Across The Fence hornpipe

Also known as Across The Fence To The Neighbour’s Wife, Cross The Fence, Crossing The Fence, Jack Came Over The Fence, McGlinchey’s.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

Across The Fence has been added to 1 tune set.

Across The Fence has been added to 99 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Across The Fence
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|G2 BG ABcA|dg (3gfg dBGB|cBcd BGDG|(3cBA BG AF (3FEF|
GDB,D G,B,DG|BGBc dBGB|dg (3Bcd edcF|AG (3AGF G2 :|
|:AG|FDA,D FAcA|BGDG Bcdg|ec (3cBc dB (3BcB|(3cBA ag fdcA|
DG (3BcB Dc (3cBc|d2 (3edc dBGB|dg (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2 :|
|:Bc|dggf g2 bg|dg (3gfg agfg|ea (3bag agfe|ed^ce d2 dc|
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF|GDB,D GABc|dg (3Bcd edcF|AG (3AGF G2 :|
X: 2
T: Across The Fence
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|B2BD cBcA|dgge dBGB|cBcd BGDB|BAAG AF~F2|!
GDBD GABc|dgge dBGB|dG (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||!
AG|(3FED AD FAcA|BG~G2 DGBg|ec~c2 dB~B2|BAAG (3FED BA|!
DB~B2 Dc~c2|d>cd>e dBGB|dg (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||!
Bc|dggf g2bg|g2bg agfg|eaag a2ag|fed^c d2d=c|
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF|GDBD GABc|dg (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||
X: 3
T: Across The Fence
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BABG cBcA | d2 ge dBGA | c3 d BGDB | BAAG AGEF |
GDBD GABc | d2 ge dBGB | dg (3Bcd ecAF |1 AGGF G2 z2 :|2 AGGF G2 AG |
|: FDAD FGAc | BGFG DGBg | ecce dBBd | A2 ag fdcA |
DBBB Dccc | d^cde dBGB | dg (3Bcd ecAF |1 AGGF G2 AG :|2 AGGF G2 z2 |
|: dggf g2bg | g2bg aged | eaag abag | fde^c d2 z2 |
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF | GDBD GABc | dg (3Bcd ecAF | AGGF G2 z2 :|
X: 4
T: Across The Fence
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|: G2 BG ABcA | dg{a}ge dBGB | ~c3 d BGDG | (3cBA BG AF ~F2 |
GDB,D G,B,DG | BG (3ABc dBGB | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG (3AGF G2 (3DEF :|2 AG (3AGF G2 AG |]
|:(3FED A,D FAcA | BGDG Bcdg | ec ~c2 dB ~B2 | cA ag (3fed (3cBA |
DB ~B2 Dc ~c2 | ~d2 (3ed^c dBGB | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG ((3AGF) G2 AG :|2 AG ((3AGF) G2 Bc |]
|: dg ~g2 dgbg | ~g2 bg agfg | ea ~a2 agfe | (3gfe d^c d2 d=c|
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF | GDB,D GABc | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG ((3AGF) G2 Bc :|2 AG ((3AGF) G2 z2 |]

Seven comments

I heard Manchester-based fiddler Sean Regan play this great hornpipe at a local session last saturday in Oslo. This version is from "First Collection of Traditional Irish Music" (M.Mulvihill).

A piping version - more or less

As played on Delores Keane and John Faulkner’s recording "Broken Hearted I’ll Wander".

T:Crossing The Fence
R:hornpipe
N:track 10: The Home Ruler/Crossing The Fence
D:Dolores Keane and John Faulkner: Broken Hearted I’ll Wander
Z:Bill Reeder
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
D2|B2BD cBcA|dgge dBGB|cBcd BGDB|BAAG AF~F2|!
GDBD GABc|dgge dBGB|dG (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||!
AG|(3FED A,D FAcA|BG~G2 DGBg|ec~c2 dB~B2|BAAG (3FED BA|!
DB~B2 Dc~c2|d>cd>e dBGB|dg (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||!
Bc|dggf g2bg|g2bg agfg|eaag a2ag|fed^c d2d=c|
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF|GDBD GABc|dg (3Bcd edcF|AGGF G2:||

The real name and a g#

According to the divine Catherine McEvoy, who is a friend of Brendan McGlinchey’s and played with him in Birmingham when she was a young girl, the real name of the tune is "Across the Fence to the Neighbor’s Wife."
I put a g# in the 5th bar of the 3rd. part: ea’ag# agfe edC#e d2dC. As Catherine plays it.

Crossing the Fence - version by Kieran O’Hare and John Skelton

Here is my transcription from the Double Barrelled Album:

X:1
T:Crossing the Fence
M:4/4
R:Hornpipe
K:G
BABG cBcA | d2 ge dBGA | c3 d BGDB | BAAG AGEF |
GDBD GABc | d2 ge dBGB | dg (3Bcd ecAF |1 AGGF G2 z2 :| 2 AGGF G2 AG |
|: FDAD FGAc | BGFG DGBg | ecce dBBd | A2 ag fdcA |
DBBB Dccc | d^cde dBGB | dg (3Bcd ecAF |1 AGGF G2 AG :|2 AGGF G2 z2 |
|: dggf g2bg | g2bg aged | eaag abag | fde^c d2 z2 |
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF | GDBD GABc | dg (3Bcd ecAF | AGGF G2 z2 :|

They play it on Bb whistles so it comes out in Eb.

Brendan’s setting from “Music of a Champion” (1974)

Here’s my transcription of Brendan’s own playing on track 1 of "Music of a Champion" (1974).
https://thesession.org/recordings/900

X:1
T: McGlinchey’s
T: Across the Fence to the Neighbor’s Wife
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
C: Brendan McGlinchey
S: Brendan McGlinchey "Music of a Champion" (1974)
Z: Joe Fidkid
K: G
(3DEF|: G2 BG ABcA | dg{a}ge dBGB | ~c3 d BGDG | (3cBA BG AF ~F2 |
GDB,D G,B,DG | BG (3ABc dBGB | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG (3AGF G2 (3DEF :|2 AG (3AGF G2 AG |]
|:(3FED A,D FAcA | BGDG Bcdg | ec ~c2 dB ~B2 | cA ag (3fed (3cBA |
DB ~B2 Dc ~c2 | ~d2 (3ed^c dBGB | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG ((3AGF) G2 AG :|2 AG ((3AGF) G2 Bc |]
|: dg ~g2 dgbg | ~g2 bg agfg | ea ~a2 agfe | (3gfe d^c d2 d=c|
(3Bcd BG (3ABc AF | GDB,D GABc | dg (3Bcd edcF |1 AG ((3AGF) G2 Bc :|2 AG ((3AGF) G2 z2 |]