Thomas Leixlip The Proud jig

Also known as Johnny Leixlip Is Sound.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Thomas Leixlip The Proud has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Thomas Leixlip The Proud
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAA|Afe fAA|d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAF|GAc d2 A|
d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAA|Afe fAA|Bc/B/A/G/ A(B/A/)(G/F/)|GAc d2 A:|
|:Add d2 (f/e/)|(d/c/) (d/e/) (f/g/) afd|gfe fed|AFA B2 (c/d/)|
AFF BGG|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|EFA B2 (c/d/)|
AFF BGG|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|g>fe fdB|1 ABc d2 A:|2 ABc d3||
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X: 2
T: Thomas Leixlip The Proud
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAA|Afe f2A|d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAF|GAc d2 A|
d(f/e/)(d/c/) dAA|Afe f2A|Bc/B/A/G/ A(B/A/)(G/F/)|GAc d2 A:|
|:Add d2 (f/e/)|(d/c/) (d/e/) (f/g/) afd|gfe fdB|AFA B2 (c/d/)|
AFF BGG|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|EFA B2 (c/d/)|
AFF BGG|AFd (B/A/) (G/F/) (E/D/)|g>fe fdB|1 ABc d2 A:|2 ABc d3||
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Five comments

Any information on Thomas Leixlip the Proud?

I learned this tune a few years ago at a class. It’s an unusual sort of jig and shouldn’t be played too fast. You will hear it in sessions too but not very often.
My research shows that it is a Turlough O’Carolan composition.

Thomas Leixlip the Proud

According to O’Sullivan’s biography, this tune has been
falsely attributed to O’Carolan.

Thomas Leixlip the Proud

My mate Mile Lydyat and I play a lot of Carolan tunes and as it’s not in the ‘Book’ by O’Sullivan he contacted Bonny Shaljean the harpist who said it wasn’t by Carolan. In searching further we found that is actually from a song Tho’ Leixlip is Proud, about Leixlip near Dublin having lovely woods etc . It seems that O’Neill may have seen Tho’ (Though) as Thos. short for Thomas and bagged it as another Carolan tune. It’s certainly a great tune but then there were lots of Baroque influenced tunes and songs from operas etc at the time from all over Britain and Ireland. Carolan was certainly open to all influences. I’ll put up some links

Thomas Leixlip the Proud

In the comments to the tune in the tune section I’ve enred a note about the likely misinformation by O’Nell about this supposed Carolan tune. There is a song from the opera Poor Soldier that starts ‘Tho’ Leixlip is proud of it’s close shady bowers.’ It’s likely that this was read as Thos. i.e. Thomas and as it sounded like a Baroque tune , attributed to Carolan. It’s not in O’Sullivan’s book of Carolan tunes and Bonnie Shaljean the harpist doesn’t know it as one of his. Leixlip is now a suburb of Dublin and the song sung by Pat, the Poor Soldier praises Norah his beloved.
The tune is similar to The Humours of Glynn or The Sligo Rambler and was widely played as a jig so may have been lifted from the tradition. Burns also used it for a song.

Tho’ Leixlip is Proud

This does come from the comic opera ‘The Poor Soldier’ by John O’Keefe (1747-1833); music by William Shield.
Shield made use of popular / folk tunes - - e.g. The Rose Tree / Port Lairgh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OhHoq_vR_jg

so he may borrowed the tune rather than composed it.

You can get the full score at:
http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Poor_Soldier_(Shield,_William)

Whoever it was mistook Tho’ as Thos. it wasn’t O’Carolan; he’d been pushing up daisies for nigh on a decade before O’Keefe was born.