The Queen Of The West hornpipe

Also known as Sumner’s, The Toss Pot, The Tosspot, The Vermont.

There are 28 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Queen Of The West has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Queen Of The West has been added to 110 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Queen Of The West
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
uFE|:D>FAF DFA,F|"A"EGAG EGA,G|"D"FAdF "D#dim"GBec|"A"Adfd cAGC|
"D"DFAF DFA,F|"A"EGAG EGA,G|"D"FAdA "A"Ggec|1 "D"d2d2d2 FE:|2 "D"d2d2d2 ucd||
|:"A"ecAc EAce|"D"fdAd FAdf|"G".g2fg "D"efdf|"E"(3edc (3dcB "A" ABcd|
ecAc EAce|"D"fdAd FAdf|"G"gbag "A"fedc|1 "D"d2d2d2 ucd:|2 "D"d2d2d2 uFE||
X: 2
T: The Queen Of The West
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Adfd cAGE|DFAF DFA,F|EGAG EGA,G|FAdA Bgec|d2 d2 d2:|
|:cd|ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|g2 fg ef df|
(3edc (3dcB ABcd|ecAc EAce|fdAd FAdf|gbag fedc|d2 d2 d2:|
X: 3
T: The Queen Of The West
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF (3DEF A,2|EGAG (3EFG A,E|FAdA Ggec|1 dedc dFFE:|2 dedc dfgf||
ec (3ABA EAce|fd (3ABA FAdf|(3gag fg efdf|(3efe (3dcB ABcd|
ec (3ABA EAce|fd (3ABA FAdf|gbag fdec|dedc dfgf|
ec (3ABA EAce|fd (3ABA FAdf|(3gag fg efdf|(3efe fg a2 (3Ace|
aece (3Ace (3gfe|fdAF (3DFA (3dfa|gbag fdec|dedc d2d2||
X: 4
T: The Queen Of The West
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
dc|:"Bb"Bdfd (3Bcd F2|"F"cefe (3cde F2|"Bb"dfbd "Eb"egc'e|"F"fBdf (3agf (3edc|
"Bb"Bdfd (3Bcd F2|"F"cefe (3cde F2|"Bb"dfbd "Eb"egcA|1 "Bb"B2BA BFdc:|2 "Bb"B2BA Bded||
|:"F"cA (3FGF cFAc|"Bb"dB (3FBF dFBd|"Eb"efde "Bb"cdBd|"C"(3cdc (3BAG "F"FGAB|
cA (3FGF cFAc|"Bb"dB (3FBF dFBd|"Eb"egfe "Bb"dB"F"cA|"Bb"B2BA Bded|
"F"cA (3FGF cFAc|"Bb"dB (3FBF dFBd|"Eb"e2 (3ded "Bb"(3cdc B2|
"C"(3cdc d=e "F"f3f|fcAc (3FAc (3edc|"Bb"dB (3FBF dFBd|"Eb"egfe "Bb"dB"F"cA|1 "Bb"B2BA "F"Bded:|2 "Bb"B2BA "F"BF||

Fourteen comments

Off the beaten path

Most people would say that this piece is unusual or rarely known. So if most people are saying that then …. Heck, heck I get confused easily. I learned it from a Tommy Peoples instructional Tape that came with a little book of perhaps 50 tunes.

I bumped into the tune a few years back again. It was played by an old time fiddler at a crisp breakdown speed. He looked me in the eye and bet me that I had never heard the tune before. Well I played it for him with some of those fine dotted eighths and sixtenths. I threw quite a few sigle bowed triplets and I played it at a great hornpipe pace. He just kind of sneered at me and played it again and I quote him “THE RIGHT WAY”

For insanities sake - I posted this tune “the right way” Listen to Natalie McMaster or Peoples if you want to learn it wrong like me. ;)

Zeke Backus

This one was first published in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection in 1883, where it was credited to the minstrel show fiddler Zeke Backus. Brendan McGlinchey recorded a more elaborate setting on his 1970s solo LP. It’s popularity as a session tune was revived when Sharon Shannon recorded it. She probably picked it up from Tommy Peoples.

Love dis!!

Dis tune s a lovely tune wit sum good ornements in2 ih!! 🙂

Sharon Shannon -one Queen of the West!- made it cool to play again. All she touches is gold. Long live Sharon! :- )
And bad cess to this tune! :- (

I concede that the first two bars are not just v nice but they’re enticing. It shouldn’t be an excuse to play the whole tune, though!


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Re: Vermont

hi Suiloir,
Thanks for posting this one! I live in Vermont and will give it a whirl. I would love to hear a recording somewhere.
Mary Anna

Re: Vermont

Hi Mary Anna,
Unfortunately I don’t know of any recording of it. Maybe someone else on the site knows of one.

Re: Vermont

I have definitely heard a recording of this, but I don’t think it was under this name. I have been scratching my head and searching through all my tunes all day. I should find it soon and will be back.

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Re: The Queen Of The West

Thanks Dargai, you saved me from going mental.

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