The Standing Abbey hornpipe

Also known as The Kingston, The Kingstown.

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Holywell (a few times) and The Minstrel’s Fancy (a few times).

The Standing Abbey has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Standing Abbey has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GFGB dgfg|e2ce dBGB|c2Ac BAGB|ADFA dcBA|
GFGB dgfg|e2ce dBGB|cBAc BG~G2|1 ADFA G2BA:|2 ADFA G3z||
d^cdf afdf|a^gab a=gfe|defg ~a3b|agfe dcBA|
GFGB dgfg|e2ce dBGB|cBAc BG~G2|ADFA G3z|
d^cdf afdf|a^gab a=gfe|defg abc'b|agfe dcBA|
GFGB dgfg|e2ce dBGB|cBAc BG~G2|ADFA G2BA||
X: 2
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:~G3B dggf|(3efe)ce dBGB|cEAc BDGB|ADFA dcBA|
|~G3B dggf|(3efe)ce dBGB|cEAc BDGB|[1 ADFA G2BA]:|[2 ADFA G2(3AB^c)]|
|:d^cdf afdf|a3b agfe|defg afbf|agfe dcBA|
|~G3B dggf|(3efe)ce dBGB|cEAc BDGB|[1 ADFA G2(3AB^c)]:|[2 ADFA G2(3DEF)]|
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X: 3
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GFGA (3BAG gf | egce dBGB | ce (3ABc BdGB | AD (3FGA dcBA |
| GFGA (3BAG gf | egce dBGB | ce (3ABc BdGB | ADFA G3D :|
|: dcdf afdf | abc'b agfe | defg abc'b | (3aba (3gfe (3ded (3cBA |
| GFGA (3BAG gf | egce dBGB | (3cec Ac (3BdB GB | AD (3FGA G3D :|
X: 4
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: u(3DEF |vG>vFuG>uB d>Bg>f | (3ege c>e d>BG>B | c>BA>c {B/c/}B>AG>B | A>GF>A d<cB<A |
G>FG>B d>Bg>f | (3ege c>e d>BG>B | c>BA>c (3BdB G>B | (3AcA F>A G2 :|
|: (3ABc |d>^cd>f a>fd>f | a>bc'>b a>gf>e | d>ef>g a>bc'>b | a>gf>e d>cB>A |
G>FG>B d>Bg>f | (3ege c>e d>BG>B | c>BA>B (3BdB G>B | (3AcA F>A G2 :|
X: 5
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: C2 |{G/}F>EF>A c>Af>e | (3ded B>d c>AF>A || (3BdB G>B (3AcA F>G | E>Gc>=B d>c_B>G |
F>EF>A c>Af>e | (3ded B>d c>(AF)>A | (3BdB G>B (3AcA F>A | (3GAG E>G F3/ z/ :|
|: A>B |{d/}c>=Bc>e g>(ec)>e | g>ab>a g>fe>d | c>de>f g>ab>a | (3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG |
F>EF>A c>Af>e | (3ded B>d c>AF>A | (3BdB G>B (3AcA F>A | (3GAG E>G F3/ z/ :|
X: 6
T: The Standing Abbey
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 |{A/}G>FG>B d>Bg>f | (3efe c>e d>BG>B | (3cec A>c (3BdB G>A | F>Ad>^c e>d=c>A |
G>FG>B d>Bg>f | (3efe c>e d>BG>B | (3cec A>c (3BdB G>B | (3ABA F>A G3/ z/ :|
|: B>c |{e/}d>^cd>f a>fd>f | a>bc'>b a>gf>e | d>ef>g a>bc'>b | (3aba (3gfe (3ded (3cBA |
G>FG>B d>Bg>f | (3efe c>e d>BG>B | (3cec A>c (3BdB G>B | (3ABA F>A G3/ z/ :|

Twelve comments

The Standing Abbey (hornpipe)

Learnt from James Cullinan and Kevin Crawford’s duet playing on "The Sanctuary Sessions." It seems they got it from Marcus Hernon, who in turn cites Seamus Ennis as the source in the sleeve notes of his recording with this brother P. J.

The second part with the high C note is a bit challenging on the keyless flute. The first time around K. Crawford and M. Hernon play the part like this: …|defg ~a3b|agfe dcBA|

Second measure of the A part…

and subsequent iterations of that phrase I like to play as:

|e2ce dBGD|

A one-not difference, but it makes for a pleasing (to me) seventh leap into the next measure.

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Thanks for posting this one slainte. A really nice hornpipe. I’ve only ever heard Seamus Ennis’ version, never heard anyone else playing it but it has been recorded a good bit I see. It appears in the book "The Dance Music of Seamus Ennis" which, for any Ennis fans or pipers, is worth the investment.

A part, bar 2

I was running this through on the whistle and find if you play the second bar as:

|eAce dBGB|

it gives the phrase a nice bounce when the e notes are tongued.

Easier in F (for fiddlers anway)

The version printed in the Roche collection in the 1920s is in F, which is a lot easier on the fiddle, as it avoids the need to shift up to hit the high ‘C’.

Kingston Hornpipe

The ‘F’ setting was published in Allen’s Irish Fiddler as "The Kingston Hornpipe," and that is the name most commonly attached to the tune in England. As with many hornpipes, it is likely English in origin.

X: 2

David Power’s setting from his album My Love is in America.

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X: 4 “The Kingston Hornpipe”

S: "Allan’s Irish Fiddler" ~ arranged by Hugh McDermott, Mozart Allen, Glasgow, page 24, tune #95

X: 5 “The Standing Abbey”

S: "The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II (2)", 1891-1912, page 10, tune #210

X: 6 “The Standing Abbey”

Roche transcription transposed from F to G…