Billy In The Lowground reel

Also known as Billy In The Low Ground.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Billy In The Lowground has been added to 143 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Billy In The Lowground
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
CA,|:"C"G,A,CD EGAB|cBcd cAGc|"Am"ABAG EGAB|cAGE DCCA,|
"C"G,A,CD EGAB|cBcd cAGB|"Am"ABAG EGAB|"G"cAGE DC C2:|
"C"eg2eg2 eg|afed cAG2|"Am"ea2ga2 eg|agab ag e2|
"C"eg2eg2 eg|aged cAGB|"Am"ABAG EGAB|"G"cAGE "C"DC C2|]
# Added by Avery .
X: 2
T: Billy In The Lowground
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:A,G,A,C DD3|DEFGAD3|EFED CG,3|CDEF GG3|
A,G,A,C DD3|DEFGA4|AGFEDFED|CD2DCD3:|
|:A2d2d4|dedc A4|AGA=B c2=BA|GFGAA4|
DDDD FFFF|GFGAA4|AGFEDFED|CD2DCD3:|
# Added by Roan .

Five comments

Heard this on "Tunes" by Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick, and Murray. I found this on JC’s this is the closest match to the one on the album.

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Billy In the Lowground

This is an American version of a much older tune which has been known in Scotland for centuries, and it has a few Irish variants too. "The Braes of Auchtertyre" was first published in Stewart’s Collection in c1761,and later became a strathspey; however, it likely stemmed from an even older tune, "O Dear Mother, What Shall I Do?" (to which it is said the jigs "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" and thus "Scotsman Over the Border" related).

In Ireland the tune has been called "The Belles of Tipperary" and "The Beaux of Albany", and another tune, "Miss Monaghan" is related.

Billy in the lowground

This is close to the bluegrass version favoured by guitar players. A great version is played by Byron Berline (fiddle) and the late Clarence White (guitar) with the band Country Gazette.

Billy In The Lowground, X:2

Terrie Kane, a mandolin player in upstate NY, taught me this about thirty years ago. It didn’t jive with my local flatpicking boys so I like it all the more. I use Dm and C for A part and F and Am for the B part.

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