The Boar’s Head hornpipe

Also known as The Boar’s Head Carol, Pibddawns Pen-y-Baedd.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Boar’s Head has been added to 1 tune set.

The Boar's Head has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Boar's Head
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3def|gfgb afdB|cBce dBGD|B,DEF GABc|(3ded (3Bdc A2 (3def|
gfgb afdB|cBce dBGD|B,DEF GABc|(3Bdc (3AcB G2:|
|:A2|BGAB cdef|gfgb afdc|Bdef gabg|(3abg (3fge d2 ef|
gfgb afdB|cBce dBGD|B,DGB dcAF|G2 B2 G2:|

Three comments

This tune was composed by Llewelyn Williams, a Welsh musician of the early 19c. I find it goes well preceding the Belfast Hornpipe, which, in some respects, seems to have a similar feel.
The version here posted differs slightly from the original in that the 3rd bar of part B of the original reads Bdgb c’abg. For information about playing those high c’s on the fiddle see

This is a nice tune, altho’ I would have liked both parts to end uniformly, perhaps with the last couple of bars of the B-part which is a nicer turn than the version in the A-part.

Re: The Boar’s Head

Re alternative title, isn’t the Boar’s Head carol a different tune? I think the carol tune’s older than this one.