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GLENBEIGH HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Ballybunnion Hop," "Curlew Hills Polka (The)," "James Gannon's Barn Dance (1)," "McDermott's Barndance," "McDermott's Hornpipe," "Morrison's Polka." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Variously rendedered as a clog, hornpipe, barn dance, schottische and polka. The "Glenbeigh Hornpipe" title comes from the group De Danann, while the "Curlew Hills Polka (The)" title is from James Morrison's 1935 recording. Music historian and fiddler Philippe Varlet believes the "Glenbeigh" title may have come from Charlie Piggott, then the banjo player with the group, who is a native of Cobh, County Cork. "McDermott's Barndance" is the name on fiddler Paddy Killoran's 1931 record (in duet with another fiddler, Paddy Sweeney), and Limerick flute player Paddy Taylor (1969, on "The Boy in the Gap") called it "Morrison's Polka." The "Ballybunnion Hop" title is a barndance setting of the tune from concertina player Gearoid O hAllmhurain, and Kerry fiddler Máire O'Keeffe also refers to this tune as a Donegal barndance (even though Ballybunnion is in north Kerry). Despite the confusion of hornpipe-polka-barndance titles, the tune is correctly categorized a barndance. County Sligo/New York fiddler Michael Coleman recorded the tune as "James Gannon's Barn Dance" in 1927 (both Morrison and Coleman had lessons from fiddler James Gannon in South County Sligo). Glenbeigh is in south County Kerry.
However, an Irish provenance for the tune has not been established. See also "Linhope/Linehope Lope," "Bielbie's Hornpipe/Bielby's Hornpipe" and "Military Schottische" for versions in Britain and the United States, some dating back to the 19th century.
Source for notated version: De Danann (Ireland) [Sullivan].
Printed sources: Sullivan (Session Tunes), vol. 3; No. 26, p. 10.
Recorded sources: John Brosnan - "The Cook in the Kitchen" (apparently miss-labeled as "The Chaffpool Post," which Varlet believes came about because the two tunes were paired together on a 1976 John and James Kelly album).