I got this tune from fiddler Jimmy Devine in Cranston, RI.
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.
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.
Played on his Bb flute, the reel has an unhurried, almost languid feel that makes it the perfect follow-up to the beautiful slow air ‘An Cailin Rua’ which precedes it. Tom writes (p.c.): ‘My version of the Peeler’s Jacket is largely based upon how I remember it being played by a master musician called John Doonan (piccolo player from Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, UK.’ [My transcription is for the standard flute in D.]
Note that the structure of this youtube version of the Peeler’s Jacket is different (AABA) from the version McElvogue recorded on his CD, The Long Hard Road: