The Humours of Tullycrine

Hornpipe, A Dorian, Traditional Irish
Also known as Bobby Casey’s (Hornpipe); Humours of Tullycreen

The Humours of Tullycrine. Traditional Irish Hornpipe. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together August 7, 2022. Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay

The Humours of Tullycrine is a popular Irish hornpipe from County Clare, Ireland. Tullycrine is a rural area (townland) in West Clare, about 10 km from the town of Kilrush and the Shannon Estuary. The tune is associated with West Clare, and with the playing of Junior Crehan, Garrett Barry, Bobby Casey, and John Kelly.


Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference. As a hornpipe, this tune should be played with swing, and it should be ornamented with triplets and trebles.

Sheet Music and chords for The Humours of Tullycrine (Bobby Casey's Hornpipe) in A Dorian. Traditional Irish Hornpipe. Arranged by Jonathan Lay 7/30/2022.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 55bpm
Moderate tempo75bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Humours of Tullycrine / Cronin’s Hornpipe
  • Humours of Tullycrine / Kitty’s Wedding
  • Humours of Tullycrine / Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy
  • Humours of Tullycrine / Queen of the Fairies

References and Resources

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