The Wind That Shook The Barley hornpipe

Also known as The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Wind That Shook The Barley has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Wind That Shook The Barley
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e|:d>B G>A B>A B>e|d>B G>A B>A A>e|
d>B G>A B>A B>c|1 (3def (3gfe d>B B>e:|2 (3def (3gfe d>B B>d|
g2 g2 f>g a2|g>f (3gfe d>B B>d|
g2 g2 f>g a2|1 b>a (3gfe d>B B>d:|2 b>a (3gfe d>B B||

Four comments

The Wind That Shook The Barley

Dance tune from the Isle of Man. There are a couple of bars that are slightly similar to the Irish reel ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley,’ but I don’t see enough commonalities to see them as being variants of the same tune.

The Wind that Shook the Barley

I have always played this as a slide but a friend of mine who plays Scottish fiddle tunes plays it as a strathspey. The title is probably taken from a mid-19th century Irish rebel song that contains the words of both titles shown in the collected Manx manuscript source (the Clague music books), the “Wind that Shakes (Shook?) the Barley”. I agree there’s not much of a link with the reel of the same name.

Yeah I checked that - it’s down as ‘shook’ in Clague…

I think you misunderstood my post manxygirl … the handwritten title over the tune in the manuscript collection reads: “The wind that shakes the barley” and “(shook)” has been added above “shakes”. In brackets alongside someone has also added “(?scotch air)”.

My point was that there was some confusion over which was the “correct” title as it was collected from the informant, and that confusion may have arisen from the fact that the Irish ballad that seems to be the source of the title contains both phrases in its words (ie “shakes” and “shook”). Which itself is interesting: how did an Irish rebel song tune, possibly with the words, get to the Isle of Man?

The addition of “(?scotch air)” next to the title was probably someone’s theory about the “national origin” of the tune - given the dotted rhythm - and this was very important at the time these tunes were collected (1890’s).

In terms of playing the tune in a session, it seems to me the tune best fits the crotchet / quaver note pattern of slides - and it plays well with other slides. I will post my notation in 12/8 time and others can choose whether to play it as a slide or hornpipe. Or, as in the case of my fiddler friend, play it as a strathspey!