<abc float="left"> X:1 T:Balkan Hornpipe M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A | .d(f/d/) c/e/A/c/ | d/A/f/d/ e/g/c/e/ | .d(f/d/) c/e/A/g/ | f/d/e/c/ dA | .d(f/d/) c/e/A/c/ | d/A/f/d/ e/g/c/e/ | .d(f/d/) c/e/A/g/ | f/d/e/c/ d :: A/G/ | F/D/A/F/ d/A/B/G/ | F/D/A/D/ E/c/A/G/ | F/D/A/F/ d/A/B/G/ | F/D/E/C/ .D(A/G/) | F/D/A/F/ d/A/B/G/ | F/D/A/F/ E/c/A/G/ | F/D/A/F/ d/A/A/g/ | f/d/e/c/ d :||
BALKAN HORNPIPE. American, Scottish; Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB (Cole): AABB' (Kerr). The composition is credited to "Hayes" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, perhaps a tongue-in-cheek reference to President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893), elected in 1876, and one of a few such jokes in Ryan's. Although his opponent, Tilden, won the popular vote, Hayes won the electoral vote and was confirmed in 1877. During the same year Russia went to war against Turkey, and the Balkans were a main theatre of the war, however, the exact connection with Hayes is obscure.
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; pg. 91. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 359, pg. 339. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; pg. 125.