The Boys Of Ballisodare reel

Also known as Baile Easa Dara, Boys Of Balisadare, Boys Of Balisadeer, The Boys Of Balisodare, Boys Of Ballisadare, The Boys Of Ballisadare, The Boys Of Ballisodare, Boys Of Ballysadare, The Boys Of Ballysadare, The Boys Of Ballysidare, Buaċaillí Baile Easa Dara, Buachaillí Baile Easa Dara, The Dublin Lasses, Last Night’s Work, Liam Farrell’s, Miss Roddy’s, Miss Roden’s.

There are 129 recordings of this tune.

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The Boys Of Ballisodare appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Boys Of Ballisodare has been added to 62 tune sets.

The Boys Of Ballisodare has been added to 468 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dG~G2 dGeG|dGGA BA~A2|dG~G2 dGeG|AcBA GEE2|
dG~G2 dGeG|dGGA BA~A2|GABd (3efe dB|AcBA GEE2:|
|:gfga baga|gfga beef|gfga ba~a2|gefd Bee2|
~g2ga baga|gfga be (3fga|bgaf (3efg fe|dBAc BEE2:|
X: 2
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e|dG~G2 dGeG|dBGA BAAe|dGGB dedB|AcBA GED2|
dG~G2 dGeG|dBGA BAAd|Bdd2 eBdB|AcBA GED||
f|g3a bgaf|gfga bgef|g3a bgaf|gfed Bdef|
g3a bgaf|gfga bgeg|bgaf gedB|AcBA GEDd||
Bdd2 Bdgd|Bdgd BAAc|Bddg eBdB|AcBA GEDd|
Bdd2 Bdgd|Bdgd BABd|eB~B2 eBdB|AcBA GED||
X: 3
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dG G2 dGeG|dG G2 BA A2|dG G2 dedB|AcBA GED2|
dG G2 dGeG|dG G2 BA A2|Bdd2 eBdB|AcBA GE D2||
g3a bgaf|g3a bgef|g3a bgaf|gfed (3Bcd ef|
g3a bgaf|g3a bgeg|bgaf gedB|AcBA GE D2||
Bd d2 (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd gd BA A2|Bd d2 eBdB|AcBA GE D2|
Bd d2 (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd gd BA A2|eB B2 eBdB|AcBA GE D2||
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X: 4
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
c2FF cFdF|cFFA GFDF|c3 c cdcA|GcAG FDC2|
cF F2 cFdF|cF FA GFDE|FGAc dAcA|GcAG FD C2||
f3g a3g|f3g afde|f3g a3g|fedc (3A=Bc de|
fefg a3g|fefg afdf|afge fdcA|GcAG FDC c||
Ac c2 Acfc|Acfc AGGc|Ac c2 dAcA|GcAG FDC c|
Ac c2 Acfc|Acfc AGGc|d3 d d2 cA|GcAG FD C2||
X: 5
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
dG (3GGG dGeG|dG (3GGG BA A2|dG (3GGG dedB|AcBA GE D2|
dG (3GGG dGeG|dG (3GGG BA A2|Bdd^c dedB|AcBA GE D2||
(3gag ga bgaf|(3gag ga bgef|(3gag ga bgaf|gfed (3B^cd ef|
(3gag ga bgaf|(3gag ga bgef|bgaf gedB|AcBA GE D2||
B d3 (3B^cd gd|(3B^cd gd BA A2|Bdd^c dedB|AcBA GE D2|
B d3 (3B^cd gd|(3B^cd gd BA A2|eB (3BcB dedc|AcBA GE D2||
X: 6
T: The Boys Of Ballisodare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
cF ~F2 cFdF|cF ~F2 AGG2|cF ~F2 cdcA|GcAG FDC2|
cF ~F2 cFdF|cF ~F2 AGGA|FGAc dzcA|GcAG FD C2||
fefg agag|fefg afde|f2cf afge|fddc Acde|
fefg agag|fefg afdf|afge fdcA|GcAG FDC c||
Ac ~c2 Acfc|Acfc AGG2|Ac ~c2 dzcA|GcAG FDC c|
Ac ~c2 Acfc|Acfc AGG2|dA ~A2 dAcA|GcAG FD C2||

Thirty-six comments

Well, I just learned this tune about…oh sayyyyy…4 gours ago during what was supposed to be band practice (our director eventually showed up at around 9:30). So, during that slack off time, my fiddle-playing friend taught me this tune. Right now, I’m in Study Hall in the Library with all my work done and absolutely nothing to do. Hmm…why not post a tune?!

This sounds like a version of The Boys of Ballysodare, but with some interesting little twists in it.

The Boys of Ballysodare

Source: Paddy O’Brien

one of my favourite reels.

Also played in F

Also often played in the key of F.

Ballysadare is a small town in County Sligo by the way.

Well, you might hear this tune played in F by East Clare or East Galway musicians, but certainly not by Sligo musicians. Claire Keville does a beautiful version in the key on the concertina.

Yes, it’s mainly among East Clare musicians (Martin Hayes, Mary MacNamara) and Paddy Carty, Conor Tully, Padraig Mac Donnacha and Frank Hogan played it in F on Bring Down the Lamp in 1982.

Quentin Cooper and Eoin O’Neill played it in F at the session in Brogan’s I went to in January. I asked if that was the normal key, and they said it was. (What was unsaid, but clearly there between the lines, was that normal was a local term.)

Please be nice to flute players. Two East Clare fiddle legends Paddy Canny and P.J. Hayes actually recorded it in G with Peadar O’Loughlin on the concert flute.

lol, funny way you put that slainte. Paddy Carty played along with it in F like I said but that could have been an F flute

Don’t you know P. Carty played a fully-equipped Boehm flute? He was an exception.

Paddy carty played a Radcliffe system flute.

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John & James Kelly version

Anyone searching for the Version of John & James Kelly beware that they actually play the Dublin Reel, transposed up to G Major.

The Dublin:

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Boys of Ballisodare (poll)

On my infrequent encounters with other musicians I notice little differences in settings of tunes like this reel, specifically a little run in the first that goes EFGB edBG, instead of just repeating dG3~ dGeG, etc. I have about 30 different recordings of this tune, with performances on the fiddle, flute, pipes, accordion, and combinations thereof, starting with the maestro himself, Michael Coleman, from the early 1920s; and the only instances of this little snippet are from Paddy Canny (when solo, not on the All-Ireland record), Tommy Potts (private recordings, the recent RTE Rolling Wave documentary on him also has it) and Tommy Peoples on the Fiddle Stix CD. Even modern musicians like Michael O’Briain (piper) or Sligo’s own McDonagh and Quinn (on the Mountain Road CD) don’t include what we’ll refer to as the Potts Run. ;)

Does your local session consider this de facto, like mine? The musicians I usually play with are ex pats from the Bay Area of the US, so I assume it’s standard there as well. How do trends like this get started, anyway?

Re: Boys of Ballisodare (poll)

Hi Kevin, I am not sure how he plays it exactly, with that run or not, but Alan Morrisroe plays it, and not sure where he got it, but got most tunes from his granny up in Mayo. In fact he says at home at times, in the old days of his granny, she called it “The Falls Of Ballisodare”.

It’s on the upcoming CD we will have out shortly, but if you send me an email with your direct email address I can try and send it over as an MP3 to you to check out. Everything he does is “the old way”.

Re: Boys of Ballisodare (poll)

So Kevin, did Alan do the same run? How does his version compare?

Re: Boys of Ballisodare (poll)

At this end the older players went for the long note: dG~G2 d3 e dBGA BA ~A2

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Alan’s setting is pretty much like that from other players, either Bddd eBdB or eBBB B3G. I was hoping to keep this in Discussions but Jeremey moved it over here; should’ve used a title like “Session Settings” as I only used the Boys as an example.

Yes, it does sound a lot like Boys of Ballysodare. On Brendan Mulvihill’s cd “the morning dew” he plays it with a third part which gives it a minor twist. Best version of it that i’ve heard

It is called Dublin lasses in O’Neill’s 1001, in F wich sounds nice actually

Boys of Ballysodare & The 5-Mile Chase

These seem to go often together. Any idea about the origin of this particular set?

It’s also in Ryan’s collection, in D minor, as Dublin lasses. I like it in this key too and would sound good going from the Dm to E minor (or F to G, whichever it is).

Niall Ó Murchú that is ^

The Boys Of Ballisodare, X:5

I’ve put this on in D mix (one sharp, tonic D) and there’s still seven accidental C’s. I tried changing the key signature to D major (ie two sharps) and … there are seven different accidental C’s. So, it might be D mix with accidentals, or D major with accidentals - take your choice! Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch.

Re: The Boys Of Ballisodare

Dmix→G. D isn’t the tonal centre.

The Boys Of Ballisodare, X:6

Here’s a setting in F that I copied down from the playing of Paddy Carty on youtube. Some interesting variations to the other versions here.