Balls To Hall jig

Also known as Hall’s Balls.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Balls To Hall has been added to 4 tune sets.

Balls To Hall has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Balls To Hall
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F|:GEE AEE|BEE cBA|B2B BAG|FGF DEF|
GEE AEE|BEE cBA|B2B B2A|1 GED E2F:|2GED E3||
B>ee e2f|^g2g gfe|^c>aa a2^g|f2f fe^c|B>BB e2f|
[1^g3 g2a| bee aee|^gag fe^c:|
[2^g3 g2g| aef dAB | FEF DEF||
X: 2
T: Balls To Hall
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F|:GEE AEE|BEE c2A|BcB B2A|FAF DEF|
GEE AEE|BEE c2A|BcB B2A|1 GED E2F:|2GED E3||
K:Emix
|: BcB e2f|g3 gfe|c2 a a2 g|fgf fec|B2 B e2f|
[1 g3 g2a| b2b a2a|g3 fec:|
[2 g3 g3| aef dAB | F3 DEF|]
X: 3
T: Balls To Hall
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2F|:GEE AEE|BEE c2A|BcB B2A|FAF DEF|
GEE AEE|BEE c2A|BcB B2A|1 GED E2F:|2 GED E3||
K: Emix
|: B2e e2f|g3 gfe|c2 a a2g|f2f fec|B2 B e2f|
[1 g3 g2a| bee aee|gag fec :|
[2 g3 g3| aef dAB | F3 DEF||
X: 4
T: Balls To Hall
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:GEE AEE|BEE cBA|BcB BAG|FAd DEF|
GEE AEE|BEE cBA|BcB B2A|1 GBE E2F:|2GBE E2B||
K:Emaj
|: B2e e2f|gag gfe|c2a a2 g|fgf edc|B2e e2f|
| gag gfe|1 bee a2e|geg f2e:|2 aef =dAB | FEF =DEF|]

Nine comments

Balls to Hall

I saw this tune listed on the ‘requests’ page, and since it is a tune I transcribed a while ago, I dug out my abc program and noted it all down. This version is transcribed more or less directly from the Folkestra North album, so it may contain ornaments and notation that are the result of the interpretation of the musician on the CD.

The B music modulates into E major, and the 2nd time bar drops back down into E minor - the intention (and indeed the way it is played on the track) is to go from the end of the final 2nd time bar directly to the A music again (missing out the upbeat). To finish the tune I suppose you should resolve onto an E minor chord. On the CD this tune segues directly into a G major reel.

Composed by the late Joe Scurfield I believe.Great tune!

Balls to Hall

I thought this was a Chris Ormiston tune.
Certainly Northumbrian and a refernce to Sir John Hall and his chairmanship of Newcasle Football Club. There are few people who respect in the North-east.
Noel.
Angels of the North

Composed by…..

Joe Scurfield. Supposed to be something to do with "his mixed opinions regarding the owner of Newcastle United football club: Sir John Hall"

Hall & Ball

I learnt this tune directly from Joe Scurfield one night in the Colpitts Hotel in Durham City (UK) in the late nineties. I knew Joe rather well and although I never discussed the title of this tune with him, I believe he called it Balls to Hall as Joe was at the opposite end of the political spectrum from the said Sir John Hall. Joe had principals.

BT

Balls To Hall, X:2

Variations from Three Bean Salad.

Balls To Hall, X:3

A slightly friendlier high-D whistle/flute version. The A Parts from either of the first two settings are easy on the whistle, the switch to Emaj in the B Part is a bit more tricky. Since the d and D notes can be played as naturals without effecting the sound, it is do-able. The G#’s must remain as G#’s for the tune to work. So, have combined the two previous settings in a way that makes it more manageable.