Astley’s hornpipe

Also known as Ashley’s.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Astley's has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Astley's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>AB>c d>BA>G | a>gf>e e2dc | B>dB>G c>ec>A | B>dB>G G>FE>D |
G>AB>c d>BA>G | a>gf>e e2dc | B>dB>G c>ec>A | G2A2 G4 :|
|: d>ef>g f>af>d | g>bg>d fafd | d>ef>g acec | B>dB>G F>AF>D |
B>dB>G c>ec>A | F>af>d Gbge | G>gf>e dcBA | G2A2 G4 :|
X: 2
T: Astley's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GABc dBAG | agfe e2dc | BdBG cecA | BdBG GFED |
GABc dBAG | agfe e2dc | BdBG cecA | G2A2 G4 :|
: defg fafd | gbgd fafd | defg acec | BdBG FAFD |
BdBG cecA | Fafd Gbge | Ggfe dcBA | G2A2 G4 :|

Two comments

Astley’s Hornpipe / Ashley’s Hornpipe

This is another tune that I can’t find on here but may well be wrong! This one is taken from the John Moore manuscript of 1837, as edited by Gordon Ashman and published in "the Ironbridge Hornpipe" (ISBN 1872277063) (1991). I’ve added the swing to this transcription, but the the tune, as published, is without, as here:

X: 2
T: Astley’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: GABc dBAG | agfe e2dc | BdBG cecA | BdBG GFED |
GABc dBAG | agfe e2dc | BdBG cecA | G2A2 G4 :|
: defg fafd | gbgd fafd | defg acec | BdBG FAFD |
BdBG cecA | Fafd Gbge | Ggfe dcBA | G2A2 G4 :|

Astley’s

My suspicion is that this tune might have been a signature tune for Philip Astley’s equestrian performances in 18th century London, where he danced on horseback at full gallop among the feats. Astley is often credited with reviving the equestrian portion of circus performances and had a well-known exhibition grounds that he turned into a full-blown theater by the 1760s or so. He also performed in France on a stage built on the backs of horses because France had a law against performing on horseback on French soil.