Callanan’s Retreat hornpipe

Also known as Callana’s Retreat, The Friendly Visit, Tom Has Gone To The Fair.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Callanan's Retreat has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Callanan's Retreat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB|:(3ABA EA cAce|dcBc defg|a2ea fdBA|GABc dBGB|
(3ABA EA cAce|dcBc defg|aecA EGBd|1 c2 A2 A2 cB:|2 c2 A2 A2 (3efg||
|:a2 ec Acea|f2 dB F3 f|g2 fe ^defa|gef^d e=dcB|
(3ABA EA cAce|dcBc defg|aecA EGBd|1 c2 A2 A2 (3efg:|2 c2 A2 A4||

Five comments

I didn’t see this

one on here, even after a note search. Let’s not have any unpleasant dissent about this one’s origins. It’s clearly named after a place for Catholics to go for a few quiet days’ contemplation and rest, most likely written in the Blasket islands in the late 1800’s.


Yer gettin mighty good with them there search engines. I was just testin to see if you’d find that one, under a different name in a different key and all.

I’d say the Friendly Visit is a fairly bog standard session tune. Slainte probably plays it already in G, do you Slainte?

I haven’t heard or played this tune in sessions yet. But I learnt it from the laid-back flute duet playing of Paul McGrattan and Matt Molloy, who recorded it in G.