The Ballintore Fancy reel

Also known as A Kiss In The Furze, John Fleming’s, Kerry Jig.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

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The Ballintore Fancy appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Ballintore Fancy has been added to 19 tune sets.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Ballintore Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GB ~B2 GBdB|GBBG FGAF|GB ~B2 GBdg|1 ecAG FGAF:|2 ecAG FGAG||
X: 2
T: The Ballintore Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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Ballintore Fancy

Source - “Old Hag ….etc” - Bothy Band’s 2nd album was the first I heard of it.

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Ballintore fancy

Kenny, is the bothy band version similar to mine?

Gian Marco, your setting is very close to what’s played on Old Hag. The last bar of Part A (leading into Part B) goes |2 ecAG FGAc|
and the B Part has two slightly different phrases in the 2nd and 4th bars:


Of course the flute, whistle, and pipes are all doing slightly different things, and force of habit has me listening primarily to Burke’s fiddle. I get the sense that his 2nd bar of the A part goes: |GB{d}BG FGAF| and sometimes |G~B3 FGAF|

Great tune!

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This tune is also a single jig

This tune was originally a single jig handed down in piping circles through the Rowsome family, who settled in Ballintore, Wexford. See Leo Rowsome’s LP “King of the Pipers” for a sample of the tune played in 12/8. Willie Clancy also played it in this manner, it is likely that he learned it from Leo, who made a set of D pipes for him as well.

Samuel Rowsome (b1820) was gentleman, farmer, piper, and pipemaker who lived until just after the turn of the twentieth century. Several of his sons, John, Tom, and William, were noted pipers, and William, carried on the pipemaking activities of his father after relocating to Dublin. Some of William’s sons - Samuel, Tom, and Leo, were noted pipers, Leo being the most famous of them all.

This is also (mis)called The Kerry Jig on Paddy Keenan and Tommy O’Sullivan, The Long Grazing Acre, track 12, second tune.

On the Leo Rowsome recording this tune is played as a slide, whereas the tune that precedes it is played as a reel even though it’s called The Kerry Jig. Joe McKenna (The Irish Low Whistle, track 4) and the Bothies (Old Hag You Have Killed Me, side 2, track 4) have the same preceding tune and play both as reels. Joe McKenna calls the preceding one Rowsome’s, and I’ve just submitted it under that title.

These are jigs! The tempo’s just blistering, is all. Leo was an instructor in the College of Music, he knew the distinctions involved.

“The Ballintore ~ “ ~ Chimera

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on February 6th 2007 by JACKB.

mostly barndance & part this melody in its single jig form, see comments…

This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) under the name ‘A Kiss in the Furze’