The Harp And The Shamrock hornpipe

Also known as Harp & Shamrock, The Harp & Shamrock, The Harp & The Shamrock, The Harp And Shamrock.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Harp And The Shamrock has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Harp And The Shamrock has been added to 274 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Harp And The Shamrock
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:gf|edBc dBGB|AGEF GA(3Bcd|e2ed efge|dBAG A2BA|
GEED E2DE|GABG A2gf|eage dBGB|AGGF G2:|
|:(3Bcd|e2ed efgf|eddB d2BA|GABG cdec|dBAG (3ABc BA|
GEED D3E|GABG A2gf|eage dBGB|AGGF G2:|
X: 2
T: The Harp And The Shamrock
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gf|edAB dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge|dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 gf|
|edAB d2 B/A/G|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge| dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d||
|:e2 ed eggf|eddB d2 BA|GAAG B/c/d e/f/g|dBAG A2 BA|
|G~E3 D3 E|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|1 AGEF G2 B/c/d:|2 AGEF G2 gf||
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Fourteen comments

The Harp and the Shamrock

Source : Alan & John Kelly : "Fourmilehouse"
Transcription: g.m.p.

A very beautiful one! Thanks.

Thanks, Gian Marco! Kevin Crawford’s unaccompanied flute playing of the tune on Lunasa’s new album is really lovely.

I’m curious about the composer of the tune. Who is Pat Crowley?

Lovely tune, sounds nice after The Mountain Ranger hornpipe (in D Maj), not in Bb as sometimes played under alternative name of Rose-bud reel
I’ll try to submit tune shortly

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Pat Crowley? Is it the same guy who plays in Mary Black band?

The Harp and the Shamrock

The other night, I got hooked on Sean Smyth’s playing of Mick O’Connor’s, the tune that follows The Harp and the Shamrock on Lunasa’s Redwoods cd. And after listening to Kevin Crawford’s lovely job on this tune I decided I had to suss it out too. I gather he’s on an Eb flute, playing this out of the "G" position, and it comes out as follies:

X: 1
T: The Harp and the Shamrock
C: Pat Crowley
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
gf|edAB dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge|dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 gf|
|edAB d2 B/A/G|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge| dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d||
|:e2 ed eggf|eddB d2 BA|GAAG B/c/d e/f/g|dBAG A2 BA|
|G~E3 D3 E|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|1 AGEF G2 B/c/d:|2 AGEF G2 gf||

I’ll leave it to you to choose when to cut and when to tap to separate the doubled notes (mostly E’s A’s and G’s). The ~E3 roll in the last line of the B part sounds less like a roll and more like three E eighth notes with a more deliberate cut and tap breaking them up. Kevin also plays |GDEG D3 E| for that measure.

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From the liner notes of John Carty’s "At it again":

"The second hornpipe [The Harp and the Shamrock] Dan Collins played for me, Brian McGrath and Arty McGlyn during the recording of my last album. It’s starting to become quite a hit around Ireland and rightly so. Pat Crowley composed the tune and recorded it with Johnny McCarthy. He named it after his parents’ pub in Kinsale, Co. Cork."

“The Mountain Top/Ranger Hornpipe”

This is for ‘Enob’ who suggested these two as a set:

Key signature: Dmajor
Submitted on April 23rd 2006 by you.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5699

A bit lame as a hornpipe. It’s ok as a reel with minor changes to the part endings. Otherwise it doesn’t really go anywhere.

Who scuffed up your blue suede shoes?

Harp and shamrock

Garry Currie

Harp and shamrock

Garry Currie plays a really nice version on his cd "up the steps" - a solo dancing practice cd. (definately worth a listen).
Kevin Crawford’s version on Reedwood sounds more like a slow reel whereas Garry’s is very definate/strong HP timing.

Alternate Name

I just can’t stop calling this tune "The Shark and the Hamhock"…

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