The First Of May hornpipe

Also known as 1st Of May, Colcannon, The First Of May, The Four Provinces Fling No.1, The Four Provinces Highland Fling, The Skillet Pot.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Jenny Lind (a few times).

The First Of May has been added to 3 tune sets.

The First Of May has been added to 48 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The First Of May
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA AB c2 c2|Ad de f2 ef|gf e^c df ec|d^c AF G2 FG|
EA AB c2 c2|Ad de f2 ef|gf e^c de dc|1A2 (3GAB A2 FG:|2A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg||
|:~a2 af ~g2 ge|~f2 fd ~e2 ef|gf e^c df ec|d^c AF G2 FG|
EA AB c2 c2|Ad de f2 ef|gf e^c de dc|1A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg:|2A2 (3GAB A2 FG||
X: 2
T: The First Of May
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
E*AA>B c2 c2 | A>dd>e f2 e>f | g>fe^>c d*fe>c |1 d*^cA>F G2 F>G :|
a2 (3agf g2 g>e | f2 f>d e2 e>f | g>fe>^c d*fe>c | d>^cA>F G2 F>G |
E*AA>B c2 c>B | A*dd>e f2 e>f | g>fe>^c d>f (3edc | A2 (3BA^G A2 ||
X: 3
T: The First Of May
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AG|"A5"EAAB cBce|d^cde "D"f2 ef|"A5"gfe^c "D"dfec|"A5"(3Bcd AF "Dsus"G2 AG|
"A5"EAAB cBce|d^cde "D"f2 ef|"A5"gfe^c "D"dfe^c|1"A5"A2 (3GAB A2 AG:|2"A5"A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg||
|:"D"a3f "A5"g3e|"D"fgfd "A5"e2 ed|"C2"(3B^cd ef gfe^c|d^cAF "Dsus"G2 AG|
"A5"EAAB cBce|d^cde "D"f2 ef|"A5"gfe^c dfe^c|1"A5"A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg:|2"A5"A2 (3GAB A2 AG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The First Of May
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AF|EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gfed cdec|dcAF GFGE|*
EAAB cBcA|dBde f2 af|gfeg dfec|A2A2A2:|*
eg|a2 af g2 ge|f2 fd e2 ed|cdef geed|cAAF GFAE|*
EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 af|gfed cAdc|A2A2A2:|
A>G|E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>d|c>AG>F G2 A>G|*
E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>c|A2A2A2:|
f>g|a2 a>f g2 g>e|f>gf>d e2 e>d|c>de>f g>fe>c|d>cA>F G2 A>G|*
E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>c|A2A2A2:|*
AG|EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gedc dfed|cAGF G2G2|*
EAAB cBcA|dBde f2 ef|gedc dfec|A AA A2:|*
fg|a2 af g2 ge|fgfd e2 ed|cdef gfed|cAGF G2G2|*
EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gedc dfec|A AA A2:|
X: 5
T: The First Of May
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: A,DDE FF D/E/F |GFGA B/B/B AB |cBAF GcBA |GFDB, C/C/C B,C |
A,DDE FF D/E/F |GFGA BBAB |cBAF GAGF |1 D/E/D DE D3 B, :|2 D/E/D DE D2Bc ||
|: d2dB c2cA |BAGB A2 AB| cBAF GcBA |GFDB, CCBc |
d2dB c2cA |BAGB A2 AB| cBAF GAGF |D/E/D DE D2 Bc|
d2dB c2cA |BAGB A2 AB| cBAF GcBA |GFDB, CCB,C
A,DDE FF D/E/F |GFGA BBAB |cBAF GAGF | D/E/D DE D2 CB, ||

Sixteen comments

Source: Mick Moloney, Eugene O’Donnell, Seamus Egan: " Three Way Street"
Transcription: g.m.p.

Tune Recorded in the late 1920s by The Four Provinces Orchestra.

The Four Provinces Fling

There is a mistake in the sheetmusic. ( the ABC is correct ).
All the "c"s in the 3rd and 7th bar of the 1st and 2nd part are actually c#.
I’m sorry.

The Four Provinces Fling

Also the "c"s in the 4th bar of the 1st and 2nd part are actually c#.( Almost all the c are #, and the tune is in Ador. ) (!?)

I know this as the melody for the Culcanon song.

The chorus goes like:

Oh you did, so you did, so did he, and so did I.
And the more I think about it, the nearer I’m to cry.
Weren’t them the happy days, when troubles we knew not,
And our mothers cooked culcanon in the little porridge pot.

Can’t remember the verses, or even who I heard sing this.

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T: Four Provinces Fling, The

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: Ador
|: F>G |
E*AA>B c2 c2 | A>dd>e f2 e>f | g>fe^>c d*fe>c |1 d*^cA>F G2 F>G :|
2 A2 (3GAB A2 ||
|: (3efg |
a2 (3agf g2 g>e | f2 f>d e2 e>f | g>fe>^c d*fe>c | d>^cA>F G2 F>G |
E*AA>B c2 c>B | A*dd>e f2 e>f | g>fe>^c d>f (3edc | A2 (3BA^G A2 ||

Four Provinces Fling No.1, The

This is better known as a hornpipe called "The First of May" and is found in O’Neill’s.

I would suppose that ‘better known as’ is relevant… However, the ending for the B-Part is less ‘classic’ of a Highland in being four measures in length, but not unheard of… I’d learned this as a ‘fling’ first, not from any of the O’Neill collections, but I can hear and feel the ‘hornpipe’ in it…

ceolachan said, "I would suppose that ‘better known as’ is relevant…"

I suppose you’re right. I think it’s known in US old-time circles as First of May, as played by James Bryan and others.

Hello, and What are these in the ABCs?

Hello.

I’m new to the Session, just signed up. My first question has to do wiht the ABCs posted above for The Four Provinces Fling. In the first full line and the last line of the tune, there are asterisks between notes. What are those? I don’t remember using asterisks for anything in ABC before, and Skink chokes on them. Are they really supposed to be ">"s?

Thanks.

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One more question……

I forgot to ask this question — Nigel says "I think it’s known in US old-time circles as First of May, as played by James Bryan and others." Does anyone have a transcription of and Old-Time version of it? Any Old-Time discography for it?

I ran into this tune while looking through a book, "Rantin’ Pipe and Tremblin’ String" by George Emmerson, though I know I’ve heard it before.

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Cál ceannann: Colcannon

Well did you ever make colcannon
made with lovely pickled cream
with the greens and scallions mingled
like the picture in the dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top
to hold the meltin’ flake
of the creamy-flavoured butter
that our mother used to make?

Oh you did, so you did,
so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it, sure
the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh weren’t them the happy days
when troubles we knew not
and our mothers made colcannon
in the little skillet pot.

Well did you ever take potato cake
and boxty to the school
tucked underneath your oxter
with your books, your slate and rule?
And when teacher wasn’t lookin’,
sure, a great big bite you’d take
of the creamy-flavoured soft
and meltin’ sweet potato cake.

Well did you ever go a-courtin’ boys
when the evenin’ sun went down
and the moon began apeepin’
from behind the Hill o’ down.
Did you wandered down the boreen
where the clúrachán was seen
and you whispered lovin’ praises
to your own dear sweet colleen.

I think this makes a crap fling. It sounds more like a barndance or set dance type thing to me.

Kevin Rowesomme’s Version

X: 1
T: First Of May, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Ador
|:AG|EAAB cBce|d^cde f2 ef|gfe^c dfec|d^cAF G2 AG|
EAAB cBce|d^cde f2 ef|gfe^c dfe^c|1A2 (3GAB A2 AG:|2A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg||
|:a3f g3e|fgfd e2 ed|(3B^cd ef gfe^c|d^cAF G2 AG|
EAAB cBce|d^cde f2 ef|gfe^c dfe^c|1A2 (3GAB A2 (3efg:|2A2 (3GAB A2 AG||

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First of May—three versions

I like to play the following three versions in succession. The one in the middle makes most musical sense to me, but I like how weird the other two are too.

X:1
T:First of May
S:Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes
K:Am
M:4/4
L:1/8
E:10
P:A
AF|EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gfed cdec|dcAF GFGE|*
EAAB cBcA|dBde f2 af|gfeg dfec|A2A2A2:|*
P:B
eg|a2 af g2 ge|f2 fd e2 ed|cdef geed|cAAF GFAE|*
EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 af|gfed cAdc|A2A2A2:|

X:2
T:First of May
S:Allan’s Irish Fiddler
K:AMix
M:4/4
L:1/8
E:7.5
P:A
A>G|E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>d|c>AG>F G2 A>G|*
E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>c|A2A2A2:|
P:B
f>g|a2 a>f g2 g>e|f>gf>d e2 e>d|c>de>f g>fe>c|d>cA>F G2 A>G|*
E>AA>B =c>Bc>A|d>=cd>e f2 e>f|g>fe>c d>fe>c|A2A2A2:|*

X:3
T:First of May
S:O’Neill
K:A
M:4/4
L:1/8
E:10
P:A
AG|EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gedc dfed|cAGF G2G2|*
EAAB cBcA|dBde f2 ef|gedc dfec|A AA A2:|*
P:B
fg|a2 af g2 ge|fgfd e2 ed|cdef gfed|cAGF G2G2|*
EAAB cBcA|dcde f2 ef|gedc dfec|A AA A2:|

The Four Provinces Fling, X:5

This is my transcription of "The First of May" from the 2011 recording by Anglina Carberry and Martin Quinn