Casey’s Pig hornpipe

Also known as Casey’s Pig Highland Fling, The Duke Of Fife’s Birthday, Duke Of Gordans, Duke Of Gorden’s Birthday, Duke Of Gordon, Duke Of Gordon’s, Duke Of Gordon’s Birthday, The Duke Of Gordon’s Birthday, The Duke Of Gordon’s Strathspey, The Duke Of Gordon’s, The Duke Of Gordon, Duke Of Gordons Birthday.

There are 42 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cameronian (lots of times), The Lady Of The House (lots of times), Lord MacDonald (a few times), Munlochy Bridge (a few times) and Sheehan’s (a few times).

Casey’s Pig has been added to 3 tune sets.

Casey's Pig has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Casey's Pig
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:[DG,]<[GG,]GD EDGB|dBgB A2 d2|D<GGD EDGD|E/F/G DB, G,2 G,2:|
|:gabg d2 df|gabg e2 ef|g<be<g d<gBG|1 AGAB [G2B2] [G2B2]:|2 AGAB G2 GE||
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X: 2
T: Casey's Pig
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D<GGD EDG2|BdgB A2 A2 |{F}-G2 GD EDG2|E<GDB, G,2 G,>E|
D<GGD EDG2|BdgB {d}cBAB|G2 GD EDG2|E<GDB, G2 G2|
gabg d2 d2|gabg e_e=ef|gbeg dgB2|A_A=AB G2 G>B|
ga b/a/g d2 Bd|gabg [c2e2] [c2e]|g/b/g e/g/e dg B2|A_A=AB G2 GE||
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Six comments

Casey’s Pig

This tune is *not* a hornpipe, but a highland from Co. Fermanagh. I transcribed this setting from fiddler Gerry O’Connor’s Journeyman cd.

Brian Conway also plays Casey’s Pig on his First Through the Gate cd, as follows:

X:1
T: Casey’s Pig
S: B. Conway, First Through the Gate
R: Highland
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
D<GGD EDG2|BdgB A2 A2 |{F}-G2 GD EDG2|E<GDB, G,2 G,>E|
D<GGD EDG2|BdgB {d}cBAB|G2 GD EDG2|E<GDB, G2 G2|
gabg d2 d2|gabg e_e=ef|gbeg dgB2|A_A=AB G2 G>B|
ga b/a/g d2 Bd|gabg [c2e2] [c2e]|g/b/g e/g/e dg B2|A_A=AB G2 GE||

On the e_e=e and A_A=A bits, Conway is using his fourth finger to hit all three notes—starting on the note, sliding it down slightly, then back up to "smear" the e and the A, respectively. Listen to the cd to get the proper feel.

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I recorded Gerry O’Connor’s beautiful playing of this tune from The Late Session some months ago. It’s still in the archive and you can listen to it: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thelatesession/rams/19december.ram (around 16:30) Paul O’Shaughnessy also recorded a lovely version of the tune on his duet album with Paul McGrattan.

Strathspey

This was originally “The Duke Of Gordon’s Birthday”, a very well-known Scottish strathspey.

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William Marshall

Composed by the great Scots fiddler/composer William Marshall in honor of the Duke of Gordon.

What a lovely little tune, Will, thanks.