Hornpipes & Schottishes

Alexander’s Hornpipe

Boys of school hill

Canal en Octobre

A schottische composed by Fredric Paris.

Click go the shears

Cliff Hornpipe, The

Fanny Frail

Garland dance, The

Grandfather’s Polka

If you play Grandfather’s Polka, followed by Fanny Frail and the Cliff Hornpipe, then think about their relationship with Harvest home … you’ll start to get some idea of how the folk process changes and adapts tunes, and spreads them around Britain and Ireland in different related forms.

Look up the Cincinnati Hornpipe for a north American link.

Harliquin Air, The

Hunting the hare

Jackie Robinson

La Schottishe

A schottishe,that’s about all I know about it. I picked this up from dancing to Flowers and Frolics, or John Kirkpatrick, it’s all a bit vague.

This is a tune that doesn’t seem to be mentioned much (maybe not at all) online, though it obviously has some sort of link to the Linehope Lope / Glenbeigh Barndance family of tunes.

Lemmie Brazil’s No. 1

Lemmie Brazil’s No. 2


Madame Bonaparte

Malt Shovel Hornpipe, The

Off to California

Orlando’s return

Portobello hornpipe

Learnt from a piano accordion player at the CovTrad session.


Redesdale Hornpipe

Written by James Hill Attributed to James Hill. Redesdale is a valley in Northumberland and an important (going back into antiquity) historical route between England and Scotland. It’s been speculated that this could have been the route by which James Hill travelled from Scotland to live in Northumberland.


These players play the tune differently to me, but much of what they do often appears as “variations” in my playing.

Roxborough Castle

Shepton Mallett Hornpipe

Sportsman’s Hornpipe, The

Steamboat Hornpipe, The

Swiss boy, The

Three sea captains

Tom Fowler’s hornpipe


William Taylor’s tabletop hornpipe