Caisleán An Óir hornpipe

Also known as An Caisleán Óir, Bobby Casey’s, Caisleáin An Óir, Caisleán An Oir, Caisleán Na Nór, Caislean Oir, Castle Of Gold, The Golden Castle.

There are 49 recordings of this tune.

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Caisleán An Óir appears in 1 other tune collection.

Caisleán An Óir has been added to 40 tune sets.

Caisleán An Óir has been added to 344 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

1
X: 1
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|: GF | DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2ga | gedc AdcA | DGGE FEDC |
DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2ga | gfdc AdcA | G2GF G2 :|
|: (3A=Bc | dgga _b2 ag | gfde f2ga | gfdc AdcA | DGGE FEDC |
DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2ga | gfdc AdcA | G2GF G2 :|
# Added by heike .
2
X: 2
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG|EA AG A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 GE G2 ED|
EA AB A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 AG A2:|:(3Bcd||
ea ab c'2 ba|ag ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 GE G2 ED|
EA (3GAB A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 AG A2:|
3
X: 3
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
A,DCE D2DG|ABBA d2de|dcAG EAGE|EDCA, C2A,G,|
A,DCE D2DG|ABBA dcde|dcAG EAGE|1 EDDC D2DC:|2 EDDC D3G||
Adde =f2ed|dcAB c2cA|dcAG EAGE|EDCA, C2A,G,|
A,DCE D2DG|ABBA d2de|dcAG EAGE|EDDC D3G|
Adde =f2ed|dcAB c2cA|dcAG EAGE|EDCA, C2A,G,|
A,DCE D2DG|ABBA dcde|dcAG EAGE|EDDC D2DC||
4
X: 4
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE| EDDC D2- :|
Adde f2 ed | dcAB c2 cA | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE | EDDC D2- :|
5
X: 5
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|Bc |dGG^F G2 Bc |(3ddd de f2 ga| gfdc AdcA |GAGE FDCF |
|DGG^F G2 Bc |(3ddd de f2 ga| gfdc AdcA |(3GGG G^F G2 :||:
Bc|dgga _b2 ag| gfde f2 ga| gfdc AdcA |GAGE FDCF |
|DGG^F G2 Bc |(3ddd de f2 ga| gfdc AdcA |(3GGG G^F G2 :||
6
X: 6
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG|EAAG A2 (3Bcd|edef g2 ab|aged BedB|A3B GEED|
EAAB A2 (3Bcd|edef g2ab|aged BedB|A2 AG A2||
(3Bcd| eaab c'2 ba|agef g2 ab|aged BedB|A3B GEED|
EAAG A2 (3Bcd|edef g2 ab|aged BedB|A2 AG A2||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B,EED E2FA | BAB(d d2)ef | edBA FBAF | (EEE)F D>B,B,A, |
B,EED E2FA | BABc d2ef | edBA FBAF | E2ED E2 B,/A,/B, ||
B,EED E2FA | BABc d2ef | edBA FBAF | (EEE)F D>B,B,A, |
B,EED E2FA | BABc d2ef | edBA FBAF | E2ED E2FA ||
Beef g2fe | edBc d2ef | edBA FBAF | (EEE)>F D>B,B,A, |
B,EED E2FA | BABc d2ef | edBA FBAF | {D}E2ED E2FA ||
Beef g2fe | edBc d2ef | edBA FBAF | (EEE)>F D>B,B,A, |
B,EED E2FA | BABc d2ef | edBA FBAF | {D}Ez EE E4 |]
8
X: 8
T: Caisleán An Óir
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|: GF | DG{A}G^F G2 (3A=Bc | d^cde {fa}f2ga | gfdc AdcA | DG{A}GE FEDC |
DG{A}G^F G2 (3A=Bc | d^cde {fa}f{e}fga | {ga}gfdc Ad{cd}cA | G2{A}GF G2 :|
|: (3ABc | dgga _b2 ag | {af}^fdde =f2ga | gfdc AdcA | DG~G2 DF~F2 |
DG{A}G^F G2 (3A=Bc | d^cde f^fga | {ga}gfdc Ad{cd}cA | G2{A}GF G2 :|

Thirty-three comments

This is pretty much Kevin Burke’s version on If the Cap Fits. I just checked TheSession’s list of recordings, and this tune has been ommitted from that list. It is spelled Caisle

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He, can we get the automatic misspell checker fixed? I thought I had typed the Irish name correctly (at least where capitalization is concerned, otherwise my Irish is rather rusty), but then I saw it with capitalization in all the wrong places. I tried to fix it, but it is automatically "corrected" on the details page. 😉

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Is this a Junior Crehan composition?

Yes, it’s generally attributed to him.

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Caislean An Oir

My Gaelic is almost non-existent,but am I correct in believing that the title means "The Twisting Of The Rope"? David

Caislean an Oir

Jocklet,
It just means "golden castle". I assume that the first word is a loan word from English and just adapted to the Irish spelling. The pronunciation is something like "cashlen" -> "castle". Literally, the Irish title means "castle of gold".

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T:Caislean an Oir
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:McMahon, Aidan & Anthony Quigney - a clare conscience
R:hornpipe
N:Transposed from G to A
Z:gm
K:ADor
AG|EA AG A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 GE G2 ED|
EA AB A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 AG A2:|:(3Bcd||
ea ab c’2 ba|ag ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 GE G2 ED|
EA (3GAB A2 (3Bcd|ed ef g2 ab|ag ed Be dB|A2 AG A2:|

Heard a year before Junior Creahan passed away

I have heard this tune played by Junior Creahan himself and fellows (fiddle, concertina) in Miltown Malbay in 1994 at Cleary’s (Quilty road). First of a set of three beautiful hornpipes :

cd ed ce d2 cA GE AE G2

and

B2 BG A2 GE DE GA G2

Lovely tune. What a great composer.

One dodgy note

for consistency, I would change
f2ga | gedc AdcA |
to match the other 3 bars of
f2ga | gfdc AdcA |

Title

does anyone know the name of that tune?

This is gonna sound silly, but it’s very close to a reel setting of the Golden Castle Hornpipe (Caislean an Oir), down a fifth and rushed, straight.

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Yes, but this transcription doesn’t scan right. Shouldn’t the final bar of the A-part be ~ | EDDC D2 :

In other words ~

K: Ddor
|: DC |\
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE| EDDC D2- :|
|: DG |\
Adde f2 ed | dcAB c2 cA | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de |[1 dcAG EAGE | EDDC D2- :|

~ without that extra bar at the end…

Tjhe YouTube starts later than the actual tune did, the reason I suspect for the strange transcription with 9 bars in the B-part. He’s playing it pretty much the way I’ve given your transcription ~ AABB, 8 bars for each part, 32 bars in total, not 33…

Oops! I forgot to remove that ending ~ |[1 ~ 😉

Duplication ~ 😏 ~ "Caisleán An Óir"

He’s playing a hornpipe not a reel… Here’s the comparison, having transposed directly from the Gdor version given on site here ~


X: 1
T: Caisleán An Óir
https://thesession.org/tunes/2170
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gdor
|: GF |\
DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2 ga | gfdc AdcA | DGGE FEDC |
DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2 ga | gfdc AdcA | G2 GF G2 :|
|: (3A=Bc |\
dgga b2 ag | gfde f2 ga | gfdc AdcA | DGGE FEDC |
DGGF G2 (3A=Bc | dcde f2 ga | gfdc AdcA | G2 GF G2 :|

K: Ddor
|: DC |\
A,DDC D2 (3E^FG | AGAB c2 de | dcAG EAGE | A,DDB, CB,A,G, |
A,DDC D2 (3E^FG | AGAB c2 de | dcAG EAGE | D2 DC D2 :|
|: (3E^FG |\
Adde f2 ed | dcAB c2 de | dcAG EAGE | A,DDB CB,A,G, |
A,DDC D2 (3E^FG | AGAB c2 de | dcAG EAGE | D2 DC D2 :|

"Caisleán An Óir" ~ rescued duplication

Submitted on January 24th 2012 by gian marco.
~ /tunes/11727

X: 3
T: Caisleán An Óir
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
|: DC |\
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE| EDDC D2- :|
|: DG |\
Adde f2 ed | dcAB c2 cA | dcAG EAGE | EDCA, C2 A,G, |
A,DCE D2 DG | ABBA d2 de | dcAG EAGE | EDDC D2- :|

Source: Brendan Hendry and Paul McSherry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTiek_ZKLpQ

Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta (with minor adjustments)

(Tune requested by "pmcallis")

# Posted on January 24th 2012 by gian marco

~ very close to a reel setting of the Golden Castle Hornpipe (Caislean an Oir), down a fifth and rushed, straight.

# Posted on January 26th 2012 by Will Harmon

I revised the ABC according to ceolachan’s comments. Actually in the youtube video the playing doesn’t start at the true beginning of the tune.

X:4

This is from Eddie Clarke’s Unheard album. It is originally harmonica but has been adapted for banjo.

Re: Caisleán An Óir

An Caisleán Óir would, I think, be better Gaeilge.

Re: Caisleán An Óir

Here’s a recording of Junior Crehan, composer of this tune, playing it himself.
www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/music/live/bonavella_JH2.htm
He is playing it on E dorian, and it’s odd that none of the settings here on the session are in that key since it is apparently the original key, straight from the horse’s mouth as it were. Maybe that is not the key it is most commonly played in anymore, I don’t know. If I knew how to enter ABCs I would enter junior’s E dorian version, but alas, I do not. Maybe someone else will take up the task.

Re: Caisleán An Óir

Thanks for the precious link you posted Lonnie. I will post a transcription of that E version for you soon.

Re: Caisleán An Óir

No one seems to have noticed -or remarked yet- how close to the well-known hornpipe ‘From Galway to Dublin’ Junior Crehan’s composition actually is.
Especially when played in the key of E or A.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1464

Re: Caisleán An Óir

…the general feel is of course quite different but then, it’s only a matter of (re)interpretation…

Caisleán An Óir, X:7

This is a transcription from a recording of Jr Crehan playing his own composition, accompanied by an unidentified tin-whistle player.
It appears on 5th position on the "stream" of tunes recorded on tape by Martin Talty for Timmy Casey and made available to the Clare County Library by John Joe Healy.
The date of recording is unknown but it was carried out at Junior (Martin) Crehan’s home.

A few words on this transcription:
Key : E
Tempo: 83bpm (crotchet=166)
The rhythm is rather dotted, as befits a hornpipe but I have only written it down where it was more noticeable.
I have not attempted to write down the bowing since it is difficult to do this when more than one fiddle is involved (the second fiddle, here, so to speak, is the whistle player).
All the second beats are strongly emphasised (that is; the ‘half-way beat’ in every bar).
The tune is played only once on the recording so this transcription covers it all.

Re: Caisleán An Óir

In addition, David Lyth has a transcription of this beautiful hornpipe in G DORIAN in his 2nd volume of Bowing Styles In Irish Fiddle Playing (Jr Crehan, p110)
You can download the three volumes for free (!) using the link provided by the author;
http://davidhlyth.co.uk/
(See; https://thesession.org/discussions/40671)
Thank you Dr. Lyth!

Re: Caisleán An Óir

Didier (5 years ago);
That’s a pertinent comment in the sense that both The humours of Tullycrine and this hornpipe generate the same sort of atmosphere and follow more or less the same melodic contour, including their [abab+cbcb] format. However there are significant melodic differences (timing of the highest notes for instance) between the two tunes.
The confusion is also produced by artists who recorded Jr Crehan’s tune under the name Humours of Tullycrine..