The Banshee’s Wail Over The Mangle Pit jig

Also known as The Banshee That Wailed Over The Mangle Pit, The Banshee Wailing Over The Mangle Pit, The Banshee’s Wail, Martin Hayes’, Scully Casey’s, Young Tom Ennis, Young Tom Ennis, The Young Tom Ennis, Young Tom’s Anus.

There are 81 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit has been added to 228 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
F|:G3 FGF|EDB, DEF|G3 FBA|FEE E2F|
G3 FGF|EDB, DEF|GAB ABA| FEE E3:|
dcB edB|AFD DFA|dcB edc|Bcd e3|
dcB edB|AFD DEF|1 G3 FBA|FEE E3:|2 GAB ABA|FEE E3||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
BAG ABA|GFD FGA|BAG Adc|AGG G2A|
BAG ABA|GFD FGA|Bcd cdc|1 AGG G2A:|2 AGG G2e|
|:fed gfd|cAF FAc|fed gfe|def g2e|
fed gfd|cAF FGA|Bcd cdc|1 AGG G2e:|2 AGG G3||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cBA Bed|cAA A2B|
cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cde dBG|ABA A2:|
f|g2e age|dBG Gef|g2e agf|efg a2b|
g2e age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|cAA A2:|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2B|
cBA B/c/dB|AGE GAB|cde ded|1 BAA A2B:|2 BAA A2f||
|:gfe age|dBG GBd|gfe agf|efg a2f|
[1 gfe age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2f:|
[2 gab age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2B||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBA B>cB | AGE G>AB |cBA Bed |BAA A2 B |
cBA B>cB | AGE GAB |cde ded | cAA A2 :|
gfe age | dBG G2 e/f/ | gfe agf | ef^g a2 e/f/ |
gfe age | dBG G2 A/B/ | cBA Bed | cAA A2 :|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBA BcB | AGE G2 A/B/ | cBA Bed | BAA A2 B |
cBA B>cB | AGE G>AB | cde dBg | BA^G A2 :|
gfe age | dBG G2 e/f/ | gfe ac'/b/a | ef^g a2 e/f/ |
gfe age | dBG G2 B | c>BA dBg | BA^G A2 :|
ABC
X: 7
T: The Banshee's Wail Over The Mangle Pit
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
AB|c2A BcB|AGE GAB|c2A Bed|BAA A2B|
c2A BcB|AGE GAB|cde dBG|BAA A2:|
f|g2e age|dBG Gef|g2e agf|efg a2b|
g2e age|dBG GAB|c2A Bed|BAA A2:|
# Added by JACKB .
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Thirteen comments

Here is a version in G dor known and played in Bristol (UK) as Martin Hayes’ Jig. I don’t know at present whether he wrote it or whether the tune is otherwise associated with him.
I’m posting this version to celebrate Martin Hayes’ and Denis Cahill’s welcome return to the St George’s Hall in Bristol on January 28 2003 where they gave their all for 2 and a half hours to a packed and entranced audience. Martin remarked during the concert that G minor (or dorian - I’m not splitting hairs) is his favourite key, so this version is doubly appropriate.

K:Gdor
BAG ABA|GFD FGA|BAG Adc|AGG G2A|
BAG ABA|GFD FGA|Bcd cdc|1 AGG G2A:|2 AGG G2e|
|:fed gfd|cAF FAc|fed gfe|def g2e|
fed gfd|cAF FGA|Bcd cdc|1 AGG G2e:|2 AGG G3||

The G dorian version no doubt comes off of Martin Hayes, as recorded by him on Under the Moon.

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Young Tom Ennis in A Dorian

Kevin Crawford recorded this tune as Young Tom Ennis. Here is his version.

B|cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cBA Bed|cAA A2B|
cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cde dBG|ABA A2:|
f|g2e age|dBG Gef|g2e agf|efg a2b|
g2e age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|cAA A2:|

Playing the whistle, I have no choice but to choose A dorian.

A slightly different Ador version

cBA BcB|AGE GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2B|
cBA B/c/dB|AGE GAB|cde ded|1 BAA A2B:|2 BAA A2f||
|:gfe age|dBG GBd|gfe agf|efg a2f|
[1 gfe age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2f:|
[2 gab age|dBG GAB|cBA Bed|BAA A2B||

Young Tom Ennis

In A dorian there of course

Explanation?

This is a very specific title: there must be a story or legend attached to it: does anybody out there know it?

Origin of the title

Quote from http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BAN_BARM.htm :

The story goes that Martin Hayes searched for a while for a name for this tune, and finally asked Paddy O’Brien (Tipperary), a storehouse of such information, if he knew a title for it. Paddy did not, and when Hayes then asked if he would make one up, O’Brien responed with the delightfully odd “Banshee’s Wail Over the Mangle Pit.” (…) The ‘mangle pit’ part of O’Brien’s title probably refers to bitter brassicas—rutabagas or vegatables akin to a turnip—that are used to feed cattle as winter fodder; thus a ‘mangle pit’ is a vegetable dump in the ground.

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This is a greatly haunting tune. I played it out in my field where the mangles grow, (mangles are a root vegetable related to beets, good stock fodder) and noticed an improved growth rate over the next few days. Coincidence? Probably not. Irish music has a way with crops.

A "mangle pit" is akin to a potato clamp. It’s not a "dump", but a storage system using straw and earth to keep the frost out.

The word for the vegetable is more commonly spelled "mangel" to distinguish it from a device for wringing clothes. Other names for the mangel include mangelwurzel, wurzel and mangold.

http://www.mangoldhurling.co.uk/

“Young Tom Ennis” ~ O’Neill

X: 5
T: Young Tom Ennis
B: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 169, tune #908
B: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 40, tune #153
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: ADor
|: A/B/ |\
cBA B>cB | AGE G>AB |cBA Bed |BAA A2 B |
cBA B>cB | AGE GAB |cde ded | cAA A2 :|
|: e/f/ |\
gfe age | dBG G2 e/f/ | gfe agf | ef^g a2 e/f/ |
gfe age | dBG G2 A/B/ | cBA Bed | cAA A2 :|

“Young Tom Ennis” ~ rescued duplication 8-) ~ caught by the illustrious Doc Dow

Submitted on August 4th 2012 by ceolachan.
~ /tunes/12108

X: 6
T: Young Tom Ennis
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
|: B |\
cBA BcB | AGE G2 A/B/ | cBA Bed | BAA A2 B |
cBA B>cB | AGE G>AB | cde dBg | BA^G A2 :|
|: e/f/ |\
gfe age | dBG G2 e/f/ | gfe ac’/b/a | ef^g a2 e/f/ |
gfe age | dBG G2 B | c>BA dBg | BA^G A2 :|