Hobson’s reel

Also known as Sweet Molly.

Hobson's has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Hobson's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
d|:EE/E/ BE dEEe|dBAF DEFA|EE/E/ BE dEEe|dBAF B2E2:|
|:Eeef gefd|BdAF DEFD|Eeef gefd|BdFA B2E2:|

Three comments


Another cheeky tune I found when looking through the Rook manuscript (tune collection dating back to the 19th Century; very interesting go have a look! https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/rook/ ). A simple little reel that everyone could have some fun with. I’ve added in an additional ‘||:’ as the beginning just as a very slight correction to the original so that the a part is the correct length.

Would recommend you all go have a little look through the book: you might see something you recognise! The fact that John Rook went and hand-wrote out a thousand tunes is a lovely reminder that people have been playing and enjoying tunes for centuries. In the words of Bernard of Chartres: “[we are] dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants”. Long may the tunes continue!! Take care 🙂

Re: Hobson’s

This is a fairly well known tune called “Sweet Molly” which I think dates back to the mid-18th century (Aird’s Selection?), but I’d reckon it’s a wee bit older. Another name for the tune is “Hopetoun House” (Bremner). It must have been posted here before, and it’s probably in one of O’Neill’s collections.

Re: Hobson’s

Thanks Nigel! I looked it up and it is already up. Seems it also called ‘The Tap Room’, ‘Captain Murray’s’, etc. I’ll add it to that!