Miss Lacey's Hornpipe

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MISS LACEY'S HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Henry's Hornpipe (2)," “Mona's Delight," "Organ Hornpipe (The)," "Spot Hornpipe.” Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Miss Lacey's Hornpipe" is a member of a widespread and varied Irish/British hornpipe family with a number of variants and titles. As researched by Fr. John Quinn, variants can be found as an untitled hornpipe[1] in the Swallows Manuscript (Leeds, Yorkshire), collected by Frank Kidson for his own early 20th century manuscript, and as "Organ Hornpipe (The)" from the music manuscript collection of Frances Reynolds (c. 1885, Gaigue, Ballinamuck, north County Longford).

The tune bears some resemblance to an untitled Pennsylvania collected reel (Bayard {Dance to the Fiddle}, 1981; No. 100, p. 59). The first strain is cognate with County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier's untitled "Hornpipe (55)." See also the Manx cognate "Mona's Delight," which itself is based on the dance tune "Goddesses (1)" published by John Playford in 1651. Although quite distanced, it may be that "Miss Lacey's" is also a derivative.

Researcher Jean Duval also notes the second strain of "Miss Lacey's" is reminiscent of Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard's "Cotillon a huit." Francis O'Neill's air "Snow Storm (The)" has some similarities to "Miss Lacey's Hornpipe," although Fr. Quinn believes this to be coincidental.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - The Gunn manuscript [Maguire]; the Greir manuscript (III, 22) [Breathnach & Small].

Printed sources : - Breathnach & Small (Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. IV), 1986; No. 214 (appears as untitled hornpipe). Maguire (Hidden Fermanagh: Traditional Music and Song from County Fermanagh), 2003; p. 118. Roche (Collection of Irish Traditional Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 226, p. 15.






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  1. Chris Partington has given it the title "Spot Hornpipe."
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