The Harlequin hornpipe

Also known as An tAirleacán, The Chancellor, The Killarney Wonder.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Harlequin has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Harlequin has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Harlequin
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dBgd egdB|G3A BGDc|BDGA BdcB|BAAG A2 Bc|
dBgd egdB|G3A BGDc|BDGB cADF|(3ABA GF G2:|
|:Bc|dgBg dgBc|dG (3Bcd gdBG|A3B cBce|af (3gfe d3c|
B3c dBGg|(3efg fa gedc|BG (3Bcd ecAF|AGGF G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 2
T: The Harlequin
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dBgd edBA|~G3A BGDC|B,DGA BdcB|BAAG A2Bc|
|:Bc|dgBg dgBB|dBGd gdBG|AGAB cBce|(3agf (3gfe d2 Bc|
~B3c dAFA|(3efg fa gfdc|BGBd ecAF|G2GF G2:|
# Added by Jurry .
X: 3
T: The Harlequin
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:(3dcd gd edBA|GFGA BGDC|B,DGA B2 cB|BAAG A2 Bc|
(3dcd gd edBA|GFGA BGDC|B,DGE CEAc|(3BAG (3AGF G2 Bc:|
|:dgBg dgBg|dG (3Bcd gdBG|AGAB cB (3cde|(3agf (3gfe d2 cd|
BABc dBGd|(3efg (3fga gedc|BA (3Bcd ecAF|AGGF G2 Bc:|

Four comments

The Harlequin, X:2

This version is from the playing of Denis Murphy. It was recorded by him on 19th Nov 1948 (by Seamus Ennis for Radio Eireann). It’s on the CD of his music “Music from Sliabh Luachra” published by RTE, track 14. Its followed by The Chancellor, better known as Father Dollard’s

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Re: The Harlequin/ The Chancellor

IMHO this tune ought to be called The Chancellor. Why? Because Padraig O’Keeffe gave a pupil of his this tune with that name. See (The original manuscript can also be viewed on the ITMA site. )
My guess is on the 1948 recording of Denis Murphy playing this tune (followed by Father Dollards aka The Harlequin) the names of the tunes got reversed, as sometimes happens. (Denis most likely learnt the tune from POK.) Interestingly Johnny O’Leary’s book gives The Harlequin and The Chancellor as alternatives for Fr Dollard’s, as does this site. The names of later recordings have likely followed from Denis Murphy’s naming “error”.
Beginish also called this tune The Chancellor

The Chancellor, X:3

This setting is based on Beginish’s playing. It is pretty close to Padraig O’Keeffe’s setting especially the first part. They picked it up from Johnny O’Leary but I don’t think the tune is in his book.