Mary Claire hornpipe

By Jerry Holland

Also known as Mary Clare, Mary Clare’s.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Mary Claire has been added to 4 tune sets.

Mary Claire has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: Mary Claire
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
|:dc|B2 FD B,DFD|EG,B,E G2 FE|DFBd f2 =ef|gf=eg fcAc|
B2 FD B,DFD|EG,B,E G2 FE|DFBd cBAc|B2 BA B2:|
|:Bc|dcBd cBAc|dBFD B,DFD|EGFE DFBd|cBAG F2 Bc|
dcBd cBAc|1 dBFD B,DFD|EGFE DFBd|cAFA B2:|
[2BdFB DFB,D|EGFE DFBd|cAFA B2||

One comment

Mary Claire

This is a hornpipe (in the Cape Breton style so, to my ears at least, played like a reel) by Jerry Holland and to be found in his “Collection of Fiddle Tunes” (1988, Cranford Publications) in more or less this form. This became a favourite for me from the playing of the Cape Breton Symphony in the 1980s.

I think this is in the key of Bb major and modes are not my strong point but I have selected Cdorian as the stated key on the strength of comments by joesmith here:

https://thesession.org/discussions/12481#comment254493

From a tune-learning point of view and especially if you’ve been concentrating on tunes in, say, D, G and A up to now, I think it’s a neat tune for getting your hand shape into the key of Bb but without having to worry about playing “high” Eb with your 4th finger on the A string yet (the only ones at that level are naturalised so you can play open E – bars 3 and 4). Having said that, the book version of the tune starts with a triplet “edc” rather than the “dc” quavers I’ve notated, so you would need a 4th finger for the Eb in that case.