The Battering Ram jig

Also known as An Reithe Toghla.

There are 86 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Garrett Barry’s (lots of times), Munster Buttermilk (a few times), The Walls Of Liscarroll (a few times), The Besom In Bloom (a few times) and The Blarney Pilgrim (a few times).

The Battering Ram has been added to 40 tune sets.

The Battering Ram has been added to 717 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dBG BAG | dBG G2B | dBG AGE | GFD D2B |
dBG BAG | BdB BAG | AGA BAB | GED D2B :|
|: deg aga | bge edB | deg aga | bge ega |
bag age | ged ege | dAG AGE | GED D2B :|
|: B2G A2G | BGE DdC | BAG AGE | GED DdC |
B2G A2G | BdB BAG | AGA BAB | GED D3 :|
X: 2
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d|:B2G A2G|B2D D2d|BAG AGE|GDD D2d|
B2G A2G|BdB BAG|ABA BAB|1 GDD D2d:|2 GDD D2B|
|:dBG A2B|dBG G2B|dBG AGE|GDD D2B|
BdB BAG|BdB AGE|B2G AGE|GDD D2B:|
|:deg aga|bag age|deg aga|bag e2g|
bag age|ged edB|dBG AGE|GDD D2B:||
X: 3
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B | dBG BAG | dBA G2 B | dBG AGE | GED D2 B |
dBG BAG | BdB BAG | ~A3 BAB | GED D2:|
B | deg aga | bge edB | deg aga | bge e2 a |
bag age | ~g3 ege | dBG AGE | GED D2:|
A | B2 G AGA | BGE DGA | BAG AGE | GED D2 A |
B2 G AGA | BdB BAG | ~A3 BAB | GED D2:|
X: 4
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|dBA BdA|~G3 G2B|dBA BdA|~G3 efg|dBA ABA|GED ~G3|AGE A2B|GED D2B|
dBA BdA|~G3 G2B|dBA BdA|GB/2c/2d efg|dBA ABA|GED ~G3|AGE A2B|GED D3|
deg a2b|ged edB|deg a2b|gag g2e|deg a2b|ged edB|dBG A2B|GED D3|
deg a2b|ged edB|deg a2b|gag g2e|deg a2b|ged edB|dBG A2B|GED D2|
X: 5
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B2G AGA | Bdd BAG | AGA BAB | GED GAB.
X: 6
T: The Battering Ram
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dBG BAG | dBG G2g | dBG AGE | GED D2B |
dBG BAG | B/c/dB BAG | A3 BAB |1 GED D2B :|2GED D2d||
|: deg aga | bge edB | deg a3 | bge ega |
bag age | ged e/f/ge | dBG AGE | GED D2d :|
|: B2G A2G | B2D D3 | BAG AGE | GED Ddc |
B2G A2G | B/c/dB BAG | AGA BAB | GED D2d :|
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-four comments

The Battering Ram

hey, what can I really say about it? Have fun!

The Battering Ram

The tune title refers to a device used by the English in Ireland
to knock down the walls of a cottage from which the inhabitants
have been evicted.

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As opposed to the Buttery Rum, a salve applied by those same inhabitants.

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Here is a variant on the tune. The key I suggest is more properly D mixolydian (1 #):

d|:B2G A2G|B2D D2d|BAG AGE|GDD D2d|
B2G A2G|BdB BAG|ABA BAB|1 GDD D2d:|2 GDD D2B|
|:dBG A2B|dBG G2B|dBG AGE|GDD D2B|
BdB BAG|BdB AGE|B2G AGE|GDD D2B:|
|:deg aga|bag age|deg aga|bag e2g|
bag age|ged edB|dBG AGE|GDD D2B:||

-m

It’s in G.

If you want to follow this with something, it sounds good to lift into Ador and play something like "Rakes Of Kildare" or even better Sean Ryan’s "Nightingale".

The Battering Ram

I looked at many versions of the tune, but they all have some awkward phrases for flute. Here’s what I play:

X: 1
T: Battering Ram, The
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B | dBG BAG | dBA G2 B | dBG AGE | GED D2 B |
dBG BAG | BdB BAG | ~A3 BAB | GED D2:|
B | deg aga | bge edB | deg aga | bge e2 a |
bag age | ~g3 ege | dBG AGE | GED D2:|
A | B2 G AGA | BGE DGA | BAG AGE | GED D2 A |
B2 G AGA | BdB BAG | ~A3 BAB | GED D2:|

I actually learned the basis of the version from my whistle tutor in England. You could add more ornamentation, but I personally prefer keeping the tune simple with emphasis on the beats.

2 Part Version

On "Land’s End" June and Michael play a 2 part setting of this tune that they attribute to a Danu recording ("All Things Considered"). It’s basically the first two parts of the tune as it is posted here, but with a few differences. Definitely has a different feel. If I feel ambitious I’ll post the setting in the comments section here.

2 Part Version

Here’s my transcription of the two-part version on Draíocht’s "Land’s End".

X: 1
T: Battering Ram, The
S: Land’s End - Michael Rooney and June McCormack
Z:kjay
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
B|dBA BdA|~G3 G2B|dBA BdA|~G3 efg|dBA ABA|GED ~G3|AGE A2B|GED D2B|
dBA BdA|~G3 G2B|dBA BdA|GB/2c/2d efg|dBA ABA|GED ~G3|AGE A2B|GED D3|
deg a2b|ged edB|deg a2b|gag g2e|deg a2b|ged edB|dBG A2B|GED D3|
deg a2b|ged edB|deg a2b|gag g2e|deg a2b|ged edB|dBG A2B|GED D2|

I’ve always liked the Battering Ram, but since I learned this setting, I don’t like the more common setting nearly as much. I sometimes accidentally go into the third part from the normal setting when playing the two part setting, so watch out.

This might go nicely in a set with Larry The Beer Drinker as the rhythm and phrasing are quite similar.

Battering Ram

played a lot in sessions at Whitby (N.E. England) Folk Week August 2008
Mike

Set

Tune Flows well into the jig, Geese in the Bog.

B2G AGA | Bdd BAG | AGA BAB | GED GAB….

I’d always assumed the name alluded comically to a ‘battering’ (step dancing) ram

Fun concertina tune!

The Battering Ram, X:6

Piping version

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