Mary Horne’s jig

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Mary Horne's has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Mary Horne's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:a2e ecc|dcc A3|dcd BBB|fee A2e|
a2e ecc|dcc A3|dcd Bfe|a^ga A2 e:|
|:cec AAA|cde dfe|cec AAA|dcd GBd|
cec AAA|cde dfe|dcd Bfe|a^ga A2 e:|
|:a2e cec|Adc Aec|Aae cec|Bdf fee|
a2e cec|Adc Aec|dcd Bfe|a^ga A2 e:|
|:cec AAA|adf ece|cec AAA|dcd GBd|
cec AAA|adf ece|dcd Bfe|a^ga A2 e:|
2
X: 2
T: Mary Horne's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:a2e ecc|dcc A3|dcd BBB|fee A2e|
a2e ecc|dcc A3|dcd Bfe|aaa A2 e:|
|:cec AAA|cde dfe|cec AAA|dcd GBd|
cec AAA|cde dfe|dcd Bfe|aaa A2 e:|
|:a2e cec|Adc Aec|Aae cec|Bdf fee|
a2e cec|Adc Aec|dcd Bfe|aaa A2 e:|
|:cec AAA|adf ece|cec AAA|dcd GBd|
cec AAA|adf ece|dcd Bfe|aaa A2 e:|

Eight comments

Mary Horne’s

A popular jig with Highland pipers, fiddlers, and accordionists.

There are 4 parts but I generally hear just the first two, given here.

The Donald Sutherland Collection lists the tune as composed by Donald Shaw Ramsay, but at least one online source lists the composer as G S MacLennan.

Re: Mary Horne’s

We, [ "Ceolbeg" ], recorded this nearly 40 years ago in 1982, all 4 parts, and I had it in the sleeve notes as composed by Donald Shaw Ramsay. I have never heard of it being attributed to G.S. MacLennan, and I have never seen it in any of his printed collections. Any way you cut it, this is only half a tune - will you post the whole tune, or will I ? And what’s with the "G#s" in a Highland pipe tune ?

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Mary Horne’s, X:2

Bob’s your Uncle Kenny!

Here’s the Highland pipe original with three "High A’s" in Bar 8.

I’ve heard box and fiddle do their own version with the high G’s being G# which I think is an improvement.

About the "half a tune" thing, it’s quite common for Highland pipe bands, in their Medleys, to play fewer parts than written, witness the fairly common 4 part Clumsy Lover and a vast number of Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels, and Strathspeys being played with 2 parts.

In fact I hadn’t known until I researched Mary Horne that it ever had 4 parts! I’d only heard the 2, as best I recall.

Re: Mary Horne’s

Thank you for that, Richard - I appreciate the effort on your part in posting the full transcription. I take on board what you say about 4-part tunes sometimes being truncated to 2 , especially in competition "medley" selections, that is certainly true. "G#"s can occasionally sound "more musical" than "Gnats" in certain pipe tunes, but not here, I would suggest. My opinion, anyway. We never did look into it, but does anyone know who "Mary Horne" was ?
I did look up the sheet music source we had for it , and it plainly states at the top right of the page "Donald Shaw Ramsay". I looked up "Mary Horne" in "Bain’s Directory of Bagpipe Tunes" - a fairly reputable source - and the jig is only listed once, in Donald Sutherland’s Collection, as you say.

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Re: Mary Horne’s

You’re welcome!

In the pipe version Bar 8 (all four parts) starts with three High A’s.

In the video I linked to above you can hear the box & fiddle playing A G# A in that spot.

Makes sense, because the tune feels like a straight A Major tune except for the G Major chord on the 2nd beat of Bar 4 in the second and fourth parts.

Re: Mary Horne’s

Mary Horne was DSR’s mother in law.

The tune was recorded on one of those mysterious albums that turn up in petrol stations and nowhere else played by pipe bands that never have and never will exist - I had a copy long ago (on cassette!) that did indeed attribute it to GS, but I can’t remember whether it was the tune title that was wrong or the attribution. These things invariably leak into online databases and persist endlessly, unfortunately.

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Re: Mary Horne’s

Thanks , Calum.

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