The Hawk hornpipe

There are 38 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Grant’s (a few times), The Great Exhibition (a few times), In And Out The Harbor (a few times), J.O. Forbes, Esq. Of Corse (a few times) and Janine’s (a few times).

The Hawk has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Hawk has been added to 111 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Hawk
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|:d2 fd Adfe|dfeg fagf|e2 ge Begf|edcB ABcA|
d2 fd Adfe|dfeg fagf|edef gABc|1dAfe d2 (3ABc:|2dAfe d2 cB||
Aafd Agec|Agec dcBA|BAcB dced|fegf e2 ef|
gafg efde|caBg AfGe|cdef gABc|1dAfe d2 cB:|2dAfe d2 (3ABc||
X: 2
T: The Hawk
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
(3Bcd|e2ge Begf|egfa gbag|f2af cfag|fedc BcdB|
e2ge Begf|egfa gbag|fefg aBcd|eBgf e2:|
|:(3BBB|Bbge Bafd|Ba/g/fd edcB|cBdc edfe|gfag f2fg|
abga fgef|dbca BgAf|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|
X: 3
T: The Hawk
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|:B2|Bbge Bafd|Bged edcB|cBdB eBfB|gBag f2fg|
abga fgef|dbca BgAe|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|
|:B2|Bbge Bafd|Bged edcB|cBeB fBgB|aBag f2fg|
abga fgef|decd BcAe|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|
X: 4
T: The Hawk
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2|Aafd Agec|Afdc dcBA|BAcA dAeA|fAgf e2ef|
gafg efde|caBg AfGd|cdef gABc|dAfe d2:|
|:A2|Aafd Agec|Afdc dcBA|BAdA eAfA|gAgf e2ef|
gafg efde|cdBc ABGd|cdef gABc|dAfe d2:|

Sixteen comments

The Hawk

Thanks for posting this Jocklet. One of James Hill’s most famous hornpipes. Different versions have that 2nd bar of the B-part as |Ag/f/ec dcBA| or |Afdc dcBA| - I don’t know which one I prefer. Anyway, it was originally written in E major:

K:Emaj
(3Bcd|e2ge Begf|egfa gbag|f2af cfag|fedc BcdB|
e2ge Begf|egfa gbag|fefg aBcd|eBgf e2:|
|:(3BBB|Bbge Bafd|Ba/g/fd edcB|cBdc edfe|gfag f2fg|
abga fgef|dbca BgAf|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|

The Shetland Fiddler is probably a corruption of the original hornpipe :-)

Beginish recorded it as a reel. It seems they took it from John Doherty.

If you’re like me and you don’t like that ascending bit in the B-part, you do something like this:

|:B2|Bbge Bafd|Bged edcB|cBdB eBfB|gBag f2fg|
abga fgef|dbca BgAe|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|

This is based on Joe Hutton’s setting, who had it slightly differently on the pipes:

|:B2|Bbge Bafd|Bged edcB|cBeB fBgB|aBag f2fg|
abga fgef|decd BcAe|defg aBcd|eBgf e2:|

…Except that he had it in D, and his pipes were tuned about a tone below concert so the whole thing came out in C.

Yamadasan, although this tune is more like a hornpipe the way the melody leaps about, it more often than not gets played fast and straight like a reel, since there are no strings of triplets. I think it works played both ways.

The Hawk

This is indeed the original of "The Shetland Fiddler", which is a pipe version first published in 1954 by Donald Shaw Ramsay.

It begins a set entitled "The Bells Of St. Louis" on De Danann’s album "A Song For Ireland".

Dr Dow’s Emaj version of this tune is a cracker for anyone from the highland pipe tradition trying to get to grips with a border pipe. Not only is it from the "right region" but it is full of loads of really awkward accidentals which are a real so and so for those of us who have never had to deal with such things before! I expect to be spending an awful lot of time staring at this page in the hope that one day I might produce a credible version of this tune and maybe to have developed my border piping in the process too.

This ‘hornpipe’ was actually written as a reel by the legendary fiddler James Hill and named after the pub in Gateshead where he lived. He also wrote a polka of the same name, which was recorded by Alistair Anderson many years ago (1978?) on his classic LP ‘Corby Crag’ (where I learned this information).

The Hawk

Wonderful recording by Northumbrian piper Andy May and his gang on CD "Andy May: Happy Hours" (2013?, Fellside FECD224; www.fellside.com). It’s part of the first track, which is simply labelled "Swearybox" but includes "The Hawk" as its second tune.

X:4
T: The Hawk
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K:Dmaj
|:A2|Aafd Agec|Afdc dcBA|BAcA dAeA|fAgf e2ef|
gafg efde|caBg AfGd|cdef gABc|dAfe d2:|
|:A2|Aafd Agec|Afdc dcBA|BAdA eAfA|gAgf e2ef|
gafg efde|cdBc ABGd|cdef gABc|dAfe d2:|

The Hawk, X:4

the alt 2nd parts in D transposed from Dows 3rd setting in E