The Golden Eagle hornpipe

Also known as Iolar Órga.

There are 94 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Golden Eagle appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Golden Eagle has been added to 40 tune sets.

The Golden Eagle has been added to 393 tunebooks.

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Twelve settings

1
X: 1
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3cBA|GB,DG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFD|GBAG (3FED (3cBA|
GB,DG BdGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFD|(3GGG GF G2:|
|:(3bbb|bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|e=dd^c d2ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga bgag|fed^c =cAFD|(3GGG GF G2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:{A/}B>A|G>BD>G [B,B]>D (3GAB|d>G (3Bcd g>ba>g|f>Ae>d c>FB>A|(3GAG A>G F>D (3cBA|
G>BD>G [B,B]>DG>B|d>G (3Bcd g>ba>g|f>ed>^c =c>FB>A|(3GAG F>A G2:|
|:(3b^ab|b>B^d>f b>ag>f|e>^de>f g>^fg>^g|a>A^c>e a>g (3gfe|(3ded ^c>e d2 a>b|
c’>af>d ^c>de>f|g>^fg>a b2 a>g|f>ed>^c =c>FB>A|(3GAG F>A G2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBDG [B,B]DGB|dGBd gbag|fAed cFBA|GDAG FDcA|
GBDG [B,B]DGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cFBA|G2 FA G2:|
bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|dA^ce d2 ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga b2 ag|fed^c =cFBA|G2 F2 G2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
(3EDC|B,2,B,D FB,DF|FB,DF BdcB|AGF=E _ECA,G,|B,DCB, A,G, (3EDC|
B,2,B,D FB,DF|FB,DF BdcB|AGF=E _ECA,G,|(3B,B,B, B,A, B,2:|
|:(3ddd|dD^FA dcBA|G^FGA BAB=B|cC=EG cBAG|G=FF=E F2cd|
ecAF =EFGA|BABc dBcB|AGF=E _ECA,G,|(3B,B,B, B,A, B,2:|
5
X: 5
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|GBDG BDGB|dG (3Bcd g2ag|fedB cAFA|GBAG FD (3DEF|
GBDG BDGB|dG (3Bcd g^ga=g|fedB cAFA|(3GAG F>A G2:|
b^a|b2 ba bagf|e^de>f g2^g2|a2 ab agfg|(3fed (3^cde d2 ab|
c'afd (3Bcd ef|gdad b2 ag|fedB cAFA|(3GAG F>A G2:|
6
X: 6
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c/B/A|:GBDG BDGB|dgBd gbag|fed^c cAFA|GBAG F/E/D c/B/A|
GBDG BDGB|dgBd gbag|fed^c cAFA|1 G2 GF G2 c/B/A:|2 G2GF G2 ~b2||
|:bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aAce agfe|edce d2 ab|
c'afd cdef|gfga bgag|fed^c cAFA|1 G2 GF G2 ~b2:|2 G2 GF G2||
7
X: 7
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3cBA|GBDG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFD|GBAG (3FED (3cBA|
GBDG BdGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFD|(3GGG GF G2:|
|:(3bbb|bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|e=dd^c d2ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga bgag|fed^c =cAFD|(3GGG GF G2:|
8
X: 8
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3cBA|GBDG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cDBA|GBAG (3FED (3cBA|
GBDG BdGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cDBA|GBAF G2:|
|:(3bbb|bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|ed (3cde d2 ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga bgag|fed^c =cDBA|GBAF G2:|
9
X: 9
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3cBA|GBDG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cDBA|GBAG (3FED (3cBA|
GBDG BdGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFD|GBAF G2:|
|:(3bbb|bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|ed (3cde d2 ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga bgag|fed^c =cDBA|GBAF G2:|
10
X: 10
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|GB,DG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fed^c =cAFA|GBAG (3FAF (3DEF|
GB,DG BdGB|dGBd gfag|fAce dGBA|GgdB G2:|
|:(3BcB|bB^df bagf|(3efe (3^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|d^cde dfab|
c'afd ^cdef|gBdg beag|fA^ce dFAB|GgdB G2:|
|:(3DEF|(3GFG (3DEG (3B^AB (3G=AB|(3d^cd (3GBd gfag|fed^c =cAFA|GBAG (3FAF (3DEF|
GB,DG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fAce dFAB|GgdB G2:|
|:(3BcB|(3bBB (3cBB (3^dBB (3fBB|(3eBB (3fBB (3gfg (3efg|(3aAA (3^cAA (3eAA (3aAA|
(3d^cd (3f^ef (3dfa d'2|c'afd ^cdef|gBdg beag|fAce dFAB|1 GgdB G2:|2 GBAB G2||
11
X: 11
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3cBA|GB,DG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fedB =cAFA|GBAG (3FED (3cBA|
GB,DG BDGB|dGBd gbag|fedB =cAFA|G2 GF G2:|
|:(3bbb|bB^df bagf|e^def gfg^g|aA^ce agfe|(3ded ^ce d2ab|
c'afd ^cdef|gfga b2ag|fedB =cAFA|G2 GF G2:|
12
X: 12
T: The Golden Eagle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3BAG|"G"GB,DG BDGB|"G" dGBd gbag|"D7" fedc AFBA|"D7"GDBA (3FED (3cBA|
"G"GB,DG BDGB|"G" dGBd gbag|"D" fedc AFBA|"G"G2 B2 G2:|
|:(3bbb|"B7"bB^df bagf|"Em"e^def g2 fg|"A7"aA^ce agfe|"D"(3ded "A7"ce "D"d2 ab|
"D7"c'afd ^cdef|"G" gfga b2ag|"D7"fed^c cFBA|"G"G2 B2 G2:|

Twenty-nine comments

Golden Eagle

I love this hornpipe because it stand out and sounds like no other. Keiran Hanrahan was the first person I heard playing this and fell in love with it striaght away.Not the easiest tune to play on the Banjo for people with small fingers.

Chords

i first heard this on the kevin/seamus glackin album and it’s paired with the galway hornpipe.
it’s a pleasant tune,i think.
worth playing just to see the look on the guitarist’s face (those who claim to be able to back a tune that they’ve never heard before) but it usually ends in disaster.

The Golden Eagle

This hornpipe is one that many culture (ireland,scotland,shetland) claim.Some people ascribe it to James Hill of Gateshead though GrahamDixon does not include it in his authorative catelogue “The Lads like beer”.
By its feel, its a late nineteenth century tune, so it should be possible to track down an original composer and nail down its origins.

Recording of Golden Eagle

The Blackberry Blossom by Mary MacNamara

“The Golden Eagle” ~ another case of cut-and-pasted ABCs 😏

Does anybody have their own take on this, or a transcription from someone else’s playing of it? That would be a plus addition, very welcomed.

It is a reasonable courtesy to ask ~ that if one copies from somewhere else, whether it is a book or ripped off ABCs from elsewhere on the Internet ~ please show a little respect and credit your sources… This identical transcription can also be found in Richard Robinson’s collection of ABCs:

Richard Robinson’s Tunebook
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/tunebook.html

“The Golden Eagle”
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/gettune/000008f0.html

“The Golden Eagle” ~ having intended to return here to add a different take ~ 😎

X: 2
T: Golden Eagle, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: {A/-} B>A |\
G>BD>G [B,B]>D (3GAB | d>G (3Bcd g>ba>g | f>Ae>d c>FB>A | (3GAG A>G F>D (3cBA |
G>BD>G [B,B]>DG>B | d>G (3Bcd g>ba>g | f>ed>^c =c>FB>A | (3GAG F>A G2 :|
|: (3b^ab |\
b>B^d>f b>ag>f | e>^de>f g>^fg>^g | a>A^c>e a>g (3gfe | (3ded ^c>e d2 a>b |
c’>af>d ^c>de>f | g>^fg>a b2 a>g | f>ed>^c =c>FB>A | (3GAG F>A G2 :|

“The Golden Eagle” ~ sans > & (3 & {~}

Almost forgot my promise to offer up a dinxterless (>) version…

X: 3
T: Golden Eagle, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: BA |\
GBDG [B,B]DGB | dGBd gbag | fAed cFBA | GDAG FDcA |
GBDG [B,B]DGB | dGBd gbag | fed^c =cFBA | G2 FA G2 :|
|: b^a |\
bB^df bagf | e^def gfg^g | aA^ce agfe | dA^ce d2 ab |
c’afd ^cdef | gfga b2 ag | fed^c =cFBA | G2 F2 G2 :|

Golden Eagle: comp. Paddy Hayes?

I’ve just been reading the liner notes on Paddy Hayes’ Return to Kilty album and it says he wrote the Golden Eagle. I never knew that before!

Is it widely known that dear Paddy wrote this?

Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection and pre dates Paddy Hayes by about a century. So no, it’s not only not known he composed the tune, it’s also not true.

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Golden Eagle correction

Thanks! Got that sorted and learnt about a previously unkown collection of tunes.

I’m really liking this one at the moment, I love any opportunity to play crisp tongued triplets. The recording of Donncha O Briain that the Prof links to above is gorgeous and although I’m not doing a note-by-note copy I like to put a bit more bounce into the tune like he did, although I can’t play it quite so fast!

Soaring eagle

the best way to play this hornpipe is very very softly in your head (like faintly tinkling fairy bells) at midnight at the end of a long happy sunny day, while counting the stars in the milky way on your virtual desktop wallpaper. :- )

The Golden Eagle

Blazin’ Fiddles have a great version in their album “Thursday Night in the Caley”

An Interpretation

I would be happy to add my interpretation to this list, but I do not know ABC. I would be willing to send a MIDI copy or a Finale copy.
thestonecrusher@gmail.com

“worth playing just to see the look on the guitarist’s face (those who claim to be able to back a tune that they’ve never heard before) but it usually ends in disaster.”
Quite true, so hopefully this chord progression will be of some benefit to accompanists…..

||: G | | D |G D |
G | | D | G :||
||: B7 | Em | A7 |D7 |
D7 | G | D | G :||

Re: The Golden Eagle

“He clasps the crag with crooked hands …… then like a thunderbolt he falls” Alfred Lord Tennyson, a wee short poem of his which is y I still recall bits of it.

Re: The Golden Eagle

What playing by Joe Derrane

Golden Eagle

I have just looked at The Session to check on this tune that I haven’t played for ages but found that none of the various settings have it in the way we play it in Northumbria so I have written it out as I play it.

Re: Golden Eagle

This is clearly the same tune as given in various settings at https://thesession.org/tunes/974, and it’s not clear how this differs from one or two versions given there. Could you identify the unique phrasing here, Noel? Can’t see why it needs a separate entry.

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Re: The Golden Eagle

I’m always challenged by the high c in bar 5 of the second part. I’m not skillful enough to play in anything but first position, so I usually slide up with the pinkie from b to c. What do other fiddlers do?

Re: The Golden Eagle

Nothing that isn’t covered in one of the other versions but the combination of the Low B in the starting arpegios , the high c’ , the slide through a a c# in the final floor and other examples of chromaticity and the placing of some of the triplets is not represented as a coherent whole in any of the other settings.. One of the earlier postings asked people to post their takes on the tune so I responded with the version I’ve heard and played up here in Northumbria. Clearly its the same tune as all the other settings but the whole is distinct, particularly if it is played in the Tyneside hornpipe style.