Sonny Murray’s hornpipe

Also known as Charlie Is Welcome Home, Delahanty’s, Delahunty’s, The Groves Of Slaney, The Home Brew, The Homebrew Hornnpipe, The Homebrew, The Hunter’s, The Iron Gate, John Quinn’s, Quinn’s, The Road To Boyle, The Wicklow.

There are 42 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Sonny Murray’s appears in 5 other tune collections.

Sonny Murray’s has been added to 37 tune sets.

Sonny Murray's has been added to 259 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Sonny Murray's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG|ABAF DEFG|AG (3FED =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAF|G2GF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AG (3FED =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
de|f2fd ecAF|Gggf g2fg|a2ab agec|dcAF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AG (3FED =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
2
X: 2
T: Sonny Murray's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG|A2AF DEFG|AFed =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAF|G2GA G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AGAB =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
|:de|f2fd edcA|defd g2 (3efg|a2ab agef|dcAB G2FG|
A2AF DEFG|AFed =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
3
X: 3
T: Sonny Murray's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAF|DGGF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
de|fedf edcA|dggf g2fg|abag agec|dcAF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
4
X: 4
T: Sonny Murray's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3EFG|ABAF DEFG|AGAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAF|G2(3GGG G2(3EFG|
ABAF DEFG|AGAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|(3FGFD2 D2:|
fg|af (3fff gfeg|fedc defd|(3efe (3dcB ABcd|(3efe (3dcB A2 fg|
(3aaa fa gfeg|fedc defd|eAAF GBAG|(3FGFD2 D2:|
5
X: 5
T: Sonny Murray's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FG|ABEG DEFG|ABAB c2 (3ABc|dcde dcAF|DFAF (3GBG FG|
(3ABc AF DEFG|ABAB c2 (3ABc|defd cAGE|FDDC D2||
de|fefd ecAF|Gggf g2 (3efg|a2 ag agec|(3dfd cA G2 FG|
(3ABc AF DEFG|ABAB c2 (3ABc|defd cAGE|FDDC D2||

Twelve comments

Sonny Murray’s

I love the surprise jump to the c-natural in the 1st part. Gets me every time.

Sonny is a great Clare concertina player now in his eighties. He was originally from West Clare but has lived in Ennis for many years. This tune is very much associated with Sonny and he always follows it with Home Ruler and Kitty’s Wedding in that order.

The Wicklow Hornpipe

T:Wicklow Hornpipe, The
T:Road To Boyle, The
T:Homebrew Hornpipe, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:John Williams
R:hornpipe
N:
D:
Z:g.m.p.
K:D
FG|A2AF DEFG|AFed =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAF|G2GA G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AGAB =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAG|F2D2 D2:|
|:de|f2fd edcA|defd g2 (3efg|a2ab agef|dcAB G2FG|
A2AF DEFG|AFed =c2 (3AB^c|d2de fdAG|F2D2 D2:|

Micho recorded this on John William’s self-titled album, just as transcribed above.

This is called the "Groves of Slaney" on Finbarr Dwyer’s "Pure Trad Music" album.

The Wicklow Hornpipe

The following version is after L.E. McCullogh, who, in his tin-whistle tutor, discusses various ways of ornamenting it - a recommended reading!

X: 1
T:The Wicklow Hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
dB|ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAF|DGGF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2:||
de|fedf edcA|dggf g2fg|abag agec|dcAF G2FG|
ABAF DEFG|AFAB =c2 (3AB^c|dcde fdAG|F2D2 D2 :||

I fail to warm to this tune dispite its striking features. I don’t feel guilty. Even since it’s a hornpipe!

‘what some lack in beauty they make up in character’

Sonny Murray’s, X:4 Recorded by Frank Quinn 1925

The fiddler, Frank Quinn (1893-1964) of Greagh, Drumlish, Co. Longford, recorded this hornpipe as the first of two tunes in the set entitled "The Home Brew - Hornpipe" in July 1925. I have transcribed his recording and while the first part matches the other versions posted here, he seems to have a different second part.

The Wicklow/Quinn’s, X:5

A setting for a box player from Padraig O’Keeffe, transcribed the the manuscripts published by Dan Herlihy is 2003 book. The key is a guess but the Cnat throughout sounds better than the C# throughout. (I know next to nothing about accordions/melodeons, but the notation suggests a single row/single key box.) He called it Quinn’s, presumably John rather than Frank.
He gave another setting to a fiddle player but I cannot compare them because the ITMA site seems to be struggling these past few days. This link might work:
https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/score/padraig_okeeffe_oconnor_mss_e_029
POK also recorded the hornpipe (as one of John Quinn’s). He does not seem to play the (interesting?) 1st phrase in bar 1 rather he plays the bar 5 phrase.