Murphy’s hornpipe

Also known as Ag Leimt I Ndiaidh An Phíobaire, Coronation, Crannciuil Ui Mhurcadha, Jumping After The Piper.

There are 69 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with An Comhra Donn (a few times), Galway Bay (a few times), The Plains Of Boyle (a few times), An TSeanbhean Bhocht (a few times) and Byrne’s (a few times).

Murphy’s appears in 6 other tune collections.

Murphy’s has been added to 9 tune sets.

Murphy's has been added to 189 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dedc BcdB|efg ed cdef|~g3d ecAG|FGAF DE (3FED|
X: 2
T: Murphy's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GzBG EFGE|ABcA DFAF|G2dg ecAF|1"r"G3F G3D:|2"r"G3F G3B||
|:dedc Bcdg|(3efg ed ^cdef|g2gd ecAG|"(**)"FGAF DcBA|
GzBG EFGE|ABcA DFAF|G2dg ecAF|1 "r"G3F G3B:|2 G2BA G4||
"(*)"FDFA "(**)"FGEF
# Added by cac .

Nine comments


I got this tune from fiddler Jimmy Devine in Cranston, RI.

John Harvey

This tune appears in Bernie Stocks’ abc collection, ‘The Microphone’s Rambles’ as a highland.

A Slight Miscalculation

In measure #2 of Part B, I don’t believe that the high G is supposed to be there, as with the G the measure has nine eighth-notes, which is not in keeping with the time signature of 4/4 and would make it awkward if one is learning the tune for the first time. Also, I’ve always heard the C in that same measure played as a C sharp, but I think that the measure works with both the natural and with the sharp. Just thought I might point that out.
I like the tune, though; I’ve seen other versions without the triplets, and the hornpipe has less spring when played without them. As far as discography goes, Murphy’s Hornpipe was also on The Chieftains’ very first album, back from 1963 if memory serves, coupled with An Comhra Donn, or The Brown Chest (which, I note, is not present in The Session’s archives).

Looks like all he’s done is miss off the (3 from the start of the triplet (3efg.

Murphy’s Hornpipe

Known as the Coronation Hornpipe in Howe’s School for the Violin circa 1862.

Please, is not so much time I’m here and I’m playing fiddle and whistles. But in my opinion this version seems not to fit with the one I listen on the first Chieftains’s album in set with "An comhra donn".
Or it’s my fault ?
I don’t reach to find THAT version, played in the second part of the set before turning back on the "An comhra donn" tune.

Name in Irish

O’Neill gives the name as Crannciuil Ui Mhurcadha (Murphy’s Hornpipe: 1850 # 1624; 1001 # 856)
"Ag Leimt i ndiaidh an Phíobaire" translates as "Jumping after the piper"