Ballykeale jig

Also known as Ballykeal, The Ballykeal, The Ballykeale, The Ballykeel.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Ballykeale has been added to 2 tune sets.

Ballykeale has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Ballykeale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
c|:A=FA A2c|A=FA Adc|BGG DGG|BGB dcB|
A=FA A2c|A=FA A2a|bag fdc|1 BGB dcB:|2 BGF GBd||
~g3 gag|fde fd^c|dgg gag|fd^c def|
g2a bag|fde fga|bag fdc|1 BGF GBd:|2 BGB dcB||
X: 2
T: Ballykeale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
dc|:AFA Adc|AFA ABc|BGG dGG|BGB dcB|
[1AFA Adc|AFA Aga|bag ^fdc|BGB dcB:|
[2 AFA dAc|A/B/cA Aga|bag ^fdc|BGG GBc||
|:dgg gag|^fde =fdc|dgg bag|^fd^c de^f|
g3 bag|^fde =fga|bag ^fdc|1 BGG GBc:|2 BGB dcB||
# Added by Trr67 .
X: 3
T: Ballykeale
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
AFA ABc|AFA A2a|bag ^fdc|1 BGB d2c:|2 BG^F GB/c/d||
|:dgg gag|^fde =fga|dgg bag|^fd^c d2f|
g2a bag|^fde =fga|bag ^fdc|1 BG^F GB/c/d:|2 BGB d2c||
# Added by DaveF .

Eight comments


Taken from Seamus and Kevin Glackin : Northern Lights Na Saighnean.

Ballykeal Jig (Ballykeel)

Catherine McEvoy plays this lovely jig with an Fn. It changes the tune dramatically.


this tune also appears on Jim Cowderys/How to change a Flat tire album

Ballykeale, X:3

I got this version from a recording a friend of mine from Asturias gave me. The only info I’ve got is that the album is called “Commonality”. He believes it’s an album by Tamalin, although I can’t find any references to it anywhere.

Looks like it could be this one:

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Re: Ballykeale

Commonality was name of group from Belfast. They issued album in 1989.
So Tamalin and Commonality were two different groups, but with some same members ( but not all!)
Commonality was formed before Tamalin.
Members were: Davy Maguire on flute, Paul Mc Sherry on gitar, his sister Joanne Mc Sherry on fiddle and Milo Crossan on mandolin.
Tamalin was group consist of members of Mc Sherry familly ( John on pipes, Joanne, Paul and Tiona on flutes) and lateKevin Dorris.

Re: Ballykeale

Dave, seems that Davy played F naturals also in first two bars in A part.

Re: Ballykeale

Thanks Marin!
Yes, I’ve set the key as Gmix so all Fs are natural in those bars.

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