The Lads Of Laois reel

Also known as Lads Of Laois, Lads Of Laoise, The Lads Of Laoise, The Lads Of Leith, The Lord Of Laois, Sic A Wife As I Hae Gotten, Sir Adam Ferguson’s.

There are 48 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The First Month Of Summer (a few times), Ask My Father (a few times), The Big Reel Of Ballynacally (a few times), Black Pat’s (a few times).

The Lads Of Laois has been added to 475 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EB,B,2 EGFE| DA, A,2 DEFD| E2 FD EFGA|B2 e^c d^cBA|
EB,B,2 EGFE|DA, A,2 DEFD| E2 BE dEBE| DEFA BE E2:|
|:eBB2 egfe| defa gfed| Bdef gfea| afdf gfed|
eBB2 GBFA| EBBA Bdef|g2ge f2fd| efed BAFD:|
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X: 2
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
It's quite easy for whistles to just jump and octave for the first bars. |EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD| becomes |eB~B2|EGFE|dA~A2 DEFD| or |eB~B2|EGFE|DA~A2 DEFD|
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X: 3
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2EF G2FE |DA, ~A,2 DEFD |1ECEG ADFA |Bgfe dBAF:|2 E2BE dEBE| DEFA B2A
F:||:e3e efge |d2ff gfed |^cdef ~g3e| fBdf gfed |efed BA^GA| BE~E2 Bde
f|~=g3e ~f3f |1efed BABd:|2efed BAFD||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B,EEF E/F/G FE | A,DDE D/E/F ED | GFED EFGA | Bedc B2 E2 :|
eB BA/B/ gfed | Adfa gfed | eB BA/B/ gfed | g>bag f2 ed |
eB BA/B/ gfed | Adfa gfed | g>bge fafd | gfed e2 E2 ||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E~B,3 EGFE|D~A,3 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B/c/d ec dBAF|
E2 B,E GEB,E|D2 A,D FDA,D|E/E/E BE dEBE|1 dBAF GAFG:|2 DEFA BEEB|||
e~B3 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|dfaf gfed|
e~B3 GBFB|EBBA (3Bcd ef|~g3e effe|1 dfed BA B/c/d:|2 dBAF GAFG||
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X: 6
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B2ec dBAF|
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|E2BE dEBE|DEFA BFAF|
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B2ec dBAF|
E2B,E GEB,E|D2A,D FDA,D|(3Bcd ec dBAF|DEFA BE~E2||
eB~B2 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|fgaf gfed|
efed BAFA|BE~E2 (3Bcd ef|~g3e ~f3d|efed BAgf|
eB~B2 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|fgaf gfed|
eB~B2 GBFB|EBBA (3Bcd ef|~g3e ~f3d|efed BAFD||
ABC
X: 7
T: The Lads Of Laois
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:eB B2 EGFE| dA A2 DEFD| GEED EFGA|B2 e^c dBAF|
eB B2 EGFE|dA A2 DEFD| E2 BE dBAF| DEFA BE E2:|
|:eB B2 egfe| defa gfed| (3Bcd ef g3e| fgaf gfed|
eB B2 GBFA| EBBA Bdef|g3e f3d| egfd BAFA:|
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Twenty-two comments

A tricky reel, this one, but it sounds great.

There’s a huge range in this tune. Tin whistle players may have to pass this one up, I’m afraid. An A whistle could handle the range; the the tune doesn’t go lower or higher than A in two different octaves, but it would hard to transcribe the tune, and reach all those notes.

For the rest of us, the tune still prevents some problems. There’s a lot of movement involved, and some sneaky phrases in the second part. It’s worth sticking at it for this tune, though. When it’s played right, it rocks.

This tune also works well at a moody, sinister slower pace.

Whistles, Pipes, Flutes

It’s quite easy for whistles etc. to just jump and octave for the first bars. |EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD| becomes |eB~B2|EGFE|dA~A2 DEFD| or |eB~B2|EGFE|DA~A2 DEFD|
You can also raise the rest of those bars an octave. It all works and gives different effects. Of course it doesn’t have the kick of the original but it lets you play this great reel along with the fiddles and boxes.

Chords in “Lads of Laois”

Hello,can anybody tell me what chords does Arty McGlynn use when he backs "The Lads of Laois" in the superb recording with Sean Keane, Matt Molloy and Liam O’ Flynn: The Fire Aflame. It is the middle tune in the J.B Reel Set.Thanks

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Here’s a version i picked from a Session tape.

|:E2EF G2FE |DA, ~A,2 DEFD |1ECEG ADFA |Bgfe dBAF:|2 E2BE dEBE| DEFA B2A
F:||:e3e efge |d2ff gfed |^cdef ~g3e| fBdf gfed |efed BA^GA| BE~E2 Bde
f|~=g3e ~f3f |1efed BABd:|2efed BAFD||

I LOVE how rose flanagan plays this in the Cherish The ladies cd!!!

A flute tune

This can be worked out on flute and whistle. It’s a great tune. You’ll spend a while figuring out the octave jumps, but it can be done. The ornaments fit beautifully on the whistle and flute. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s worth pursuing though it will take a while before it sits comfortably.

Tommy Potts’ “Lads of Laoise”?

A few months ago, somebody posted a link to a track of Tommy Potts playing the "Lads of Laoise". I’ve been looking around, but unable to find a copy of that track.

Is there a chance that someone could re-post that track, or at least tell me from whence it came?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Tommy Potts’ “Lads of Laoise”?

I found this on the net

‘It appears that another line of influence for the “Lads of Laois”
stems from Liberties area, Dublin, fiddler Tommy Potts, somewhat altered to make it his own, although it does not appear in his commercially recorded output.’

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/LAD.htm

Re: Tommy Potts’ “Lads of Laoise”?

Yeah, I saw that. But it clearly exists out there somewhere, in some context, since somebody posted it as part of a discussion.

I think it might have been in this thread: http://www.thesession.org/discussions/12620 but I’m not sure. The link to claddagh records in there is dead now.

It’s believed to be Tommy Potts composition.

Don’t think so…

Not so, Paddy. I seem to remember there’s a Scottish tune, much older than Tommy Potts, called "The Lads Of Leith" - the tune and the title both got changed when they got to Ireland.

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Andy McGann played this tune with reel in A major after it (The First Month of Summer) on the great album A Tribute to Michael Coleman. These two tunes have been played together often ever since.

The Lads Of Laoise (reel)

As Kenny says, there appears to be antecedents of this tune; one of these, which was pointed out to me by Jack Campin, is given below.

X:227
T:Sir Adam Ferguson’s Reel
T:The Lads of Leith
T:Sic a Wife as I Hae Gotten
S:J.Riddell of Ayr (1718-95)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Em
B,EEF E/F/G FE | A,DDE D/E/F ED | GFED EFGA | Bedc B2 E2 :|
eB BA/B/ gfed | Adfa gfed | eB BA/B/ gfed | g>bag f2 ed |
eB BA/B/ gfed | Adfa gfed | g>bge fafd | gfed e2 E2 ||

Lads of Leith

That’s true. I remember hearing of it being related to that tune some time ago. Well, I was just going by the sleeve notes on Seamus Walshe’s album "Clare Accordion." Obviously, it is mistaken.

Here’s a version based in part on the playing of Caitlin Warbelow, who recently toured with the Celtic Legends troupe, and is now sitting in with Cherish the Ladies.

X: 1
T: Lads Of Laoise, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E~B,3 EGFE|D~A,3 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B/c/d ec dBAF|
E2 B,E GEB,E|D2 A,D FDA,D|E/E/E BE dEBE|1 dBAF GAFG:|2 DEFA BEEB|||
e~B3 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|dfaf gfed|
e~B3 GBFB|EBBA (3Bcd ef|~g3e effe|1 dfed BA B/c/d:|2 dBAF GAFG||

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Lads of laois

in resent years a grope called shiona recorded that reel brill

Session version with variations

In sessions I often hear a version with variations in both the 1st and 2nd parts. That setting happens to have been recorded by Siona, the band mentioned above.

X: 1
T: The Lads of Laois
S: Siona - Launching the Boat
R: reel
M: C|
K: Edor
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B2ec dBAF|
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|E2BE dEBE|DEFA BFAF|
EB,~B,2 EGFE|DA,~A,2 DEFD|GEED EFGA|B2ec dBAF|
E2B,E GEB,E|D2A,D FDA,D|(3Bcd ec dBAF|DEFA BE~E2||
eB~B2 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|fgaf gfed|
efed BAFA|BE~E2 (3Bcd ef|~g3e ~f3d|efed BAgf|
eB~B2 egfe|defa gfed|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|fgaf gfed|
eB~B2 GBFB|EBBA (3Bcd ef|~g3e ~f3d|efed BAFD||

1999 I think

Pipe Friendly Version

I love the energy in this tune.

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