The Sportsman’s hornpipe

Also known as Oldham Sportsman, The Oldham Sportsman, Sportsmans, The Sportsmans.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Sportsman’s has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Sportsman's has been added to 102 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Sportsman's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AB|c2 cA B2 BA|GABc dBGB|c2 cA B2 BA|E2A2A2 AB|
c2 cA B2 BA|GABc dBGB|gfge dBAG|E2A2A2:|
|:AE|ABcd efge|afdf edcB|ABcd efge|afdf e2 (3efg|
a2 af g2 ge|c2 ce dBGB|cBcA BABG|E2 A2 A2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Sportsman's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: c2cA B2BA | GABc dBGB | c2cA B2BA | EAAG A2AB |
c2cA B2BA | GABc dBAG | gfge dBAG |1 EAAG A2AB :|2 EAAG A2A2 ||
|: ABcd efge | afdf edcB | ABcd efge | afdf e4 |
a2af g2ge | c2ce dBGB | c2cA B2BA |1 EAAG A2A2 :|2 EAAG A2AB ||
3
X: 3
T: The Sportsman's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|: c2c2 B2BA | GABc dBGB | c2c2 B2BA | E2AG A2B2 |
c2c2 B2BA | GABc d2ef | gfge dBAG |1 E2AG A2B2 :|2 E2AG A2Ac ||
|: ABcd efg/f/e | afdf edcB | ABcd efg/f/e | afdf e2ef/g/ |
a2ae g2gB | c2ce dBGB | c2cA BcBA |1 E2AG A2Ac :|2 E2AG A2B2 ||
4
X: 4
T: The Sportsman's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|: c2cA B2BA | GABc dBGB | c2cA B2BA | E2AG A2B2 |
c2cA B2BA | GABc d2ef | gfge dBAG |1 E2AG A2B2 :|2 E2AG A2Ac ||
|: ABcd efge | afdf edcB | ABcd efge | afdf e2ef/g/ |
a2a2 g2g2 | edce dBGB | c2cA BcBA |1 E2AG A2Ac :|2 E2AG A2B2 ||

Eight comments

Surprised this wasn’t already on here… It’s usually played straight, not swung.

A fine English hornpipe. I play this one at gigs, followed by The Galway.

Sportmans

We pair this with The Grand Hornpipe

Re: The Sportsman’s

We play this with some swing. I think it depends where you are.

The Sportsman’s, X:2

From the playing of The Demon Barbers.

They play it after their non-typical arrangement of The Chemical Worker’s Song/The Process Man/Go Boys Go.

Re: The Sportsman’s

This tune was featured in Joseph Kershaw manuscript, a fiddle player from Slackcote, Saddleworth near Oldham. This was a manuscript of tunes gathered 1820 onward.
The Sportsman Arms in Nimble Nook village (2.5m from Oldham) was first licensed in 1794 was host to court hearings and agricultural shows throughout the 19th century.
It is possible that this tune name (also referred to as "The Oldham Sportsman") is a reference to the pub name.