Sonny Murray’s hornpipe

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

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Home Ruler (a few times) and Kitty’s Wedding (a few times).

Sonny Murray’s has been added to 13 tune sets.

Sonny Murray's has been added to 220 tunebooks.

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Four settings

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 :||
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:|
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 :||
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 :||

Eleven 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.