Paddy Ryan’s Dream reel

Also known as Aisling Pháidín Uí Riain, Miss Grant Of Laggan, Miss Lyall, Miss Lyall’s, Miss Lyle, Miss Lyle’s, Mooney’s, Mooney’s Favourite, O Cuinneagain’s Downfall.

There are 73 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farewell To Cailroe (lots of times), Mamma’s Pet (a few times), The Girl Who Broke My Heart (a few times), Music In The Glen (a few times) and The Bunch Of Keys (a few times).

Paddy Ryan’s Dream has been added to 16 tune sets.

Paddy Ryan's Dream has been added to 451 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:AEDE cABG|EGEC B,CDB,|A,G,A,B, CDEG|cABG ABcB:|
|Aaa^g aecA|Ggg^f gdBG|Aaa^g aefd|ecdB ABcB|
Aaa^g aecA|Ggg^f gdBG|AcBd cedf|edcB ABcB|
X: 2
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed |: cA A/A/A cABG | EGD=C B,CDB, | =CA,B,G, A,B,CD | EA^GB Aced |
| cA A/2A/2A cABG | EGD=C B,CDB, | =CA,B,G, A,B,CD |1 EA^GB Aced :|2 EA^GB Aef^g ||
|: a^gae ceAf | gfgd BFGB | A^gae cBAc | B^GED CEA^g |
| a^gae ceAf | gfgd BGBd | cBcd edcB |1 Aa^gb aef^g :|2 Aa^gb a2ed ||
cA A/A/A cABG | EDD=C (3A,B,C DB, | =CA,A,G, ~A,2CD | ~E2^GB Afed |
~c2ac cAAG | EDD=C (3A,B,C DB, | =CA,A,G, ~A,2CD |1 ED^GB A3B :|2 ED^GB A3^g ||
|: ae e/e/e ceAc | B/B/Bge dBG^g | a^gae ceAc | B^GED CEA^g |
| a^gae ceAc | ~B2ge dBGB | A2 B/c/d edcd |1 eaa^g a4 :|2 eaa^g gaed ||
X: 3
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
cA~A2 cABG|EGDB, =CEDB,|=CA,A,G, A,B,CD|~E2AE ^GBed|
cA~A2 cABG|EGDB, =CEDB,|=CA,A,G, A,B,CD|1 EA^GB A2ed:|2 EA^GB A2f^g||
|:agae ceAf|gfgd BFGB|Aaae ceAc|BGED CEAa|
agae ceAf|gfgd BFGB|cBcd edcB|1 Aa^gb aefg:|2 Aa^gb aeed||
X: 4
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
AB|:AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|[A,E]3 B, CDEG|ABcB AEGB|!
|AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|A,{C}A,{G,}A, B, CDEG|cABG ABcB:|
|:Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{a}g^f gdBG|Aa{b}a^g ae=fg|e=fde ceBe|!
Aa (3[Aa]aa [Aa]ecA|Gg (3[Bg]gg [Bg]dBG|(3ABc Bd cedf|edcB ABcB:|!
X: 5
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
AB|:AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|[A,E]3 B, CDEG|ABcB AEGB|!
|AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|A,{C}A,{G,}A, B, CDEG|cABG ABcB:|
|:Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{a}g^f gdBG|Aa{b}a^g ae=fg|e=fde ceBe|!
Aa (3[Aa]aa [Aa]ecA|Gg (3[Bg]gg [Bg]dBG|(3ABc Bd ced=f|edcB ABcB:|!
X: 6
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cB|: AE3 c2BG| EB,3 G,A,B,G,| A,E3 CDEG| cABG ABcB|
# Added by arkle .
X: 7
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
dc |: BF ~F2 dBcA | B/c/d AG ~F3 E | ~F3 E ^DFBc | dBcA Bcdc |
BF ~F2 dBcA | B/c/d AG ~F3 E | D/E/D C/D/C B,2 Bc | d/c/B cA Bcdc :|
|: Bbba bfdB | Aaa^g aecA | Bbba bafe | f/g/f e2 d/e/d c/d/c |
Bbba bfdB | Aaa^g aecA | B/c/d ce dfeg | fedc Bcdc :|
X: 8
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ed |: cA A/A/A cABG | EGDB, =CEDB, | =CA,A,G, A,B,CD | EAA/A/A ^GBed |$ cA A/A/A cABG |
EGDB, =CEDB, | =CA,A,G, A,B,CD |1 EA^GB Aced :|2$ EA^GB Aef^g |: a^gae ceA=g | gfgd BFGB |
Aaae ceAc |$ BGED CEAa | a^gae ceA=g | gfgd BFGB | cA B/c/d edcB |1$ Aa^gb aefg :| Aa^gb ae fd ||
z8 ||
X: 9
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
BcB|:AE{G}E{D}E cA{^c}BG|EGdc BcdB|A2 {B}AE ABcd|cA{^c}BG AB=cB|
AE{G}E{D}E c2{B}AG|EGdc BcdB|c2 {B}AE ABcd|1 cA{^c}BG AB=cB:|2 cA{^c}BG A4||
|:Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{g}g^f {a}gdBG|Aa{b}a^g ae(3fed|edcB cABG|
Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{a}g^f gdBG|AcBd cedf|edcB cAA2:|
# Added by cac .
X: 10
T: Paddy Ryan's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cB|: AE (3E^DE cABG | EB,DB, G,A,B,G, | A,AED ^CEAB | cABG ABcB
| AE (3E^DE cABG | EB,DB, G,A,B,G, | A,AED ^CEAB |1 (3c^dc Bc ABcB :|2 (3c^dc Bc (3A^AB cB ||
|: Aaa^g aecA | Ggg^f gdBG | Aaa^g aecB | edcB (3cec BG |
| Aaa^g aecA | Ggg^f gdBG | (3ABc Bd cedf |1 edcB ABcB :|2 edcB A4 ||

Thirty-five comments

A strange tune, this one. I find that the second part sounds more like an eastern european tune than an Irish reel. It must be those sharps.

Sometimes I catch myself playing this tune with more of a hornpipe-type rhythm. It sounds fine like that, but it loses some of the urgency it has when played as a reel.

For ornamentation, try lengthening some notes. In the first part, instead of playing AEDE, try playing a simple AE E, or instead of that low AGAB, make it A AB. Alternatively, turn those very same long notes into quick triplets: AE EDE, AGA AB.

You can a bit more of an exotic flair to this reel by sometimes playing the Gs as sharps in the first part. I think it’s actually shown in O’Neill’s with the Gs sharp.

Another little variation

Here’s another nice little variation to play at the very start of the tune - play that very first A note one octave lower.
So, if you were playing fiddle, instead of going down to the E from the open A string, you would now come up to it from the A note on the G string.

Scottish origins?

This is known in Scotland as Miss Lyall. There are slight variations in the first part but the structure is essentially the same. The second part is typically Scots in charatcter.

Follows Stathspey of the same Name

The reel has the same melodic structure as the strathspey that usually goes first (which bears the same name).

Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

I love the reel ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’ but am having trouble finding tunes that it goes well with - do you have any ideas?

Re: Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

The Collier’s perhaps. Or The Crock of Gold by Vincent Broderick, doesn’t fit as well musically, but certainly goes with the story of Paddy Ryan’s dream!

Re: Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

Paddy Ryan’s Dream/The Ballinasloe Fair
The Girl That Broke My Heart / Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Music In The Glen
Paddy Ryan’s Dream-Fahy’s Reel-The Pigeon On The Gate
Doherty’s Reel / Paddy Ryan’s Dream / McGinnely’s Reel
Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Never Was Piping So Gay/John McGrath’s
Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Mamma’s Pet
Martin Haye’s, The Boys Of Chicago, Paddy Ryan’s Dream
My Love Is In America / Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Mother’s Delight
Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Dowd’s Favourite/Phelim’s Frolic
Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Coleman’s Cross
The Little Beggarman/The Scaredy-Cat Reel/Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Dillon’s Fancy
Sean Reid’s Reel / Roscommon / Paddy’s Ryan’s Dream
The Hut On Staffin Island/The Haggis/Paddy Ryan’s Dream
Paddy Ryan’s Dream/ The Inimitable Reel/ The Macroom Lassies
Paddy Ryan’s Dream - Ian Morissons’s
Trip to Durrow Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Sheila Coyles
Micho Russel’s/Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Tear The Calico

Re: Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

Paddy Ryan has a recurring dream that he’ll find his fortune in Dublin on the O’Connell bridge. So, he goes to Dublin, wanders around for a few days. Nada. then he runs into a neighbor from back in the town he came from. The neighbor asks what he’s doing there, so he tells him about the drea. The neighbor says "Wow that’s funny, I’ve a had a dream a few times that there was a crock of gold buried under one of the plants in your mother’s Garden." So Paddy goes home, digs up all the plants, and under the last one, which is old and dying, he finds a huge crock of gold. I don’t know exactly where the story originated. Great folk tale though.

Re: Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

Gian Marco - how did you generate your list? The contra dance band I play in (The Old Sod Band) recorded the Trip to Durrow/Paddy Ryan’s Dream/Sheila Coyles combination - has someone else recorded it?

Re: Reels to go with ‘Paddy Ryan’s Dream’

I just rememebered that the plant that the gold was to be found under was a Gooseberry bush, so perhaps a good set would be Paddy Ryan’s Dream/The Crock of Gold/The Gooseberry Bush. I can’t remember how the Gooseberry Bush goes though, not sure if Crock of Gold leads into that well!

Probably not Irish

It certainly sounds very scottish to me.

I think this one is in B minor on Johnny Og Connolly & Brian McGrath’s "Dreaming Up the Tunes" album.

You’ll hear “Paddy Ryan’s Dream” near the beginning of the new movie “The Other Boleyn Girl”!

For whatever reason, the director of this movie decided to have Mary Boleyn’s wedding party in 1530’s England entertained by very fine Irish musicians, led by a fine Sligo-style fiddler playing this tune! I started laughing in the theater and my family looked at me a little strangely until I told them what it was….

Donegal Version - “Mooney’s”

The link posted above to tune #1344 now does not work, so I am reposting that version here in the comments section. This is the Donegal version of Paddy Ryan’s Dream with C#s, popularised by Tommy Peoples. It sometimes goes by the title "Mooney’s Reel", which, according to the Fiddler’s Companion, does not refer to Frankie and Mairead Mooney, but is an older title.

First Tommy Peoples’ setting, which was originally posted here as tune #1344:

X: 1
T: Mooney’s
T: Paddy Ryan’s Dream (Donegal Version)
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Tommy Peoples
Z: what?!!?
K: Amix
ed |: cA A/A/A cABG | EGD=C B,CDB, | =CA,B,G, A,B,CD | EA^GB Aced |
| cA A/2A/2A cABG | EGD=C B,CDB, | =CA,B,G, A,B,CD |1 EA^GB Aced :|2 EA^GB Aef^g ||
|: a^gae ceAf | gfgd BFGB | A^gae cBAc | B^GED CEA^g |
| a^gae ceAf | gfgd BGBd | cBcd edcB |1 Aa^gb aef^g :|2 Aa^gb a2ed ||

This setting was also recorded by Michelle O’Brien. Here’s my own transcription of her setting:

X: 1
T: Mooney’s
T: Paddy Ryan’s Dream (Donegal Version)
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Michelle O’Brien
Z: Dow
K: Amix
cA A/A/A cABG | EDD=C (3A,B,C DB, | =CA,A,G, ~A,2CD | ~E2^GB Afed |
~c2ac cAAG | EDD=C (3A,B,C DB, | =CA,A,G, ~A,2CD |1 ED^GB A3B :|2 ED^GB A3^g ||
|: ae e/e/e ceAc | B/B/Bge dBG^g | a^gae ceAc | B^GED CEA^g |
| a^gae ceAc | ~B2ge dBGB | A2 B/c/d edcd |1 eaa^g a4 :|2 eaa^g gaed ||

I found another transcription of the Donegal version on the net, this time from the playing of Paul O’Shaughnessy (edited a bit by me for easier comparison):

X: 1
T: Paddy Ryan’s Dream
S: Paul O’Shaughnessy
Z: Juergen.Gier@post.rwth-aachen.de
M: C|
L: 1/8
K: Amix
cA~A2 cABG|EGDB, =CEDB,|=CA,A,G, A,B,CD|~E2AE ^GBed|
cA~A2 cABG|EGDB, =CEDB,|=CA,A,G, A,B,CD|1 EA^GB A2ed:|2 EA^GB A2f^g||
|:agae ceAf|gfgd BFGB|Aaae ceAc|BGED CEAa|
agae ceAf|gfgd BFGB|cBcd edcB|1 Aa^gb aefg:|2 Aa^gb aeed||

P. O’Shaughnessy recorded it on "Within a Mile of Dublin." John Doherty is cited as the source of the version.

The other boleyn girl

I really liked the version in the film, even bought the soundtrack, but of course it had only the orchestral bits. Anyone know who plays it? It doesn’t say in the credits

Paddy Ryan’s Dream out of context?

Hi everyone.
I watched a film last night, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. In it at one stage early in the film, there is a scene of country dancing outdoors. The dancers were dancing to the reel Paddy Ryan’s Dream. Does anyone know if this tune would have been around in 16th century England ?, or was this artistic license on the part of the film-makers.

Neil

Neilowen

you should read the comments above, they are relevent to what you are asking

Paddy Ryan’s Dream

here’s the first time through Tara Breen’s version more or less.

here’s the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mkEcUOxHrU


Now the ABC

X: 1
T: Paddy Ryan’s Dream
N: As Played by Tara Breen
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin
AB|:AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|[A,E]3 B, CDEG|ABcB AEGB|!
|AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|A,{C}A,{G,}A, B, CDEG|cABG ABcB:|
|:Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{a}g^f gdBG|Aa{b}a^g ae=fg|e=fde ceBe|!
Aa (3[Aa]aa [Aa]ecA|Gg (3[Bg]gg [Bg]dBG|(3ABc Bd cedf|edcB ABcB:|!

I was just playing through my abc and noticed the last f should be marked natural as a reminder. so here’s the corrected version. I guess it’s up to individual taste, it helps me read when playing the tune on concertina because I have to think harder about what buttons I’m pushing.

X: 1
T: Paddy Ryan’s Dream
N: As Played by Tara Breen
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin
AB|:AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|[A,E]3 B, CDEG|ABcB AEGB|!
|AE{G}E{D}E cABG|(3EFG DC B,CDB,|A,{C}A,{G,}A, B, CDEG|cABG ABcB:|
|:Aa{b}a^g aecA|Gg{a}g^f gdBG|Aa{b}a^g ae=fg|e=fde ceBe|!
Aa (3[Aa]aa [Aa]ecA|Gg (3[Bg]gg [Bg]dBG|(3ABc Bd ced=f|edcB ABcB:|!

“Mooney’s Favourite” by John Doherty

This tune has been recorded as "Mooney’s Favourite" on "The Celebrated Recordings" by John Doherty.

Video Tara Breen

Please note that the video of Tara is private/ not available.

A Bobby Casey variation on the first four bars.

cB| AE3~ c2BG| EB,3~ G,A,B,G,| A,E3~ CDEG| cABG ABcB|

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Paddy Ryan’s Dream variation

"I think this one is in B minor on Johnny Og Connolly & Brian McGrath’s "Dreaming Up the Tunes" album."

# Posted by withak 8 years ago

Absolutely correct withak, I posted a transcription of what I think they play on that fine album.

Paul O’Shaughnessy From Youtube

This is my first time posting an ABC. I’m pretty sure it’s similar to the version posted above from Paul O’Shaughnessy, but this is from the youtube video from the ITMA archives.

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6eX7DSWnTg



X:1
T:Paddy Ryan’s Dream As Played By Paul O’Shaughnessy
L:1/8
M:4/4
I:linebreak $
K:D
ed |: cA A/A/A cABG | EGDB, =CEDB, | =CA,A,G, A,B,CD | EAA/A/A ^GBed |$ cA A/A/A cABG |
EGDB, =CEDB, | =CA,A,G, A,B,CD |1 EA^GB Aced :|2$ EA^GB Aef^g |: a^gae ceA=g | gfgd BFGB |
Aaae ceAc |$ BGED CEAa | a^gae ceA=g | gfgd BFGB | cA B/c/d edcB |1$ Aa^gb aefg :| Aa^gb ae fd ||
z8 ||

Paddy Ryan’s Dream, X:9 - version for flute

None of the other settings fit the flute so I’ve made a transcription of Michael Clarkson’s ‘learning version’ on his ‘Irish Flute Tunes’ website and give it here (with his kind permission). It lays nicely for the fingers except for the f-naturals in the B part on a keyless flute. Here is the web address for learning it by ear: http://irishflute.podbean.com/e/paddy-ryans-dream-reel/

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Paddy Ryan’s Dream

Is anyone familiar with the ton of tunes he recorded? Paddy Ryan’s dream is one of them.

Correction

I was referring to Michael Coleman

Good tune to follow Paddy Ryan’s Dream

A good tune to follow Paddy Ryan’s Dream is Sergeant Early’s Dream.
I usually play those two as a set on the banjo.