I was surprized this one wasn’t on here already. I think Michael Coleman recorded it.
the low c in the last bar is a mistake. it’s supposed to be an octave higher.
2nd to last bar
“The Western” / “The Tara Brooch” / “The Mountain Stream” / “The Athlone ~ Hornpipe
I’ve known this in several guises an keys but as a 32 bar hornpipe:
|: g>f |
e>c (3ccc G>cE>c | e>c (3ccc G>cE>c | A>F (3FFF C>FA,>F | (3ABc B>d c>eg>f |
e>c 3cBc G>^FG>c | e>c (3ccc G>c (3EGc | A>F (3FFF C>FA,>F | (3ABc B>d c2 :|
|: g>f |
(3eee c>e g>ag>e | (3fff d>f a2 g>f | e2 c>e a>gf>e | d>cB<A G2 g>f |
e2 (3cde g2 (3gfe | f2 (3def a2 g>f | e>g (3ggg a>fd<B | (3ccc c>B c2 :|
“The Western Hornpipe” ~ another key and a few other ways
There’s no reason you can’t play it in C on winds, just play the notes too low to finger up an octave, for example ~ | A>F (3FFF c>FA>F | ~ etc… But here it is in the key of D, following that lead, playing the notes lower D up an octave ~ | B>G (3GGG D>GB,>G | ~ …
K: D Major
|: ^g>a |
f>d (3dcd A>dF>d | f>d (3dcd A>dF>d | B>G (3GGG D>G>B>G | (3Bcd c>e d>fa>g |
f>d (3dcd A>^GA>d | f>d (3dcd A>^GA>d | B>G (3GGG D>G (3GGG | (3Bcd c>e d>a |
|: ^g>a |
(3faf d>f a>^ga>f | (3gbg e>g b>^ab>g | (3faf d>f b>agf | (3efe (3dcB A>a^g>a |
f>A (3def a>ba>f | g>B (3efg b2 a>g | f>a (3aaa b>g (3edc | d2 A2 D>a :|
That said, I should have added, I prefer it as a 16 measure tune and played as a ‘highland fling’…but you probably guessed that anyway… 😉
The link for the Western that directs you here from the Recordings data base from the seminal Liz Carroll Album of the same name is actually a different tune. It should read the western reel and lovely as this hornpipe is, it’s not the tune from Liz Carroll’s album.
I had just typed up my first abc from a transcription and was intending posting it after checking the tunes data base when I came across it, posted by protz in January 2010:
T: Western, The
|:ABcd eA A/A/A|ABcd eagc|d2 fd gBdB|BAeA fAe^g|
aA A/A/A ABcA|ABcd eagc|d2 fd gBdB|[1 BAeA A3 E:|[2 BAeA A2 cd||
|:ea ~a2 eA B/c/d|BGdB gBcd|ea ~a2 efga|ecdB ABcd|
ea ~a2 eA B/c/d|BGdB gBdB|BAeA fAed|[1 cAeA A2 cd:|[2 cAeA A3 E||
Almost identical to the version I have, but protz has made a better job of the ornamentation, thanx protz.
I have a question for the group. On John Whelan’s "Pride of Wesford" album, he plays a set of hornpipes titled"Paddy O’briens Hornpipes". The second tune in the set is the Western Hornpipe. Can anyone identify the first one. I would be most grateful.
The Western, X:5
transcribed from the classic album Russell’s house with Simon Bradley and Eamonn Coyne. Great set of hornpipes
Re: The Western
Fascinating discussion precedes James Kelly’s version of Coleman’s set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRf6dI7jvA