Galway Bay hornpipe

Also known as The Democratic, The Drunken Sailor, Galway Bay, The Galway Bay.

There are 64 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Drunken Sailor (a few times), Murphy’s (a few times), The Acrobat (a few times), The Banks (a few times) and The Banshee’s Wail Over The Mangle Pit (a few times).

Galway Bay has been added to 14 tune sets.

Galway Bay has been added to 219 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
GA|:~B3 c dcdf|~g3 a gabg|fdbg fdcd|B{c}AGF GFDF|
GFGA BABG|~F3 G AGFD|GABc dcBA|(3BcB G2 G2 z2:|
|: g{a}fdf gabg|gfdf dBGA|~B3 c dcde|fc (3dcB AGFD|
BFdB cFcA|BFdB Acd_e|dfga bagf|d2 g2 g2 z2:|
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X: 2
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
GA|BABc dcd^f|g^fga gabg|=fdbg fdcd|BAG^F GFDF|
G2GA BABG|=F2FG AGFD|GABc dcBA|B2G2G2:|
|:g2|gfd^f gabg|g=fdf GFDF|BABc dcd=e|fcdB AGFD|
G^FGA BABc|BFdB AFec|d^fga bag=f|d2g2g2:|
X: 3
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EF | GFGA ~B3d | edef dfge | dBge dBAB | GFED EDB,D |
~E3F GFGE | D2DE FEDB, | EFGA BAGF | G2E2 E2:|
~e2- | edBd efg~e- | edBd EDB,D | ~G3A BABc | dABG FEDB, |
GDBG FDcA | GDBG FDcA | Bdef gfed | B2e2 e2 :|
# Added by gone .
X: 4
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EF | GFGA ~B3d | edef dfge | dBge dBAB | GFED EDB,D |
~E3F GFGE | D2DE FEDB, | EFGA BAGF | G2E2 E2:|
~e2- | edBd efg~e- | edBd EDB,D | ~G3A BABc | dABG FEDB, |
GDBG FDcA | GDBG FDcA | Bdef gfed | B2e2 e2 :|
# Added by Nico .
X: 5
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EF|:~G3 A BABd|e2 ed efge|dBge dBAB|GFED EDB,D|
E2 EF GFGE|D2 DE FEDB,|EFGA BAGF|(3GAG E2 E2 z2:|
|:edBd efge|edBd BGEF|~G3 A BABc|dA (3BAG FEDB,|
G2 BG F2 A2|G2 BG F2 A2 |Bdef gfed|B2 e2 e2 z2:|
X: 6
T: Galway Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E | F G3 A B3 | d e3 e>fg>e | d>Bg>e d>BA>B | G>FE>D E>DB,>D |
E3 F G3 E | D3 E F>ED>B, | E>FG>A B>A (3FGA | G2 E2 E3 :|
|:e>dB>d e2 g>f | e>dB>=c B>GE>F | G3 A B3 c | d>AB>G F>ED>F |
G>DB>G F>DA>F | G>DA>G F>D=c>A | B>de>f g>fe>d | B2 e2 e2 :|

Fifteen comments

This name has already been used as an alt. for the Drunken Sailor but this is the tune that’s in O’Neill’s and recorded by both Joe Burke and Andy McGann as Galway Bay, so I hope it’s ok to use it.

I’ve relied on the McGann recording. If you like his use of double stops you could try |:[B3D3]c [d3F3]f| for the first bar of the A and |d [g2d2] [g2d2]| for the last bar of the B part.

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Another version from O’Neill 1001gems

X:2
T:Galway bay
R:hornpipe
S:O’Neill
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gmin
GA|BABc dcd^f|g^fga gabg|=fdbg fdcd|BAG^F GFDF|
G2GA BABG|=F2FG AGFD|GABc dcBA|B2G2G2:|
|:g2|gfd^f gabg|g=fdf GFDF|BABc dcd=e|fcdB AGFD|
G^FGA BABc|BFdB AFec|d^fga bag=f|d2g2g2:|

Galway Bay

It’s also recorded by John McGann in his Octave Mandolin & Bouzouki book.

The Democratic

Someone asked in a discussion thread what people played with The Rights of Man. I remember someone playing this with it (not what I use myself - that’s Kemp’s, to be submitted soon).

I’ve known this tune ever so long. But now I discover that it’s from Kerr’s Merry Melodies Vol II. There, it is in G minor, but since I’ve always thought of it (and, as far as I know heard it played this way) in Eminor, that’s what I’ve used here.

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In a set with the “Rights of Man”

My preference is to go into "The Blackbird". Nice change of key I feel.

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Which one?

Which Blackbird, hetty?

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“The Blackbird”

This one!
https://thesession.org/tunes/1104

It’s the only one I’ve ever known but thank you for the prompt, I hadn’t realised there were so many.
I’ve never had the need to research it. Just shows there is always something new to learn.

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Paddy Carty, Conor Tully etc. played this tune a lot - in the key of Gm and basically as a slowish reel rather than a hornpipe (no dotted notes)

Another version in a different key

https://thesession.org/tunes/10145/comments

X: 1
T: Democratic, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Emin
EF | GFGA ~B3d | edef dfge | dBge dBAB | GFED EDB,D |
~E3F GFGE | D2DE FEDB, | EFGA BAGF | G2E2 E2:|
~e2- | edBd efg~e- | edBd EDB,D | ~G3A BABc | dABG FEDB, |
GDBG FDcA | GDBG FDcA | Bdef gfed | B2e2 e2 :|

The Democratic
Someone asked in a discussion thread what people played with The Rights of Man. I remember someone playing this with it (not what I use myself - that’s Kemp’s, to be submitted soon).
I’ve known this tune ever so long. But now I discover that it’s from Kerr’s Merry Melodies Vol II. There, it is in G minor, but since I’ve always thought of it (and, as far as I know heard it played this way) in Eminor, that’s what I’ve used here.
# Posted on December 27th 2009 by ethical blend

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The Democratic is also the name for this tune in Cole/Ryan’s, where it’s in g.

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Paddy Carty Transcription

I have done a transcription of Paddy Carty’s version of this tune this afternoon. It’s a quick job but consists of most of the important elements in his playing. If anybody is interested, feel free to email me and I can send you on a MuseScore file with the score attached. It would be too much hassle for me to write it out in ABC with all of the ornaments and such included.

The Drunken Sailor

Tommy Potts called this "The Drunken Sailor" on his excellent solo fiddle album "The Liffey Banks" (which Frankie Gavin just highly recommended to an audience in Austin a couple nights ago, and rightly so).

And yes, the one listed above (https://thesession.org/tunes/10145/comments) does seem to be a duplicate. Is there a way to request a merge?

Galway Bay, X:5

This is the version I originally learned many years ago in the key of G Dorian. This is the same version only in E Dorian.

Galway Bay, X:6

This seems to belong in the Pride of Petravore / Rights of Man / King of the Fairies stable of tunes. Nice to throw in as a contrast to some of the lighter, major scale hornpipes. Or maybe just put all the minor / dorian ones together - fill yer boots!

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch.