The Blackbird hornpipe

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

The Blackbird has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Blackbird has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Blackbird
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fe|d>cA>F G>FD2|(3EFG A>B =c>Bc>A|d2A>F G>BA>G|EFD2 D2 (3ABc|
d>cA>F G>FD2|(3EFG A>B =c3A|d2A>F G>BA>G|EFD2 D2:|
za|d2 (3efg a>gf>a|g>fg>a g>fd>A|d2f>g a>ba>g|(3fgf d2 d2 (3efg|
a>gf>a g2f>e|d>cd>e f>de>d|d>cA>F G>BA>G|F2D2 D2:|
zA|D>EF>G A>B (3=c_BA|d>Ad>e d>cA>F|D2 (3EFG A>dA>G|(3FGF D2 D2A>F|
D2 (3EFG A>B=c>A|d>cd>e f>de>d|d>cA>F G>BA>G|F2D2 D2:|
X: 2
T: The Blackbird
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fe|:dcAF GF D2|(3EFG AB =cBcA|d2 AF GBAG|(3FGF D2 D2 (3ABc|
dcAF GF D2|(3EFG AB =c3 B|dDFA GBAG|1 F2 D2 D2 (3gfe:|2 F2 D2 D2 z A||
|:defg agfa|gfga gfd2|defg abag|(3fgf d2 d2 (3efg|
agfa ~g2 fe|dcde fd (3efe|dcAF GBAG|1 (3FGF D2 D2:|2 F2 D2 D2 z A||
DEFG AB (3 =cBA|dcde dcAF|D2 (3EFG ABAG|(3FGF D2 D2 z A|
DEFG AB=cA|dcde fd (3efe|dcAF GBAG|1 F2 D2 D2 z A:|2 (3FGF D2 D2||

One comment

The Blackbird

Yet another hornpipe going by this name! Hope I haven’t overlooked an existing entry… anyway, I got this one from the playing of Padraig McGovern and Peter Carberry:

This tune shares quite a few bits with this Blackbird — in fact, I first mistook it to be this one because of the catchy opening phrase — but then again it is even more similar to the *reel* of that name (as recorded by The Bothy Band, c.f. And it features a nice 3rd part.

PS: Be sure to watch the other clips of the above concert as well! :~)