Poll Ha’Penny hornpipe

Also known as The Garden Of Butterflies, Garrai Na Bhfeileoig, Garrai Na Bhfeiloig, Holey Ha’penny, Holey Hapenny, Molly Halpenny, Molly Halpin, Molly McAlpin, Paul Ha’penny, Paul Halfpenny, Paul’s Ha’penny, Pol Ha’Penny, Pol Hal’penny, Pol Halfpenny, Poll Hal’penny, Poll Halfpenny, Puff Adder’s Stepdance, Radstock Jig.

There are 67 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Mother And Child (a few times), The Old Bush (a few times), The Broken Pledge (a few times) and The Drops Of Brandy (a few times).

Poll Ha’Penny has been added to 5 tune sets.

Poll Ha'Penny has been added to 321 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Poll Ha'Penny
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
(3GAB|=cAAG A2 (3AB=c|(3d=cB (3AGF G2 (3B^cd|ed^cA d^cAG|~A3G A2de|
~f3d ~e3c|d2 (3Bcd efge|aged (3=cBA GB|~A3G A2:|
|:ef|~g3f gfef|g2ga gedg|eaag ~a3g|eaag a2ag|
~f3d ~e3c|d2 (3Bcd efge|aged (3=cBA GB|~A3G A2:|
X: 2
T: Poll Ha'Penny
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AB | cAAG A2 (3AB^c | d=c AF G2 (3B^cd | ed^cA d^cAG |
ABAG ABde | ~f3d ~e3^c | d2 (3B^cd efge | aged ^cA G=c |
A2 AG A2 :||: ef | ~g3f gfef | g2ga gedg | eaag a2 ag |
eaa^g aba=g | ~f3d ~e3^c | d2 (3B^cd efge | aged ^cA G=c |
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X: 3
T: Poll Ha'Penny
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d>B G>B A2 A2 {ABd} | e>c A>F G2 G2 {ABd} | e>d c>A d>c A>G | A2 A>B A4 {ABd} |
f3 g e3 c | d2 A2 {ABd} e>f g>e | a>g e>d c>A d>c | A2 A>B A4 :|
|: g2 g>f g>e d>B | (3Bcd e>f g>e d>f | e2 a2 a3 g | e2 a2 a3 g |
f3 g e3 c | d2 A2 {ABd} e>f g>e | a>g e>d c>A d>c | A2 A>B A4 :|
X: 4
T: Poll Ha'Penny
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
c>AA>^G A2 (3ABc | (3dcB (3AGF G2 (3Bcd | e>dc>A d>cA>^G | A2 A>^G A2 d>e |
f2 f>d e2 e>^c | d2 (3AB^c d>ee>d | a>ge>d (3cBA G>B | A2 A>^G A2 :|
g2 g>f g>ed>g | e>gg>f g>ed>g | e>aa>^g a2 a>=g | e>aa>^g a2- a>=g |
f2 f>d e2 e>^c | d2 (3AB^c d>ee>d | a>ge>d (3cBA G>B | A2 A>^G A2 :|
X: 5
T: Poll Ha'Penny
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
K:D
|:dA | (3.B.c.B {c}BG Az (3.A.B.c | .d.c {B}AF ~G2 FA | AF DE FA GE |DE FG A2 dA
(3.B.c.B {c}BG Az (3.A.B.c| .d.c {B}AF ~G2 FA | AF DE FA GE| D2 (3DDD D2 :|
|: (FG) | A.d .de ~f2 .e.f |.d.c {B}AG ~A2 (FG) | A.d .de ~f2 .e.f |gf ef d2 fg |
a.f (3.g.f.e fd ec | .d.c {B}AG ~A2 FG | AF DE FA GE| D2 (3DDD D2 :|

Eighteen comments

Good Arrangement

This transcription by Henrick Norbeck Is almost exactly like I play aside from a preferred note here or there. I said exactly which needs a little qualification. I play most of those double eighth notes as dotted eighth and sixteenth.

I wish I could remember the name of the artist who recorded it. It was a tape that some friends brought me from California. The best of Rose ———. If I can find that tape I will correct her name. To me, she didn’t play the piece with the usual bounce that I accord many hornpipes. She played it as smooth as silk. I rather liked her version so I play it smooth to audiences and more traditional at Sessions.

I remember the name.

Florie Brown out of California recorded it on her greatest hits release. I like receiving local recordings. Who knows - One of these recordings I have could be from one of you.

Derivative of Poll Ha’penny

This tune is one of several that have evolved from the air:
"Molly McAlpin", collected by Edward Bunting. Vol.1, No 44
"General Collection of Ancient Irish Music", adapted for the pianoforte. published in 1796. No composer credit given but in a bio-sketch I read once, O’ Carolan was quoted as saying that he "wished" he had composed it. That suggests that the tune was written before his death in March 1738 more than 54 years before the date of the harpers gathering in 1792.

Poll Ha’penny

This tune is listed as "Paul Halfpenny" (pronounced ha’penny of course!) on Bobby Casey’s "Taking Flight" LP, but the record company had merely misheard the "usual" name "Poll Hal’penny": I once heard Bobby Casey (at the King & Queen pub in London) himself correct piper Tommy McCarthy who had suggested the tune using the title "Paul ..". The title is listed correctly as "Poll …" on Casey’s "Casey in the cowhouse" cassette (Bellbridge 001).

A fine hornpipe version of tune, known simply as the "Radstock Jig", was collected from fiddler James Higgins in Somerset (England) by Cecil Sharp.

Huh? Yes, they’re both hornpipes…. No, they;’re different tunes.

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The tune as I remember it … oh, and the mode …

The mode may be me being esoteric or something. Personally, I think it’s in Dmix, not Amix. This has to do with whether you think the Cs are generally sharp, and sometimes played natural, or whether, like me, you think the Cs are generally natural, and sometimes played sharp. I don’t think (and this is only one of the possible views) that the note the tune ends on is relevant for this purpose, as modal tunes fairly often end on notes other than the ‘tonic’ or ‘final’ note of the mode.

Academic rant over.

Here’s how I remember this tune - now that I’ve recovered what it is from Dow’s prompt the other day, that is:

X: 1
T: Poll Ha’Penny
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmix
AB | cAAG A2 (3AB^c | d=c AF G2 (3B^cd | ed^cA d^cAG |
ABAG ABde | ~f3d ~e3^c | d2 (3B^cd efge | aged ^cA G=c |
A2 AG A2 :||: ef | ~g3f gfef | g2ga gedg | eaag a2 ag |
eaa^g aba=g | ~f3d ~e3^c | d2 (3B^cd efge | aged ^cA G=c |
A2 AG A2 :|

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God I love this tune

Author of Poll Ha’Penny

It is attributed by Francis O’Neal to a 17th century harper named Laurence O’Connellan in his book "Irish Minstrels and Musicians"

Martin Hayes’ version

As recorded in The Lonesome Touch, something like:
X:1
T:Poll Halfpenny
T:Paul Ha’penny
D:Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch
N:First tune in set ‘The Garden of Butterflies’
N:Although a ‘hornpipe’ played slow
N:Played through twice then leads into jig
N:The {ABd} ornament is used regularly roughly as shown
N:I have not attempted to annotate the slides and other ornaments
Z:Edgar Bolton
M:4/4
R:Hornpipe/Slow Air
K:D
|: d>B G>B A2 A2 {ABd} | e>c A>F G2 G2 {ABd} | e>d c>A d>c A>G | A2 A>B A4 {ABd} |
f3 g e3 c | d2 A2 {ABd} e>f g>e | a>g e>d c>A d>c | A2 A>B A4 :|
|: g2 g>f g>e d>B | (3Bcd e>f g>e d>f | e2 a2 a3 g | e2 a2 a3 g |
f3 g e3 c | d2 A2 {ABd} e>f g>e | a>g e>d c>A d>c | A2 A>B A4 :|

“Poll Ha’Penny” / “Garraí Na Bhfeileoig”

X: 4
T: Poll Ha’Penny
X: Garraí Na Bhfeileoig
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: ADor
|: A>B |\
c>AA>^G A2 (3ABc | (3dcB (3AGF G2 (3Bcd | e>dc>A d>cA>^G | A2 A>^G A2 d>e |
f2 f>d e2 e>^c | d2 (3AB^c d>ee>d | a>ge>d (3cBA G>B | A2 A>^G A2 :|
|: e>f |\
g2 g>f g>ed>g | e>gg>f g>ed>g | e>aa>^g a2 a>=g | e>aa>^g a2- a>=g |
f2 f>d e2 e>^c | d2 (3AB^c d>ee>d | a>ge>d (3cBA G>B | A2 A>^G A2 :|

Poll Ha’Penny: Tight Piping Version

As learned in the Willie Week pipe class 1989. It is near to Liam O’Flynn’s Mrs. Crotty