The Boys Of Ballinamore jig

Also known as The Hardy Boys Of Ballinamore, Harty Boys Of Ballinamore, The Hearty Boys Of Ballinamore, Joe Derrane’s No. 1.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Boys Of Ballinamore has been added to 21 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Four settings

X: 1
T: The Boys Of Ballinamore
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:B|cAF ~G3|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Ade fed|
cAF ~G3|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Ad^c d2:|
g|:fed efg|ecc gcg|fed efg|age d2d/e/|
fed efg|~e3 geg|faf e/f/ge|d2e fed:|
X: 2
T: The Boys Of Ballinamore
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d/2B"^Segno"||cAF G2G|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Ade fed|
cAF G2G|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Adc d2"^Fine"||
g|fed efg|ecc gcc|fed efg|age d2(d/2e/2)|
fed efg|eccgcc|faf (e/2f/2g)e|d2e "^Dal Segno al Fine"fed|]
X: 3
T: The Boys Of Ballinamore
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|fed cAF|G3 ABc|AdB cAF|GFG Ade|
fed cAF|GFG ABc|AdB c/B/AG|Adc d2:|
e|fed efg|eAA eAA|fed efg|age d3|
fed efg|eAA eAA|f/g/af gec|edc d2:|
X: 4
T: The Boys Of Ballinamore
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|fed cAF|G3 ABc|AdB cAF|GFG Ade|
fed cAF|GFG ABc|AdB c/B/AG|Adc d2:|
e|fed efg|eAA eAA|fed efg|age d3|
fed efg|eAA eAA|f/g/af gec|edc d2:|

Eight comments

Lovely tune - is this your own?
I think the end of the high part is not perfect yet - so I add to the traditional process of transformation:
(3fga f ege|d2e fz:|

This is an old trad tune. It’s in O’Neill’s.

A comment from feadogboy would have been nice.

This is O’Neill’s version (from the oldmusicproject.com)
d/2B"^Segno"||cAF G2G|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Ade fed|
cAF G2G|ABc AdB|cAF GFG|Adc d2"^Fine"||
g|fed efg|ecc gcc|fed efg|age d2(d/2e/2)|
fed efg|eccgcc|faf (e/2f/2g)e|d2e "^Dal Segno al Fine"fed|]

Feadogboy speaks!

We did indeed learn this from O’Neill’s, while searching for tunes having to do with Ballinamore. Ballinamore, Co Leitrim was where fiddler Ed McDermott hailed from, our first introduction to "the pure drop"

As swisspiper notated, the more we played it, the further it got from the "canonical" version.

Recorded in 1985, posted in 2007, commented on in 2011. Charter member, International Procrastinators Society!

Gan Ainm

I got this lovely jig from Joe Derrane’s playing on the recording The Boston Edge. Joe claims he "picked it up over the years". In his notes, he says he does not know the name of the tune.

The Boys Of Ballinamore, X:3

Setting in D major from Joe Derrane’s playing on The Boston Edge.

Boys of Ballinamore

This is certainly the same jig as the Boys of Ballinamore. Derrane plays this one in D major, and the usual settings (e.g., O’Neill’s) are in D mixolydian.