The Peacock's Feather (Hornpipe)

This is one of two hornpipes with the name "The Peacock's Feather". The other, in D major, is often played after this one in a set.

Where I have notated two simultaneous notes, those playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, box, concertina or harp should play the lower note, while those playing flute, tin whistle, or pipes should play the upper note.

I've also heard this tune played in A minor and D minor. But in A minor it doesn't lead well in to the second tune, and in D minor it doesn't sit well on my flute!

McDermott's Handy

Note: While this sheet music is provided for reference and convenience, I would take it as a personal favour if you would find a local musician to teach it to you or a local session where you could hear it played. This will enable you to learn the phrasing and ornamentation for your instrument which generally is not notated here. The best way to learn Irish traditional music is by ear, by listening to and/or learning from a musician experienced in the genre. At the very least, you will want to memorize the tune so that this page would be superfluous. This version is a version that I played at the time I created this page; it may not be the same as the version I currently play, and it may not be the same as the version with which you are familiar. Go raibh maith agat; Thanks!

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