Blanchard’s Hornpipe is a tune that I have heard a handful of times before, but I can’t place where. There’s a good chance I have a recording of Benny Thomasson Playing it somewhere. I was reading through Cole’s 1000 fiddle tunes, and picked it out a couple of days ago. Tonight I decided to work it up and play it for today’s Fiddle Tune a Day.
After reading the Fiddler’s Companion description, it is clear which tune this reminded me of when I played it – I knew I recognized a little bit of the phrasing. It was Speed the Plough.
Blanchard’s Hornpipe according to Fiddler’s Companion
BLANCHARD’S HORNPIPE . AKA and see “McCarthy’s Hornpipe,” “Roxborough Castle.” American, Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning. AABB. Similarities with “Devil’s Hornpipe” and “Speed the Plow .” Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; pg. 87. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; pg. 120.