Miss Galvin’s hornpipe

Also known as Garrai Na Saileog, Miss Galvin, Miss Galvin’s Highland Fling, Mrs Galvin, Mrs. Galvin’s, Mrs. Galvin’s Highland Fling, Woodford Fling.

There are 34 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Poll Ha’Penny (a few times).

Miss Galvin’s has been added to 4 tune sets.

Miss Galvin's has been added to 125 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Miss Galvin's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2cA GEFE | D2FA D2FA | d2cA GEFA |1 cdef ~g3B :|2 (3Bcd ec d3z ||
fgaf ~d3e | fgaf ~g3e | fgaf ~d3d | =cdef ~g2fg |
fgaf ~d3e | fgaf ~g3e | fAeA dcAG | =cdef ~g2fg :||
X: 2
T: Miss Galvin's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
gfe | d2 cA GEFE | D2 FA dAFA | d2 cA GEED | (3Bcd ef g2 fe |
| d2 cA GEFE | D2 FA dAFA| d2 cA GEED | (3Bcd ec d3 g |
| fgaf d3 g | fgaf g2 ag | fgaf d=cAB =cdef (3gag fe |
| fgaf d3 g | fgaf g2 ag | fAeA d=cAB | =cdef g2 fe |
# Added .
X: 3
T: Miss Galvin's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2cA GEFE|D2FA DAFA|d2cA GE~E2|1 (3Bcd eg fdef:|2 (3Bcd ec d3e||
faaf ~d3e|faaf ~g3a|fgaf dcA2|(3Bcd ef g2ag|
faaf dcde|fzaf g2ag|fAeA dcA2|(3Bcd ef g2fe||
X: 4
T: Miss Galvin's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:A2 eA (3Bcd ed | BG~G2 dGBG | EA ce a2 ed |1 c/d/e dB BAAG :|2 c/d/e dB BAce ||
a2 ea~a2 ba|g~e3 ~g3b|a~e3 aged|(3Bcd GA B~A3|
a~e3 agef|g~B3 ~g3a|~b3 a~g3f (3gfe| dged BGA2||

Twenty comments

Miss Galvin’s

A nice little hornpipe, not very hard & you can get your teeth into it.

PS watch out for those pesky C naturals in the ends of the high bar.

I play it a bit differently, without the c-naturals - I may just hae misremembered it, as I don’t hear it played very often. It is a lovely tune, and unusual among hornpipes in that it only has 8 bars per strain, like a single reel, as opposed to the usual 16 bars.Less is more.

Those C naturals are 6 of each & a half dozen of the other, I often forego them & play it with C#’s. This is the setting I got of it & thought it was nice.

I picked this setting up from a soundfile of Cincinnate (Ohio) flute player Tim Benson. (He called it Miss Thornton’s.) I really like the c nats and also the little fAeA downhill run in the second half. I also prefer to play this smoothed out as a slow-ish reel, rather than hornpipey.

T: Miss Galvin’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
gfe | d2 cA GEFE | D2 FA dAFA | d2 cA GEED | (3Bcd ef g2 fe |
| d2 cA GEFE | D2 FA dAFA| d2 cA GEED | (3Bcd ec d3 g |
| fgaf d3 g | fgaf g2 ag | fgaf d=cAB =cdef (3gag fe |
| fgaf d3 g | fgaf g2 ag | fAeA d=cAB | =cdef g2 fe |

Posted .

And here’s a setting from my local session:
|:d2cA GEFE|D2FA DAFA|d2cA GE~E2|1 (3Bcd eg fdef:|2 (3Bcd ec d3e||
faaf ~d3e|faaf ~g3a|fgaf dcA2|(3Bcd ef g2ag|
faaf dcde|fzaf g2ag|fAeA dcA2|(3Bcd ef g2fe||

Fling - Highland - Highland Fling = 16 Bars

Well, what can I say. No, the second part doesn’t repeat; no, it isn’t a hornpipe; yes, there are specific dances that accompany this form; and yes, I’ve no doubt that these are being dumped under ‘hornpipes’. Since there’s no place for the form, the nearest thing would probably be ‘barndance’, though the deserve their own category.

Damn dog, get up will you and do some howling. Where did all these maggots come from and these damn bot flies?

Click my name for a clear apology -

Apologies: I hadn’t meant ‘SHOUTING’ in the use of capitals, my inexperience. Rereading this one it sounds pretty judgemental, but my mind set wasn’t there, again apologies if it was taken that way. I can see how this one would be. I now know and will curb this tendency to capitalize headers and the like, and will watch my tendency toward bluntness. The capitalized header was part of an experiment that didn’t work, trying with three examples of highlands to find some way to search out that tune form on site, that might help others who would like to see them under the ‘collective’ term. They make damned nice ‘single reels’ too, and better that they survive that way or in whatever form someone makes of them, than that they die out all together…

Garrai Na Saileog (highland)

The alternative title of the tune should be *Mrs.* Galvin’s. According to Pat Mitchell, she was Thade Carthy’s sister and her maiden name was Nell McCarthy.

This is the first of "Two Woodford Flings" Jack and Charlie Coen recorded on "The Branch Line."

Also recorded by Andrew MacNamara, who calls it "Mary Bergin’s".

“Mrs. Galvin’s Highland Fling”

X: 1134
T: Mrs. Galvin’s Highland Fling
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: D Major
|: (3edc |
(3ddd c>A G>EF>E | D2 F>A D>A (3FGA |
d2 c>A G>E (3EEE |[1 (3Bcd e>g f>d :|[2 (3Bcd e>c d3 A ||
f>g (3agf dcdA | f>ga>f g>ba>g |
f>ga>f d2 d>A | (3Bcd e>f g2 (3gfe |
f>ga>f (3ddd d>A | f>ga>f g2 (3bag |
f>d (3edc d>BA>d | (3Bcd e>f g2 |]

Miss Lonely Heart’s

Tim Benson version’s B part is fantastic! I’m so glad I’ve stumbled across it—Thanks so much for posting it!

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“Mrs. Galvin’s Highland Fling”

X: 5
T: Mrs. Galvin’s Highland Fling
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: D Major
(3gfe |:\
d2 c>A G>EF>E | D2 F>A D>AF>A |
d2 c>A G>E E2 |[1 (3Bcd e>g f>d (3edc :|[2 (3Bcd e>c d3 A ||
f>ga>f d2- d>A | f>ga>f g>ba>g |
f>ga>f d>BA>d | (3Bcd e>f g2 g>e |
f>ga>f d2- d>A | f>ga>f g>ba>g |
f>Ae>A d>BA>d | (3Bcd e>f g2 |]

Happy little carefree melody!
I like the cascading opening notes: d2 cA GEFE ! with that c# in an unusual ‘early’ position!

Mcsherry´s version Mary Bergins or Miss Galvin´s

Mcsherry´s version
X: 1
T:Mary Bergin´s
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:John McSherry "Soma"
R:reel
Z:M.Novo
K:Amix
|:A2 eA (3Bcd ed | BG~G2 dGBG | EA ce a2 ed |1 c/d/e dB BAAG :|2 c/d/e dB BAce ||
a2 ea~a2 ba|g~e3 ~g3b|a~e3 aged|(3Bcd GA B~A3|
a~e3 agef|g~B3 ~g3a|~b3 a~g3f (3gfe| dged BGA2||

And golly here I am, learning about this tune online, when I could have just asked my husband sitting several feet away for his version.

Oh what a time to be alive 😛

First bar sounds like…

d2 cA GEF <=> dcAG EF~F2 |
the second element here is also a 1st bar, it is the 1st bar of Teampall An Ghleanntáin https://thesession.org/tunes/1988 , albeit less cascading and more rolling.
What a lovely starting run for a tune, one could almost leave these tunes at that, beautifullly suspended!

Re: Miss Galvin’s

Follows nicely with Garrat Na Bhfeileoig on a Bb whistle. That’s how Kevin Quinn (now of Boston, formerly NY) taught them to me.