Higgins' Hornpipe

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HIGGINS' HORNPIPE (Crannciuil Uí h-Uiginn). AKA - "O'Higgin's Hornpipe." AKA and see "Cliff Hornpipe," "Wilson's Jig." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Higgins Hornpipe" has long been a favorite tune in uilleann piping repertory, with early recordings by Liam Walsh, Tommy Reck and Leo Rowesome. The tune also has a multiplicity of titles and is popular in many different genres and traditions. Related tunes, with varying degrees of melodic similarity, are "Cincinnati Hornpipe (1)," "Cork Hornpipe (1)," "Dundee Hornpipe," "Fred Wilson's Clog/Hornpipe," "Harvest Home (1)," "Kephart's Clog" (Pa.), "Kildare Fancy," "Ruby Hornpipe," "Ruby Lip," "Seán Ryan's (Hornpipe) [3]," "Snyder's Jig" (Pa.)," "Standard Hornpipe," "Zig-Zag Hornpipe/Clog." The hornpipe has been attributed to 19th century fiddler James Hill, of Tyneside, Northumberland, renowned for his hornpipe compositions. The earliest recording of the tune is by Brooklyn accordion player John J. "Dutch" Kimmel in 1909. Kimmel, although of German descent, was an influential musician who recorded Irish, Scotch and American melodies. West Virginia/East Kentucky fiddler Ed Hayley played the tune under the title "Wilson's Jig," perhaps because of the melodic similarity in parts with "Wilson's Clog" or "Fred Wilson's Clog."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - "J. O'Neill" [O'Neill]. Chicago Police Sergeant and fiddler James O'Neill was originally from County Down. He served as transcriber and assistant to Francis O'Neill on his earlier works.

Printed sources : - Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 89, p. 161. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 206. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1739, p. 323. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 914, p. 156.

Recorded sources: -CCE Néillidh Mulligan - "The Leitrim Thrush" (learned from an old recording of Tommy Reck). Decca F2309 (78 RPM), Liam Walsh (1930. 2nd tune in medley: "Mountain Groves", "Higgins Hornpipe," "The Wexford"). Rounder 1087, Tommy Reck - "From Galway to Dublin" (c. 1950's. Reissue of 78 RPM. Appears as "O'Higgin's Hornpipe").

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]



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