The Stoney Steps hornpipe

Also known as Cincinnati (B&E), Jenkin’s, Jenkins’, The Stepping Stone, The Stony Steps, Washington, The Washington.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Stoney Steps has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Stoney Steps has been added to 61 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Stoney Steps
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GABc dG~G2|eGfd gG~G2|EGDG EGDG|(3ABc BA GFED|
GABc dG~G2|eGfd gG~G2|EGDG cedc|1BAGF ~G3F:|2BAGF G2Bc||
dG~G2 dG~G2|efgf edeG|edeB cBAG|FcBA GFED|
GABc dG~G2|eGfd gG~G2|EGDG cedc|1BAGF G2Bc:|2BAGF ~G3F||
# Added by jdave .
X: 2
T: The Stoney Steps
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F2|Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA BAGF|
Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA B2:|
|:de|fBAB gBAB|gaba g^fgd|g^fgd edeB|cdec BAGF|
Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA B2:|
X: 3
T: The Stoney Steps
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ce>c B>AG>F |
B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ec>A B4 :|
|: f>BA>B g>BA>B | g>ab>a g>^fg>f | e>dc>^B c>Bc>d | e>de>c B>AG>F |
B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ec>A B4 :|

Ten comments

The Stoney Steps

A hornpipe learned from Eamonn Cotter’s wonderful pure drop recording "Traditonal Music from County Clare" This tune is different than the stoney steps reel that’s the title for one of Matt Molloy’s albums.

-Jonathan

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Lovely tune

Thanks for this one - a cracking wee tune with a lovely swing to it and a couple of great runs.

Stoney Steps

Sorry to upset you hibernophiles but this one is venerable and English. Its a classic English polka recorded from at least two if not more) 19th Century Southern English manuscript tunebooks. It makes a pleasant change to have Irish players pinch English tunes ‘cos it usually works the other way round.

Noel Jackson
Angels of the North

Washington Hornpipe

I don’t hear the polka in this tune at all. It’s definitely a hornpipe the way I play it anyway. Not sure about its origin but I understood it was a 19th century Scottish tune. There’s another hornpipe called Stoney Steps that appears in English manuscripts. One of the 2 tunes gets mistaken for a James Hill tune but I’m not sure which one. The original key for this one was apparently Bb but I’ve seen it in A also. My setting goes like this:

X: 1
T: The Washington Hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Bbmaj
F2|Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA BAGF|
Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA B2:|
|:de|fBAB gBAB|gaba g^fgd|g^fgd edeB|cdec BAGF|
Bcde fBAB|gBaB bBAB|GBFB EBDB|GecA B2:|

A variation for bars 3 and 7 is 6th leaps |GeFd EcDB|.

“The Stony Steps” / “The Stoney Steps” ~ 1884

"The Athole Collection" ~ 870 strathspeys, reels, jigs, hornpipes and country dances…
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R: Hornpipe
K: Bb Major
|: B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ce>c B>AG>F |
B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ec>A B4 :|
|: f>BA>B g>BA>B | g>ab>a g>^fg>f | e>dc>^B c>Bc>d | e>de>c B>AG>F |
B>cd>e f>BA>B | g>Ba>B b>BA>B | G>BF>B E>BD>B | C>ec>A B4 :|

“The Washington Hornpipe” ~ specifics for the duplications linked to above

Key signature: A Major
Submitted on November 29th 2005 by Ptarmigan.
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I have this from a friend’s original copy of an 1851 fife tune collection. It’s in Bb major and titled "Good for the Tongue."
The booklet is called "Howe’s School for the Fife," published by Elias Howe, Jr., through Oliver Ditson and Co., of 277 Washington Street in Boston.

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Elias Howe has a great publishing history and had considerabe linfluence on the ‘traditional’ scene, despite the perpetual claims of music notation illiteracy by some ~ his output included some great tune and dance collections…