The Glakey Two-Step slide

Also known as The Glakey 2-Step, The Glakey Hornpipe, The Glakey Two Step, The Glakey.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Glakey Two-Step has been added to 1 tune set.

The Glakey Two-Step has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 c|d>ed ^c2 d B2 d G>AB|c>dc B2 c A2 c A2 G|
F>Ad fed F>Ad f>ed|1 d>ed c>dc B3:|2 d>ed c>BA G3||
|:G3/2[D/d/][Cc]|[B,3/2B3/2]D/G B>GD [B,3/2B3/2]D/G B>GD|E>^DE A>^GA c>Ac e2 d|
d>^cd f>ed F>Ad f>ed|1 d>ed c>dc B3:|2 d>ed cBA G3||
X: 2
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:AA/B/c|ded ^c2 d B2 d G2 B|cdc B2 c A2 c A2 G|
FAd fed FAd f2 e|1 ded cdc BcB:|2 ded cAF G3||
GDc|:BDG B^AB BDG B2 B|E^DE A^GA cAc e2 ^c|
dAd fed FAd f2 e|1 ded c2 d B2 c A2 D:|2 ded cAd G3||
X: 3
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 c|ded ^c2 d B2 d GAB|cdc B2 c A2 c A2 G|
FAc fed FAc f2 e|1 ded cdc B3:|2 ded cBA G2||
|:D^C=C|B,DG BGD B,DG BGD|E^DE AEA cAc e2 d|
d^cd fed FA=c f2 e|1 ded cdc B3:|2 ded cBA G2||
X: 4
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B=c^c|ded ^c2 d B2 d GAB|cdc B2 c A2 c A2 G|
FAc fed FAc f2 e|1 ded cdc B3:|2 ded cBA|G3||
|:D^C=C|B,DG BGD B,DG BGD|E^DE AEA cAc e2 d|
d^cd fed FAc f2 e|1 ded cdc B3:|2 ded cBA G3||
X: 5
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:c2 d|efe ^d2 e c2 e A>Bc|ded c2 d B2 d B2 A|
GBe gfe GBe gfe|1 efe ded c3-:|2 efe dcB A3||
AED|:CEA cAE CEA cAE|F>^EF B>^AB d>Bd f2 e|
e^de gfe GBe gfe|1 efe ded c3 cED:|2 efe dcB A3||
X: 6
T: The Glakey Two-Step
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 c|ded ^c2 d B2 d G>AB|cdc B2 c A2 c A2 G|
FAd fed FAd fed|1 ded cdc B3-:|2 ded cBA G3||
GDC|:B,DG BGD B,DG BGD|E>^DE A>^GA c>Ac e2 d|
d^cd fed FAd fed|1 ded cdc B3 BDC:|2 ded cBA G3||

Twenty-three comments

“The Glakey Hornpipe” ~ C: Ernest Kirkby (Leeds)

This is for our friend Nick and his crew ~ a rollicking jig for your consideration ~ dumpitty dumpitty dumpitty dumpitty… 😉

I’m also hoping someone may be able to give us more information and news about the composer, Ernest Kirkby?

Willy Taylor recorded this on his long out of circulation album “Welcome to the Dene”, Common Ground CGR008, 1988, track 5. And now for the selfish bit twice over. First, I’d appreciate it if someone would add the details for this to the ‘Recordings’ section here, and notes. As this is long out of circulation, sadly, and, my sad dog eyes out of view, I’d also love if someone was able and willing to provide me and my ears and heart with WAVs for this album. I have tried to chase it up but have had no luck. Willy Taylor and the Shepherds are favourites of mine from way back when, respected for his fiddling and his composing.

For others, it would be grand if the ‘notes’ from the other relevant recordings also found their way on site here to inform us all:

“Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor & Will Atkinson: Harthope Burn”

“Will Atkinson: Mouthorgan”

“Ernie” Kirkby was the warden of Sadler Hall, a hall of residence at Leeds University, in the 60s and 70s (maybe 80s too). The hall was famous for the musicians and dancers who stayed there, and Ernie apparently organised things such that those people got to stay in the particular hall. He is/was a lecturer (Dr) in plant science and has several publications under his name on the subject. He toured with Forster Charlton, John Doonan and Carole and Anthony Robb in Europe, along with a mob from Sadler Hall. I’m not sure what he played, but he was apparently a good clog dancer, and said to have learned the art from Forster Charlton.

“Glakey” is English for “glaikit”.

Brilliant Weejie, I expected you’d come through. I’ve a wide smile as I prepare breakfast. Here’s hoping we can hear from someone who knew him as well, to add a little bit more. I like what you’ve contributed so far, only I wish I’d known him to pick up a few steps from him as well. One curiosity rises though, what kind of ‘plant’?

One of our old Christmas cards comes to mind, one I’d designed and drawn. There was a large warning sign saying “Heavy Plant Crossing”, something not unusual in the back country of Cymru/Wales and elsewhere on this island, and a rough but clear drawing of a very large Christmas tree. Flattened out under its roots on a country road just in view, were tell tale remains of reindeer, a sled, and Santa…

Ah, so someone for which another interest could be informed and improved on, composting toilets… 😀

Willy Taylor and Alnwick pipers’ Versions

Unfortunately the ‘post other settings’ does not allow for other meters, so I’ll see if I can post it as a hornpipe. I do remember Willy Taylor being a little confused about the jig hornpipe thing, Glakey is slang for not quite right. I think it works well as a Hornpipe personaly. Willy Taylor plays it as a Hornpipe on ‘Welcome to the Dene’ tape. I’ve often thought that the solution to writing hornpipes dotted , undotted would be to write them in 12/8, crotchet quaver with triplets simply becoming 3 quavers (the logic of mathematicians).

These 2 versions are identical except for the last triplet in bars 3,7,11,15 (3fed is f>e in Alnwick Pipers’
T:Glakey Hornpipe
C:Ernest Kirby of Leeds
Z:Willy Taylor Workshop Sheet 1987 ish

(3ded ^c>d B>d (3GAB|(3cdc B>c A>c A>G|\
(3FAc (3fed (3FAc (3fed|(3ded (3cdc B2 B>c|!
(3ded ^c>d B>d (3GAB|(3cdc B>c A>c A>G|\
(3FAc (3fed (3FAc (3fed|(3ded (3cBA G2 (3D^C=C||!

(3B,DG (3BGD (3B,DG (3BGD|(3E^DE (3AEA (3cAc e>d|\
(3d^cd (3fed (3FA=c (3fed|(3ded (3cdc B2 (3D^C=C|!
(3B,DG (3BGD (3B,DG (3BGD|(3E^DE (3AEA (3cAc e>d|\
(3d^cd (3fed (3FA=c (3fed|(3ded (3cBA G2 ||!

I’ll try get the recording posted as soon as the sun goes in, unless some kind person does it first. Yes I have the other two aswell, we do have wet weather forcast for the end of the week!

All the best Nick

“Glakey is slang for not quite right.”

A bit of an understatement. It is the English equivalent of “glaikit”, which is Scots for very much no right in the heid. A gormless expression.

X: 3 & X: 4

“The Alnwick Pipers’ Collection” take on this in 4/4 first, courtesy of nickthefiddle, and then, X: 4 = the same in 6/8…

“Glakey is slang for not quite right.” ~ Yup! 😎

It has a two-step feel about it rather than hornpipe, meaning, at least to me, it makes more sense melodically in 6/8 time…

Two-step / single jig ~ and the usual dances fit it nicely too… 😉

Just to reiterate, for those who regard the word as slang (it’s actually regarded as a legitimate Scottish word):


[glaikit, adj.

Sc. and north.

Senseless, foolish. In later use: Thoughtless, flighty, giddy (said esp. of women).]

giddy, foolish, thoughtless, inattentive to duty,
unsteady. ]

R. O. Heslop Northumberland Words, 1893.

glakey means stupid, dozy.]

Scottish word meaning: stupid, foolish, not very bright, thoughtless, vacant]

I think that’s put an end to any ambiguity.

I love it, and the literal and gutteral nature of it too…

I see that it was nickthefiddle who called it ‘slang’, and that you were quoting him. I didn’t note that when I lifted your quote, not intended that as a confirmation of ‘slang’. But, as you’ve noted this, I had to stick my nose in our dictionaries of slang, and it ain’t there… 😀 I’ll have to open the OED up later.

I have a recording of Willy Taylor and the gang (sadly not “Welcome to the Dene”) playing this and he does play it like a quickstep, 6/8, the way it is notated here, and definitely not like a hornpipe, not 4/4. I’ll spend some time with it to get a fair transcription and if there are significant differences I’ll add that here…

“The Glakey (Two-Step) Hornpipe” ~ C: Ernest Kirkby (Leeds)

“An Audience with the Shepherds” VT159CD - a Veteran recording, 2015

2. ) “Tombigbee Waltz” / “The Glakey Hornpipe”
From Joe Hutton’s opening introduction to this set, recorded at the Asssembly Rooms, Derby, 1988:

“We call it ‘The Glakey Hornpipe’ but it’s actually a two-step” (in jig time)

From the CD’s notes for the tunes: ‘The Glakey Hornpipe’ is actually a jig or two-step and ‘Glakey’ means foolish or thoughtless. It was composed by Dr. Ernest Kirby who was the warden of Sadler Hall, a hall of residence at Leeds University, which was renowned for the musicians and dancers who stayed there in the 60s and 70s.

Biographical and tune notes compiled by John Howson - 2015

Re: The Glakey Two-Step

Ernie Kirkby also has a retreat in Weardale and has played at sessions with David Oliver (ex Sadler Hall resident) and others inc. me at The Cowshill Hotel (in recent years). The Glakey is the sort of hornpipe rich in triplets like Willie Taylor’s ‘Shining Pool’ which is where the jig feel originates.
As for a two-step - I’m not convinced…
You can do a two step to it but that doesn’t mean it is a full-on two step tune.
All other examples of well-accepted two-steps have a fair spattering of dotted crotchets - even tied ones in places with only about 30% of the tune in triplets - think ‘Let’s all Go Down the Strand’ for example…
Nearer to our tradition ‘The Shetland Two-Step’ has almost equal splits between triplets, crotchet-quaver and dotted crotchets. The Glakey has about 72% triplets and only one dotted crotchet. For me it is a cracking
three-step tune rather than a two-step tune. BTW I was one of the lucky people mentioned who went to Austria & Czechoslovakia (as was) with Ernie & John Doonan.

Re: The Glakey Two-Step

It is one of those tunes you can choose to take either way, the nature of it, with loads of triplets/3s per beat, or with a predominance of crotchet/quarter note + quaver/eight note groupings, or with dotted crotchets ~ as is true of the other jig style two-steps featured on site here and elsewhere… It’s in the hands of the musician who chooses to take it up, and how they choose to apply it…

Forgot to include the note I’d started that with ~ Thanks for the contribution, appreciated.

I could use a retreat to Weardale right not, we both would welcome that… 😏

Best of health to you and yours, and your music too ~ which is also appreciated!

Re: The Two-Step

& I’d also forgotten to say, don’t let the terminology throw you, meaning “2-Step”. Don’t take that ‘literally’. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend putting your feet to the business of understanding that form on the dance floor, and what the ‘usual’ count is, which isn’t generally just two steps to the bar…

Re: Willie Taylor’s “Shining Pool”

# Added by Dr. Dow - June 12th, 2005

~ which I have only ever known as a ‘hornpipe’. That’s its natural melodic structure, to my ears and my feet. Since you raised it, do you actually know of anyone playing it as a two-step? ~ or calling it that? Curious!?