The Humours Of Ballyconnell reel

Also known as An Captaen Roc, Captain Of The Rocks, Captain Rock, Captain Rock’s, Captain Rocke’s, Captain Rockes, The Duke Of Atholl’s Rant, The Duke Of Atholl’s, The Humors Of Ballyconnell, The Humours Of Ballyconnel, Tom Spillane’s.

There are 70 recordings of this tune.

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The Humours Of Ballyconnell appears in 6 other tune collections.

The Humours Of Ballyconnell has been added to 42 tune sets.

The Humours Of Ballyconnell has been added to 328 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Humours Of Ballyconnell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|defe dBAF|BFAF E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D3:||
E|:F/2E/2DAD BDAD|G/2F/2EBE G/2F/2EBE|F/2E/2DAD FA A2|1 B/2c/2dAF D2DE:|2 B/2c/2dAF Defg||
|:a2af a3f|gece gece|faaf abag|1 faec defg:|2 faec d3||
2
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Ballyconnell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|defe dBBA|FBAF E3A|defe dBBA|FBAF D3:|
:E|F/E/DAD FAAF|GEcE dEcE|F/E/DAD FAAF|(3ABA GE D3:|
:f|a2ag a3f|gece Aece|a2ag abag|(3fgf ecd3:||
3
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Ballyconnell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
defe dBAF|BFAF ~E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D3A|
defe dBAF|BFAF ~E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D2 DE||
F/E/D AD BDAF|G/F/E BE dEBE|F/E/D AD BDAF|GBAF D2 DE|
F/E/D AD BDAF|G/F/E BE dEBE|F/E/D AD BDAF|GBAF D2 e/f/g|
~a3b afdf|gece gece|a2 af abag|fgfe defg|
~a3b afdf|gece gece|a2 af abag|fgfe d2 A/B/c||
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4
X: 4
T: The Humours Of Ballyconnell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:defe dBAF|BFAF E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D3A|
defe dBAF|BFAF E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D3E||
|:FDAD FD D2|GEBE GE E2|FDAD FD D2| BFAF D3E|
FDAD FD D2|GEBE GE E2|(3FGA Bc dedB| BFAF D3f||
|:a3f a3f|gece gece|a3f a3g| fgef defg
a3f a3f|gece gece|defg a3g|fgef d3A||
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: The Humours Of Ballyconnell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|defe dcBA | GFdF E2 E2 | defe dcBA | BdAF D2 D2 :|
| (3DED AF (3DED AF | (3EFE BG (3EFE BG | (3DED AF (3DED AF | BdAF D2 D2 :|
| abaf abaf | gebe gebe | abaf abaf | geaf d2 d2 :|
# Added by Kenny .

Twelve comments

Here is a simple but enjoyable three part tune. It can be found on the Noel Hill/Tony Linnane recording.

Great tune

Lovely tune, Milesnagopaleen, and excellent transcription. Thank you.

Ballyconnell

Known round these parts as "The Humours Of BillyConnolly".
Billy McComiskie composed another three parts to this, and recorded it on the second "Trian" CD.

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Ballyconnel Scottish ?

I remember discussing this tune with Fintan Vallely some years ago. He said he’d come across it in "Neil Stewart’s Collection Of Scottish Music", published around 1765, and that it was called "The Duke Of Atholl’s Rant", which means it was being played in Scotland over 200 years ago. He plays it on a tape he made called "The Starry Lane To Monaghan", which also features quite a few other tunes from the same collection.

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I usually hear the 2nd bar of the B-part played in sessions either as:
G/2F/2EBE cEBE
or
G/2F/2EBE dBEB

I learnt the following unusual setting from Dublin pipes/flute/whistle player Peter Phelan, who teaches whistle at the Willie Clancy Week:

A|defe dBBA|FBAF E3A|defe dBBA|FBAF D3:|
:E|F/E/DAD FAAF|GEcE dEcE|F/E/DAD FAAF|(3ABA GE D3:|
:f|a2ag a3f|gece Aece|a2ag abag|(3fgf ecd3:||

Lovely tune this. I play the long A’s as AG#A (banjo) in the third part.

It’s known as "Tom Spillane’s" on "Champions of Ireland: Concertina" CD.

I just learned this from Reverend (thanks Pete!) and here’s the basic setting I’m playing.

X: 1
T: Humours Of Ballyconnell, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
defe dBAF|BFAF ~E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D3A|
defe dBAF|BFAF ~E3A|defe dBAF|BFAF D2 DE||
F/E/D AD BDAF|G/F/E BE dEBE|F/E/D AD BDAF|GBAF D2 DE|
F/E/D AD BDAF|G/F/E BE dEBE|F/E/D AD BDAF|GBAF D2 e/f/g|
~a3b afdf|gece gece|a2 af abag|fgfe defg|
~a3b afdf|gece gece|a2 af abag|fgfe d2 A/B/c||

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chords for Ballyconnell

For some reason I always hear this tune moving from D to C instead of A which makes it more mixolydian-ish. This isn’t very popular with some of the people I play with. Does anyone else hear this?

Re: The Humours Of Ballyconnell

Which Ballyconnell is this tune attached to?
GRMA

The Humours Of Ballyconnell, X:5

Thanks are indirectly due to Nigel Gatherer for me finding this setting. Nigel had identified an Irish jig posted here as originally Scottish, to be found in Aird’s 5th collection from 1865. I looked it up, and quite by chance came across this setting of "The Humours Of Ballyconnell", as it is known in Ireland, in that same book. It was merely listed as "A Highland Reel".

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Re: The Humours Of Ballyconnell

Bizarrely, if you enter ‘Captain Rock’ in the tunes search box on this website nothing comes up. And yet the name appears both as an alternative title to this reel and The Old Bush.
Captain rock was an Irish historical figure of the early 19th century, a kind of Romantic era Robin Hood figure. See link to the Irish History magazine article at;
https://thesession.org/tunes/1499