Monday, 28 September 2015

Blackbird (hornpipe): Brendan (eile)

Blackbird (hornpipe)

Sometimes known as the Old Blackbird or An Londubh (the Irish name of the bird), the Blackbird (in D major) shares its name with another hornpipe and an air (and indeed a well-known song by the Beatles).  

This particular hornpipe can be found on Kathleen Collins (fiddle) Traditional Music of Ireland (1976), Charlie Piggott (accordion) and Gerry Harrington (fiddle) The New Road (2000), Randal Bays Dig With It (2008) and Brian McGrath (banjo) Pure Banjo (2009). Here's the Randal Bays performing the Blackbird:

Here's my stuttering attempt (with dropped notes here and there): 

Sheet music HERE

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