Gahan’s hornpipe

By Pat Spillane

Also known as The Amazon, Fidil Uí Spealáin, Jim Mullin’s, Spellan’s Fiddle, Spillane’s Fiddle, Vinnie O’Connor’s.

There are 13 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Gahan’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

Gahan’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Gahan's has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Gahan's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|Gg (3fga gedB|GFGA BGDc|BdGB cBAG|FAdf ed (3cBA|
Gg (3fga gedB|DG (3FGA BGDc|(3Bcd GB cAFG|(3ABA GFG2:|
K:D maj
|:FG|ABAG FAde|(3fga fd Adfa|~g2eg fedf|(3efe dB (3ABA FG|
ABAG FD (3FGA|(3fga fd Ad (3fga|gfeg fAdf|edce d2:|
X: 2
T: Gahan's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dgfa gedB|GFGA BGDC|B,DGF EGcB|Ad^ce dB (3=cBA|
Ggfa gedB|GFGA BGDC|B,afe d2 (3cBA|G2FA G2:|
|:FG|ABAG FAde|fgfd Adfa|gfeg fedf|(3efe (3d^cB A2 FG|
ABAG FAde|fgfd Adfa|gfeg fedf|ed^ce d2:|
# Added by Vasha .

Two comments


This recently emerged from the mists of my memory when I read the recent discussion on hornpipes:
It was one of a number of standard hornpipes played at the St. Albans branch of Comhaltas, which I attended in my yoof, and I have a hazy recollection of learning it from a photocopied piece of sheetmusic. I’m afraid I can’t source it, and I’m sure it will have mutated a little over time, but I think it reflects a fairly accurate interpretation of the original source.

Watch out for the key change from G Major to D major if you’re reading it from the sheetmusic.

Thanks for the ABC tips ,Noxious.

Gahan’s, X:2

The second setting is a basic transcription of the tune as played by fiddler Ed McGowan on the album The Yellow Bustard, where it’s titled “Vinnie O’Connor’s.” The album notes say, “Ed was given ‘Vinnie O’Connor’s’ under a different title by James Morrison around 1946; Ed’s father renamed it in honor of one of Morrison’s best students.”

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