Lanigan’s Ball jig

Also known as The Bullockies’ Ball, Domhnull An Dannsair, Domhull An Dannsair, Flannigan’s Ball, Lanagan’s Ball, Lannigan’s Ball, Paddy O’Rafferty, Unplugged And Plowed.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

Lanigan's Ball has been added to 378 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F G2A|B2A B^cd|DED F2G|AdB AFD|
E2F G2A|B2A B^cd|edB cBA|BGE E3:|
|:e2f g2e|fag fed|e2f g2e|fdB B2B|
e2f g2e|fag fed|edB cBA|BGE E3:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|D2E F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^c^d|e=dB =cBA|BGE E2:|
|:d|e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e2f gfg|fdB B3|
e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e=dB cBA|BGE E2:||
ABC
X: 3
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BAB GAB|dBG AGA|BAB GAB|AFD AFD|
BAB GAB|dBG ~A3|Bdd cAA|BGE E3:|
e2f gfe|f/g/a g fed|e2f gfe|fdB B^cd|
e2f gfe|a2g fed|edB B2A|BGE E3:|
ABC
X: 4
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
eBe eBe|eBe f2e|1 dcd AAA|ABG FED:|2dcd ABG|FED E3||
ABC
X: 5
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|D2E F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|e2B c2A|BGE E3:|
|:e2f g2e|fag fed|e2f g2e|fdB B2e|
e2f g2e|fag fed|e2B c2A|BGE E3:||
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Fourteen comments

This version of the tune is identical to an old New England version that I have. It has a dorian feel and I believe it should notated in E dorian rather than E minor.
However, there is a slightly different version in O’Neill (as Lannigan’s Ball) which is in E minor. This version is:
K:Emin
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|D2E F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^c^d|e=dB =cBA|BGE E2:|
|:d|e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e2f gfg|fdB B3|
e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e=dB cBA|BGE E2:||

trevor

This has words - very good amusing words, about the dustman’s ball.

Eddie Duffy’s Lannigan’s Ball

There is a festival coming up in October (see current discussions) honouring the late Eddie Duffy (flute) and the late Mick Hoy (fiddle) of Fermanagh. So here’s Eddie’s version of Lannigan’s Ball as learned from fluter Rev. Gary Hastings in the early 80s. With no musical training, I am a paughle when it comes to keys. modes etc, so corrections are appreciated.

X: 1
T: Eddie Duffy’s Lannigan’s Ball
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K: Em
BAB GAB|dBG AGA|BAB GAB|AFD AFD|
BAB GAB|dBG ~A3|Bdd cAA|BGE E3:|
e2f gfe|f/g/a g fed|e2f gfe|fdB B^cd|
e2f gfe|a2g fed|edB B2A|BGE E3:|

Other Versions?

Enter the Haggis does a nifty version of this tune that’s available off their website. It’s much more punk-influenced.
Any other good versions out there?

The Chieftains mix this one with Billy Nichols singing "Behind Blue Eyes" on their album An Irish Evening.

Enter The Haggis version

Does anything happen to have the abc’s for the Enter the Haggis version of this song? I’ve been hunting for them a while… With no luck. If someone does, if they could post it, that would be great!

Dropkick Murphys version

Dropkick Murphys do a very heavily punk influenced version that they call Flannigan’s Ball. I saw them perform it on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last St. Patrick’s Day. They rock!

3rd part version

From Roddy Campbell’s CD. It goes something like this:
eBe eBe|eBe f2e|1 dcd AAA|ABG FED:|2dcd ABG|FED E3||

this is a vague recollection but it ties in nicely whith the rest of wht he does.

Lyrics

Do the lyrics go like: I stepped out and she stepped in again I stepped out and she stepped in again I stepped out and she stepped in again learning to dance an Lannigan’s Ball?

Sorry, I meant: Hurry The Jug