This version of the tune is identical to an old New England version that I have. It has a dorian feel and I believe it should notated in E dorian rather than E minor.
However, there is a slightly different version in O’Neill (as Lannigan’s Ball) which is in E minor. This version is:
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|D2E F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^c^d|e=dB =cBA|BGE E2:|
|:d|e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e2f gfg|fdB B3|
e2f gfg|eag fe^d|e=dB cBA|BGE E2:||
This has words - very good amusing words, about the dustman’s ball.
Eddie Duffy’s Lannigan’s Ball
There is a festival coming up in October (see current discussions) honouring the late Eddie Duffy (flute) and the late Mick Hoy (fiddle) of Fermanagh. So here’s Eddie’s version of Lannigan’s Ball as learned from fluter Rev. Gary Hastings in the early 80s. With no musical training, I am a paughle when it comes to keys. modes etc, so corrections are appreciated.
T: Eddie Duffy’s Lannigan’s Ball
BAB GAB|dBG AGA|BAB GAB|AFD AFD|
BAB GAB|dBG ~A3|Bdd cAA|BGE E3:|
e2f gfe|f/g/a g fed|e2f gfe|fdB B^cd|
e2f gfe|a2g fed|edB B2A|BGE E3:|
You can find the classic words for this jig @:
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/irish-folk-music/005894.HTM, http://ingeb.org/songs/inthetof.html, http://www.christymoore.com/lyrics_tabs_detail.php?id=18,
and virtually everywhere on the web (even on wikipedia!)
Enter the Haggis does a nifty version of this tune that’s available off their website. It’s much more punk-influenced.
Any other good versions out there?
The Chieftains mix this one with Billy Nichols singing "Behind Blue Eyes" on their album An Irish Evening.
Enter The Haggis version
Does anything happen to have the abc’s for the Enter the Haggis version of this song? I’ve been hunting for them a while… With no luck. If someone does, if they could post it, that would be great!
Dropkick Murphys version
Dropkick Murphys do a very heavily punk influenced version that they call Flannigan’s Ball. I saw them perform it on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last St. Patrick’s Day. They rock!
3rd part version
From Roddy Campbell’s CD. It goes something like this:
eBe eBe|eBe f2e|1 dcd AAA|ABG FED:|2dcd ABG|FED E3||
this is a vague recollection but it ties in nicely whith the rest of wht he does.
Do the lyrics go like: I stepped out and she stepped in again I stepped out and she stepped in again I stepped out and she stepped in again learning to dance an Lannigan’s Ball?
The first part is comparable to Lanigan’s Ball’s 1st part https://thesession.org/tunes/893
Sorry, I meant: Hurry The Jug