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…