Riding on a Load of Hay

Polka, E Dorian, Traditional Irish

Riding on a Load of Hay. Traditional Irish polka. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org


Sheet Music

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music with chords for Riding on a Load of Hay, traditional Irish polka in E Dorian. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 75bpm
Moderate tempo 105bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Riding on a Load of Hay / Maggie in the Woods
  • Riding on a Load of Hay / The Murroe Polka
  • Ger the Rigger / Riding On a Load of Hay / Freeount Polka

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.