The Honeysuckle hornpipe

Also known as Ballinakill, The Ballinakill.

There are 24 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Honeysuckle appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Honeysuckle has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Honeysuckle has been added to 148 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:|

Eight 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!

Re: The Honeysuckle

The Ballinakill ceili band played this one in a set with Pound Hill.

Re: The Honeysuckle

The plant is called “Lonicera periclymenum”, in German its Waldgeissblatt.
I jave it in my garden. It is very common in Swiss Woods and as kids we used to smoke dried pieces of its “trunk”. We got sick when smoking too much 🙂
But no impact on you as other plants, but we felt like grown up!