The Galtee Hunt (Set Dance in Hornpipe time)

I learned this a couple of decades ago from the playing of Clannad, who perform it at a sprightly tempo, faster than I would play a hornpipe. Tom Cahill,
the resident "Dance Dad Emeritus" at the Treehouse Coffee House Session, let us know that it is actually a set dance called "The Hunt"; when
played for the set dance, this is most often played at a slow, relaxed tempo.

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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