The Inishmurray hornpipe

Also known as Star.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Inishmurray has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Inishmurray
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3dcB|AFDF Adcd|BGDG BdcB|Acef gecd|(3efe (3dcB A2(3dcB|
AFDF Adcd|BGDG BdcB|Acef gecd|eddc d3(3dcB
AFDF Adcd|BGDG BdcB|Acef gecd|edfd AGFG|
AFDF Adcd|BGDG BdcB|Acef gecd|eddc d3|
ag|f2fg fedc|B2Bc B2 gf|e2ef edcB|A2 AB A2 ag|
fdfg fedc|BABc B2|edce afge|cd (3efe d2 cd:|
X: 2
T: The Inishmurray
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|AFDF Adcd|BGDG Bdef|gfed fedc|edcB AGFG|
AFDF Adcd|BGDG Bdef|gfed fedc|e2 d2 d2||
de|fefg fedA|cB B/B/B B2 cd|efed c2 B2|Ad (3fga b2 a2|
dcde fdAF|EFGA BdcB|AdcB AGFE|D2 C2 D2||

Two comments

The Inishmurray

Learned this recently from the playing of Derek McGinley on The Fiddle Music of Donegal: Volume 3 ( There is not much about it on the internet, it comes from the playing of Jimmy Lyons in Donegal, there is a clip in the Comhaltas archive:

Inishmurray is County Sligo’s holy island with an ancient monastery within a cashel, containing Ireland’s oldest stone church and many engraved cross slabs and pillars including the famous Cursing Stones. The modern village was evacuated in 1948. The Inishmurray hornpipe seems unknown around Sligo; Jimmy Lyons worked for a time as a fisherman in SW Donegal.

Take a virtual tour of the Cashel here:

The Star Hornpipe, X:2

A version of this tune entitled "Star Hornpipe" was submitted to the National Folklore Commission in 1957 by the fiddler Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) of Toome, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim. This tune shares the B part with The Galway Hornpipe.