The Humours Of Ballyloughlin jig

Also known as The Humors Of Ballyloughlan, The Humors Of Ballyloughlin, The Humors Of Derryloughan, The Humours Of Ballyloughlan, The Humours Of Derryloughan, The Hurler’s March, Mairseal Na HIomanaithe.

There are 70 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with An Phis Fhliuch (a few times), Banish Misfortune (a few times), Fraher’s (a few times), Knocknagow (a few times) and Hardiman The Fiddler (a few times).

The Humours Of Ballyloughlin has been added to 714 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:ABA AGE|GED D2 B|cBc ded|cAG FED|
ABA AGE|~G3 cGE|DED DFA|1 DED D2 A:|2 DED D2 B||
|:~c3 cBc|cAG AB^c|~d3 ded|dAF DFA|
cBc dcB|cAG FGE|DED DFA|1 DED D2 B:|2 DED D2 e||
|:fdd gdd|fdd gdd|^cde ged|^cde ~g3|
fdd gdd|fdd ged|^cde gag|1 ed^c d2 e:|2 ed^c d^cB||
|:AFD ABG|~F3 GED|~E3 EFG|~E3 EFG|
ABA dAG|~F3 GEA|DED DFA|1 DED D2 A:|2 DED D3||
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X: 2
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A3 AGE|GED ~D3|c2A ded|cAG FED|
~A3 AGE|~G3 cGE|~D3 DFA|1~D3 D3:|2~D3 D2B||
|:c3 cAB|cAG ABc|ded dfe|dAF DFA|
cBc dcB|cAG FGE|~D3 DFA|1~D3 D2B:|2~D3 D2e||
|:fdd gdd|fdd ged|cde ged|B/c/de ged|
fdd gdd|f2a ged|B/c/de ~g3|1ed^c d2e:|2ed^c dcB||
A2D A2G|~F3 FED|FEE EFD|FEE EFG|
~A3 dAG|~F3 GEA|~D3 DFA|~D3 D3|
A2D A2G|~F3 FED|~E3 EFD|~E3 EFG|
~A3 dAG|~F3 GEA|~D3 DFA|~D3 D3|
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A3 AGE|GED (3DDD D|c2A ded|cAG F!open!E{G}D|
(3.A.B.A .A {d}AGE|~G3 !slide!cGE|D(3DDD DFA| D(3DDD D2 B:|
|:!slide!Tc3 {d}cBc|{d}cAG AB^c|.d.e.d .d.f.d|dAF DFA|
c{d}cA dcB|cAG FGE|D(3DDD DFA| D(3DDD D2 e:|
|:uf.d.d {a}ged|uf.d.d {a}ged|(3.B.^c.d e !slide!ged|(3.B.^c.d e !slide!ged|
uf.d.d {a}ged|uf.d.d {a}ged|^cde gag| ed^c d2 B:|
|:A.A.D A.A.G|!slide!~F3 {A}GED|(3.EEE E .EFD|(3.EEE E .EFA|
~A3 dAG|~F3 GEA|D(3DDD DFA| D(3DDD D2 A:|
X: 4
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A/c/AA AGE|GED D3|c2A ded|cAG FED|
A3 AGE|FGG cGE|D3 DFA|1D3 D3:|2D3 D2B||
|:c3 c2B|cAG ABc|ded dfe|dAF DF/G/A|
cBc dcB|cAG FGE|D3 DFA|1D3 D2B:|2D3 D2e||
|:fdd ged|fdd ged|c2e ged|c/d/ef ged|
fdd ged|f2a ged|c/d/ef g3|1ed^c d2e:|2ed^c dcB||
A2D A2G|EFF GED|E3 EFD|E3 EFG|
A3 dAG|F3 GEA|D3 DFA|D3 D3:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:Ac/A/A AGE|GED D3|c2A dfd|cAG {FG}FED|
Ac/A/A AGE|FGG cGE|D3 DFA|D3 D3:||
|:B|c3 c2B|cAG ABc|df/e/d ded|dcA DF/G/A|
cBc dcB|cAG FGE|D3 DFA|D3 D3:||
|:fdd ged|fdd ged|c2e ged|c/d/ef ged|
fdd ged| f2a ged|c/d/ef gag|ed^c d3:||
|:B|A2D A2G|EFF GED|E3 EFD|E3 EFG|
A3 dAG|F3 GEA|D3 DFA|D3 D2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Humours Of Ballyloughlin
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:Ac/A/A AGE|GED D3|(c3 c)Ad|dcA {FG} GEA|
DE/F/G AGE|Gc/A/G cGE|DAD DFA|GEA DE/F/G:||
|:A/c/AD AGE|GED D3|cAd cAd|d^cA GEA|
DE/F/G AGE|G2c FGE|DAD DFA|GEA DAA|
|:c3 cAB|cAG AB^c|d_ed df/g/d|dcA AGF|
cde dcB|cAG FGE|DAD DFA|GEA DAA||
|:cAA cAA|cAG AB^c|ded f3|fed AGF|
c2e dcB|cAG FGD|D3 DFA|GEA DAE||
|:fdd GEd|f3 ged|B/c/de ged|=cde ged|
dF/G/d ged|faf ged|B/c/de gag|ed^c d2e||
|:f3 g3|efa ged|cde g3|cde ged|
df/g/d ged|fc/a/f ged|B/c/de gag|ed^c dE/F/G||
|:A3 ABG|F3 G/F/ED|^D2E EF=D|EFD EFG|
A3 dAG|FAF GEA|D3 DFA|DFA dE/F/g||
|:A/^c/AD ABG|F3 G/F/ED |^D2E FG2|BAG dB^G|
A^ed cAG|FAF GEA|F3 FAE|DFA dE/F/G||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-five comments

Humours of Ballyloughlin

I learned this from a fiddler friend who learned it from Eileen Ivers at a fiddle camp. This version closely matches the way she plays it on her early cd "Eileen Ivers." It’s a great rollicking tune, full of punch and lift as Eileen plays it, a good model to strive for.

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Humours C#

This is a real favourite under many guises, ie it can be played a lot of different ways and always sounds good.
I have found that unlike Ivers most session players seem to play that C in the 3rd, 4th and 7th bars of the third part(C section) as naturals and then sharp in the 8th bar.
Anyway I dont have a preference personally but just listen out for what others are doing.
Cheers
Donough

Humours of Ballyloughlin

Yes, it has a dramatic change of key and that is what makes it such a fabulous tune. Its a bit of a show case jig that great fiddlers can really go to town with. I have a Kathleen Collins record from the 70’s with it on, and I’ve heard three very magical versions.

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This is piping tune!!!!

This is a real big piping jig. To find out what it’s all about, listen to Liam O’Flynn playing it with Planxty on The Well Below The Valley. I will post a piping version when I get the chance.

This is a huge piping jig. Lotsa crans and staccato triplets. Liam OFlynn got it from Willie Clancy, so check out how Willie plays it and compare. Nice stuff, it can make a bitter and blackened piper’s heart skip a beat : )

The Humours Of Derryloughan (jig)

Source: "Callan Bridge" by Niall And Cillian Vallely
Transcription: g.m.p.

The Vallely bros do indeed use this name on their cd, but this tune is widely known as the Humours of Ballyloughlin, and already exists in the database. Sorry Gian Marco.

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Humours of Derryloughan

This tune is played on Celtic Harpistry by Marie Ni Cathsaigh. She calls it Humours of Ballyloughlan. She says it is very old and was probably a Clan march but survived in the form of a dance tune. Many Clan Marches were considered forms of sedition and were outlawed.

“The Humours of Ballyloughlin” ~ Duplication

Key signature: D Mixolydian
Submitted on January 20th 2004 by gian marco.
~ as "The Humours of Derryloughan"
https://thesession.org/tunes/2415

Looking for the chords to Humors of Ballyloughlin - this version

Hi there. I got the ABC file from this board here. It’s very close to Eileen Iver’s version of this tune. I’m looking for the guitar chords. The danged thing moves so fast on the CD. LOL
If anyone can help me, please send them to my email address. chprout@aol.com
Thanks so much.

I was listening to two players down in the session last night playing this. It sounded familier but I can’t remember where I heard it before. Maybe I heard it under a different name. I found it a kind of mix between The Pipe on the Hob, Kilfenora Jig 2 and Freize Britches.

easily one of my favorite jigs, needs to be played quite slowly though

Humours of Ballyloughlin

A superb tune! As much as I love the Planxty version, PLEASE, PLEASE try and listen to the version by LAST NIGHT’S FUN, featuring Nick Scott on pipes, on the CD ‘Tempered’. It’s an absolute masterpiece!

Derryloughan v Ballyloughlin

Derryloughan is near Coalisland in Co. Tyrone and maybe the Vallely bros wished to call the tune after a place close to home :-). It is close to the border with Armagh where the Vallelys come from. I think it also may be the locality formerly inhabited by the well known late traditional accordionist Tommy John Quinn. The only Bakllyloughlin I could find is near Newcastle in Co. Down. Great jig though.

Bringing it nearer to home. They wouldn’t be the first…

Please dont forget to listen to Sean Keane´s absolutely wonderfull version on the Gusty Frolic album.

Eileen Ivers version is full of speed and dynamics, but Seanes´s is just so deep.

Piping Version

Learned byTommy Keane Milltown Malbay 1991
V stands for popping which is not included in the abc coding AFAIK

X:2 is the Planxty/Laim O?Flynn version of "Humours of Ballyloghlin"

Liam O’Flynn

A lovely version of this jig by Liam O’Flynn, sits well on the pipes.

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The Humours Of Ballyloughlin, X:4

Piping version.

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