The Tailor’s Twist hornpipe

Also known as The Jolly Butchers, The Tailor’s Thimble, The Taylor’s Twist.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Flowers Of Spring (a few times), The Golden Eagle (a few times), Cronin’s (a few times), The Cuckoo’s Nest (a few times) and The Beeswing (a few times).

The Tailor’s Twist has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Tailor's Twist has been added to 307 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Tailor's Twist
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FE|DA, FD AF dA|Bg ed cb ag|fe dc Bg ed|(3cdc (3BcB (3ABA (3GFE|
DA, FD AF dA|Bg ed cb ag|fe dc Bg ec|d/c/d dc d2:|
|:fg|~a3f df af|ba gf eA ce|{f}~g3e cd ef|(3gag (3fgf eg fe|
df ec dD FA|B/A/B ed cb ag|fe dc Bg ec|d/c/d dc d2:|
X: 2
T: The Tailor's Twist
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F>E |D>A,F>D A>Fd>A | B>ge>d c>ba>g | f>ed>c B>ge>d | (3cdc (3BcB A>GF>E |
D>AF>D A2 d>A | B>ge>d c>ba>g | f>ed>c B>ge>c | d2 d>c d2 :|
|: f>g |a^gaf d2 (3f=ga | b>ag>f e>Ac>e | g>fg>e c2 (3def | (3gag (3fgf e2 (3gfe |
d2 e>c d>D (3FGA | (3BcB (3ged c>ba>g | f>ed>c B2 (3gec |[1 (3ded c>e d>e :|[2 d2 [A2d2] [D2d2] |]
X: 3
T: The Tailor's Twist
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FE|DA FD AF dA|Bg ed ce ag|fe dc BG ed|cA Bc AG{FA}FD|
DA FD AD dA|Bg ed ce ag|fe dc BG ec|df ec d2:|
|:fg|~abaf de fg|ba {a}gf eA ce|{f}~gf gd cd ef|ga fg eg fe|
d2 (3gfe dD FA|Bg ed ce ag|fe dc BG ec|d/c/d ec d2:|
X: 4
T: The Tailor's Twist
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F>E| D>A,F>D A>Fd>A | B>ge>d c>ba>g | f>ed>c B>fe>d | c>dB>c A>GF>E |
D>A,F>D A>Fd>A | B>ge>d c>ba>g | f>ed>c B>ge>c | d2 (3edc d2 :|
|:f>g| a3 f d>ef>a | b>ag>f e>aA>a | g2 g2 (3 Bcd e>f | g>af>g e>df>e |
d2 (3fed d>DE>A | B>ge>d c>ba>g | f>ed>c B>ge>c | d2 (3edc d2 :|

Six comments

The taylor’s twist

Source: Tommy Peoples_ "Master Irish Fiddle Player". Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

I had a Tommy People’s instructional book once upon a time. I learned this hornpipe from there. Since then - I lost the tune. Thanks for the refresher!

This is a great hornpipe especially when those trio’s are single bowed.

The Tailor’s Twist

This tune is also played by Liam O’Flynn on Planxty’s "The Woman I Loved so Well".

The Tailor’s Twist, X:3

Piper’s version

The Tailor’s Twist, X:4

This is one of those hornpipes that you hear now and again in sessions, like it, and promise yourself you’ll learn it… Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. It was collected with the title The Tailor’s Thimble.