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:
A one-not difference, but it makes for a pleasing (to me) seventh leap into the next measure.
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:
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’.
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.
David Power’s setting from his album My Love is in America.
The Kingston, X:3
This is a nice tune from a recording of Boston boxplayer Tom Sheridan, who has it after the Gypsy (https://thesession.org/tunes/9071#setting29444). The two work so well together that I think for the sake of the music we may as well as pair them as a four part hornpipe, call it Sheridan’s, and forget that anyone ever paired them separately.
You can hear him play them together here: http://www.capeirish.com/tune_vault/boston_cce/gypsy.mp3
X: 4 “The Kingston Hornpipe”
S: "Allan’s Irish Fiddler" ~ arranged by Hugh McDermott, Mozart Allen, Glasgow, page 24, tune #95
“Allan’s Irish Fiddler” - collected & arranged by Hugh McDermott
In discussion ~ # Posted by MrsDeadlyhen - March 3rd, 2014
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…