The Haunted House jig

Also known as Drumshanbo, The Haunted Wood, The Leitrim, Maguire’s, Maguires, Old Leitrim, The Old Leitrim, Vincent Broderick’s.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Whistler At The Wake (a few times), Dermot Grogan’s (a few times), The Gaelic Club (a few times) and Paddy From Portlaw (a few times).

The Haunted House has been added to 19 tune sets.

The Haunted House has been added to 411 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |: GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd e2 e | ege dBA |
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D :|
|:GBd e2 e | ege dBA | GAB d2 B | ded BAG |
[1 GBd e2 e | ege dBA | GBd ege | dBA G3 :|
[2 GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D ||
X: 2
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd egd|egd edB|!
G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd ege|dBA G2:|!
D|GBd egd|egd edB|GBd ded|ded dBA|!
[1 GBd egd|egd edB|GBd ege|dBA G2:|!
[2 G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd ege|dBA G2|]!
X: 3
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G^FG A^GA | BGE EDE | GB/c/d egd | ege edB |
G2 G A2 A | BGE EDE | GBd e/f/ge | dBA G2 :|
GB/c/d egd | ege edB | GBd ded | ded dBA |
[1 GBd e2 d | ege edB | GB/c/d ege | dBA G2 :|
[2 G2 G A^GA | BGE E2 D | GBd e2 g | dBA G2 |]
X: 4
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GAB d2 B | ded dBA |
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2- :|
GBd ege | ege edB | GAB d2 B | ded dBA |
[1 GBd ege | ege edB | GBd ege | dBA G2- :|
[2 GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 |]
X: 5
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G^FG A^GA | BGE EDE | GB/c/d egd | ege edB |
G2 G A2 A | BGE EDE | GBd e/f/ge | dBA G2 :|
GBd egd | ege edB | GBd d2 d | ded dBA |
GBd e2 d | e/f/ge edB | GB/c/d ege | dBA G2 D |
GB/c/d e3 | e^de e=dB | GBd d2 G | dgf edB |
G3 A^GA | BGE E^DE | GBd e2 g | dBA G2 |]
~ | dgf edB | ~ or ~ | d/e/ge dBA | ~ or ~ | dge dBA |
GDG A^GA | BGE E2 D | GB/c/d ege | dc/B/A G2 |]
X: 6
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |: GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd egd | ege edB |
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D :|
|:GBd egd| ege edB | GBd ded | ded dBA |
[1 GBd egd | ege dBA | GBd ege | dBA G3 :|
[2 GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D ||
X: 7
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2A BAB|cAF FEF|Ace fae|fae fec|A2A BAB|cAF FEF|Ace faf|ecB A2E:|
|:Ace fae|fae fec|Acd ~e3|efe ecB|1 Ace fae|fae fec|
Ace faf|ecB A2E:|2 A2A BAB|cAF FEF|Ace faf|ecB A2E||
X: 8
T: The Haunted House
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~B3 cBc|dGG G3|Bdf gbf|gbf gbf|
~B3 cBc|dGG G3|Bdf gbg|fdc B3:|
|:Bdf gbf|gbf gbf|Bdf ~f3|fgf fdc|
[1 Bdf gbf|gbf gbf|Bdf gbg|fdc B3:|
[2 ~B3 cBc|dGG G3|Bdf gbg|fdc B3||

Twenty-one comments

Will the real Drumshanbo please stand up?

This is the tune we call Drumshanbo in the session i go to:
https://thesession.org/sessions/9
not the other Drumshanbo we have here (Eddie Kelly’s).

Drumshanbo Jig

This tune is one of Galway flute player Vincent Broderick’s compositions and was originally titled "The Haunted House".

Haunted House

Thank you, Bannerman; as confirmation, i was able to find this tune under the name Haunted House, in J.C.’s Tune Finder.

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Funky version

This is the way I’m used to hearing it, it’s really nice. Give it a try…

X: 2
T:Old Leitrim
Z: id:dc-jig-91
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G Major
D|G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd egd|egd edB|!
G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd ege|dBA G2:|!
D|GBd egd|egd edB|GBd ded|ded dBA|!
[1 GBd egd|egd edB|GBd ege|dBA G2:|!
[2 G2G AGA|BGE EDE|GBd ege|dBA G2|]!

try this for a set…

Old Leitrim (this)/The Setting Sun/Old Apples in Winter/.

I’ll be posting /Old apples in Winter/ very soon. ‘Tis a corker!

“Traditional Irish Flute Solos: The Turoe Stone Collection”

by Vincent Broderick

"A unique collection of 68 jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slides, slip jigs, barn dances, marches and airs - all composed by the renowned Galway flute player."

Waltons Music, Inc., 1990
ISBN: 1-85720-061-6

Page 30 ~ "The Haunted House"

Some of the tunes ascribed to Vincent may have actually been the work of his brother Peter, but Vincent was the better known and the one most travelled… This might be one. There is a tale behind it, what I can remember of it as told to me by both men I’ll try to recount. I claim no gifts here ~

Young lads, Vincent & Peter were out on the bicycle one late night, returning from playing out, when they heard music. Naturally they came to a stop. They were attracted to the sound and searched for it, coming to a large house all lit up and folks could be seen dancing through the windows, all gussied up and in their finery. The two of them paused for awhile to listen and watch the goings on, but they were tired and eventually made their way home. The next day, curious, and not remembering such a place on the way before, a road well travelled by them, they returned. All they could find were ruins, a grand house long gone to ruin.

This tune came on them, so really, there’s almost no claim to it except by those ghosts…

Both men were wonderful characters, always generous with their time and music, and blessed with other talents and fine families too.

I can’t imagine Vincent not crediting his brother if it were the case. I am unfamiliar with who exactly put the collection together. I do know that both brothers were present in the experience and tale of the haunted house and the making of the tune…both wonderful characters I was lucky to meet and share time and tunes with…

I tend to play some differences into this tune, in particular the first measure ~

D | G^FG A^GA | ~

Also, I play the ^F in G^FG somewhere between the ^F and the G, a little sharper than the accepted tempered norm… My take on it is closer to that given by Gael Force here in the comments, except for that first measure difference…

X: 3
T: The Haunted House
C: Vincent (& Peter) Broderick
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
G^FG A^GA | BGE EDE | GB/c/d egd | ege edB |
G2 G A2 A | BGE EDE | GBd e/f/ge | dBA G2 :|
|: D |\
GB/c/d egd | ege edB | GBd ded | ded dBA |
[1 GBd e2 d | ege edB | GB/c/d ege | dBA G2 :|
[2 G2 G A^GA | BGE E2 D | GBd e2 g | dBA G2 |]

“The Haunted House” ~ C: Vincent Broderick ~ someone else’s way with it ~

“Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh & Con Ó Drsceoil: It’s no Secret”
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/515

Track 14: Jigs ~ "A Night at the Fair" / "The Haunted House"

X: 4
T: Haunted House, The
S: CD “Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh & Con Ó Drsceoil: It’s no Secret”
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GAB d2 B | ded dBA |
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2- :|
|: G |\
GBd ege | ege edB | GAB d2 B | ded dBA |
[1 GBd ege | ege edB | GBd ege | dBA G2- :|
[2 GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 |]

An ‘i’ keeps going missing ~ Con Ó Drisceoil

“The Haunted House” ~ C: Vincent Broderick ~ & having my own way with it ~

I like to signal the approach to that second ending in the B-part before those final 4 measures take hold, see below and also the ‘alternates’ given underneath the following example of some other possibilities with this tune…

X: 5
T: The Haunted House
C: Vincent (& Peter) Broderick
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
G^FG A^GA | BGE EDE | GB/c/d egd | ege edB |
G2 G A2 A | BGE EDE | GBd e/f/ge | dBA G2 :|
D |\
GBd egd | ege edB | GBd d2 d | ded dBA |
GBd e2 d | e/f/ge edB | GB/c/d ege | dBA G2 D |
GB/c/d e3 | e^de e=dB | GBd d2 G | dgf edB |
G3 A^GA | BGE E^DE | GBd e2 g | dBA G2 |]

& some other ways to bar just before the final four of that second ending:

~ | dgf edB | ~ or ~ | d/e/ge dBA | ~ or ~ | dge dBA |
GDG A^GA | BGE E2 D | GB/c/d ege | dc/B/A G2 |]

Haunted House

Slight Variation

D |: GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd egd | ege edB |
GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D :|
|:GBd egd| ege edB | GBd ded | ded dBA |
[1 GBd egd | ege dBA | GBd ege | dBA G3 :|
[2 GFG AGA | BGE EDE | GBd ege | dBA G2 D ||

Make it more haunting…

I changed this song to G minor (adding Bb and Eb but keeping the F#). This makes it really cool and spooky.

On the album ‘The Lonely Stranded Band’, Charlie Piggott, Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran give the Irish form of this tune as ‘Teach na Sabhla’.

Re: The Haunted House

This is a favourite of mine. On ‘Barking Mad’ by Four Men and a Dog (1991), they called it "Maguire’s" (actually they call it Maguires’s). This ties in with the Boys of the Lough, who say, "The Old Leitrim Jig came from John Joe Maguire, a very fine flute player from Co. Fermanagh.”

The Haunted House, X:8

Rachael1956 wrote above - "Make it more haunting… I changed this song to G minor (adding Bb and Eb but keeping the F#). This makes it really cool and spooky."

That was fun to play around with and inspired this setting in Bminor. Taken a few small liberties with the notes to make it sound spookier and it will also fit diatonically on a D instrument.
Scary!