Dwyer’s hornpipe

Also known as An Gasur Mór, An Gasur Mor, Dwyer’s, O’Keefe’s No 1, Prime’s, Prime’s, The Waterford, The Waterford.

There are 27 recordings of this tune.

Dwyer’s appears in 4 other tune collections.

Dwyer’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Dwyer's has been added to 69 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Dwyer's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3 G|:F2 D2 D>FE>D|C<E A,2 A,2 A>G|F>GE>F D3 e|f>de>c d>AB>G|
(3FGF D2 D>FE>D|C<E A,2 A,2 A>F|D>FA>d B>GE>C|1 (3DED C>E D2 A>G:|2 (3DED C>E D2 d>e||
|:f<Bf>g f>dB>d|c>Ae>c d>cB>A|^G>AB>c d>fe>d|(3cdc A2 A2 d>e|
f<Bf>g f>dB>d|c>Ae>c d>cB>A|(3Bcd c>e d>AB>G|1 F2 D2 D2 d>e:|2 F2 D2 D>EF>G||
|:AF~F2 DF~F2|AF~F2 D>FA>F|GE~E2 CE~E2|GE~E2 C>EA>G|
F>DA>F G>AB>d|(3cBA e>c d>cd>e|f>de>c d>AB>G|1 F2 D2 D>EF>G:|2 F2 D2 D2||
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2
X: 2
T: Dwyer's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGGF GBAG|FGEF D2 dc|BGGF GA(3Bcd|(3efg fa gedc|
BGGF GBAG|(3FGA EF D2 dc|(3BcB GB (3ABA FA|1 G2 GF G2dc:|2 G2 GF G2 ga||
b2 ba bage|a2 ag agfd|(3efg fa gbag|f2 d2 d2 ga|
b2 ba bage|a2 ag agfd|(3efg fa gedc|1 B2 G2 G2 ga:|2 B2 G2 G2 ge||
dB (3BBB GB (3BBB|dB (3BBB GBdB|cA (3AAA FA (3AAA|cA (3AAA FADA|
BGBd eceg|fdfa gfga|(3bag af gedc|1 B2 G2 G2 ge:|2 B2 G2 G4||
3
X: 3
T: Dwyer's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG|:F2 D2 D>FE>D|c<e A2 A2 A>G|F>GE>F D3 e|f>de>c d>AB>G|
(3FGF D2 D>FE>D|c<e A2 A2 A>F|D>FA>d B>GE>c|1 (3ded c>e d2 A>G:|2 (3ded c>e d2 d>e||
|:f<Bf>g f>dB>d|c>Ae>c d>cB>A|^G>AB>c d>fe>d|(3cdc A2 A2 d>e|
f<Bf>g f>dB>d|c>Ae>c d>cB>A|(3Bcd c>e d>AB>G|1 F2 D2 D2 d>e:|2 F2 D2 D>EF>G||
|:AF F2 DF F2|AF F2 D>FA>F|GE E2 cE E2|GE E2 c>EA>G|
F>DA>F G>AB>d|(3cBA e>c d>cd>e|f>de>c d>AB>G|1 F2 D2 D>EF>G:|2 F2 D2 D2 AG||
# Added by JACKB .

Eighteen comments

An Gasur Mor

It seems I can’t get enough of Altan these days… a fantastic hornpipe from their ‘Blackwater’ album. What does the title translate to?

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Title translation

`The well hung boy`..
-without doubt a cousin of `badly drawn boy!`
aka the BIG boy.

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Seamus Ennis had a 4-part version. I can’t remember what name he had for it (‘The 67% Bigger Boy’?).

An Gasur Mor

Brilliant tune. I requested this a long time ago, but luckily found the MD from the workshop where I learned it the first time. This version is quite consistent with the one I learned. Anyway, thanx for posting. Now all my friends can learn it as well!

Snorre

Francis O’Neill recalled this tune from his youth in Cork. He added a fourth part and printed it (in G) as "Dwyer’s" after the fiddler who was his source.

The tune is in the Joyce collection as "Prime’s."

The setting given here is as it was played by the Donegal fiddler Johnny Doherty.

O’Dwyer’s Hornpipe

You’ll find a version of this tune in Johnny O’Leary’s book ‘Of Sliabh Luachra. Page 61, tune no. 105.

It is also called O’Keefe’s in the book.

It is paired, on one of Johnny’s records, with the Londonbridge Hornpipe.

Pretty much a G version of "An Gasur Mor".

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Sure is - thanks errik.

Waterford Hornpipe

The tune is also in one of the early 19th-century O’Farrell tunebooks as "The Waterford Hornpipe" in the same basic three-part setting as Joyce’s "Prime’s Hornpipe."

Old tune

The three-part version of this tune, published as "The Waterford Hornpipe" in one of the early 19th-century O’Farrell tunebooks, is older than the four-part version pubshed by Francis O’Neill as "O’Dwyer’s." Three-part versions survived in Sliabh Luachra and in Donegal (see "An Gasur Mor" from Johnny Doherty). P.W. Joyce had it as "Prime’s" in one of his books.

Recently recorded

By Sean Tyrell, Kevin Glackin and Ronan Browne. A real kicker!

By the way, to make it a four part hornpipe, the third part that is inserted is:
dc|BcAB G2 AG|FGEF D2 dc|BcAB G2 Bd|egfa gedc|BcAB G2 AG|FGEF D2 dc|BdBG AcAF|G2 GF G2|

Name translation

I would have said that "an gasur mór" meant "the big boy" …

Re: O’Dwyer’s

There is a three part version of this tune here:

http://www.cpartington.plus.com/Links/Burnett/Burnett%20Info.html.

"This manuscript is in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. It’s apparently from around 1835 and originated in South Yorkshire.

Contains a great many common time hornpipes plus a number of reels and a few jigs and waltzes."

The tune is number 71 in D and is entitled the "Durham" Hornpipe.