Donegal Castle hornpipe

Also known as The Donegal Castle.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Donegal Castle has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|G>dB>d (3gbg (3faf|e>cA>G (3FAd (3cBA|(3GG/G/G e>G (3FF/F/F d>F|G>gb>a (3gag (3fed|
G>dB>d (3gbg f>a|e>cA>G F>dc>A|(3GFG e>G (3F^EF d>F|(3Ggd (3cBA G2:|
K: Dmaj
|:(3BAG|F>Ad>A f>dA>F|G>Bd>B g>dB>G|A>ce>f (3gfe c>e|(3dcd (3fdB (3ABA (3GFE|
F>A (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA|G>B (3gdB (3GB/c/d (3gdB|(3c^Bc c'>=b (3aba (3gfe|1 d2 c2 d2:|2 d2 A2 D2||
X: 2
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DF|GdBd gbfa|ecAG FdcA|G2 eG F2 dF|Ggba g2 fd|
GdBd g2 fa|ecAG FdcA|G2 eG F2 dF|GdcA G2:|
K: D Major
|:BG|FAdA fdAF|GBdB gdBG|Acef gece|dcfB ABGE|
FAfA FdfA|GBgB GdgB|cBc’b a2 ge|1 d2 c2 d2:|2 d2 A2 D2||
X: 3
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3def|g>d (3Bcd g>bf>a|e2 A>G F2 c>A|G2 e>G F2 d>F|G>g (3c'ba (3gag (3fed|
G2 B>d g2 f>a|e>cA>G (3FdF (3cBA|(3GDG e>G (3F^EF D>F|G>dc>A G2:|
K: Dmaj
|:(3BAG|F2 d>A F2 A>F|G2 d>B G2 B>G|A2 e>c g>ec>e|d2 f>d (3cBA (3GFE|
F>A (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA|G>B (3gdB (3GBd (3gdB|c2 c'>b a>gf>e|(3dcd (3cAF [D2d2]:|
X: 4
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2|G>d (3Bcd g>ba>f|e>cA>G F>dc>A|(3GDG e>G (3FDF d>F|G>g (3c'ba g>e (3fed|
G2 B>d g2 f>a|e>cA>G F>D (3cBA|(3GDG e>G (3FDF d>F|(3Ggd (3cBA G2:|
K: Dmaj
|:A>G|F>Ad>A f>dc>d|B>GB>d g>d (3Bcd|c2 (3def g>ec>e|d2 (3fdB A2 (3GAG|
[1 F>Ad>A f2 (3dcd|B>G (3Bcd g2 (3dBd|c>de>f g2 (3ece|d>Af>e d>B:|
[2 (3FAd (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA|(3GBd (3gdB (3GBd (3gdB|(3c^Bc c'>=b a>gf>e|(3ded c>e d2||
X: 5
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:(3ABc|d>AF>A (3ded (3cdc|B>GE>D [C3/2c3/2]F/A3/2[C/c/]|(3[Dd][Cc][Dd] B3/2[D/d/] (3[Cc][B,B][Cc] A>c|d2 f>e d>cB>A|
d>AF>A (3ded (3cdc|B>GE>D [C3/2c3/2]F/A3/2[C/c/]|(3[Dd][Cc][Dd] B3/2[D/d/] (3[Cc][B,B][Cc] A>c|d2 f>e d2:|
|:(3BAG|F>Ad>A f>dA>F|G2 B>d g>dB>d|c>de>f g>ec>e|d2 f>e (3BcB (3GAG|
(3FAd (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA|(3GBd (3gdB (3Bdf (3gdB|(3cec c'>b a>gf>e|d2 f2 d2:|
X: 6
T: Donegal Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:(3cde|fcAc (3fgf (3efe|dBGF EAcE|(3FEF dF (3EDE ce|~f2 ag fedc|
fcAc (3fgf (3efe|dBGF EAcE|(3FEF dF (3EDE ce|~f2 ag f2:|
|:(3dcB|Acfc afcA|~B2df bfdf|efga bgeg|~f2 ag (3ded (3BcB|
(3Acf (3afc (3Acf (3afc|(3Bdf (3bfd (3Bdf (3bfd|(3ege e'>d' c'bag|1 f2 a2 f2:|

Eight comments

“Donegal Castle Hornpipe” ~ by Francie Byrne

& here it is straight for Jack, without the ‘>’:

K: G Major
|: (3DEF |
GdBd (3gbg (3faf | ecAG (3FAd (3cBA | (3GG/G/G e>G (3FF/F/F dF | Ggba (3gag (3fed |
GdBd (3gbg fa | ecAG FdcA | (3GFG eG (3F^EF dF | (3Ggd (3cBA G2 :|
K: D Major
|: (3BAG |
FAdA fdAF | GBdB gdBG | Acef (3gfe ce | (3dcd (3fdB (3ABA (3GFE |
FA (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA | GB (3gdB (3GB/c/d (3gdB | (3c^Bc c’=b (3aba (3gfe |1 d2 c2 d2 :|2 d2 A2 D2 ||

Has anyone else the annoying consequence that the font has changed here on site? Something strange had happened to what’s before me, weird… Maybe it is in preparation for the New Year?

Another way with it, A-part, lead-in and first measure:

|: (3def | g>d (3Bcd g>bf>a | ~

Other possibilities & sources ~ some options for the B-part:

K: D Major
|: AG |
FAdA fdcd | BGBd gd (3Bcd | c2 (3def gece | d2 (3fdB A2 (3GAG |
1 FAdA f2 (3dcd | BG (3Bcd g2 (3dBd | cdef g2 (3ece | dAfe dB :|
2 (3FAd (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA | (3GBd (3gdB (3GBd (3gdB | (3c^Bc c’=b agfe | (3ded ce d2 ||

& with the ‘>’ notated:

K: D Major
|: A>G |
F>Ad>A f>dc>d | B>GB>d g>d (3Bcd | c2 (3def g>ec>e | d2 (3fdB A2 (3GAG |
1 F>Ad>A f2 (3dcd | B>G (3Bcd g2 (3dBd | c>de>f g2 (3ece | d>Af>e d>B :|
2 (3FAd (3fdA (3FAd (3fdA | (3GBd (3gdB (3GBd (3gdB | (3c^Bc c’>=b a>gf>e | (3ded c>e d2 ||

Earlier (?) take of Francie

I take it these transcriptions were from the Ceol Na DTéad record of Francie And Mickey, which is one disc/tape I haven’t managed to acquire. But I do have the Donegal Fiddle CD issued by RTÉ, which has Francie Dearg playing it in F - with a very different 2nd part, in ways the 2nd part transcribed here played in F instead of D (or C, as it would be played down a whole tone) and with an ultra-virtuostic leap up to e’’’ on the E string at the end. Perhaps they played the simpler setting in G/D when in duet, as it would be a bit of a trick to hit that e’’’ in unision. This tune was supposedly Francie’s composition, too.

T:Donegal Castle Hornpipe
S:Paul O’Shaughnessy, revised by Kevin Rietmann
|: (3cde | fcAc (3fgf (3efe | dBGF EAcE|(3FEF dF (3EDE ce| ~f2 ag fedc |
| fcAc (3fgf (3efe| dBGF EAcE | (3FEF dF (3EDE ce | ~f2 ag f2 :|
|: (3dcB |Acfc afcA | ~B2df bfdf | efga bgeg | ~f2 ag (3ded (3BcB|
(3Acf (3afc (3Acf (3afc | (3Bdf (3bfd (3Bdf (3bfd| (3ege e’>d’ c’bag |1 f2 a2 f2 :|

X: 5 = X: 6 but in the key of D

Lowering KLR’s transcription a third, with some octave options for D limited winds… I’ll have to dig out that recording of Francie And Mickey to check against the transcriptions given here.

Re: Donegal Castle

On Ceol na dTéad Francie plays it in F major.