The Honeysuckle hornpipe

Also known as Ballinakill, The Ballinakill.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cuckoo (a few times) and The Rights Of Man (a few times).

The Honeysuckle has been added to 132 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Honeysuckle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A/B/c|d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdA FAdf|edcB AB c/B/A|
d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdB AGFE|F2 D2 D2:|
A/B/c|dcde fdec|defg a3f|geeg fddf|edcB AB c/B/A|
d2 cA B/c/d AF|DFAF GBAG|FAdB AGFE|F2 D2 D2:|

Six comments

Set ?

I think I’ve heard this played in a set with All in a Garden Green.

This is one of the first hornpipes i played and its still one of my favourites . . its quite easy to play . . and it always goes downwell with every one. . can’t understand why its not more popular with musos. Ithink it started life as a whistle tune.

i agree stewpot, lovely simple tune but hardly anyone ever plays it! one of my favourites.

It’s a bit like a reel pretending to be a hornpipe.

An Féithleann

I hate hornpipes.
But I love honeysuckle!

Here’s the real thing:
a delightfully scented blossom that comes of its own in the evening (to attract the pollinating moths that have adapted to its deep corolla)
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This seems to be the tune titled Off to California, ex.40 in Gerry O’Connor’s "Complete guide to Learning the Irish Tenor Banjo" tutor book.

I’m fairly sure the tune is simply mistitled in the book though, I don’t think this is an alternative title. There are a few misprints in the book’s notation/tab. Also on the CD Gerry plays Murphy’s Hornpipe on the CD track which is meant to accompany this tune. Confusing!