The Leverette hornpipe

By Máirtín O’Connor

Also known as The Lavarette, The Lavourette, The Leveret.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Leverette has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Leverette has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Leverette
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/B/c|d2 BA JF3E|DE ((3FED) B,EDB,|~A,3B, DEFA|GFED ((3EFE) DE|
X: 2
T: The Leverette
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/B/c|"D"dA{c} "G"BA J"B"F2 FE|"D"DE ((3F"F#"ED) "G"B,EDB,|"D"~A,3B, "F#"DE"B"FA|"E"GFED "A"~E2 (3DE=F|
"A/F#"FDdD "G/A"~c2 BA|"A/D"~F2ED "E/G"B,EDB,|"D"A,B,"D"DE "A"FA"A"GE|"A"~F2D2"D"D2:|
|:(3DFA|"G/E"B2 {cB}AB "G/A"c2BA|"A/F#"FEDF J"A/G"A2FE|"D"DE"A/F#"FA "G/E"BedB|"A"~c2A2"A"A3"B"B|
"C"=c"B"B"A"A"F#"F ~"G"G2 AF|"D"DE ((3FED) "E/G"B,EDB,|"D"A,B,"D"DE "A"FA"A"GE|"A"~F2D2"D"D2:|

Four comments

The Leverette Hornpipe

This tune is by Martin O’Connor, Galway accordionist, and is from the Damp in the Attic CD, “I was flyin’ it.” The way they play the first measure is to slide up to the F# note.

The Leverette, X:2

Martin O’Connor plays a C#/D box, and this setting is how The Leverette was taught to me by David Munnelly on C#/D box. I have added David’s basses. What looks like a single letter guitar chord, “D”, “G”, “B” etc. is meant to be a single bass note (without the bass chord). A symbol like “G/A” is a so-called “cross bass” and it means a G chord played with a A bass (to play these basses, you need the G and A on both press and draw, which most C#/D boxes have.) (Also in one spot you need a C natural bass note, which not all C#/D boxes have – but just skip it if you don’t have that bass note.)

Everyone else can ignore the “chord symbols” (or guitarists could use them for inspiration) and you will still have a very nice setting of the tune, which differs from the first setting here in a few spots and in ornamentation.

Re: The Leverette

Note that on Irish boxes the bass chord have no thirds (or they can be switched off) so the G chord is just G and D
(in various octaves depending on the box). So the cross bass G/A has the notes A G D with A lowest.
So that makes an A 7 11 chord (which I think is just called A11 by jazz players).
Some of the other cross basses give 9 -13 chords or major 7 or 6 chords.
All very common in jazz but not so much in ITM.
Hence, cross basses are probably best used in solo playing and not so much in sessions!