Lanigan’s Ball jig

Also known as The Bullockies’ Ball, Domhnull An Dannsair, Domhull An Dannsair, Flannigan’s Ball, Lanagan’s Ball, Lannigan’s Ball, Paddy O’Rafferty, Unplugged And Plowed.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Haste To The Wedding (a few times).

Lanigan’s Ball has been added to 42 tune sets.

Lanigan's Ball has been added to 512 tunebooks.

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Fourteen settings

X: 1
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F G2A|B2A B^cd|DED F2G|AdB AFD|
E2F G2A|B2A B^cd|edB cBA|BGE E3:|
|:e2f g2e|fag fed|e2f g2e|fdB B2B|
e2f g2e|fag fed|edB cBA|BGE E3:|
X: 2
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
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:||
X: 3
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
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:|
X: 4
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
eBe eBe|eBe f2e|1 dcd AAA|ABG FED:|2dcd ABG|FED E3||
X: 5
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|D2E F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|e2B c2A|BGE E3:|
|:e2f g2e|fag fed|e2f g2e|fdB B2e|
e2f g2e|fag fed|e2B c2A|BGE E3:||
X: 6
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2F G2A|B2^A B^cd|D2E F2G|AdB AFD|
E2F G2A|B2^A B^cd|edB cBA|1 BGE E2F:|2 BGE E2B||
|:e2f g2e|fag fe^d|e2f g2e|fdB B2B|
e2f g2e|fag fe^d|edB cBA|1 BGE E2B :|2 BGE E2F||
X: 7
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2F G2A|B2^A B^cd|D2E F2G|AdB AFD|
E2F G2A|B2^A B^cd|edB cBA| GBF E2F:|
|: E2F GFE|FAG FE^D|E2F GFE|FDF E2D|
E2F GFE|FAG FED|E2B dBA| GBF E2F :|
X: 8
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
D|: EDE G2A | B2A B^cd | DED F2G | ABA AFD |
EDE G2A | B2A B^cd | eBB cBA |1 GFE E2D :|2 GFE E2f ||
|: e2f gfe | fag fed | e2f gfe | fBB B3 |
e2f gfe | fag fed | eBB cBA |1 GFE E2f :|2 GFE E2D ||
X: 9
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
D|: ~E3 G2A|Bc/B/A B^cd|DED F2G|ABA AFD|
EDE G2A|Bc/B/A B^cd|edB cBA|1 GAF E3 :|2 GAF E2d ||
|: e2f gfe|f/g/ag fed|e2f gfe|fdB B2B|
e2f gfe|f/g/ag fed|edB cBA|1 GAF E3 :|2 ~G3 ~F3 ||
X: 10
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|DED F2G|ABA AFD|
EFE G2A|B2A B^cd|eBB cBA|1 BGE E3 :|2 BGE E2d ||
|: e2f g2e|fag fed|e2f g2e|fB^A B3|
e2f g2e|fag fed|eBB cBA|1 BGE E3 :|2 BGE E2D ||
X: 11
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EFE G2A | B2A B^cd | DED F2G | ABA AFD |
EFE G2A | B2A B^cd | e2B c2A |1 BGE E2E :|2 BGE E2e ||
|: e2f g2e | fag fed | e2f g2e | fBB Bgf |
e2f g2e | fag fed | eBB c2A |1 BGE E2e :|2 BGE E2E ||
X: 12
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EBE G2A | ~B3 Bcd | DFD F2G | AdB AFD |
EBE G2A | ~B3 Bcd | DFD AdB | AFD E3 :|
|: ~g3 fed | edB BAB | ~g3 fef | afd d2f |
~g3 fed | edB BAB | dcB AFD | ~E3 ~E3 :|
|: eBe f2g | a2a gfe | B2e f2g | a2a bag |
eBe f2g | a2a g2f | ede fga |1 bag fed :|2 bag e3 ||
X: 13
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: E2E G2A | B2A B^cd | D2D F2G | ABA AFD |
E2E G2A | B2A B^cd | edB cBA |1 B2E E2D :|2 B2E E3 ||
|: e2f g2e | fag fed | e2f gfe | f3 B3 |
e2f g2e | fag fed | edB cBA |1 B2E E3 :|2 B2E E2D ||
X: 14
T: Lanigan's Ball
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: E2E G2A | B2A Bcd | ~D3 F2G | ABA AFD |
E2E G2A | B2A Bcd | edB cBA |1 BAG AGF :|2 BEE E3 ||
|: e2f g2e | fag fed | e2f gfe | fdB B2B |
e2f g2e | fag fed | edB cBA |1 BEE E3 :|2 BAG AGF ||

Twenty-four comments

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:
K:Emin
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:||

trevor

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.

X: 1
T: Eddie Duffy’s Lannigan’s Ball
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K: Em
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:|

Other Versions?

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.

Lyrics

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?

Sorry, I meant: Hurry The Jug

Lanigan’s Ball, X:7

A setting with the B Part dropped down an octave + some alternatives.

Lanigan’s Ball, X:8

Variations from Ashley Ashworth’s album "Beyond the Green".

Re: Lanigan’s Ball

IMHO this tune bears a strong resemblance to "The Bride’s Jig"/ "Lord Dunsmore" which pipers play in B minor.

Re: Lanigan’s Ball

x:1 is awful, luckily x:2 better.

Lanigan’s Ball, X:11

From the playing of Bobby MacLeod.

Lanigan’s Ball, X:12

From the playing of Celtic Thunder.

The C Part is played leading into the A & B Parts of their third time through the tune.

Lanigan’s Ball, X:13

From the playing of Nightwatch & Moondance.

They also modulate up to F#min after a few times through the time.

Lanigan’s Ball, X:14

From the playing of Stephen Walker.