The Exile’s Return hornpipe

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Exile’s Return has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Exile's Return has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Exile's Return
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AA|FAfA FAfA|GAeA FAfa|(3gbg (3faf (3ege (3dfd|(3cec (3BcB (3AcA (3GBG|
FAfA (3FAd fA|GAeA FAfa|(3gbg (3faf (3ege (3dfd|1 (3cBA Bc d2:|(3cBA Bc dF FF|:
fg ef df cd|BF Bd fd Bd|(3c^AF ^Ac fe dc|BF Bd fd Bg|
fg ef df cd|BF Bd fd Bd|cF ^Ac fe dc|1 BF dc B2 ag:|BF dc B2|
X: 2
T: The Exile's Return
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:G/G/G|EGeG EGeG|FGdF EGcg|f/a/f e/g/e d/f/d c/e/c|BcAB GAFG|
E/F/G eG E/F/G eG|F/G/A dF E/F/G cg|f/a/f e/g/e d/f/d c/e/c|1 BGAB c2:|2 B/A/G AB cE E/E/E||
|:eE/E/dE/E/ cE/E/BE/E/|A^GAc ecAB|^GEGB edcB|AEAc ecAf|
e/g/e d/f/d c/e/c B/d/B|AEAc ecAB|^GEGB edcB|1 AEcB A2 z f:|2 AEcB A3||

Five comments

Re: The Exile’s Return

This was recorded by George Ross on one of his HMV 78s in the 1950s. He played it in C as I recall and paired it with another hornpipe (incorrectly titled Dick Sand’s - it’s a bit of a mystery tune perhaps someone could shed some light on what it is….the first part has some similarities to St. Anne’s reel - it was recorded by buttons and bows ) I’m working on accurate ABC’s of George Ross’s versions of lots of tunes as part of a tune collection project here in Wexford.

Re: The Exile’s Return

As you probably know, this tune has been published as “The Concert Hornpipe” or “Coutt’s Concert Hornpipe” (e.g. Kerr’s Merry Melodies c1870s, Luke O’Malley’s Collection 1976). The George Ross project sounds very interesting - do let us know when it’s finished.

Re: The Exile’s Return

Yes I certainly will. The project is rather a big proposition, it started with gathering unpublished local compositions (including one reel by George and tunes by some of George’s contemporaries like Tom Byrne and Liam Gaul among others) and has grown and grown as the amount of material, local settings etc started to emerge from old reel to reel and cassettes etc. So far there are about 40 compositions by Wexford district musicians, along with some fairly rare tunes from a hand written manuscript dating from the 1870s that turned up in the thatched roof of a house in Kilmore in South Wexford. Then expanded to try to accurately notate Georgie’s (as he’s known here) settings from his HMV recordings and Comhaltas recordings, and Tom Ferris’s vast repetoire (Tom won the All-Ireland accordion in the 1960s.

The Exile’s Return, X:2

This is an attempt at transcribing George Ross’s setting of The Exile’s return as played on his HMV 78 record of 1956. I’ve already posted the second hornpipe - which was probably incorrectly titled ‘Dick Sand’s’ on the recording and the name has stuck since.
You can listen to 3 of George Ross’s four 78 records at this site, run by local enthusiast Paddy Joyce

These two hornpipes start at 5 min 41 sec in to the audio on Youtube.

Buttons and Bows recorded these two, giving credit to George as their source. They changed the key of the tunes (I’m assuming to suit Jackie Daly’s C#D box). I brought Jackie Daly to George’s house one afternoon not long before George passed away, and Jackie got a good recording on an old fashioned cassette recorder.
Jackie had been playing a concert in Wexford the night before, there had been a few tunes after and he expressed an interest in meeting George, who I think may have adjudicated Jackie in winning his All-Ireland accordion title.
So I think the buttons and bows version above is from that 1980s home audio rather than the 1956 recording, hence the variations, because of course like all wonderful players, George Ross played his ‘pet tunes’ as they are known here, a little differently every time he played them.