The Atlantic Roar hornpipe

Also known as The Atlantic Sound, The Flowers Of Loughros, Tuaim Na Farraige, Tuam Na Farraige.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Atlantic Roar has been added to 1 tune set.

The Atlantic Roar has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Atlantic Roar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF |: G2 GF G2 Gf | gefd e^cAG | F2 FE F2 D2 | G2 GF GDB,D |
G2 GF G2 Gf | gefd e^cAG | F2 FE F2 DF |1 AB (3AGF GDEF :|2 AB (3AGF GABc ||
de (3d^ce d2 B=c | (3def ga bgdc | Be (3d^ce d2 =cB | A2 F2 A2 FA |
de (3d^ce d2 B=c | (3def ga bgdc | (3BdB GB (3AcA FA |1 G2 GF GABc |2 G2 GF G4 :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Atlantic Roar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DEF|G2 {A}GF G2 ef|gefd e^cAG|F2 {G}FE F2 D2|G2 {A}GF GDB,D|
G2 {A}GF G2 ef|gefd e^cAG|F2 {G}FE F2 DF|AB A/G/F GABc||
|:d^cde d2B=c|d/e/f gbab gd|Bdde d2=cB|AFDF AFDF|d^cde d2B=c|
d/e/f gabg d=c|B2GB A2FA|1 G2GF GAB=c:|2 G2GF G|
X: 3
T: The Atlantic Roar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF | G2 GF G2 Bd | (3gag fd e^cAG | F2 FE FAD>F | GB (3AGF GDB,D |
G2 GF G2 Bd (3gag fd e^cAG | F2 FE FAD>F | AB (3AGF GAB=c ||
ded^c dBB=c | (3d=cB gb afd^c | (3BdB GB (3AcA FA | A^GAB AFDF |
d^cde dBB=c | (3d^=cB gb afd^c | (3BdB GB (3AcA FA | G2 GF G2 |]
X: 4
T: The Atlantic Roar
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF |: ~G3 F G2 ef | ge fd ec AG | ~F3E FE DF | AB (3AGF .GD (3DDD |
G2 GF ~G2 ef| (3.g.f.e fd ec AG | ~F3E FE DF |1 AB (3AGF G2 (3DEF:|2AB (3AGF GA Bc ||
|:.d2 ^ce d=c Bc | (3.d.e.f gb af gd | Bd ^ce dB =cB | .AD (3DDD GB (3.A.B.c |
.d2 ^ce d=c Bc| (3.d.e.f gb af gd | (3.B.d.B GB (3.A.c.A FA |1 G2 GF GABc :|2 G2 GF G4|]

Twelve comments

Atlantic Roar

This is a transcription of "The Atlantic Roar" from "The Northern Fiddler”.
In the mid/late 1960s, Aberdeen Folk club produced a small magazine called “Chapbook”, and one of the issues in 1967 had a short article on Johnny Doherty. The hornpipe “The Atlantic Roar” was mentioned in that
particular article as follows:

“Far and away the most remarkable tune of John Doherty’s collection is “The Atlantic Roar”, a tune in hornpipe time that John Mosie McGinley of Glencolumkille composed. This is the story of it’s composition.
John Mosie McGinley was a fiddler and a friendly rival of John Doherty’s father. One night he was returning from a wedding party and being overcome with fatigue [!] he lay down on a sand dune on the seashore and fell asleep. As he slept, the sea kept shouting its’sad mysterious and lonesome story and when John Mosie woke, he reached for his fiddle and composed this tune. It is a tune full of the great voice of the Western Ocean and of the swell and wash of the waves on a shingly strand.”

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Atlantic Roar

Thanks for this Kenny
There was a discussion about a submission of the Reel by same name recently (posted as the hornpipe) where I posted the info from Fiddler’s Companion and suggested someone get the tune from the Northern Fiddler so that the correct hornpipe be included. The Tune and my comments were all deleted. So I didn’t know if anyone else read that before its implosion into cyberspace.

A Roar

3rd bar B section - last note of triplet is an octave too low I think.

Yaaaaaay!

Key ?

With all the C#’s in this tune, isn’t it in D?

Spelling!

The spelling in Irish is wrong, as usual. It’s "Tuaim na Farraige" which just means "the sound of the sea"

Composer

I was playing this recently. Although it has been many years since I learned this from an old CCE LP of Doherty’s playing, I am sure he introduces the tune and names "an old fiddler" Anthony Helferty, as the sleeper-composer, not John Mhosai. A mighty tune and one "perfectly composed snippet of abstraction" which really does echo its inspiration. I am giving my version of it here, but be warned, I never learned to read / write music. A key for me is still something you open doors with, or sardine tins in the old days. However, by looking at ABCs and knowing what it should all sound like when it comes together, I think this is reasonably accurate, at least according to the ABC converter I tried it on. If it is a complete FU, I will cite Tansey as my excuse "Tis only an experiment".

X: 1
T: Tuaim na Farraige / The Atlantic Roar
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
DEF|G2 {A}GF G2 ef|gefd e^cAG|F2 {G}FE F2 D2|G2 {A}GF GDB,D|
G2 {A}GF G2 ef|gefd e^cAG|F2 {G}FE F2 DF|AB A/G/F GABc||
|:d^cde d2B=c|d/e/f gbab gd|Bdde d2=cB|AFDF AFDF|d^cde d2B=c|
d/e/f gabg d=c|B2GB A2FA|1 G2GF GAB=c:|2 G2GF G|

LongNote is right!

Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Aidan O’Donnell recorded this on their Fidil CD, and they credit Anthony Helferty as the composer. Their notes say he was a traveling musician from Lifford, and that he composed this after "falling asleep beside the sea at Loughros Mor near Ardara, on the way home from a ‘Big Night’, or dance." Great CD by the way…

The Atlantic Roar

The following note is from ‘Donegal Fiddlers Summer School Music Tutor, Vol.2’:

"Tuam na Farraige: The composition of this tune has been credited to both John Mosai MacFionnlaigh of Loch Inse, Glencolumbkille and Anthony Halferty of Inishowen who travelled southwest Donegal extensively teaching the fiddle. Halferty called the tune "The Flowers of Loughros". The title used here refers tot he story told by John Simi Doherty concerning its composition inspired by the roar of the Atlantic. The transcription is from the playing of Frank Cassidy and another from John Simi Doherty can be found in ‘The Northern Fiddler’."


X:967
T:Tuam na Farraige
T:The Atlantic Roar
T:The Flowers of Loughros
S:Donegal Fiddle Tutor Vol.2
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:G
(3DEF | G2 GF G2 Bd | (3gag fd e^cAG | F2 FE FAD>F | GB (3AGF GDB,D |
G2 GF G2 Bd (3gag fd e^cAG | F2 FE FAD>F | AB (3AGF GAB=c ||
ded^c dBB=c | (3d=cB gb afd^c | (3BdB GB (3AcA FA | A^GAB AFDF |
d^cde dBB=c | (3d^=cB gb afd^c | (3BdB GB (3AcA FA | G2 GF G2 |]

X:4

learned from Johannes Schiefner who got it from Sean Keane, then made it my own pipe version…

Atlantic Roar

Vincent Campbell also credits Halferty with composing this; interestingly enough Vince plays it as a slow descriptive piece or march perhaps, very different and attractive than hearing it in its usual form.

Re: The Atlantic Roar

Hello, I am looking for the sheet music for "The Atlantic Sound" as played by Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly on Eavesdropper, can anyone help please? Thanks