John Thomas’s Hornpipe three-two

Also known as John Thomas’s.

John Thomas's Hornpipe has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: John Thomas's Hornpipe
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A2 d2 d2 e2 c2 A2 | A2 d2 d2 d2 ef g2 | A2 d2 d2 e2 c2 A2 | cd e2 e2 f2 c2 e2 |
A2 d2 d2 e2 c2 A2 | A2 d2 d2 d2 ef g2 | A2 d2 d2 e2 c2 A2 | cd e2 e2 f2 d4 |
f2 a2 a2 gf e2 d2 | A2 d2 d2 e2 f4 | f2 a2 a2 gf e2 d2 | cd e2 e2 f2 c2 e2 |
f2 a2 a2 gf e2 d2 | A2 d2 d2 e2 f2 g2 | ag f2 gf e2 fe d2 | cd e2 e2 f2 d4 ||
X: 2
T: John Thomas's Hornpipe
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: A2d2- d2e2 c2B2 | A2d2 d2c2 efg2 |\
A2d2- d2e2 c2A2 |[1 G2e2- e2c2 efg2 :|[2 cdec e2c2 efg2 ||
f2a2- a2gf e2c2 | A2d2 d2e2 fed2 | f2a2- a2gf e2d2 | cde2 e2f2 gfe2 |
f2a2- a2gf e2c2 | A2d2 d2e2 f2g2 | agfa gfe2 f2d2 | c2e2- e2c2 e2f2 |]

Two comments

John Thomas’s Hornpipe

A lovely old Lancastrian tune reconstructed from a damaged manuscript by Welsh pibe-cyrn (horn bagpipe) player Ceri Rhys Matthews. Although it’s a traditional tune, because it’s Ceri’s reconstruction I imagine the copyright belongs to him.

I learned this tune from a friend in Oxford, and it’s now doing the local rounds, usually in Cmix or Dmix.

Re: John Thomas’s Hornpipe

thanks robert for posting this. it is remarkable how close to the way i play it this is. diolch yn fawr am hala’r amser i prico’r node. the tune appears in john thomas’ ms as a fragment of slip jig & i have indeed cobbled it about. i do play the pibe cyrn as you say, but this would be impossible to play on that instrument. i play this on the flute.

there is nothing as far as i know to connect this with lancashire aside from the ignorant fashion of ascribing all 3/2 hornpipes to either lancashire, cheshire or northumberland. this tendency takes no account of either history or creativity & is best left there.

i also play this as a slip jig. the two forms being manifestly moods & rhythmic pulse tendencies dependent with how the player is feeling at the time. both ways work for dances and are interchangeable, even during dancing. i have taken the liberty of calling it ‘cambrian place’ as i play it sandwiched between two other tunes named after swansea streets; the strand & wind street.

as for bruce’s weird setting, i’ve no idea what he’s trying to imply.

ps i have no interest in copywrite or ownership. the tune has passed through me, & please do with it as the tune suggests & you see fit. except bruce’s horrible thing…