Tom Billy’s jig

Also known as O’Keefes, Paddy’s, Port Thom Bhilly.

There are 58 recordings of this tune.

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Tom Billy’s appears in 6 other tune collections.

Tom Billy’s has been added to 50 tune sets.

Tom Billy's has been added to 435 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
~a3 ece|edB BAB|Aaa Ace|dcB Ace|
~a3 ece|edB BAF|GBd ged|1 edB Ace:|2 edB A2f||
|:~g3 ~a3|bag fed|faf g2d|BAB def|
~g3 ~a3|bge gab|age dBe|1 ABA A2f:|2 A BA A2B||
|:~c3 edd|edB dBA|~A3 dBA|~A3 aed|
~c3 dcd|ede gab|age dBe|1 ABA A2B:|2 A BA Ace||
X: 2
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:a3 ece|edB BAA|eaa e3|edB Ace|
a3 ece|edB BAA|GBd ged|1 fdB Ace:|2 fdB A2f||
|:g3 a3|bag fed|fg/a/f g2e|fdB def|
|1 g3 a3|bge gab|age dBG| Ac/B/A Ace:|
|2 g3 a3|bge gab|age dBe| Ac/B/A A3||
|:c3 edd|edB dBA|Ac/B/A cBA|A3 ecA|
c3 edd|ede gab|age dBe|1 Ac/B/A A3:|2 Ac/B/A Ace||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:~a3 ece|edB ~A3|eaa ece|dcB Ace|
~a3 ece|edB ~A3|GBd gfe|fdB Ace:|
|:~g3 ~a3|bag fed|faf g2e|edB def|
~g3 ~a3|bge gab|age dBe|~A3 Ace:||
X: 4
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:~a3 ece|edB BAA|eaa ece|dcB Ace|
~a3 Ace|edB BAF|GBd gdB|dcB Ace:|
|:~g3 ~a3|bag fed|faf gdB|BAB GBd|
gBg aAa|bge gab|age dBe|1 ABA Ace:|2 Ace aed||
|:cBc dcd|edc dBe|ABA dBG|ABA fed|
cAA dAA|ede gab|age dBe|1 ABA ABd:|2 ABA Ace||
X: 5
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
~a3 ece | edB BAA | eaa ece | edB Ace |
~a3 ece | edB BAA | GBd ged |1 edB Ace :|2 edB A2f ||
|: ~g3 ~a3 | bag fed | faf g2d | edB def |
~g3 ~a3 | bge gab | age dBe |1 ABA A2f :|2 A BA A2B ||
|: ~c3 edd | edB dBA | ABA cBA | ~A3 ecA |
~c3 edd | ede gab | age dBe |1 ABA A2B :|2 A BA Ace ||
X: 6
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:c3 dB/c/d|edc BAG|Bc/d/B c2A|BGE GAB|
|1 c3 d3|ecA cde|dcA GEA| D3 DFA:|
|2 c3 dB/c/d|ecA cde|dcA GEA| D3 D3||
F3 AGG|AGA cde|dcA GEA|1 D3 D3:|2 D3 DFA||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
a3 ece|edB BAA|eaa ece|dcB Ace|
a3 ece|edB BAB|GBd ged| fdB Ace:|
|:g3 a3|bag fed|faf g2d|BAB def|
g3 a3|bge gab|age dBA| ABA Ace:|
|:c3 edd|ecA dBA|A3 dBA|A3 aed|
c3 edd|ede gab|age dBe| ABA Ace:|
X: 8
T: Tom Billy's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
B2B cBc|d2B cAG | G2G dcA | F2F dcB |
B2B cBc | d2d fga | gfd cAd | GAG G3:|
|:g2 g GBd | dcA AGG | G2 g GBd | cBA GBd |
g2 g GBd | cBA AGE | FAc f2d |1 ecA G3 :|2 ecA GBd ||
|: f2f g2g | agf edc | fge f2d | dcA/B/ cde |
f2f g2g | fde fga | gfd cAd |GAG G3:|

Eighteen comments

Another Tom Billy’s?

I heard this from a De Dannan tape years back. The combined this winner with Ryan’s Jig. I wouldn’t say that it’s for begginers but it is none the less a great piece to learn.

I enjoy nice quiet rolls in the A part then a regular voice to the remaining notes. No need to rush this one. The tune will get lost with real quick if ya don’t take some time.


This is NOT the same tune that is on the Molloy/Brady/Peoples album.

Wrong link?

I thought "Tom Billy’s" on Water from the well from the Chieftains is a reel, not a jig.
So how come that opening and clickin on Water from the well and then on Tom Billy’s, I get to see a jig?
Where can I find the reel Tom Billy’s?

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New Favorite Tune.

This tune just might replace "Out on the Ocean" as my favorite tune. But I have to learn how to play it to see.

Aoife Ní Bhroin plays this tune splendidly.

C sharp roll

This tune is a good opportunity to practice your c sharp roll, fluterers!
I suggest using your tongue lightly for the first cut and tap the ‘b’ finger just as lightly for the second cut.

Tom Billy’s, X:3

This jig appears as Tom Billy’s No. 2 in the second lot of John B Walsh tunes from the ceolas listings.

Re: Tom Billy’s

There’s a wonderfully fluent version of this tune by Mary Bergin (whistle) where she plays it with The Langstrom Pony.

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Tom Billy’s, X:7

A stripped down (non-ornamented) version of how Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford play it on Star Above The Garter. A couple melody notes in this version are different from any others I saw in other settings.

Tom Billy’s, X:8

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This appears in G mixolydian and with the parts in this order. All the tunes in this book were collected in the 1980’s and 90’s at fleadhanna in Ireland, so it’s possible the order of the parts was mistaken.

Re: Tom Billy’s

What a great C part, Moulouf!