The Eclipse hornpipe

Also known as The Novelty.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sunshine (a few times).

The Eclipse has been added to 1 tune set.

The Eclipse has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Eclipse
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
A2 EA ceag|gfdB F3 a|(3gag eg (3fgf ^df|eagf (3efe (3dcB|
A2 EA ceag|gfdB F3 a|(3gag eg (3fgf ^df|1 eagf (3efe (3dcB:|2 e^def e^de=f||
fedB GEFG|Aeca ec'ae|f=gef decd|B^dfg e^de=f|
fedB GEFG|ABcd ec'a=f|(3fgf df (3efe ce|1 dBGB A2 e=f:|2 dBGB A2 e=f||
faga fc (3ccc|fcac fc (3ccc|acfa gf=fg|f=f^fg fagf|
eB (3BBB gB (3BBB|eBgB eB (3BBB|e^deg fe^df|1 e^def e^de=f:|2 e^def e=d^cB||
X: 2
T: The Eclipse
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
(3EFG|(3AcA EG Acag|fdBF DFBd|gfdB fecA|(3BcB (3AGF E=F^FG|
(3AcA EG Acag|1fdBF DFBd|gfe^d =dBFG|(3AGA cB ~A2:|2fdBF DFBa|
(3gag eg (3fgf ^df|(3efe ^df ~e2||^de|fedB GE (3F=G^G|Aeca ec'ae|
dbca BgAf|GeF^d ~e2 de|fedB GE (3F=G^G|Aeca ec'ae|
(3fgf (3Bcd ec'af|(3efe (3dcB ~A2:||(3cBc|caga fc (3c=c^c|f=f^fg ac (3c=c^c|
afcf g=fcf|(3^f=f^f (3gf=f ^fe^dc|Bbgf eB (3B^AB|e^def gB (3B^AB|
geBe f^d (3BAF|1(3EGB ef ~e2:|2(3EGB ef edcB||
X: 3
T: The Eclipse
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
E|B,EG,E B,G,G,E|B,G,B,E G2 GB|B,EG,E B,EGB|AGFE F2F:|
c|BG e2 BGGc|BGBc Bedc|BGe2 BGGB|AGFE F2FG|BG e2 BGGc|
BGBe g2 ga|bged eBAG|AGFE F2 FG||

Nine comments

The Eclipse

Lifted this tune from Jim McKillop’s LP - Irish Traditional Music.

I’ve tried to pick the bones from it, in amongst Jim’s flourishes.

As usual, I don’t have a clue what key this is in, but at least the tune is here now.

Jim`s Flourishes?

Hello Ptarmigan.If you listen to the Mcguire recording listed here of the Eclipse from 1968 you`ll hear exactly where `Jim`s flourishes `were copied from.

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Surely not cos? :-)

Of course not !

But there may be some similar examples of obsessive plaigarism from a certain gentleman mentioned in my new book "Sean Maguire-The man ,his Music and his imitators",which should be in the shops for christmas!

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The key it’s in …

It’s in A major, Ptarmigan

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A Scott-Skinner tune?

I think this is a Scott-Skinner tune, although I know a very different A part, a similar B and a quite different C part, however it’s probably the same tune, which I was told was composed by JSS.

“The Novelty” by F. A. Morrison

McKillop lifted this tune from his idol Sean McGuire, who recorded it on the LP "Sean Maguire Plays." McGuire probably got the tune from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1000 Fiddle Tunes) but he mixed up the name with that of another tune in the book. There is an "Eclipse" hornpipe in Ryan’s, but this tune is really "The Novelty," a Lancashire clog composed by F.A. Morrison, who also is credited as the composer of "The Avalanche" clog in Ryan’s. Just to confuse things further, there is an entirely different Eclipse hornpipe in Kerr’s Merry Melodies.

The Eclipse

This version is almost entirely based on that in Pat McNulty’s book. It is a bit of a challenge, but you will get there.

X:1
T:Eclipse, The
M:4/4
K:A
(3EFG|(3AcA EG Acag|fdBF DFBd|gfdB fecA|(3BcB (3AGF E=F^FG|
(3AcA EG Acag|1fdBF DFBd|gfe^d =dBFG|(3AGA cB ~A2:|2fdBF DFBa|
(3gag eg (3fgf ^df|(3efe ^df ~e2||^de|fedB GE (3F=G^G|Aeca ec’ae|
dbca BgAf|GeF^d ~e2 de|fedB GE (3F=G^G|Aeca ec’ae|
(3fgf (3Bcd ec’af|(3efe (3dcB ~A2:||(3cBc|caga fc (3c=c^c|f=f^fg ac (3c=c^c|
afcf g=fcf|(3^f=f^f (3gf=f ^fe^dc|Bbgf eB (3B^AB|e^def gB (3B^AB|
geBe f^d (3BAF|1(3EGB ef ~e2:|2(3EGB ef edcB||

The Novelty

Hi, The Novelty I have in Alasdair Fraser Legacy of Scottish Fiddle vol 1 is this one below, may be I should submit it on a different song… Any ideas?

X:1
T:Novelty, The
M:C|
L:1/8
R:Reel
B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection   (1884)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:C Minor
E|B,EG,E B,G,G,E|B,G,B,E G2 GB|B,EG,E B,EGB|AGFE F2F:|
c|BG e2 BGGc|BGBc Bedc|BGe2 BGGB|AGFE F2FG|BG e2 BGGc|
BGBe g2 ga|bged eBAG|AGFE F2 FG||

happy playing to all