The Swan hornpipe

Also known as Sean Ryan’s, Swan.

There are 92 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Paddy Fahy’s (a few times).

The Swan has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|G2 AG dGBd|~g2 fg (3efg dB|c2 ec (3Bcd GB|ADFA dB (3cBA|
G2 AG DGBd|g2 gf gdBG|c2 ec (3Bcd GB|ADFA G2:||
|:(3Bcd|gBdg fAce|ecAG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fga e^c d2 ef|
gBdg fAce|ecAG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fed (3cBA G2:||
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X: 2
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"G2B/A/G"G"dGBd|"G"g2fg"Em"egdB|"Am"cAec"G"B/c/dGB|"D"ADFA"G"dBcA|
"G"G2B/A/G"G"dGBd|"G"g2fg"Em"egdB|"Am"cAec"G"B/c/dGB|"D"ADFA"G"G3z:|
|:"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"GABd:|
|"G"~gggb"G"gdBd|"C"cBAG"D"FAdc|"G"BGgf"A"e^cag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"GABd|
|"G"~gggb"G"gdBd|"C"cBAG"D"FAdc|"G"BGgf"A"e^cag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"G3z|
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X: 3
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3AAA cA EAce | a2 ga (3fga ec | (3ddd fd c2 ec | BEGB edcB | ~
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X: 4
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 (3BAG d>GB>d | g2 f>g e>gd>B | c>Ae>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A d>Bc>A |
G2 (3BAG d>GB>d | g2 f>g e>gd>B | c>Ae>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A G3z :|
|: g>GB>g f>Ac>e | e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g | (3fga e>a ^c>de>f |
g>GB>g f>Ac>e| e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g | (3fed (3cBA G>AB>d :|
|: ~g2- g>b g>dB>d | c>BA>G F>Ad>c | B>Gg>f e>^ca>g | (3fga e>a ^c>de>f |
g>GB>g f>Ac>e | e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g |[1 (3fed (3cBA G>AB>d :|[2 f/e/dc/B/A G3z |]
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X: 5
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3GAG B>G d>GB>d | g2 f>g (3efg d>B | c2 e>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A d>B (3cBA |
G2 BG DG (3Bcd | g2 f>g (3efg d>B | c>Ge>c B2 d>B | A>DF>A G2 :|
g>GB>g f>FA>e | e>dB>G A>DF>A | G>Bd>B c>ea>g | (3fga e>^c d2 e>f |
g2 B>g f2 A>e | e>dB>G A>D (3FGA | G>Bd>B c>ea>g | (3fed (3cBA G2 :|
~ G2- G>[Dd] :| ~ akin to ~ G3 :| [Dd] |\
ABC
X: 6
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 (3BAG DGBd|~g2fg (3efg dB|~c2ec ~B2dB|ADFA GcBA|
G2 (3BAG DGBd|~g2fg (3efg dB|~c2ec ~B2dB|1 ADFA GcBA:|2 ADFA G2Bd||
|:gBd=f egce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fga ea dafa|
gBd=f egce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|1 (3fed (3cBA G2Bd:|2 (3fed (3cBA GcBA||
ABC
X: 7
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2|G2 BG DGBd|g2 fg (3efg dB|c2 ec B2 dB|ADFA dcBA |
G2 BG DGBd|g2 fg (3efg dB|c2 ec B2 dB|1ADFA GDEF:|2ADFA G2 ef||
|:gdBg e2 ce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fga ea d2 ef|
gdBg e2 ce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fed (3cBA G2:||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 8
T: The Swan
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c>B | A2 (3cBA E>Ac>e | a2 g>a f>ae>c | (3ddd f>d c>eA>c | B>EG>B e>dc>B |
A2 (3cBA E>Ac>e | a2 a>g a>ec>e | d2 f>d c>eA>c | B>EG>B A2 :|
c>e | a>Ac>a g>Bd>f | f>ec>A B>EG>B | A>ce>c d>fb>a | g>af>g e2
c>e | a>Ac>a g>Bd>f | f>ec>A B>EG>B | A>ce>c d>fb>a | (3gfe (3dcB A2 ||
c>e | a>ga>b a>ec>e | d>cB>A G>Be>d | c>ea>g f>db>a | g>af>g e2
c>e | a>Ac>a g>Bd>f | f>ec>A B>EG>B | A>ce>c d>fb>a | (3gfe (3dcB A2 |]
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Another setting

Here’s the same tune with a third part - don’t know if it’s that widely played but I got it from Francie McPeake about 20 years ago:


X: 1
T: Sean Ryan’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|:"G"G2B/A/G"G"dGBd|"G"g2fg"Em"egdB|"Am"cAec"G"B/c/dGB|"D"ADFA"G"dBcA|
"G"G2B/A/G"G"dGBd|"G"g2fg"Em"egdB|"Am"cAec"G"B/c/dGB|"D"ADFA"G"G3z:|
|:"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"GABd:|
|"G"~gggb"G"gdBd|"C"cBAG"D"FAdc|"G"BGgf"A"e^cag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"GABd|
|"G"~gggb"G"gdBd|"C"cBAG"D"FAdc|"G"BGgf"A"e^cag|"Am"f/g/aea"A"^cdef|
"G"gGBg"Am"fAce|"Em"edB/A/G"D"ADF/E/D|"G"GBB/B/B"C"ceag|"D"f/e/dc/B/A"G"G3z|

My Sweet Lord

…but this sounds like Scotland The Brave at a number of points.

—-Michael B.

Swan

This is a setting of The Swan, which is published in A in Sean Ryan’s book "The Hidden Ireland".

Yup! - “Scotland the Brave”

It was a ‘joke’ of sorts…or if you prefer, a ‘challenge’… For future matters, a similar madness, check out ‘An Madra Beag’, when it arrives, another hornpipe…

“The Swan” ~ K: A Major

As in the Sean Ryan collection "The Hidden Ireland"

|: E |
(3AAA cA EAce | a2 ga (3fga ec | (3ddd fd c2 ec | BEGB edcB | ~

I first learned this in the key of G Major back in the 70s…

This tune is listed as the last track on Da Farder Ben Da Welcomer CD in the "recordings" section. This is NOT that tune. The tune on the CD is actually titled "The Swan (LK243)", named after a fishing boat that was recovered and once common in the Shetland Islands. It was written by Catriona McKay and might be one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

“The Swan” ~ another look at Conán’s transcription, dinxterized ;-)

X: 1
T: Sean Ryan’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: G2 (3BAG d>GB>d | g2 f>g e>gd>B | c>Ae>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A d>Bc>A |
G2 (3BAG d>GB>d | g2 f>g e>gd>B | c>Ae>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A G3z :|
|: g>GB>g f>Ac>e | e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g | (3fga e>a ^c>de>f |
g>GB>g f>Ac>e| e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g | (3fed (3cBA G>AB>d :|

& the 3rd part ~

|: ~g2- g>b g>dB>d | c>BA>G F>Ad>c | B>Gg>f e>^ca>g | (3fga e>a ^c>de>f |
g>GB>g f>Ac>e | e>d (3BAG A>D (3FED | G>B (3BBB c>ea>g |[1 (3fed (3cBA G>AB>d :|[2 f/e/dc/B/A G3z |]

“The Swan” ~ by Sean Ryan

X: 4
T: The Swan
C: Sean Ryan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: (3DEF |\
(3GAG B>G d>GB>d | g2 f>g (3efg d>B | c2 e>c (3Bcd G>B | A>DF>A d>B (3cBA |
G2 BG DG (3Bcd | g2 f>g (3efg d>B | c>Ge>c B2 d>B | A>DF>A G2 :|
|: (3Bcd |\
g>GB>g f>FA>e | e>dB>G A>DF>A | G>Bd>B c>ea>g | (3fga e>^c d2 e>f |
g2 B>g f2 A>e | e>dB>G A>D (3FGA | G>Bd>B c>ea>g | (3fed (3cBA G2 :|

The endings and lead-ins for both parts can also be ~
~ G2- G>[Dd] :| ~ akin to ~ G3 :| [Dd] |\

Setting From Bobby Gardiner’s “Memories Of Clare”

Here is a setting I notated from Bobby Gardiner’s album "Memories Of Clare". He calls it "Paddy Kelly’s".

X:1
T:Swan, The
T:Paddy Kelly’s
R:hornpipe
Z:rd-4/11/2014
S:Bobby Gardiner "Memories Of Clare"
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gmaj
G2 (3BAG DGBd|~g2fg (3efg dB|~c2ec ~B2dB|ADFA GcBA|
G2 (3BAG DGBd|~g2fg (3efg dB|~c2ec ~B2dB|1 ADFA GcBA:|2 ADFA G2Bd||
|:gBd=f egce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|(3fga ea dafa|
gBd=f egce|edBG ADFA|GBdB ceag|1 (3fed (3cBA G2Bd:|2 (3fed (3cBA GcBA||

Sean Ryan’s The Swan

I’ve always loved the setting as played by the group "Buttons and Bows" (Jackie Daly, Seamus Maguire, Manus Maguire). They called the tune "The Dancing Master" on their 1991 ‘Gracenotes’ album. Their setting is X:8 above. The tune has echoes of "The Laird of Drumblair".