The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee jig

Also known as The Boys Of Tandaragee, The Boys Of Tandemagee, The Boys Of Tanderagee, The Boys Of Tandernagee, The Boys Of Tandragee, Kips Bay, Linnane’s, Pat Burke’s, The Rambling Boys Of Tandragee, The Rollicking Boys Around Tandaragee, The Rollicking Boys Around Tanderagee, The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee, The Rollicking Boys Of Tandaragee, The Rollicking Boys Of Tandaragee, The Rollicking Boys Round Tanderagee.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Boys Of The Town (a few times), The Connaughtman’s Rambles (a few times), Jackson’s Morning Brush (a few times), The Maid On The Green (a few times) and The Phoenix (a few times).

The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee has been added to 269 tunebooks.

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Eleven settings

X: 1
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BAB EEE|BAB d^cd|BAB DDE|FED FGA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A:|
|:Bee edB|def afd|edd dBA|Bdd d^cd|
Bee edB|def afd|edB AFA|BEE E3:||
X: 2
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BAB EEE|BAB d^cd|BAB DDE|FED FGA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A|
BAB EEE|BAB ddd|BAB DDE|FED E/2F/2GA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A||
:Bee edB|def afd|edd dBA|Bdd d^cd|
Bee edB|def afd|edB AFA|1 BEE E2A:|2 BEE E3||
X: 3
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
d|:~B3 ~E3|BAB d2B|ABA DED|AFD FGA
BAB ~E3|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A:|
|:B2e efe|def afd|e2d dcd|Bcd dBA|
B2e efe|def afd|edB AFA|BEE E2A:|
X: 4
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BBB EDE|BAB d2 B|ABA FED|FED FGA|
BBB EDE|BAB d2 f|edB AFA|BEE E3:|
Bee efe|def afe|edd dcd|Bcd dBA|
Bee efe|def afe|edB AFA|BEE E3:|
# Added by ceili .
X: 5
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AGA DEC | AGA ~c2G | AGE C3 | G,CC G,CC |
AcA DEC | AGA cge |dcA GEG | A2D D3 :||
daf ded | cde gag | ged ~c3 | Acc Gcc |
dfA ~d3 | cde ~g2e | dcA GEG | ADD D3 :||
X: 6
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
d|:B3 E/F/GE|BAB d2B|ABA D3|AFD FGA
BAB E3|BAB def|edB AF/G/A|BEE E2A:||
|:B2e efe|def afd|e2d dB/c/d|Bcd fdA|
B2e e3|def afd|edB AF/G/A|BEE E2A:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: BAB E2B | BAB d2A | BAF D2E | FED EFA |
| BAB E2B | BAB def | edB AFA | BEE E3 :|
|: A | Bde f2e | def afe | f2e dBA | B2^c dBA|
| Bde f2e | def afe | fdB AFA | BEE E2:|
X: 8
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BAB EEE|BAB d2B|BAF D2E|FED FGA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE EFA:|
|:B2e efe|dfa afd|efe dcd|B2d dcd|
B2e efe|dfa afd|edB AFA|BEE EFA:|
X: 9
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABA DEG|AGA c2A|GED C2D|EDC DEG|
ABA DEG|AGA cde|dcA GEG|[1ADD DEG:|[2ADD D3||
Add dcd|Ade gec|d2c cAG|A2B cAG|
Add dcd|Ade gec|dcA GEG|[1ADD D3:|[2ADD DEG||
X: 10
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AGA D2D|AGA (cBc)|AGE C2D|EDC EFG|
ABA D2D|AGA cde|dcA GEG|ADD D3 :|
Add ded|cde gec|d2d c2c|A2c cAG|
Add ded|cde gec|dcA GEG|ADD D3:|
X: 11
T: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BAB EEE|BAB d^cd|BAB DDE|FED FGA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A:|
|:Bee edB|def afd|edd dBA|Bdd d^cd|
Bee edB|def afd|edB AFA|BEE E3:||

Thirty comments

A popular tune played in my sessions. Here is a variation -

BAB EEE|BAB d^cd|BAB DDE|FED FGA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A|
BAB EEE|BAB ddd|BAB DDE|FED E/2F/2GA|
BAB EEE|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A||
:Bee edB|def afd|edd dBA|Bdd d^cd|
Bee edB|def afd|edB AFA|1 BEE E2A:|2 BEE E3||

Pat Burke’s…

…is the name I have for this tune. Played by Tommy Peoples on one of his early recordings (High Part of the Road??)—he follows it with "Geese in the Bog."

Boys of Tandernagee

This version named Boys of Tandernagee is as played by Arcady (great band) on ‘After the Ball’ - I feel it flows a bit better than the version of Linnane’s here.

d|:~B3 ~E3|BAB d2B|ABA DED|AFD FGA|BAB ~E3|BAB def|edB AFA|BEE E2A::\
B2e efe|def afd|e2d dcd|Bcd dBA|B2e efe|def afd|edB AFA|BEE E2A:|

We play this in D minor round here. Not saying that makes us better, of course…

Linnane’s/ Boys of Taderagee

I think the song ‘Rollicking Boys of Tanderagee’ can be found on Paddy Tunny’s recording, ‘A Wild Bees Nest’

Pete Kiddle

Also on Kitty Hayes’ A Touch of Clare under the name Jackie Daly’s

Boys of Tanderagee

You can listen to a nice concertina and fiddle duet playing of this jig here: http://www.myspace.com/maireadhurley

Mairead Hurley is from Ballymote and won the All-Ireland a couple of years ago. I know a few members of the Hurleys personally, but have never met her yet. I don’t know anything about the fiddler Jacqui Martin. I guess they play together on a regular basis somewhere in Dublin.

“The Boys Of Tandragee” ~ lyrics

Good luck to all here now barring the cat that sits in the corner there smelling a rat
Ah whisht you philandering girls and behave and saving your presence, I’ll chant you a stave
I come from a land where the praties grow big and the girls neat and handy can dance a fine jig
And the boys they would charm your heart for to see they’re wonderful fellas round Tandragee

Chorus: So here’s to the boys who are happy and gay
Singing and dancing and tearing away
Rollicksome, frollicksome, frisky and free
We’re the rollicking boys around Tandragee

No doubt you have heard of Killarney I’m sure and sweet Inishowen for the drop of the pure
Dublin’s the place for the Strawberry Beds and Donnybrook Fair for the cracking of heads
Did you e’re see an Irishman dancing poltog, how he faces his partner and turns up his brogue
He shakes at the buckle and bends at the knee, they’re wonderfull dancers round Tandragee

Chorus

The oul’ jaunting car is the elegant joult, and Derry’s the place that is famed for the hoult
Among the green bushes that grow in Tyrone, and the County Fermanagh for muscle and bone
But for feasting and blarney and fun at the fair there’s none to compare with the Rakes of Kildare
Green Erin’s my country, the gem of the sea, but the gem of oul Ireland is Tandragee

Chorus

Now where is the man either Christian or Turk could equal the bold Robert Emmet or Burke
Where is the lawyer could speak up like Dan, there’s devil another, bad luck to the one
And where is the singer could sing like Tom Moore, whose melodies charm every care from your door
We’ll beat them all yet boys, and that you will see, sure we’re rearing fine fellas round Tandragee

Chorus

I believe the words above are by Colum Sands.

“The Girls from Tandragee”

That would be good to confirm. I wish our library was more accessible ~ a long story. I’ve seen different ordering of the verses, as well as some differences in their content, though clearly identified as the ‘same’ basic content. I’ve also heard it adjusted as "The Girls from Tandragee"…

Gan Ainm 1

I have absolutely no idea what the name of this tune are, so I don’t hope it’s duplicate. I have heard this one with De Dannan live At The Embankment 1976 on TG4. If anyone know the name I will be glad.

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The Boys of Tandragee in Dmix

Personally I’ve always found this lovely jig to be more commonly played in Dmix rather than Em, so here it is in that key, as played by the inimitable Finbarr Dwyer:

X: 5
T: The Boys Of Tandragee
S: Finbarr Dwyer
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AGA DEC | AGA ~c2G | AGE C3 | G,CC G,CC | AcA DEC | AGA cge |dcA GEG | A2D D3 :||
daf ded | cde gag | ged ~c3 | Acc Gcc | dfA ~d3 | cde ~g2e | dcA GEG | ADD D3 :||

Re: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee

I have heard the "Pat Burke’s" version in Dmix from Galway fiddler Lucy Farr, box player Vince O’Halloran, and Cavan lilter Séamus Fay. I’m assuming it’s the same tune under a different name and slightly variant setting.

Re: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee

Can anyone tell me what key Conor Keane is playing this tune in?

Re: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee

If it helps, I can play along with that using an "Eb" whistle, playing in "Eminor", if you know what I mean. If he’s a semi-tone sharp of "concert" pitch, would that make it in "F minor" ?

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The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee, X:9 (Pat Burke’s)

Lucy Farr’s version, which I’ve transcribed without some of her gracing Love it..

The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee, X:10

This is litter Séamus Fay’s version, again transcribed without some of the "diddles". I love this tune in Dmix, I don’t know why - the E minor versions just don’t sound right for some reason.

Re: The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee, X:10

Lilter, not litter.