Unidentified Hornpipe (possibly Butterfly)

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in A

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here (identified as Dew Drop Hornpipe in the source recording)


Edit: I had originally posted this tune as Dew Drop Hornpipe, as it was so identified in the source recording.  However, David Stone pointed out that the tune that was identified as Butterfly Hornpipe was the real Dew Drop (per Ryan's Mammoth Collection of 1883).  I am therefore renaming Butterfly as Dew Drop, and this tune as Unidentified Hornpipe (possibly Butterfly) until such time as it can be more accurately identified.

This is a fine example of Benny Thomasson’s virtuosic hornpipe fiddling. It showcases nearly all of his trademark tricks and techniques. Look out for triplet runs, triplets beginning with a rest, sixteenth notes, and triplets over sixteenth notes. There are also plenty of high notes, as the B part goes up to a high E. Thomasson used a little bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato. Note that the first time through is likely missing at least the first two beats; the recording cuts in during what I believe to be the A part of tune.

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Texas Fiddle

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