X: 2 T: The Inishmurray R: hornpipe M: 4/4 L: 1/8 Z: Conor Ward K: Dmaj dB | AFDF Adcd | BGDG Bdef | gfed fedc | edcB AGFG | | AFDF Adcd | BGDG Bdef | gfed fedc | e2 d2 d2 || de|fefg fedA |cB B/2B/2B B2 cd | efed c2 B2 | Ad (3fga b2 a2 | dcde fdAF | EFGA BdcB | AdcB AGFE | D2 C2 D2||
Star Hornpipe (6)." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Inishmurray is an island of the coast of County Sligo, once the site of a monastery founded by Saint Molaise, inhabited from the sixth to the twelfth century, after which the monks removed to the mainland (probably due to Viking raids). "The Inishmurray" hornpipe is sourced to the playing of fiddler and step-dancer Jimmy Lyons (1903-1977, Teelin/Teileann, Co. Donegal), who worked as a fisherman in southwest Donegal in the first half of the 20th century. Lyons and Connie Haughey (Connie Chon Beag) played as a duo regularly for the house dances in Teelin. Jimmy emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1950 and settled in Rugby.
Researcher Conor Ward finds a cognate tune in "Star Hornpipe (6)," contained in the music manuscript collection of fiddler Alex Sutherland (1873-1967), of Toome, Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim, which shares a second strain with "Galway Hornpipe (1) (The)."