Sheet Music: The Galway Hornpipe

TitleThe Galway Hornpipe
Alternate titlesDan Lowry's Hornpipe
McDermott's Hornpipe
The Bald Headed Bachelor
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo172 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-03-29
Last updated2009-03-29
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Celtic Music, Hornpipes, Traditional/Folk


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Sunday 29 March 2009

Tune of the Day: The Galway Hornpipe

Traditional Irish

Nothing to do with Sir James: the name of this tune refers to the Irish city of Galway. It's a hornpipe, term that identifies an English step dance which was originally accompanied by a wooden hornpipe. Hornpipes also appear in the works of famous composers such as Purcell and Handel.

Although this melody should be played somewhat fast, don't forget that it's better to start practicing slowly and carefully.