Arthur’s Seat hornpipe

Also known as The Star.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Arthur’s Seat has been added to 1 tune set.

Arthur's Seat has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Arthur's Seat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e>f |g>dB>G F>GD>C | B,<B,D>G B>dg>d | ^c>d=c>d A>dG>A | F>GE>F D>de>f |
g>dB>G F>GD>C | B,<B,D>G B>dg>d | e>cG>E C>gf>e | (3ded (3cBA G2 :|:
=f2| e>^d e>B c>B c>e | d>^c d>=c B>G B>d | c>B c>B A>B A>G | F>A d>^c d>^d ef |
g>dB>G F>GD>C | B,<B,D>G B>dg>d | e>cG>E C>gf>e | (3ded (3cBA G2 :|
E>F| G2 B2 B>d ^c>d | F2A2 A>d ^c>d | G2e>f g2 f>e | (3ded (3cBA G>D E>F |
G2 B2 B>d ^c>d | F2A2 A>d ^c>d | G2e>f g2 f>e | (3ded (3cBA G>D :|
X: 2
T: Arthur's Seat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
K: Bb
f/|b/>f/d/>B/ A/>B/ F/>E/|D/4D/4D/ F/>B/ d/>f/b/>f/|=e/>f/ _e/>f/ d/>f/c/>f/| B/>f/A/>f/ G/>f/F/>f/ |
b/>f/d/>B/ A/>B/F/>E/|D/4D/4D/ F/>B/ d/>f/b/>f/|=e/>f/g/>f/ _e/>c/A/>f/|B{a}bB:|
|:^f/|g/>^f/g/>d/ e/>d/e/>c/|f/>=e/f/>^c/ d/>c/d/>B/|e/>d/e/>=B/ c/>B/c/>_B/|A/>c/f/>=e/ f/>^f/g/>a/|
b/>f/d/>B/ A/>B/F/>E/|D/4D/4D/ F/>B/ d/>f/b/>f/|=e/>f/g/>f/ _e/>c/A/>f/|B{a}bB3:|
X: 3
T: Arthur's Seat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d'a fd cd AG | F2 A/B/d fa d'2 | ^ga =ga fa eA | dA cA B^G A2 |
dA Fd cd AG | F2 A/B/d fa d'a | ^ga ba =ge ce | dd af d4 |
d'a fd cd AG | F2 Ad fa d'a | ^ga =ga fa eA | dA cA B^G A2 |
d'a fd cd AG | F2 A/B/d fa d'2 | ^ga ba =ge ce | dd af d4 ||
ba bf gf ge | a^g ae fe fd | gf gf ef ed | ce a^g a2 Bc |
da fd cd AG | F2 A/B/d fa d'a | ^ga ba =ge ce | dd af d4 |
b2>f2 g2 ge | a^g ae fe fd | gf gf ef ed | ce a^g a2 Bc |
da fd cd AG | F2 A/B/d fa d'a | ^ga ba =ge ce | dd af2< d2 |]

Six comments

Arthur’s Seat

This is from the Blazin’ Fiddles album Magnificent Seven. On the album it is called the star, but it sounds like it is actually Arthur’s Seat played in G. Part of the Trasitionalisation process perhaps?

Arthur’s Seat, X:2

Arthur’s Seat was originally written in Bb (by J. Scott Skinner)
The setting from the Skinner manuscript was added under Fly By Night setting X:5 along with some very good notes added by Kevin Rietmann (thanks Kevin)
https://thesession.org/tunes/3122
I’ve added it again here for clarity (it is actually a different tune to Fly By Night) and to include the missing bar fromt he first part.

Re: Arthur’s Seat

In X:1 above the third note in the third bar should be c nat.

Re: Arthur’s Seat

You’re right of course, fixed now. Thanks Nigel!

Arthur’s Seat, X:3

Matt Molloy’s version from "Back To The Island".
The first long note in the second last line is supposed to be a roll.
The breathing breaks have been changed to longer notes by abc.

In 1975 my friends and I (from a schoolband) had visited Edinburgh and we drove to the parking place below Athur’s Seat in the evening to sleep there outside.
There was not much left to the "top", may be 5 minutes to walk. A gang of elderly folks passed us by, fully equipped with mountain gear, ropes and all that.
We were thrilled.

At that time Matt had still played with the Bothy Band.