Alexander’s hornpipe

Also known as Alexander’s Favorite, Alexander’s Favourite, Alexanders, Ballymanus Fair, Byth Ar Y Sul, Goswick Kirn, Never On Sunday, Prunoble’s, The Sandlark.

There are 38 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bank Of Turf (a few times), Mulhaire’s (a few times), The Poppy Leaf (a few times) and The Showman’s Fancy (a few times).

Alexander’s has been added to 9 tune sets.

Alexander's has been added to 285 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Alexander's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3gfe|dAFA DFAd|fdcd FAdf|(3ggg ge (3fff fd|(3efe (3dcB A2 (3ABc|
dAFA DFAd|fdcd FAdf|gfge fefd|(3efe dcd2:|
AG|FAdA FAdA|GBdB GBdB|Acec Acec|dfaf (3gfe cA|
FAdA FAdA|GBdB GBdB|Aceg fefd|(3efe dcd2:|
X: 2
T: Alexander's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|"D"dAFA "D"DFAd|"D"fdcd "A"Acef|"Em"~g3e "D"fdcd|"A"(3efe (3dcB "D"A2 (3ABc|
"D"dAFA "D"DFAd|"D"fdcd "A"Acef|"Em"~g3e "D"fdcd|"A"(3efe dc "D"d2:|
|:AG|"D"FAdA "D"FAdA|"G"GBdB "G"GBdB|"A"Acec "A"Acec|"D"dfaf "D"(3gfe dA|
"D"FAdA "D"FAdA|"G"GBdB "G"GBdB|"A"Acef "G"gecd|"A"(3efe dc "D"d2:|
X: 3
T: Alexander's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3ABc | d>AF>A D>FA>d | f>dc>d F>Ad>f | (3ggg g>e (3fff f>d | (3efe (3dcB A2 (3ABc |
d>AF>A D>FA>d | f>dc>d F>Ad>f | (3ggg g>e (3fff f>d | (3efe d>c d2 :|
|: A>G | F>Ad>A F>Ad>A | G>Bd>B G>Bd>B | A>ce>c A>ce>c | d>fa>f (3gfe c>A |
F>Ad>A F>Ad>A | G>Bd>B G>Bd>B | A>ce>f (3gfe c>d | (3efe d>c d2 :|
X: 4
T: Alexander's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|dAFA DFAd|(3fed cd A2 ef|gfed edcd|(3efe (3dcB A2 (3ABc|
dAFA DFAd|(3fed cd A2 ef|gfge cABc|(3dcd fe d2:|
AG|(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|GBdB GBdB|Acec Acec|dfaf dfa2|
(3FGA dA (3FGA dA|GBdB GBdB|Acef (3gfe cA|(3dcd fe d2:|
X: 5
T: Alexander's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3gfe|dAFA Ddcd|edce Adef|~g3e fdcd|(3efe (3dcB A2(3gfe|
dAFA Ddcd|edce Adef|~g3e fdcd|(3gfe dcd2:|
AG|FAdA FAdB|GBdB GBdc|Acec Acec|dfaf (3gfe dA|
FAdA FAdB|GBdB GBdc|Acef gecd|(3efe dcd2:|

Twenty comments

A nice common one that sounds nice.

Different A part

I learned it(3 ABc) insted of (3gfe).
Also,I ornament it in the B part by making the FAdA FAdA into triplets 3FGA dA 3FGA dA.I hope I wrote that right.I haven’t done much(any) of this ABC writing.

Alexander’s Hornpipe

Does anyone know if this is the same tune as is on John Skelton’s album, One at a Time? The tune certainly starts different but I am not sure if it might be the same later on.

Oh God! Did I actually ask that?!

haha. future alert!

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Liam o’Flynn’s version

(3ABc|"D"dAFA "D"DFAd|"D"fdcd "A"Acef|"Em"~g3e "D"fdcd|"A"(3efe (3dcB "D"A2 (3ABc|
"D"dAFA "D"DFAd|"D"fdcd "A"Acef|"Em"~g3e "D"fdcd|"A"(3efe dc "D"d2:|
|:AG|"D"FAdA "D"FAdA|"G"GBdB "G"GBdB|"A"Acec "A"Acec|"D"dfaf "D"(3gfe dA|
"D"FAdA "D"FAdA|"G"GBdB "G"GBdB|"A"Acef "G"gecd|"A"(3efe dc "D"d2:|

To hell with it!

this hornpipe bears the number 666, this says it all!

Re: Naming

Ballymanus Fair is a different tune altogether!

Also….

…and it’s certainly not "Never On A Sunday". It’s been given 4 different titles without any justification whatever.

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Alexander’s Hornpip

Known in the Northumbrian tradition as Goswick Kirn. Don’t know what it means but recorded by Cheviot Ranters in 1972

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"…Goswick Kirn. Don’t know what it means…"


It will be related to a "kirn supper" that took place in Goswick, Nae doot.

A shindig to celebrate the bringing in of the corn harvest.

“kirn”

When I was at school, the word "kirn" was often used by my mother to describe my room - ie, a mess. [ Mind you, that was NE Scotland usage, not NE England ].

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Kirn also means "churn" of course (from the Nordic languages) - as in "kirn milk" ( buttermilk, best for bere bannocks) which is also the term in Scandinavia. The "kirn" in "kirn supper" is reckoned to have the same root. A "kirn" of cream is said to have been traditionally presented, as part of the festivity.
The festival is also called a "kirn" in southern Scotland.

"Bright now the shortening day, and blithe its close,
When to the Kirn the neighbours, old and young,
Come dropping in to share the well-earned feast.
The smith aside his ponderous sledge has thrown,
Raked up his fire, and cooled the hissing brand. "

https://archive.org/details/britishgeorgics00grahuoft p.175.

Not sure of the origin when used for a "mess", but possibly related.

http://www.doricdictionary.com/kirn-noun-a-mass-of-mess/

Possibly related to "kirning" milk - shoogled about.

KIRN, n.2 Also kern.

‡1. A celebration with feasting and dancing, to mark the conclusion of cutting the corn or the end of harvest, a harvest-home (Sc. 1808 Jam.; m. and s.Sc. 1960); a festivity held at the end of the fishing season, a Foy; “any private jollification” (Kcb. 1941).

http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/kirn_n2

Alexander’s, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

It is, as far as Matt Cranitch’s playing and naming is concerned the same tune (with a little change of emphasis and variations in the second part) as Ballymanus Fair.

I’ve been working on learning it from Harry Bradley’s recording ala John McKenna, http://errantelbows.podbean.com/e/the-sandlark-hornpipe/ I’m adding it as a setting here (I think #4).

I’d appreciate it if someone could provide a second opinion on the next to last measure, even slowing it down hasn’t really helped me get a bead on what Bradley is doing.

Alexander’s, X:4

My transcription of Harry Bradley’s recording trying to emulate John McKenna’s recording (as "The Sandlark") of this tune.

Alexander’s, X:5

a version from a friend piper.

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Re: Alexander’s

@Yooval, Of course you’re very welcome to play this any way y’d like but when I start this as "(3gfe" instead of "(3ABc", I find meself drifting into "Rickett’s" rather than "Alexander’s"… But then I do drift a lot.. ;-)