The Bould Thady Quill jig

Also known as Bold Thady Quill, The Bold Thady Quill, Nell Flaherty’s Drake.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Bould Thady Quill has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Bould Thady Quill has been added to 54 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Bould Thady Quill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GBA AGE|GAG GBd|ege dBG|BAG A2 D|
GBA AGE|GAG GBd|ege dBG|1 AGF G2 D:|2 AGF G2 B||
|:def g3|age edB|g2 g edB|BAG A2 D|
GBA AGE|GAG GBd|ege dBG|1 AGF G2 B:|2 AGF G2||
X: 2
T: The Bould Thady Quill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GBA BGG | AGF GBd | gfg edB |BAG A2B |
deB dBA | B(3dBA GBd| ~g3 edB |1 AGF G2 D:|2 AGF G2 B||
|:def gfg | agf edd|gfg edB|BAG A2 B|
deB dBA | B(3dBA GBd||~g3 edB |1 AGF G2 B:|2 AGF G2 D||
X: 3
T: The Bould Thady Quill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GAB AGE|DEG GBd|efg dBG|{c}BAA A2D|
GAB AGE|DEG GBd|efg dBA|BGG G2:|
|:B|def {a}gfg|afd edB|gfg edB|{c}BAA A2D|
GAB AGE|DEG GBd|efg dBA|BGG G2:|
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Eight comments

The Bould Thady Quill (jig)

This tune is played by Caoimhín Ó Sé on the Wooden Flute Obsession: Volume 2, Disc 2. The transcription here is very close to that - and the way I will play it from now on :-) Enjoy…

Brian Rooney recorded a very similar version as "Bold Thady Quill."

Never new that this was played as a dance tune. A 90 years old (I should have said young because of his personality!) singer, Sean Barrett from Cork sings this most weeks at our session and now that all the musicians know it, everyone joins in for the chorus. I believe it’s a Cork anthem as Thady, apart from his amorous prowess, was also renowned for his hurling exploits especially against rivals, Tipperary!

Is there something wrong with the sound file? When I download I get a reel in Dmajor.

aidan crossey sings a great song on one of his recordings" The Blackberry Fair" to this tune.

Here’s the way Devin Shepherd taught it last summer at the Minnesota Irish Musician’s weekend fiddle workshop:

X: 1
T: Bold Thady Quill, The
S: Devin Shepherd, MIM 6/16/12
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
D|:GBA BGG | AGF GBd | gfg edB |BAG A2B |
deB dBA | B(3dBA GBd| ~g3 edB |1 AGF G2 D:|2 AGF G2 B||
|:def gfg | agf edd|gfg edB|BAG A2 B|
deB dBA | B(3dBA GBd||~g3 edB |1 AGF G2 B:|2 AGF G2 D||

I’ve been following it lately with "The Cobbler" which was taught by Jackie Daly at his Sliabh Luachra repertoire class at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School this summer.

The Bould Thady Quill, X:3

Here is the version published in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 24, no. 44, as Nell Flaherty’s Drake, Bardal Eiblin Ni Flaitbeartaig.

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