O’Dwyer’s hornpipe

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

There are 18 recordings of this tune.

O’Dwyer’s appears in 4 other tune collections.

O’Dwyer’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

O'Dwyer's has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: O'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||
BGBd eceg|fdfa gfga|(3bag af gedc|1 B2 G2 G2 ge:|2 B2 G2 G4||

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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.

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.

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|

Re: O’Dwyer’s

There is a three part version of this tune here:


"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.