~d2cd|
egga gede|cAGA c3d|edce dcAG|A2AG A2:|

Ken

Moll Ha’penny

I happened to be studying this tune and saw questions about its history.. here’s some (not all) of what Pat Mitchell put abt it from The Thing Itself sleeve notes -
published variants of the original title: Poll, Paul, Polly, Molly and Moll followed variously by Ha’penny, Halpin and McAlpin, Mac Alpin. O’Neill included 5 versions in DMI. 2 are song-airs - one adapted by Moore for his song Brian the Brave, the set dance Poll Ha’penny, and 2 hornpipes [Hawks and the Boys of Ballysimon]. Many versions of the tune stayed alive in the East Clare tradition; Willie Clancy played one related to Ballysimon, and both Junior Crehan and Bobby Casey played their own. Versions of the first setting called Moll, were also played by Scully Casey and Mrs. Galvin. Peadar O’Loughlin’s father used to call it Nell McCarthy’s, Mrs. Galvin’s maiden name.

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her long dark hair flowing down her back

i’m looking for notes for this tune, but in the key that michael mcgoldrick himself plays it on his fused cd! i would grateful for any help thanks!

Re: her long dark hair flowing down her back

On the soundclip I have of McGoldrick playing this, he’s on a Bb flute. So the tune comes out in Bb/Gdor.

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Re: her long dark hair flowing down her back

why do you need the dots if you have a recording?

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Re: her long dark hair flowing down her back

Because her saying she would like the dots doesn’t necessarily mean she *needs* the dots?

Because she loves the graceful visual aesthetic of a well-notated tune, and takes pleasure in seeing the graphical interplay of well-proportioned notes on the page?

Because as a visually-oriented learner, the combination of careful listening to the recorded setting with her developing ear for the music, together with the visual stimulus of an approximate notational representation, is a more powerful and effective nexus of learning stimuli for her than either one alone?

Re: her long dark hair flowing down her back

Sarah, here are the abcs transposed to Bb/Gm (my mistake above, not G dorian).

You can cut and paste these into the ABC Convert-A-Matic over at http://www.concertina.net to get the dots, or send me an email and I’ll get them to you.

Cheers,

X: 1
T: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bb/Gm
Bc|:dcBd c2BG|FD~D2 FGBc|dcBd c2Bc|dggf g2fe|
dcBd c2BG|FD~D2 FGBc|dcBd cBGF|G2GF G2 Bc:||
dffg fdcd|BGFG B3c|dggf g2fe|dcBd ~c2Bc|
dffg fdcd|BGFG B3c|dcBd cBGF|G2GF G2 Bc:||

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Such a considerate gentleman for a puddy tat, and colourful too being a Cheshire… ;-)

Listening to a recording I made of Louise And Michelle Mulcahy playing this on Geantrai, they play a nice variation in the first part (transposing to D) along the lines of :
|:de|fedf efdA|BAFB A2de|fedf e2de|fbba b2ag|
fedf efdA|BAFB ABde|fedf edBA|B2BA B2:|

Another album

Several people have mentioned Mike McGoldrick’s performance of this tune. In the list of recordings it’s on his Fused album. It’s also on Wooden Flute Obsession 1, with the title, "Her Long Black Hair."

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Moll Ha’penny

Here’s Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O’Loughlin version on their duet album "The Thing Itself".

K: Cmaj
cd|edcA d2cA|GE~E2 G2cd|edcA d2cd|eaag a2cd|
edcA decA|GE~E2 G2cd|edcA dcAG|A2AG A2:|
cd|egga g2ed|cAAB cBcd|eaag abag|e2dc d2cd|
egga g2ed|cAAB c3d|edcA dcAG|A2AG A2:|

The sleeve notes by Pat Mitchell doesn’t mention the source.

Annie Russell’s

On Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy’s CD "The Spectacle Bridge," this tune is called "Annie Russell’s." Hynes wrote in the notes that he got it from Micho Russell, whose source was his mother Annie. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the tune was not composed by Junior Crehan, but if Micho’s mother was playing it, Junior would have been quite young when she was doing so.

I think this tune is in G major

Michael McGoldrick plays this on Fused. Does anyone know what key flute he’s using? It sounds to me like a Low Bb - or is it a keyed D?

Ah, ignore the question - someone has already posted the answer!!!!!! Lesson number one, read the full thread!

Rich

The title as given in the the book of Junior’s tunes is

Her Lovely Hair was Flowing down her Back

Regards
David

Re: Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back

Setting #7 is more or less #1 with chords - great tune