Boys of Ballycastle
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BOYS OF BALLYCASTLE. AKA and see "Gypsy Hornpipe (2)," "Leggett's Reel," "The Shillelah." Irish, Reel or Hornpipe. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. O'Neill (1922) says of his source: "It may be remarked that Mr. Dunne was a farmer of the townland of Kilbraugh not far from Thurles, Tipperary. From his wonderful repertory of dance tunes, generously contributed some years ago, many have been selected." In Scotland and England the tune is known as "The Gypsie's/Gypsy's Hornpipe," one of several by that title. The Scottish Kerr's vol. 1 has the tune as "Leggett's Reel" but places it in a section of Irish reels for quadrille or country dancing. Scott Skinner's The Harp and Claymore collection includes it as "The Shillelah" in the section entitled "Irish Reels and Hornpipes."