There’s quite a few dotted quavers just crying out to be rolled. The trick is not to roll them every time. The occasional roll on one of the C’s or G’s in the first part can be very effective.
If you’re playing this on a stringed instrument, such as the banjo or bouzouki, try bending these dotted C’s and G’s up to C# and G#. This adds a nice "blue" touch to the tune…but make sure you don’t get caught by the Trad Police.
In the second half of the third part the C’s can also be played as C#, i.e. DC#D instead of DCD.
Davy Spillane and Keving Glacking do a good rendition of this with the four-part Lark in the Morning…. Good piping jigs, IMO.
I’ve heard this tune played against a 4/4 backing and it sounded surprisingly good!
the Bothy Band has a great pipes rendition of this on Out of the Wind, Into the Sun.
What is the meaning of the name of the tune? What is a hob and what kind of pipe are we talking about here?
I think a hob is a cooktop—a burner for heating a pot or skillet.
heard this once dont know if its true ,but the tune used to be called the piper on the hob this refers to a cricket or a grass hopper(the piper) being on a hob of an old style fireplace during the colder nights this was meant to be a sign of good luck. Dont know how much truth is in it but its a good story
The Bothy Band recording of this goes into Hag at the Churn afterwards.
It makes me dizzy to think these two are dizygotic twins!
T: Pipe On The Hob, The
B|:c3 edc| edc BAG|~A3 ~g3|eaf ged|
~c3 edc|edc deg|age dBe| ABA A3:|
f|:~g3 gea|age edB|~A3 ~g3|eaa gef|
~g3 gea|age d (3efg|age dBe|ABA A3:|
B|:~c3 dcd|ecA AGE|~c3 dcd|ecA A2B|
cBc dcd|ede gab|1 age dBe|ABA A3:|2 age dBG|ABA A3:|
Frankie Kennedy’s An Grianan also shares some genetic material with it https://thesession.org/tunes/2554
The Pipe On The Hob
Here it is being played before The Cliffs Of Moher:
The Pipe On The Hob, X:6
Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This setting is in A minor rather than the dorian modes of the others here. I like the accidental G# in the third from final bar, it gives it a slightly different flavour.