Tommy Sullivan’s hornpipe

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One setting

X: 1
T: Tommy Sullivan's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG | Adfd Adfd | Adge B2ed | cdec A2Bc | defd A2FG | Adfd Adfd | Adge B2ed | cdec AABc | d2f2 d2: |
|:FG |A2f2 fgfe | B2g2 g3e | cdec A2Bc | defd A2FG | A2f2 fgfe | B2g2 g3e | cdec AABc | d2f2 d2: |

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Tommy Sullivan’s

Tommy Sullivan was born in Ireland in 1860 and immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, probably as a teenager. He married in 1888 and lived in a village known as Lakefield, Ontario. Mrs. Sullivan was a folk singer. The local history record notes that her husband was a fine fiddler and when I was a lad some 70 years ago, my own ancestors would attest to that. The impression is that Mr. Sullivan composed the tune, but if he didn’t he probably brought it here from "the old country" of his origin as many immigrants were wont to do. I expect it got its name from people who heard Tommy play it at dances and wakes in the community.
In those days you needed a lively tune for dancing - just to keep the pesky black flies and mosquitos from getting a grip. I’d be interested to know if any of the learned community on this site have seen it before.