Boys of Ballysadare (2) (The)

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BOYS OF BALLYSADARE [2], THE. AKA - "Boys of Ballysodare." AKA and see "Dublin Lasses (1)," "Douse the Monkey," "Galway Reel (6) (A)," "Miss Boden's Reel," "Miss Roden's Reel," "Miss Roddy's," "Last Night's Work," "Eve (The)." Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Harker/Rafferty, O'Neill, Taylor, Tubridy): AA'BCC' (Prior): ABCDEF (Mitchell). Ballysadare (locally spelled Ballisodare, from the Irish Baile Easa Dara, meaning 'the town of the waterfall by the oak') is a parish and a village in County Sligo. It lies on an estuary, one of three forming Sligo Harbour, and is fed by the Owenmore River, with rapids and falls descending to the bay. Ballysodare is a popular traditional music venue. St. Feichin of Fore established a monastery at Ballysodare in the 7th century, replaced by a 13th century church and incorporates 12th century features, including a doorway and mouldings at the corners.

The tune has been called 'the national anthem' of Sligo fiddling due to the number of musicians from that county who recorded the tune. Older publications list the tune generally as "The Dublin Lasses," in two parts. The third part of the "Ballysdare" reel is cut-time rendering of one of the parts of the slip/hop jig of the same name. David Taylor (1992) says the tune has "distinct connotations" with the melody "Last Night's Fun (4)" (as opposed to the alternate title above, "Last Night's Work"). It was recorded by Irish fiddle master Michael Coleman (Co. Sligo and New York) in 1922 as "Miss Roddy's." A version of the reel (with parts reversed) was entered into the late 19th/early 20th century music manuscript of curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952) as "Miss Boden's Reel," a title similar to "Miss Roden's Reel."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; sessions at the Regent Hotel, Leeds, England [Bulmer & Sharpley]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland vol. 1), 1974; No. 13 (appears as "Boys of Ballisodare"). Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 35, p. 11. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 46, p. 20. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 53, p. 60. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 119. Prior (Fionn Seisiún 3), 2007; p. 8. Taylor (Through the Half-Door), 1992; No. 22, p. 17. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 1. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 21.

Recorded sources : - Coleman Center CD CC004, Seamus Quinn & James McDonagh - "The Mountain Road" (1999. Various artists. "A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo"). Decca 12179 (78 RPM), Paddy Killoran (1938). Flying Fish FF 266, Malcolm Dalglish & Grey Larsen - "Thunderhead" (1982). Green Linnett GLCD 1155, Martin Hayes - "Under the Moon" (1995). Nimbus NI 5320, Tommy Peoples - "Irish Traditinal Music from Donegal" (1991). Shanachie 29009, "Andy McGann & Paul Brady" (learned from Tim Fitzpatrick). Shaskeen - "Shaskeen Live." Shanachie 34014, James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien & Daithi Sproule - "Traditional Music of Ireland" (1995). Shanachie 97011, Duck Baker - "Irish Reels, Jigs, Airs and Hornpipes" (1990. Learned from the Topic records anthology "The Breeze of Erin" {where it appears as "The Eve"}). Talcon Records KG240, Paddy Cronin - "The House in the Glen" (197?).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's [2]
Hear Paddy Killoran's 1938 recording at the Internet Archive [3]

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