Loch Gamhna hornpipe

Also known as Biddy Mickey’s, The Castle Of Tuamgraine, The Humours Of Tuaimgreine, The Humours Of Tuamgraney, The Humours Of Tuamgreany, Julia Clifford’s, Loch Laven Castle, Loch Leven Castle, Lochleven Castle, Lough Gowna, The Shagging Of Rafferty’s Coat, Silver Street Lasses, Tom Greany’s Castle, Tomgraney Castle, Toomgraney Castle, Tuamgrainey Castle, Tuamgrainy Castle, Tuamgraney, Tuamgraney Castle, Tuamigrainey Castle.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Cronin’s (a few times), The Little Stack Of Wheat (a few times) and McMahon’s (a few times).

Loch Gamhna has been added to 2 tune sets.

Loch Gamhna has been added to 230 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Loch Gamhna
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
(3BcB|A2AB AGEG|AGAB cBcd|(3efg fa gedc|B2G2 G2 (3BcB|
A2AB AGEG|AGAB cBcd|(3efg fa gedB|c2A2 A2:||
(3efg|a2ab ageg|agab a2ge|dega gedc|B2G2 GBcB|
A2AB AGEG|AGAB cBcd|(3efg fa gedB|c2A2 A2:||
X: 2
T: Loch Gamhna
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: cB | AGAB AGEG | AGAB cBcd | (3efg fa gedc | B2 G2 G2 cB |
AGAB AGEG | AGAB cBcd | (3efg fa gedB | c2 A2 A2 :|
|: (3efg | a2 ab ageg | agab a2 ge | dega gedc | B2 G2 G2 |
|1 (3efg | a2 ab ageg | agab a2 ge | dega gedB | c2 A2 A2
:|2 cB | AGAB AGEG | AGAB cBcd | (3efg fa gedB | c2 A2 A2 |]
X: 3
T: Loch Gamhna
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cB | "Am" A3 B AGEG | AGAB "C" c3 d | ef/g/ fg/a/ gedc | "G" B2 G2 G2 cB |
"Am" A2 AB AGEG | AGAB "C" c3 d | "Em" ef/g/ fg/a/ "G" gede | ~c2 A2 A2 :|
ef/g/ | "Am" a2 ab {ab}ageg | agab ab/a/ ge | "G" dega gedc | B2 G2 G2 ef/g/ |
{b}a2 ab ageg | agab ab/a/ ge | "Em" dega gede | ~c2 A2 A2 ef/g/ |
ag/a/ bg {ab}ageg | agab ab/a/ ge | "G"defg dedc | B2 G2 G2 cB |
"Am" {AB}A3 B AGEG | AGAB "C" c3 d | "Em" ef/g/ fg/a/ "G" gede | ~c2 A2 A2 ||

Fifteen comments

Loch Gamhna

Learnt this tune at the Clonmel Scoil

Eigse

Nice tune Trevor. You have picked up some gems during your visit to Clonmel. Keep ‘em coming. We want the full list.
I have heard this tune in the past under the name Tom Greany’s Castle.
FIDDLECASE

Loch Gamhna

Fiddlecase, I am indeed preparing a list of the tunes I was taught (not necessarily learned!) at Clonmel, and one or two others I came across, and I’ll post the list on my Clonmel thread. Some have already been posted on the tune database and there are more to follow. With two of them, though, I shall first have to transcribe the tutor’s play-through because he departs quite a bit from the printed versions (he’s a Mayo man, after all!), and this will take a little time.
Trevor

Loch Gamhna

For the benefit of those who do not know the pronunciation of Irish, "Gamhna" is pronounced more or less as "Gowna" - the anglicised form of the word.
Trevor

Loch Gamhna

This hornpipe, under the title of "Tuamgraney Castle", was popular in California in the very early seventies when I was first learning Irish tunes.

Loch Gamhna

I found another version of this hornpipe, titled Silver Street Lasses, in the James Moore manuscripts, Tyneside, 1841.

I think this was originally a Scottish reel with the title of Loch Leven Castle.

Loch Gamhna

I know it as Loch Leven Castle, too. I have it in Kerr’s Caledonian, and Marr & Co’s Royal Collection of Highland Airs, Quicksteps, etc, neither of which is dated, but I think early last century. 19xx something.

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goes down well in mixolydian too

Classical guitarist David Russell recorded this tune on his "Message of the Sea" CD, a collection of Celtic music, under the title "Loch Leven Castle". He noted that the Loch Leven Castle is on a small island near Kinross, and was the scene of many battles between the English and the Scots from 1290 onward. He states that Mary Queen of Scots was held theree in 1567, and escaped in 1568.

John Taylors album ” The Road Ahead”

John Taylor plays Loch leven castle along with two other songs in the same set…..does anyone know what the title of those songs are…?

Loch Gamhna, X:3

Pretty nice arrangement transcribed from Robin Williamson’s book The Penny Whistle Book.

In the conclusion he says "Above all, share whatever you find out musically; you can’t become less by giving away tunes or ideas." so hopefully he won’t mind.