The Boys Of Ballisodare slip jig

Also known as The Boys Of Balisadare, The Boys Of Ballisadare, Boys Of Ballyosadare, The Boys Of Ballysadare, The Boys Of Ballysidare, The Boys Of Ballysodare, Liam Farrell’s, Liam Farrell’s (Boys Of Ballisodare), My Father Loves Nikita Khrushchev.

There are 100 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Five Mile Chase (a few times), The Sligo Maid (a few times), Lucy Campbell (a few times), The Bunch Of Keys (a few times), The Butterfly (a few times).

The Boys Of Ballisodare has been added to 285 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 G G2 A B2 d | ege d2 e g3 | D2 G G2 B d2 B | AGA B2 G E2 G |
D2 G G2 A B2 d | ege d2 e g2 a | b2 a g2 e d2 B | AGA B2 G E2 G:||
B2 d d2 B d2 B | dBd e2 f g3 | B2 d d2 B d2 B | AGA B2 G E2 G |
B2 d d2 B d2 B | dBd e2 f g2 a | b2 a g2 e d2 B | AGA B2 G E2 G:||
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X: 2
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G" D2 G G2 A B2 d | "C" ege d2 e g3 | "G" D2 G G2 B d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G "D"E2 G |
"G" D2 G G2 A B2 d | "C" ege d2 e "D"g2 a | "Em"b2 a g2 e d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G E2 G :||
"C" B2 d d2 B d2 B | "D" dBd e2 f "G"g3 | "C" B2 d d2 B d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G E2 G |
"Am"B2 d d2 B d2 B | "Bm"dBd e2 f g2 a | "C" b2 a g2 e d2 B | "D" AGA B2 G E2 G :||
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X: 3
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2G G2A B2d|ege d2e g3|D2G G2B d2B|AGA B2G E2G|
D2G G2A B2d|ege d2e g2a|b2a g2e d2B|AGA B2G E2G:|
|:B2d d2B d2B|dBd e2f g3|B2d d2B d2B|AGA B2G E2G |
B2d d2B d2B|dBd e2f g2a|b2a g2e d2B|AGA B2G E2G:|]
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Twenty comments

Boys of Ballisodare

This is a widely played slip jig, but I really like this setting, lifted from Martin Mullvihill (fiddle), Bill McComiskey (box), and Zan McLeod (guitar) on their cd One More Time, which Zina says was put out by the Culkin School of Traditional Dance in Washington DC. It’s just a few notes different from my old version, but to my ear those notes make a big difference.

This tune works great on fiddle, whistle, and flute, at slow tempos or bumped up a few notches on the metronome. I tend to keep it slow, and essentially unornamented. The important thing is to treat the last eighth note in each bar as a pick-up note to the following down beat, rather than the final note of that bar. That’ll give you the right amount of lift, and the dancers will appreciate you for that. As danceable as this slip jig is, I really enjoy its lyrical quality—leaves me in the mood for a picnic or a walk in the hills.

Ballisodare is just south of the town of Sligo, near the mouth of the Moy. There’s also a hornpipe by the same name. And I’ve seen Ballisodare spelled many different ways, including Ballysodare, Ballisadare, and Ballysidare. I’m sticking with what’s on my map of Ireland from Bord Failte, the Irish Tourist Board.

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Boys of ballisodare

Don’t know about a hornpipe, Will, but there’s certainly a very well-known 3-part reel with the same name. John Carty has this tune on his "Yeah, That’s All There Is" CD, where he plays your slip-jig, followed by a reel version of the same slip-jig. Works very well ,too. I have a photo of myself and Sean White , a flute player from Limerick leaning over of the road sign as you enter Ballisodare. (spelt as such). We took it after the 1978 Ballisodare Folk Festival, and had decided that we were "The Boys Of Ballisodare". Those were the days!

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Boys of Ballysodare

in portland, we often follow ‘boys of ballysodare’ with ‘the butterfly.’

sarah

This is one of those slip jigs that wants to be played fairly fast (I don’t do b.p.m.). I often find it difficult playing cetain slip jig together as some seem to me to demand a faster tempo than others. When going from a slip jig (such as this one) which is dominated by crotchet-quaver groupings, into a slip jig that is dominated by 3-quaver groupings, the impulse is always to slow down (rather like playing a single jig and a double jig together). As Sarah (eleyne) says above, The Butterfly is a good pairing for this tune. The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Dusty Miller and The Snowy Path are a few that might work.

Maybe there’s a case for calling them "slip slides"!….

David, on One More Time, the lads play it very slowly, and it’s really gorgeous. Try it, you’ll like it. :)

Slow is good

I’ve heard Kevin Burke play a nice slow/medium version of this somewhere many years back - I think with the Butterfly after. It’s got potential to be really dreamy and lyrical. That’s the version I always have in mind when I play it. Can anybody remember if he recorded it?

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This is a hop jig.

Have you been eating locusts? (grasshoppers)

Martin Mulvihill

It wasn’t he, but his son Brendan.

Boys of Ballysodare - Accompaniment

My internet searches for the chords to accompany this tune have been unsuccessful. Can anyone recommend a site?

Boys of Ballysodare (slip jig)

My internet searches have failed to turn up chords for accompaniment for this tune. Can anyone recommend a site?

Trivia

Used in the soundtrack for the movie "High Spirits".

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What’s in a Name - Boys Of Ballisodare?

Does anyone know what lies behind the name of the slip-jig Boys Of Ballisodare? Who were/are they and why do they have a jig named in their honour?

Thanks,
Charlie

AABB = 32 or 16 measures

It has and can be played without the repeats… For this transcription that would be simply AB…

This is the tune from Lunasa’s cd: "Lunasa". It is the only one missing and is noted as "Gan Ainm" on it. But this is the missing tune from that album page. I would change it, but I don’t know how to.

Help!

What is the name of this tune if you play it as a reel/fling, in minor?

Boys of Ballysodare - Accompaniment

This may be a bit late, but these are the chords we use - beautiful tune, played fast or slow!
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X: 1
T: Boys Of Ballisodare, The
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
Z: TS
K: Gmaj
"G" D2 G G2 A B2 d | "C" ege d2 e g3 | "G" D2 G G2 B d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G "D"E2 G |
"G" D2 G G2 A B2 d | "C" ege d2 e "D"g2 a | "Em"b2 a g2 e d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G E2 G :||
"C" B2 d d2 B d2 B | "D" dBd e2 f "G"g3 | "C" B2 d d2 B d2 B | "Am"AGA B2 G E2 G |
"Am"B2 d d2 B d2 B | "Bm"dBd e2 f g2 a | "C" b2 a g2 e d2 B | "D" AGA B2 G E2 G :||

Boys of Ballisodare

Germoe’s setting is note for note exactly the same as X:1 posted 11 years ago.