The Famous Ballymote reel

Also known as The Weeshie Bag Of Potatoes.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Kesh (a few times), Cronin’s (a few times) and The Flower Of The Flock (a few times).

The Famous Ballymote has been added to 312 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDAD FAAB|cABG EFGE|FDAD FAAB|cAGE ED D2:||
FDFA d2 ed|cABG EFGE|FDFA d2 ed|cAGE ED D2:||
X: 2
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
||FDAD FAAB|cABG EFGE|FDAD FAAB|cAGE ED D2:|
||FDFA d2 ed|cABG EFGE|1 FDFA d2 ed|cAGE ED D2:|2 FDFA df ed|cAGE ED D2||
X: 3
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
||FDAD F~A3|cABG EFGE|FDAD F~A3|cAGE FD D2:|
||FDFA d2 ed|cABG EFGE|1 FDFA d2 ed|cAGE FD D2:|2 FDFA df ed|cAGE FD D2||
X: 4
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
cAeA ceef|gefd BcdB|cAeA ceef|gedB BA A2:||
cAce a2 a/a/a|gefd BcdB|cAce a2 ga|gedB BA AB:||
X: 5
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|FDAD FAAB|cAAG EFGE|FDAD FAAB|cAGE FD D2|
FD D2 FAAB|cAAG EFGE|FDAD FAAB|cAGE FD D2||
|FDFA d2 ed|cAAG EFGE|FDFA d2 ed|cAGE FDAD|
FDFA d2 ed|cAAG EFGE|FD D2 d2 ed|cAGE =F4||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|BGdG Bdde|fddc ABcA|BGdG Bdde|fdcA BG G2|
BG G2 Bdde|fddc ABcA|BGdG Bdde|fdcA BG G2||
|BGBd g2 ag|fddc ABcA|BGBd g2 ag|fdcA BGdG|
BGBd g2 ag|fddc ABcA|BG G2 g2 ag|fdcA =B4||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Famous Ballymote
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDAD FAAB|cABG EFGE|FDAD (3FFG AB|cAGE ED D2:|
FDFA dfed|cABG EFGE|FDFA dfed|cAGE ED D2:|

Nine comments

Guitarists beware

This tune is listed as G major, but it’s actually D mixolydian. New guitarists should be aware that if you try to resolve it to a G chord, it’s not going to work.
Now you know.
-jon

Another recording

Icame to this tune from an album called
Journey - The Best Of Donal Lunny (Disc 1)
same set as bothy band i.e Kesh/ Give us a drink of Water/ Famous Bellymote… but live… v.good

a snappy tune made out of only 4 different bars!
Little means, great results!

Bothy band

X: 1
T: Famous Ballymote, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
||FDAD FAAB|cABG EFGE|FDAD FAAB|cAGE ED D2:|
||FDFA d2 ed|cABG EFGE|1 FDFA d2 ed|cAGE ED D2:|2 FDFA df ed|cAGE ED D2||

Var

X: 1
T: Famous Ballymote, The ~
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
||FDAD F~A3|cABG EFGE|FDAD F~A3|cAGE FD D2:|
||FDFA d2 ed|cABG EFGE|1 FDFA d2 ed|cAGE FD D2:|2 FDFA df ed|cAGE FD D2||

Scottish pipe friendly version:

X: 1
T: Famous Ballymote, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Amix
cAeA ceef|gefd BcdB|cAeA ceef|gedB BA A2:||
cAce a2 a/a/a|gefd BcdB|cAce a2 ga|gedB BA AB:||

F nat

I love to play the F natural at the end of the second part in D mix.

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