An tSeanbhean Bhocht hornpipe

Also known as An Shean Bhean Bhocht, An tSean Bhean Bhocht, The Poor Old Woman, Sean Bhean Bhocht, Sean Bhean Bhoct, Seanbhean Bhocht.

There are 32 recordings of this tune.

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An tSeanbhean Bhocht appears in 1 other tune collection.

An tSeanbhean Bhocht has been added to 8 tune sets.

An tSeanbhean Bhocht has been added to 123 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: An tSeanbhean Bhocht
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3ABc|dggf gedc|B2G2 GBdB|ceag afdB|c2A2 A2Bc|
dggf g2BA|GDBD GBdB|ceaf gedc|B2G2 G2:|
dc|(3Bcd gd (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd cA GBdB|ceae ceae|cABG A2dc|
(3Bcd gd (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd cA GBdB|ceaf gedc|B2G2 G2:|
ga|(3bag af gedc|B2G2 G2ab|(3c'ba bg afdB|c2A2 A2ga|
(3bag af g2BA|GDBD GBdB|ceaf gedc|B2G2 G2:|
X: 2
T: An tSeanbhean Bhocht
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Addc dBAG|F2 D2 D2 FD|Eeef ecAF|G2 E2 E2 FG|
Addc d2 FE|DEFE DFAF|GBec dBAG|F2 D2 D2:|
X: 3
T: An tSeanbhean Bhocht
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|Bd gf ge dc|B2 GF GB dB|ce ag af dB|c2 AG A2 dc|
(3.B.c.d gf g2 BA|GD BD GB dB|ce af ge dc|B2 GF G2:|
dc|(3.B.c.d gd (3.B.c.d gd|(3.B.c.d cA GB dB|ce ae ce ae|cA BG A2 dc|
(3Bcd gd (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd cA GB dB|ce af ge dc|B2 GF G2:|
ga|bg (3agf ge dc|B2 GF G2 ab|c'a bg (3agf dB|c2 AG A2 ga|
(3bag af g2 BA|GD BD GB dB|ce af (3gfe dc|B2 GF G2:|
X: 4
T: An tSeanbhean Bhocht
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B>c|d>g g>a g>e d>c|B2 G2 G2 A>B|c>e a>b a>g e>d|c2 A2 A2 B>c|
d>g g>f g2 B>A|G>D B>D G>B d>B|c>e a>g f>d c>A|B>G G2 G2:|
|:d>c|B>d g>d B>d g>d|B>d c>A G>B d>B|(3cde a>e c>e a>e|
(3cBA B>G A2 D2|(3Bcd g>d B>d g z|B>d c>A G>B d>B|c>e a>g f>d c>A|B2 G2 G2:|
|:g>a|(3bag (3agf g>e d>c|B>G G2 B>d g>b|(3c'ba (3bag a>f d>B|(3cec (3BcB A2 g>a|
b>d a>d g2 B>A|G>D B>D (3GAB d>B|c>e (3bag f>d c>A|B>G G2 G2:|

Eleven comments

A couple of questions

Hello there, all! I probably ought to have done this before I submitted, but I didn’t, and so I’m asking it here. I’m new to ABC, so I wasn’t exactly sure how to get the third-octave C note in that kind of notation (in staff notation, the C I’m talking about would appear two lines above the usual staff). So if during the thid part of this tune there’s a second-octave C during a triplet instead of a third-octave, it’s because of this. If anybody could tell me how to move a note into the third octave, I would be much obliged, and would go in and edit the piece accordingly.
About the piece, anyway; I learned this from The Chieftains 8, where it was paired with The Fairies’ Hornpipe. I like the piece because of the springiness of the rythm, so to speak, and so I tried my hand at transcribing it. I hope you enjoy it.

ABC submissions

Please don’t submit a tune without first testing it in some ABC software.

Check out the “ABC software” in the “Links” section for more information:

Anyway, to answer your question: to write a note in the third octave, add an apostrophe after the note. (For notes in the lowest octave, add a comma after the note.)

ABC submissions

Hmm? Yes, I did do that; went to a site right at the top of your ABC software list, actually. When I did, I only noticed that one flaw in the notation compared with tune as I heard it. Why? Were there more that I didn’t catch?

ABC submissions

I think some of the C notes you wrote as being “C” should have been “c” i.e., the middle rather than the lower octave.

There was one in the first part anyway. I’ve since changed it. If it is supposed to be in the lower octave, you can change it back by clicking on “edit the ABC notation” under the ABC tab.

Yeah, I noticed that, and I changed a few of those notes along with some other things I noticed wrong with the tune - like I said, I’m new to this. Anyway, thanks for telling me about that, and I’ll try to be more careful and not mess up like I did next time I submit.

One more correction

One more thing - I think the * ba * in bar 21 (the 5th bar of the 3rd part) should be * BA *.

“Mick Doyle’s Favourite Hornpipe” ~ this in D and with swing

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on December 17th 2006 by gian marco.

Just to play it safe, in case it might go “POOF!” ~ here it is again, exactly as GM notated it, all I’ve done is spaced it for easier reading and comparison of measures, however tempted I might be to > > > >

T: Mick Doyle’s Favourite
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: D Major
|: FG |
Addc dBAG | F2 D2 D2 FD | Eeef ecAF | G2 E2 E2 FG |
Addc d2 FE | DEFE DFAF | GBec dBAG | F2 D2 D2 :|
|: AG |
FAdA FAdA | FAGE DFAF | GBec dBAG | F2 D2 D2 :|

Liam O’Flynn’s version

An TSeanbhean Bhocht, X:4

I am learning to play the mountain (lap) dulcimer. My teacher showed me this version, arranged by Karen Ashbrook. She says it can be played as a round, which I haven’t tried yet but believe would be very interesting to hear. The syncopation in this version makes it unique among those posted already.

Re: An TSeanbhean Bhocht

Translates into English as The poor old woman