The Pumpherston hornpipe

Also known as Humperston’s.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Pumpherston has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Pumpherston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: (3A,=B,^C |\
(3D^CD A,>F E>DC>G | (3FGA f>e d>cB>A | ^G>AG>A E>F D2 | (3EFG (3FED ^C>A (3A,=B,C |
(3D^CD A,>F E>DC>G | (3FGA f>e d>cB>A | ^G>A (3EF=G (3FGA D>F | (3ED^C A>A, D2- :|
|: D>e |(3fed (3fed e>a- a2 | (3fed (3fed e>a- a2 | (3fed (3edc (3dcB (3cBA |
[1 (3BAG (3^GAF E>D ^C2 | (3DEF (3DEF ^G>AG>A | (3DEF (3DEF ^G>AG>A | (3DEF (3^CDE (3FGA (3GFE | (3FED A>A, D2- D3/ :|
[2 (3BAG (3^GAF E>D^C>A, | (3D^CD A,>F E>DC>G | (3FGA f>e d>cB>A |^G>A (3EF=G (3FGA D>F | (3ED^C A>A, D2 |]
2
X: 2
T: The Pumpherston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
M: 12/8
|: A,=B,^C|D^CD A,2F E2D C2G|FGA f2e d2c B2A|^G2A G2A E2F D3 |EFG FED ^C2A |
A,=B,^C|D^CD A,2F E2D C2G|FGA f2e d2c B2A|^G2A EF=G FGA D2F|ED^C A2A, D3 :|
|: D2e |fed fed e2a a3 |fed fed e2a a3 | fed edc dcB cBA|BAG ^GAF E2D |
[1 ^C3 |DEF DEF ^G2A G2A|DEF DEF ^G2A G2A| DEF ^CDE FGA GFE|FED A2A, D3 :|
[2 ^C2A, |D^CD A,2F E2D C2G|FGA f2e d2c B2A|^G2A EF=G FGA D2F|ED^C A2A, D3 |]
3
X: 3
T: The Pumpherston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
DE^F [| G^FG DGB | A2G ^Fc | Bcd b2a | g2f e2d |
^c2d c2d | A2B G2B | ABc BAG | ^F2d DEF |
G^FG DGB | A2G ^Fc | Bcd b2a | g2f e2d |
^c2d ABc | Bcd G2B | AG^F d2D | (G3 G2) a|]
bag bag | a2d' d2a | bag bag | a2d' d2a |
bag agf | gfe fed | edc ^cdB | A2G ^F2D |
GAB GAB | ^c2d c2d | GAB GAB | ^c2d c2d |
GAB ^FGA | Bcd ABc | BAG d2D | G3 |]

Twelve comments

Spooky tune - oooooo - need to practice that one up for Hallowe’en … 😉

“The Pumpherston Hornpipe” C: Big Jim Sutherland

# Posted by Tish -April 26th, 2007
https://thesession.org/members/4882
Originally here: https://thesession.org/tunes/7094

Here’s Tish’s original transcription as she’d given it back in 2007, as 12/8, with minor corrections:

X: 1
T: Pumpherston Hornpipe, The
C: Big Jim Sutherland
S: Gerald Trimble: First Flight
M: 12/8
K: Dm
A,=B,^C |\
D^CD A,2 F E2 D C2 G | FGA f2 e d2 c B2 A | ^G2 A G2 A E2 F D3 | EFG FED ^C2 A A,=B,C |
D^CD A,2 F E2 D C2 G | FGA f2 e d2 c B2 A | ^G2 A EF=G FGA D2 F | ED^C A2 A, D3- D2 ||
e |\
fed fed e2 a- a3 | fed fed e2 a- a3 | fed edc dcB cBA | BAG ^GAF E2 D ^C3 |
DEF DEF ^G2 A G2 A | DEF DEF ^G2 A G2 A | DEF ^CDE FGA GFE | FED A2 A, D3- D2 e |
fed fed e2 a- a3 | fed fed e2 a- a3 | fed edc dcB cBA | BAG ^GAF E2 D ^C2 A, |
D^CD A,2 F E2 D C2 G | FGA f2 e d2 c B2 A | ^G2 A EF=G FGA D2 F | ED^C A2 A, D3 |]

"The Pumpherston Hornpipe" C: Big Jim Sutherland

Currently without a turntable to listen to our copy of Gerald’s lovely LP "First Flight", and without any other recording of this, I wasn’t able to confirm the transcription, which is just slightly out of norm. 😀 But this I mean the bar counts. I’m hoping someone can confirm whether or not the A-part repeats or not? ~ which would be more usual for a 32 bar hornpipe. Tish’s transcription as given is ABB, with basically 4-bar 1st & 2nd endings for the B-part.

In the meantime I’ll try to see if I can chase up an earful of this to see how others have taken it. My inclination would be AABB…

Pumpherston AABB

I checked out CDs of both Gerard Trimble and the Easy Club ‘Chance or Design’, and on both of these the first part is played twice. It’s Jim Sutherland himself playing on the latter, so that has to be the best authority.

Thanks Triplet ~ I haven’t yet chased up a listen. Your contribution is appreciated and the corrections are made.

The Pumpherston, X:2

What nutty tune. Its got so many triplets that its quite jig like so I wrote it out in 12/8,
and it sounds more or less the same. In fact, to my ears exactly the same. I also found it
much easier to read this may.

Re: The Pumpherston

If you might have wondered how this tune got its name, the village of Pumpherston, in West Lothian, about 15 miles west of Edinburgh, was the centre of the Scottish Shale mining industry, with mining, refining, and later a brickworks to use up the red "spoil" from the mines. The spoil was also used for road building, notably the approaches to the first Forth Road Bridge, so the red hills, known as bings, gradually disappeared.
And yes, challenging tune, but gotta give it a go!

Humperston’s

Got this off a session mate here in Austin, who plays it often as a contra tune.

Duplicate

Then please tell your "session mate" that the correct title is "The Pumpherston" , composed by cittern-player Jim Sutherland, originally from Thurso in the far North of Scotland.
Recorded by Gerry Trimble, and posted here 4 years ago.
https://thesession.org/tunes/13464

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Re: Humperston’s

Wonderful, thanks Kenny! I’ll suggest these as a merge.