The Ballyoran hornpipe

By Sean Ryan

Also known as The Ballyoran, The Wonder.

There are 17 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Ballyoran has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Ballyoran has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Ballyoran
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|"G"dBcA "D" BGAF|"G" G2 GF GABc|"G"dg g2 bgdB|"D" cABG A2 Bc|
"G"dBcA BG (3AGF|"G"G2GF GABc|"D7"dgg2fgag|"G"g2gfg2:|
|:Bc|"G"dgg2bgg2|"G"dgfg edBG|"D7"FGAB cBce|"D7"agfe d2Bc|
"G"dgg2bgg2|"G"dg(3gfg edBG|"D7"FGAB cADF|"G"AGGFG2:|
|:dc|"G" BDGB dgfg|"C" ec c2 Gceg|"D7" fdd2 fgaf|"G"dgg2bgdc|
"G" BDGB dgfg|"C" ec c2 Gceg|"D7" fdd2 fg (3agf|"G" g2 "D7" gf "G" g2:|
X: 2
T: The Ballyoran
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dBcA BGAF|DGGF GABC|dggg bgdB|cABG A2 Bc|
dBcA BGAF|DGGF GABc|dggg fgaf|gbaf G2 Bc:|
|:dggg bggg|dgbg edBG|FGAB cBce|agfe dcBc|
dggg bggg|dgbg edBG|FGAB cADF|1 AGGF G2 Bc:|2 AGGF G2 dc||
|:BDGB dgfg|eccc Gceg|fddd fgaf|gfga bgdc|
BDGB dgfg|eccc Gceg|fddd fgaf|1 g2 gf g2 dc:|2 g2 gf g4||
X: 3
T: The Ballyoran
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dBcA BGAF|DGGF GABc|dg ~g2 bgdB|cAAG A2 Bc|
dBcA (3Bcd AF|DGGF GABc|dgfg (3efg af|g2gfg2:|
|:Bc|dg~g2 bg~g2|dgbg edBG|FGAB cBcf|afge dcBc|
dg~g2 bg~g2|dgbg edBG|FGAB cDFA|BGGF G2:|
|:dc|BDGB dgfg|ec~c2 Gceg|fd~d2 fgaf|gfga bgdc|
BDGB dgfg|ec~c2 Gceg|fd~d2 fgaf|gb (3agf g2:|

Twelve comments

The Wonder

There is a more known tune, called “The Wonder”, but in Central Connecticut where I attend sessions, this “The Wonder” is a lot more known. We play this after another hornpipe, “Fairy Queen.” Does anyone know the background of this tune? I would love to know!

Atsushi, This tune was already posted back in Oct, if you look it up you can read the comments i posted about it.

This is a strange setting, I think your tune changed names somewhere along the line. “The Wonder” that I’ve always heard is the other setting submitted by Joerg.

Looking at this tune I think it is actually a hornpipe called the Ballyoran (composed by Sean Ryan?).
Mick O’ Brien recorded it on the Flags of Dublin LP from 1979.




Yes, it was composed by Sean Ryan.

The person who taught it to me told me that this tune was submitted to a tune competition (is there such a thing at the All-Ireland?) in the same year as Father Kelly submitted “Father Kelly’s” reel. The “Ballyoran Hornpipe” won, “Father Kelly’s” came in second.

The Ballyoran Hornpipe

There is a Wonder Hornpipe posted here, which has the name ‘Ballyoran Hornpipe’ in brackets after it, but it sounds like a Reel to me.

Although, one may well have come from the other.

This ‘Hornpipe version’ I got from Gay McKeon’s tape ‘Irish Piping Tradition’ where he says: “The Ballyoran Hornpipe was sourced from my brother’s manuscript of Leo Rowsome tunes.”


This tune was composed by Sean Ryan.

“The Ballyoran Hornpipe” ~ Seán Ryan

“The Hidden Ireland:
The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan”
Compiled by Brian Ryan

Page 12: “The Ballyoran Hornpipe”
~ another take on the tune… 😉

I think this would make a better reel than hornpipe, with a couple of very minor changes. As a hornpipe, it leaves me cold, unlike most of Sean Ryan’s other tunes.