The Hairy Chested Frog reel

Also known as The Hairy-Chested Frog, Rana Temporaria Hirsuta.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Hairy Chested Frog appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Hairy Chested Frog has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Hairy Chested Frog
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBcA G3 B | dBcA FGAB | dBcA GBdg | fdde fdcA :|
dg g2 dgbg | g2 bg fdcA | dg g2 dgag | fdcA FGAB |
dg g2 dg g2 | dgag fdga | bg g2 gbag | fdcA FGAB |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Hairy Chested Frog
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dBcA G3 B | dBcA FGAB | dBcA GBdg | fd d2 fdcA |
dBcA G3 B | dBcA G2 AB | dBcA GBdg | fdde fdcA ||
|:dg g2 dgbg | g2 bg fdcA | dg g2 dgag | fdcA FGAB |
dg g2 dg g2 | dgag fdga | bg g2 gbag | fdcA FGAB ||
# Added by JACKB .

Twelve comments

The Hairy Chested Frog

Now who can resist a title like that? Composed by Bobby Casey. The only recording of it I’m aware of is by piper Tommy Keane.

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Bang Your Frog on the Sofa

… would make a nice medley?

Hey—Kevin O’Reilly taught this in his fiddle class @ Willie Week last year.

I recorded it on my 1st cd, ‘Uilleann Piper’. But I got the tune from a recording of John Kelly and Bobby Casey playing and I mistook it for a John Kelly tune.
It is a great tune and the name is super too!!

I’m getting the cd’s reprinted soon so I’ll be sure to correct the name

Thanks JACKB

It’s good to get a fresh and innovative version of a tune. I mean, Kenny’s was just so…normal. 8|


The Hairy Chested Frog

Now, now, DavidT, don’t be too hard on JackB - there is after all ONE note difference between his and Kenny’s settings, and sometimes one note is all it takes to change a perfectly good tune into, well, the same tune. 8|

It’s actually flawed. There are start repeats but no end repeats. Kenny’s makes more sense.

Hairy-Chested Frog

John McEvoy recorded this on his solo CD a few years ago. Wonderful CD! Gay McKeon on pipes on that cut. Love the tune. Would love to know the real story behind it!


Hi Melissa - I was a student at the Willie Clancy week in Co.Clare in Ireland in the 1980s. The flute tutor P.J. Crotty mentioned this title to us, and said that when Bobby Casey played it to someone one night [ can’t remember if we were told who it was ], and said he didn’t have a name for it yet, someone said "Why don’t you call it "The Hairy-Chested Frog" ?" as a joke, so Bobby Casey took him up on it, and it stuck. How someone came up with the phrase, or concept, of a "Hairy-Chested Frog", I’m afraid I have no idea 🙂

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If you don’t like the title…

As with many of the tunes she includes in her 2004 tunebook A Drop in the Ocean, Josephine Keegan prints this tune (her reel #208) under her own title — in this case Pipers All. Hmm, which title is going to stick?

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The title given by the composer. Anything else is disrespectful.

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.. Or down to ignorance.

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