The Peacock’s Feathers hornpipe

Also known as Cleite Na Péacóige, The Peacock’s Feather No.2, The Peacock’s Feather.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Peacock’s Feathers has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Peacock's Feathers has been added to 136 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|FEFD A3B|dfed Bdef|g2fg efdB|AFFD E2EA|!
FEFD A3B|dfed Bdef|g2fg efdB|Adfe d2:|!
df|afge f2ec|dfed Bdef|g2fg efdB|AFFD E2EA|!
FEFD A3B|dfed Bdef|g2fg efdB|Adfe d2:|!
X: 2
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | AGFG E3G |
| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|
:g| af(3gfe (3fedec | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB |AGFG E3G|
|AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|FEDF A2AB|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|AGFD E2EG|
FEDF A2AB|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|Adfe d2:|
|:fg|afge fdec|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|AGFD E2EG|
FEDF A2AB|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|Adfe d2:|
X: 4
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|FEDF AFAc|defd B2ef|~g2gf efdB|AFFD E2EF|
FEDF AFAc|defd B2ef|gefd (3efe dB|Adfe d2:|
|:fg|afge ~f2 fe|defd B2ef|~g2 gf efdB|AGFD E2EF|
FEDF AFAc|defd (3BdB ef|~g2 gf efdB|Agfe d2:|
X: 5
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|FEDF A3B|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|AGFD E3G|
FEDF A3B|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|Adfe d2:|
|:fg|afge fdec|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|AGFD E3G|
FEDF A3B|defd B2ef|gefd edBd|Adfe d2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Peacock's Feathers
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DE | FEED A2AB | defd B2ef | gefd edBd | FAFD E2DE |
| FEED A2AB | defd B2ef | gefd edB(A | A)dfe d2 :|
|: fg | afge fdec | defd B2ef | gefd edBd | FAFD E2DE |
| FEED A2AB | defd B2ef | gefd edB(A | A)dfe d2 :|

Eleven comments

Peacock’s feathers

the two peacock’s feathers tunes are often played together here in portland, with the low one going first. i’ve also heard the second one preceded by delahanty’s hornpipe.

Also Played by Frankie Gavin

Both tunes appear on his classic album of c. 1977 w/Alec Finn.

Another Barndance!

Yup, though with the loss of the dancing this one smears closer to a hornpipe, it is a barndance and some of the traces of that remain…

= Schottische / German / Barndance

Here’s the version I got off Joe Dowling in Carlow/ Kilkenny. He also calls it Willie Copley’s from whom he learnt it off.

X:1
T:Peacock’s Feather, The
R:hornpipe
M:C
K:D
G| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | AGFG E3G |
| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|
:g| af(3gfe (3fedec | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB |AGFG E3G|
|AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|

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Origin…

This is an Irish version of the Scottish tune "The "Glasgow Highlanders". I doubt if it was ever called "The Peacock’s Feather" before it was paired with the other hornpipe of that name by Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn on their 1977 Shanachie recording, but I could be wrong about that.

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The Peacock’s Feathers, X:3

That’s how I play the tune, though I don’t remember when and where I learned it.

The Peacock’s Feathers, X:6

This is how it’s played in Austin, TX