Mr Benn’s hornpipe

Mr Benn's has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Mr Benn's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
(3G_G |: FB df =e2 (3efg | fd BF =E2 (3EFG | Fd _de (3=dcB (3dfg | _a4 (3_zBc (3def |
|1 g_g =gB c-c (3cde | f2 d2 B2 zd | (3cdc (3BAB c2 zg | (3fgf (3efe (3ded (3cAG :|
|2 g_g =g_g (3=g_g=g (3efg | f=e (3fe_e d2 (3zef | gg (3efg f2 A2 | (3Bdf (3=efb (3Bdf (3cAG ||
X: 2
T: Mr Benn's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3B,^A, |: A,D FA ~^G2 (3GAB | AF DA, ~^G,2 (3G,A,B, | A,F =FG (3^FED (3FAB | ~=c2 ~c2 (3cDE (3FGA|
|1 B^A BD ~E2 (3EFG |~A2 ~F2 ~D2 DF | (3EFE (3DCD ~E2 EB | (3ABA (3GAG (3FGF (3ECB, :|
|2 B^A BA (3BAB (3G=AB | A^G (3AG=G ~F2 (3FGA | ~B2 (3GAB ~A2 ~C2 | (3DFA (3^GAd (3DFA (3ECB, ||
X: 3
T: Mr Benn's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3E^D |: DG Bd ^c-c (3cde | dB GD ^C-C (3CDE | DB ^Ac (3B=AG (3Bde | =f2-f2 (3=zGA (3Bcd |
|1 e^d eG A-A (3ABc | d2 B2 G2 zB | (3ABA (3GFG A2 ze | (3ded (3cdc (3BcB (3AFE :|
|2 e^d ed (3ede (3c=de | d^c (3dc=c B-B (3zcd | ee (3cde d-d F-F | (3GBd (3^cdg (3GBd (3AFE |

Six comments

Mr Benn’s

Composed by Duncan Lamont, I think it’s in Fmaj but like a lot of traditional music it suggests a few different keys. If nothing else, it should confuse your backers.

Correction I think it is in BbMaj - I have selected Cdorian. from the dropdown which gives the right key signature in notation.

It’s much more likely to confuse the melody players with all those accidentals. Paradoxically they make the underlying harmony much easier to detect so I would have thought that, as long as they are capable of playing in Bb, the chords are reasonably obvious in that they follow standard progressions
So you could accompany the tune thus:
|Bb Bbdim |Bb Bbdim |Bb |Fm7 Bb7 |
1: |Eb Cm |Bb G7 |C7 |F7 |
2: |Eb Edim |Bb G7 |Cm7 F7 |Bb |

Wrong chord

Oops. It’s always harder writing chords than playing them.
The G7 in bar 6 should be Gm or Gm7, coming from Bb - D7/A - Gm chords under the melody notes F - D - Bb.

Mr Benn’s Hornpipe in Dmaj

Good point well made Donald! I have added a setting in D which may be more friendly to session instruments. I’m trying this on tenor banjo. Setting in G coming up shortly…

Mr Benn’s Hornpipe in Gmaj

Now in Gmaj, also fine on tenor banjo or mandolin I think.

Not sure whether D or G would be better for a whistle?