A lovely hornpipe, popular in sessions in my area.
I’ve not heard a 3-part setting before. I’ve heard it played with a 2nd part either like the B-part posted here, or like the C-part, or somewhere between the two. This is one of a large body of hornpipes which is known throughout Great Britain and Ireland, and despite its title, cannot be said to be ‘from’ any particular part thereof.
Irish players I have heard playing this tune, play bars 4, 12 (and, in theory, 20) as:
This is a great tune! Very versatile tempo wise. Accompanying instruments may produce lush harmonies, moving bass lines and fill in substitution chords which sound wonderful at a slower tempo. This also sounds well at speeds approaching a reel.
Whoa! It has 3 parts?
Been playing it for years and never knew. Neither did the lady I learned it from who played it in Chicago for 30 years. Hmm…
2 parts - player’s choice?
So play it as you learned it then and you’ll show where on the ITM family tree you are? Playing three parts would cause it to become a solo then.
The C part given here is just a variation on the B-part, and I’ve only ever heard it given that way, on several continents and over a long stretch of time… It works as it usually does, as a 32 bar hornpipe, swung by some and straight as an arrow and even reel-like by others…
“The Liverpool Hornpipe” ~ some other ways with it
T: Liverpool, The
|: A>G |\
F>DF>A d>fa>f | g>fe>c d>cB>A | G2 B>G F>GA>F | E>^DE>F (3GBA A>G |
F>DF>A d2 (3agf | g>fe>c d2 (3cBA | d>fa>f b>g (3edc | d2 d>c d2 :|
d2 f>d c2 e>c | B>^AB>c d>cB>=A | G2 B>G F2 A>F | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>DF>A d>fa>f | g2 (3fec d>cB>A | d>f (3agf b>ge>c | d2 A2 D2 :|
Another option ~ with those variations as a second ending ~
[2 d>fd>f c>ec>e | B>cd>e d2 (3cBA | G>BG>B F>AF>A | E>^DE>F G>BA>G |
F>D (3FGA d>fa>f | g>e (3fec d>cB>A | a>f (3def b>g (3ece | d2 (3ddd d2 |]
Seán Ó Cearbhaill
X: 3 “The Liverpool Hornpipe”
N: # Added by andy9876 as "Manchester’s Hornpipe" - January 23rd, 2008
"The Alston Hornpipe"
# Added by ceolachan - January 20th, 2008
With these notes:
I have this as Manchester’s (Joshua Jackson Manuscripts, 1798) which is quite different. Anyone know this by another name? It’s not "Ricketts" (also called "The Manchester"), on here as:
# Posted by andy9876 - January 23rd, 2008
c: Maybe Joshua Jackson wasn’t so good with geography? ~ or didn’t like Liverpool? :-/
# Posted by ceolachan - January 23rd, 2008
~ unable to find my copy of Joshua Jackson to check…
The Liverpool, X:4
I first heard this tune played by the Spinners, I have loved it ever since then. I just think that this one is more like the one the Spinners played :)
The Liverpool, X:5
Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.
A tin whistle version here
Re: The Liverpool
This tune it seems to be Swedish..http://www.folktunefinder.com/tunes/15940
The Liverpool, X:6
Transcribed from Fergal Scahill’s playing on his CD ‘Wayfaring’
The Liverpool, X:7
This is a version from the Winders of Wyresdale. From c1820s
More info andyhornby.net/Winders.html
Re: The Liverpool
re. The Swedish version..
Hornpipes arrived in Sweden via sailors and were called Engelskas ( Englishes) like you might have a Schottische. This one was recorded by the brilliant band Groups on their album "Vildhonung". A nice variation
Re: The Liverpool
Oops, I’ve listened to Groupa almost as long as I’ve known this Liverpool Hornpipe, but never thought of any connection until your post.