Most of you know by now that I love Bb Hornpipes, and the twistier they are the better. Not only is Randall’s Hornpipe in Bb, but the B part of the tune totally puts you on your head because the arpeggio patterns start out in one direction, and then they flip backwards. It really plays with your head. If you listen closely, you will also hear a phrase in the A Part that sounds almost like Good for the Tongue.
A couple of weeks ago, I put out a request for tunes that were so important that I really needed to have them as part of Fiddle Tune a Day. Chris Ricker, an excellent Canadian fiddler suggested that I should play Randall’s Hornpipe (along with Snowflake Reel). And, since Randall’s is a twisty Bb hornpipe, it was a no-brainer for me to work it up.
Randall’s Hornpipe According to Fiddler’s Companion
RANDALL’S HORNPIPE. American, Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning. AABB. Source for notated version: Benny Thomasson (Texas) [Phillips]. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; pg. 95. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 217. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; pg. 131.