An Buachaill Dreoite hornpipe

Also known as An Buchall Droite, The Smoky Boy.

There are 33 recordings of this tune.
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An Buachaill Dreoite has been added to 16 tune sets.

An Buachaill Dreoite has been added to 74 tunebooks.

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An Buachaill Dreoite (fling / hornpipe)

This is a fling version of the tune often associated with two Clare musicians, Willie Clancy and Joe Ryan. I first heard it played by East Galway flute player Sean Moloney, but this version is based on Ronan Browne and Peter O’Loughlin’s pipes and fiddle duet playing. Yes, it’s called a fling though both parts are repeated.


According to Pat Mitchell’s notes, Willie Clancy got this tune from his father Gilbert Clancy, who in turn learned it from Garrett Barry. G. Barry came from a village called Inagh, which happens to be Joe Ryan’s birthplace.


I don’t think it fits stylistically with what are usually called barndances, even if it is similarly structured. ‘Schottische’ is getting a bit technical for musicians with a greater-than-average number of left feet.

I think it’s an Engelska.

English Translation

This tune translates into English as The Smoky Boy