Little Johnnie’s Hame strathspey

By James Scott Skinner

Also known as Little John’s Hame, Littlejohn’s Hame, William Marshall’s.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Little Johnnie’s Hame has been added to 2 tune sets.

Little Johnnie's Hame has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Little Johnnie's Hame
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2A,>D F>DA<D|d2c>d B>dA<D|E2B,>E G>Eg>f|(3efd (3cdB (3ABG (3FGE|
D2A,>D F>DA<D|d2c>d B>dA>F|G>B (3efg (3fed a>A|1 (3Adf a>A d3D:|2 (3Adf a>A d3g||
|:f2d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA<d F>AD>f|g2e>g (3Beg b>a|(3gab (3efg (3cde A>g|
f2d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA<d F>AD>F|1 G>B (3efg (3fed a>A|(3Adf a>A d3g:|
[2 G>B (3efg (3fed (3afd|(3AFD A,>C D4||
X: 2
T: Little Johnnie's Hame
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,|D2 A,>D F>DA>D|d2 c>d B>dA>F|E2 B,>E G>Eg>f|(3efd (3cdB (3ABG (3 FGE|
D2 A,>D F>DA>D|d2 c>d B>dA>F|G>B (3efg (3fed a>A|(3Adf a>c d2 d||
g|f2 d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA>d F>Ad>f|g2 e>g (3Beg b>a|(3gab (3efg (3cde (3eag|
f2 d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA>d F>AD>F|G>B (3efg (3fed (3afd|(3AFD A,>C D2 D||
X: 3
T: Little Johnnie's Hame
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2A,>D F<DA>D|d2c>d B>dA>D|E2B,>E G<Eg>f|(3efd (3cdB (3ABG (3FGE|
D2A,>D F>DA>D|d2c>d B>dA>F|G>B (3efg (3fed a>A|1 (3Adf a>A d4:|2 (3Adf a>A d3g||
|:f2d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA<d F>AD>d|g2e>g (3Beg b>a|(3gab (3efg (3cde (3Aag|
f2d>f (3Adf a>g|f>dA<d F>AD>F|G>B (3efg (3fed (3afd|1 (3AFD A,>C D3g:|2 (3AFD A,>C D3D||

Eight comments

I learnt this tune today at the Hibernia Centre in Bristol, and transcribed from my tape of Jill Elliott’s teaching performance.
It goes well with The Laird of Drumblair strathspey (on this site) which I also learnt recently.

The tune seems to have come from Scotland to Donegal, as many strathspeys have done. “Hame”, I believe, is Scottish for “home”.

There is an error in second repeat bar of the first part; it should read (3Adf a>A d3g.


This one has been recorded by Tommy Peoples and Daithi Sproule on the record The Iron Man; The tune is played together with The Iron Man.

Dermot Byrne and Tommy Peoples on youtube

In the video at they seem to be putting the scottish snaps in the first of each dotted crotchet/semiquaver pair (eg “F<DA>D” instead of “F>DA<D”).

Which is the more usual session version?

Littlejohn’s Hame

This is a Strathspey by fiddler James Scott Skinner called “Littlejohn’s Hame” and can be found in a collection called “The Scottish Music Maker” (published 1957).