The Fiddlers’ Contest hornpipe

Also known as The Fiddler’s Contest.

There are 13 recordings of this tune.

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The Fiddlers’ Contest appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Fiddlers’ Contest has been added to 1 tune set.

The Fiddlers' Contest has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Fiddlers' Contest
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
(cd)|e^def ecAc|defg agaf|eagf ecAc|BABc B2(cd)|
e^def ecAc|defg agaf|eagf edcB|A2a2A2:|
|:(AF)|EAAB cAec|FBBc dBfB|defg agaf|edcB AEFG|
EAAB cAeA|BABc defg|agaf edcB|A2a2A2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Fiddlers' Contest
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|d^cde dBGB|cdef gfge|dgfe dBGB|AGAB A2Bc|
d^cde dBGB|cdef gfge|dgfe dcBA|G2g2G2:|
|:GE|DGGA BGdB|EAAB cAeA|cdef gfge|dcBA GDEF|
DGGA BGdG|AGAB cdef|gfge dcBA|G2g2G2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Fiddlers' Contest
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|d^cde dBGB|cdef gfge|d/d/d ^ce dBGB|AFGE D2Bc|
d^cde dBGB|cdef gfge|d2fe dcBA|G2 F/G/A G2:|
|:GE|DGGA B/A/G dG|EAAB c/B/A eA|B/c/d ef gfge|dcBA GFEF|
DGGA B/A/G dG|AGAB cdef|gfge dcBA|BGGF G2:|

Three comments

The Fiddlers’ Contest

Brian Conway plays this simple tune and I thought it a gem as he plays it, filled with lovely flourishes and ornaments. I couldn’t find it on this site so looked for it elsewhere. Credit I believe to Vince Brennan for the transcription. It’s also in O’Neill’s. This setting I believe is from the playing of Paddy Cronin. Also recorded by Denis Liddy as a simpler (not necessarily easy) version.

The Fiddlers’ Contest, X:3

This Wexford setting of this hornpipe is my ‘fusion’ of the playing of it by two local accordionists. I don’t think this hornpipe had a name locally over the years so I was delighted to realize lately that in the key of A, it’s in O’ Neill’s as the ‘Fiddler’s Contest’. I had been sent a Facebook clip, as part of ‘The Wexford tune project’, of it being played by John Murphy of Ballyfane in Carne and that reminded me of this tune and that it was also in the repetoire of All-Ireland accordion champion Tom Ferris of Wexford town. I played with Tom for many wonderful years and learned a huge amount of tunes from Tom’s seemingly inexhaustable store of traditional music. John Murphy I believe, like Paddy Hayes, spent a long number of years in London.