I’ve known this tune for well over 30 years, having first heard it played by a very popular band in the south of England called ‘The Yetties’. They learnt it from a fiddler friend who played nothing but Irish music. Since joining The Session I discover a tune called ‘The Galtee Hunt’ submitted Nov. 21st 2001. They are related with the ‘A’ music the closest. The version I have submitted should also be played at a pace slower than would be expected for a hornpipe and I reckon the speed to be around 100.
As ‘The Galtee Hunt’ I understand this to be a set dance tune.
I’ve not heard this played by anyone else since first hearing it so I am pleased to have the immediate information that the session has been able to give me upon submitting it.
The Hunt (hornpipe)
Hetty, can you confirm that the rhythm of the 4th and 8th bars of the A-part, and of the 8th bar of the B-part, is correct. It seems unusual in that each of these bars is lengthened by two extra 1/16 notes (as dots to the first two notes of each bar). The effect is intriguing and would be guaranteed to puzzle all but the best rhythm players!
The Hunt (hornpipe)
On reflection, that rhythm probably wouldn’t puzzle the worst rhythm players either. They wouldn’t notice it.
I would call this a set dance rather than a hornpipe - the length of the second part being twelve bars rather than the standard eight.
Hi Trevor, as you thought, the bars mentioned are incorrectly transposed here. Bar 4 in the ‘A’ music should read;- semi-quaver, dotted quaver, dotted quaver, semi-quaver. ditto in bar 8 and in bar 8 in the ‘B’ music. The result should be as found in a strathspey. I am using ABC2Win to transform my ABC notation into manuscript and midi at home before submitting it and used 1/8 as the default length. I had problems with these bars then and tried 1/16 as the default, amending the writing accordingly. This was successful but I had to use 1/8 when submitting it to the session. Look at the ABC and you should find it correct.
In bar two the top ‘a’ should read ‘A’ above middle C. On playing the ‘B’ music for the last time leave out the triplet and finish on G.
Let me know how you get on.
If you download the sound bite bear in mind that the speed is far too fast.
I have discovered what was wrong with the problem bars. The < sign was put in the wrong place. I have now ammended the ABC so all should be correct.
|: (3DEF |
|: G>A (3BAG A>GE>G | c>d (3edc d>cB>a | G>AB>G A>GE>D |E<A (3AAA (3ABc B>A |
G>AB>G A>G (3EFG | c>Bc>d e>f (3gfe | d>B (3GAB A>GE>D | E>G (3GGG G2 :|
|: (3DEF |
G>AB>c (3ded d>e | =f2 (3fed e2 e>d | (3efe e>d e>fg>e | (3ded d>e d>BA>B |
c2 c>d e>dc>B | A2 (3GAB (3ABA G>E | G2 g>a g>ed>B | A2 A>B (3ABA G>E |
G>A (3BAG A>G (3EFG | c>Bc>d e>fg>e | d>B (3GAB A>GE>D | E>G (3GGG G2 :|
The Hunt is definitely a set dance and can be found in O’Neill’s 1001 Tunes Book (Tune No. 976). It’s a much nicer tune than the variant known as the Mount Phoebus Hunt played in parts of West Clare.
Transcribed, based on the youtube video above. I added the D/E/F pick-ups:
T: Hunt, The
R: set dance
S: From a video of a solo flute and step dancer in Ireland, 1980s
GABG AGEG|c2 ce dcBA|GABG AGED|EAAG A2 BA|
GABG AGEG|cdec dcBA|GA B/A/G AGED|E<GGF G2 D/E/F:||
GABc d2 de|=f2 fe f2 ed|e2 ed efge|d2 de d2 cB|
cBcd edcB|A2 AB (3ABA G2|g2 gf gedB|A2 AB A2 BA|
GABG AGEG|cdec dcBA|GA B/A/G AGED|E<GGF G2 D/E/F||
Whistle and Sing?
I think I learned this tune 20 years ago from the book "Whistle and Sing" which I’ve misplaced. This is how it comes out for me now, and is my first shot at abc. :)
T: The Hunt
R: hornpipe/set dance
(D||:G>A)BA/G/ A>GE>G|c2 c>e d>cB>A|G>ABA/G/ A>GED|E>AA>G A>c BA|
G>ABA/G/ A>GE>G|c>ded/c/ d>cBA|G>A B<G A>GE>D|E<GGA G3 D:||
||:G>AB>c d2 de|=f2 =f2 .=f2 e>d|e2 e2 e>fg>e|d2 d>e d2 c>B|
c>Bc>d e>dc>B|A2 A>B A2 G2|.g2 .g2 g>edB|A2 A>B A2 GE|
G>A)BA/G/ A>GE>G|c2 c>e d>cB>A|G>A B>G A>GE>D|E<GGF G2 D/E/F:||
Can you help me??/
how do i listen to the tunes on this website??
is there a way to do it?
‘Download’ ~ ‘Sound Files’ ~ et voila!
Click on the ‘Download’ tab and then ‘Sound Files’. You’ll get a midi take on the melody…
If I remember correctly, the Boys Of The Lough recorded this tune or something very similar on one of their CD’s or albums several years ago.
The Hunt, X:5
Here is a setting of this great set-dance as performed in a concert given in Uccle (Brussels) around 1977 by Bloempataat, one of the best Belgian Irish-music band of the 1970s.
Since then, I play this tune like this, almost as a slow reel, with quite a lot of accents (and the grace notes I added). Enjoy !