The Champion String Band used to play this one.
Seems structured more like a hornpipe to me, but that’s just an ignorant hunch.
The Champion String Band did it as a reel,but I always suspected that it was a hornpipe,but I decided to post it the way Chuck Fleming played it..Does anyone remember the Champion String Band? Chuck Fleming on Fiddle,Tom Gillfennon guitar and vocals,Martin Matthews (now a member of Cuig) on banjo and mandolin.They made a great album which I only have on cassette.
A hornpipe for sure
I think James Hill composed it.I have a recording of Josie Keegan playing it
"String Band" ~ as in North America and with old-time, the tendency is to flatten hornpipes, resulting in them being played as reels or breakdowns…
“The Pear Tree Hornpipe” ~ by James Hill
“The Pear Tree Hornpipe” ~ James Hill
Also available swung and in the flavour of ~
K: F Major
|: (3cbA |
F>Ac>B A>cf>a | g>be>g a>fc>B | A>fc>A G2 B>G | E>F (3GFE c>BA>G |
F>Ac>B A>cf>a | g>be>g a>fc>B | A>fc>A G>dB>G | G>FF>E F2 :|
|: f>g |
a>^ga>f c2 A>f | d>fc>f (3def c>f | a>^ga>f c>de>f | =g>^fg>a (3bc’b a>^g |
a>^ga>f c>fA>f | d>fc>f d>fc>B | d>ef>d e>f (3gfe | f2 c2 F2 :|
Here’s another way with the fourth bar of the B-part, for those of you who might like to avoid the c’…
=g>^fg>a (3gag =f>g |
Oh yeah, and in that bar, whichever way you take it, it’s that midway thing again that sometimes takes hold of me ~ with the ^f being a little sharper than usual, somewhere between f# and g…
Damn, missed that, the lead in above, though most will have figured it out, should have read ~ |: (3cBA |
B-Part, measure six can mirror measure two and end on the ‘f’:
| d>fc>f d>fc>f | ~
~ or as I’ve played it for bars six and seven, returning to the ‘f’ in the next bar:
| d>fc>f d>fc>B | A>fc>f e>f (3gfe | f2 c2 F2 :|
Re: The Pear Tree
I’m eleven years late to the discussion- typical me.
This is a James Hill tune, as mentioned before, and since he wrote mostly hornpipes I’m willing to bet it ought to be a hornpipe and not a reel. It seems very characteristically hornpipeish to me, bearing a strong resemblance to many of his other hornpipes, particularly the arpeggio type passages.