The Boys Of The Town jig

Also known as The Kilmaley, Milltown, The Milltown, Pip Murphy’s, Portroe.

There are 103 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Out On The Ocean (a few times), Jim Conroy’s (a few times) and The Rambling Pitchfork (a few times).

The Boys Of The Town has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Boys Of The Town has been added to 319 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|GFG GBd|edB dBA|GFG GBd|edB AFD|
GFG GBd|edB gfg|edB AGA|BGG G2:|
|:B|def gfg|afd efB|def gfg|afd e2d|
[1 def gfg|afd efg|edB AGA|BGG G2B:|
[2 def gbb|faa efg|edB AGA|BGG G2||
X: 2
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
f|:ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA| Bee e2f|
ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA|1 BGF G2 f:|2 BGF G2 B||
|:def gfg|eaa eaa|bag e2d|egg egf|
ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA|1 BGF G2 B:|2 BGF G2 f||
X: 3
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 GBd | edB dBA | G3 GBd | edB AFD |
G3 GBd | edB g2 f | edB AGA | BGF G2 :|
def g3 | afd edB | def g3 | afd e2 d |
def g2 b | faa efg | edB AGA | BGF G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFG Bdg | edB dBA | ~G3 Bdg | edB AFD |
GFG Bdg | edB dgb | age ged | [1 edB AFD :| [2 edB ABA ||
~e3 efg | ~d3 dBd | ~e3 efg | age dBd |
~e3 efg | ~d3 dBG | AGA BGD | [1 EDE GBd :| [2 EDE G2D ||
X: 5
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFG GBd | edB dBA | GFG GBd | edB AFD |
GFG GBd | edB gfg | edB AGA | BGG G2 :|
def gfg | afd edB | def gfg | afd e2 d |
|1 def gfg | afd efg | edB AGA | BGG G2 :|
|2 def gbb | faa efg | edB AGA | BGG G2 |]
X: 6
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GDG GB/c/d | edB dBF | GAF GBd | edB A2 D |
~G3 GBd | edB gfg | edB A^GA | BGF G2 :|
def gfg | afd edB | dd/e/f gbg | afd e2 g |
[1 def gfg | afd efg | edB A^GA | BGF G2 :|
[2 dd/e/f gbb | faa ee/f/g | edB A3 | BGF G2 |]
X: 7
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 G GBd | edB dFA | ~G3 GB/c/d | edB ABA |
GAF GBd | edB g2 d | edB AFA | BGG G2- :|
def g2 g | afd edB | def gdg | afd e2 B |
[1 def gfg | afd e2 g | ee/d/B A2 A | BGG G2- :|
[2 dd/e/f gbb | faa e2 g | edB AFD | BGF G2 |]
X: 8
T: The Boys Of The Town
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GAG GBd | edB dBA | GAG GBd | edB AFD |
GAG GBd | edB gag | edB AGA | B/A/GF G2 :|
def gfg | afd edB | def gfg | afd e2 B |
[1 def gfg | afd eag | edB AGA | B/A/GF G2 :|
[2 def gbb | faa eag | edB AGA | B/A/GF GE |]

Seventeen comments

Miltown?

This is not my ABC, someone gave it to me, but I think it’s accurate and I think the tune comes from O’Neills. Still waiting for confirmation on the alternate titles.

LoWhistle, is this the right one?

Here’s the version I know - taken from the first track on the Patrick Street album ‘Street Life’

X:1
T:Boys of the Town
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
f|:ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA| Bee e2f|\
ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA|1 BGF G2 f:|2 BGF G2 B||
|:def gfg|eaa eaa|bag e2d|egg egf|
ged B2 A|BGE G2 A|(3Bcd B AGA|1 BGF G2 B:|2 BGF G2 f||

Tim

Well, it’s a related tune with the same name. If you were trying learn the version on the Patrick Street album (and I think that you should start with a ‘heard’ setting rather than just a tune title) the link from the album track would lead you here, instead of the link you provided, which is admittedly much closer. And this comment here would give you a fair (to middling) verison to get you started.

The fact that you linked it to another similar version is talso helpful (and thanks for noticing it). I’m not trying to be a pain here, I did not realize that there was another, closer version. But the combination of my post and yours will probably be get someone closer to the tune they were looking for, and isn’t that what this site is about?

Complicated business, this trad stuff.

Cheers,
Tim

Why do you think it’s a related tune? I don’t see any similarity whatsoever between the two tunes, apart from the fact that both are in the key of G and the 2nd part is higher in pitch than the first. Maybe I’m missing something…

Oh and the first bar of the 2nd part goes |def gfg|. Hmm. I’m struggling to come up with anything more though…

“Boys of the Town” / “Pip Murphy’s” ~ a rescued duplication

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 22nd 2007 by JACKB.

K: G Major
|:D |
G3 GBd | edB dBA | G3 GBd | edB AFD |
G3 GBd | edB g2 f | edB AGA | BGF G2 :|
|: B |
def g3 | afd edB | def g3 | afd e2 d |
def g2 b | faa efg | edB AGA | BGF G2 :|

"I heard this tune on a video many years ago played by a harmonica player who’s name I think was Pit (Pip) Murphy."

# Posted on March 22nd 2007 by JACKB

Here’s a really nice version of this tune by Craobh Rua, it’s the last tune starting at about 2.45

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqiuxbKx0rA&feature=channel_page


X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
GFG Bdg | edB dBA | ~G3 Bdg | edB AFD |
GFG Bdg | edB dgb | age ged | [1 edB AFD :| [2 edB ABA ||
~e3 efg | ~d3 dBd | ~e3 efg | age dBd |
~e3 efg | ~d3 dBG | AGA BGD | [1 EDE GBd :| [2 EDE G2D ||

Martin Mulhaire

Composed by Martin Mulhaire.

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C: NOT Martin Mulhaire

This tune appears in the O’Neill collections, the source given is James O’Neill, Chicago fiddler and police seargeant and the one who helped Francis O’Neill with the collecting…

“The Boys of the Town” ~ O’Neill

X: 4
T: Boys of the Town, The
B: "Joyce: Ancient Irish Music", 1890, page 93, tune #91
B: "Francis O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 154, tune #825
B: "O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907, page 30, tune #89
S: Chicago fiddler and police sergeant James O’Neill, who helped Francis O’Neill compile and notate his Music of Ireland [O’Neill]
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K:G
|: D |\
GFG GBd | edB dBA | GFG GBd | edB AFD |
GFG GBd | edB gfg | edB AGA | BGG G2 :|
|: B |\
def gfg | afd edB | def gfg | afd e2 d |
|1 def gfg | afd efg | edB AGA | BGG G2 :|
|2 def gbb | faa efg | edB AGA | BGG G2 |]

See also:
http://www.oldmusicproject.com/Oneils_jigs.html
http://www.freesheetmusic.net/oneills9.html
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BOY_BOZ.htm#BOYS_OF_THE_TOWN_[1]
~ and hear:
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/boys_of_the_town/

“The Boys of the Town” ~ some other ways wit h this

X: 5
T: Boys of the Town, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: G
|: F |\
GDG GB/c/d | edB dBF | GAF GBd | edB A2 D |
~G3 GBd | edB gfg | edB A^GA | BGF G2 :|
|: B |\
def gfg | afd edB | dd/e/f gbg | afd e2 g |
[1 def gfg | afd efg | edB A^GA | BGF G2 :|
[2 dd/e/f gbb | faa ee/f/g | edB A3 | BGF G2 |]

X: 6
T: Boys of the Town, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G2 G GBd | edB dFA | ~G3 GB/c/d | edB ABA |
GAF GBd | edB g2 d | edB AFA | BGG G2- :|
|: G |\
def g2 g | afd edB | def gdg | afd e2 B |
[1 def gfg | afd e2 g | ee/d/B A2 A | BGG G2- :|
[2 dd/e/f gbb | faa e2 g | edB AFD | BGF G2 |]

“The Boys of the Town” / “The Milltown Jig” ~ someone in the process

Debbie Garvey - Milltown Jig - 2-row Button Accordion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-nAUQ8l-S0


X: 7
T: The Milltown Jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
GAG GBd | edB dBA | GAG GBd | edB AFD |
GAG GBd | edB gag | edB AGA | B/A/GF G2 :|
|: B |\
def gfg | afd edB | def gfg | afd e2 B |
[1 def gfg | afd eag | edB AGA | B/A/GF G2 :|
[2 def gbb | faa eag | edB AGA | B/A/GF GE |]

Tim - On his 1986 recording of "Fiddler’s Fancy - 50 Irish Fiddle Tunes," Tommy Peoples plays the same version that you posted above.

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Léim an Mhadaidh

The tune Bogman has kindly transcribed (towards the top of the page, not in his commentary), and the last tune in the Craobh Rua recording attached by Bogman, is called "Léim an Mhadaidh". At least so I was told yesterday by the composer, a fiddler from the North, who happened to be sitting in the back of the snug in M. Hughes in Dublin while I played it.