The Firefly hornpipe

Also known as The Firefly Clog.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Firefly has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Firefly
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
(3FGA|:B>AB>c B>dc>B|A>BG>A F>G_E>F|D>FB>F G>_E_e>d|
(3cdc (3BAG F2 (3FGA|B>AB>c B>dc>B|A>BG>A F>G_E>F|
D>FB>d d>cB>A|1c2B2B2 (3FGA:|2c2B2B2 F>_E||
|:(3DFB d2 (3Bdf b2|b3a g>f_e>d|_e>d_e>f _e>dc>B|
A>cB>G F2 F>_E|(3DFB d2 (3 Bdf b2|b3a g>f_e>d|
_e>dc>B A>fg>a|1b2b2b2 F>_E:|2b2b2b2||
X: 2
T: The Firefly
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 D (3GAB A>G | F>GE>F D2 (3edc | B>dG>d e>c (3cBc | (3ABA (3GFE D3 F |
G2 (3FGA G2 (3BAG | F2 (3GFE D>d^c>d | B>DG>B B>A (3AGF | G2 (3d^cd G2 :|
(3BDG B>d (3GB/c/d g>f | a>gf>g e2 (3dcB | c2 (2Bcd c2 (3BAG | F>AE>G D>ed>c |
(3BDG B2 (3GBd g2 | g>ff>e e>dd>c | c>BB>G F>Ad>c | B2 G2 G2 :|
GFGA GBAG | FGEF DECD | B,DGD ECcB | A2 GE D2 EF |
GFGA GBAG | FGEF DECD | B,DGB BAGF | A2 G2 G3 :|
B,G B2 Gd g2 | g2 f2 edcB | cBcd cBAG | FAGE DEDC |
B,DGB GBdg | g2 f2 edcB | cBAG Fdef | g2 G2 G3 :|

Eleven comments

A jaunty hornpipe from Kerr’s Merry Melodies,vol. 3.

I don’t understand why this one is notated in F major, when every single E in the tune is flat, and the tonal center of the tune is B-flat. The first four notes of this tune are clearly heard as a run up the scale from the dominant to the tonic. If this were in F major, those tones would run from the tonic up to the subdominant, and it just doesn’t sound that way to me.

Heh. You’ve obviously never tried to submit a tune in Bb then…

You can’t sumbit a tune in Bflat.

Why not? Is there a reason I don’t know about, or is it just the notation software on the site?

Jeremy (site administrator) hasn’t added Bb major to the list of keys in the submission menu (not a very common key for Irish trad music). I bet he’d add it if someone asked nicely….

Posted .

This is a nice tune. It’s much like the style of James Hill’s compositions.

Bb ~ relative key g minor…

However, you could have entered it in the relative key of g minor, two flats, Bb & Eb, which is available from the drop down meny…

“The Firefly Clog” ~ in G Major, or on an F instrument it come out Bb

X: 2
T: Firefly, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: clog
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: (3DEF |\
G3 D (3GAB A>G | F>GE>F D2 (3edc | B>dG>d e>c (3cBc | (3ABA (3GFE D3 F |
G2 (3FGA G2 (3BAG | F2 (3GFE D>d^c>d | B>DG>B B>A (3AGF | G2 (3d^cd G2 :|
|: (3edc |\
(3BDG B>d (3GB/c/d g>f | a>gf>g e2 (3dcB | c2 (2Bcd c2 (3BAG | F>AE>G D>ed>c |
(3BDG B2 (3GBd g2 | g>ff>e e>dd>c | c>BB>G F>Ad>c | B2 G2 G2 :|

& again, this time dipping down lower and simplified, minus any > or (3

X: 3
T: Firefly, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: clog
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
GFGA GBAG | FGEF DECD | B,DGD ECcB | A2 GE D2 EF |
GFGA GBAG | FGEF DECD | B,DGB BAGF | A2 G2 G3 :|
|: C |\
B,G B2 Gd g2 | g2 f2 edcB | cBcd cBAG | FAGE DEDC |
B,DGB GBdg | g2 f2 edcB | cBAG Fdef | g2 G2 G3 :|

UGH! ~ drop down meny ~ it come out Bb

drop down menu / it comes out in Bb (with the given fingering for a D flute or whistle but using an F instrument…)

Insufficient quality sleep… 😏

The Firefly Hornpipe

This is a nice tune in D on the pipes or flute; goes all the way up to the top of the 2nd octave, too, but easier than some such tunes that head up into the stratosphere, as the d”’ is only hit in passing, and the note isn’t sustained or played against a c#”’ etc.

I notice it was also printed in Howe’s 1000 Jigs and Reels (available in reprint). There are many duplicates between the two books; Howe’s was published in the 1870s and Kerr’s around the same time, IIRC, so it’s a mystery who did the cut ‘n paste from who.