Bouncing Boy (The)

Find traditional instrumental music

Bouncing Boy (The)  Click on the tune title to see or modify Bouncing Boy (The)'s annotations. If the link is red you can create them using the form provided.Browse Properties <br/>Special:Browse/:Bouncing Boy (The)
Query the Archive
Query the Archive
 Theme code Index    1323 6436L
 Also known as    Buacaill Freapad (An)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 1506, p. 278
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1903
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   ()   

BOUNCING BOY, THE. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850): AAB (O'Neill/Krassen). "Leave My Way", also in O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903), is a similar tune.

Source for notated version: O'Reilly [O'Neill]. O'Neill perhaps references aged County Galway piper Martin O'Reilly, the first place winner of the annual Feis in 1901 and feted at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1903. His favorite pieces were "The Fox Chase" and "The Battle of Aughrim," writes O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913). O'Reilly had run a successful dance house in Galway city, a business that eventually collapsed due to emigration and changing taste, leaving him in the poorhouse but with his skills intact. He was the recipient of attention near the end of his life with the revival of interest in Irish traditional music, but when the wave subsided after a decade O'Reilly was once again resident of the Galway poorhouse, where he died. A half-tone picture (from a photograph) of O'Reilly was the frontispiece to O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland (1907), and was reproduced in Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913).

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 152. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1506, p. 278.

T:Bouncing Boy, The
S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1506
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
(3DEF | G2 BG A2 (3Bcd | edcA BEEF | G2 BG A2 (3Bcd | edcA BGGD | 
G2 BG A2 (3Bcd | edcA BEEF | G2 BG A2 (3Bcd | egfa g2 || z2 | 
g2 ge f2 fd | e2 fg af d2 | g2 ge f2 fd | efaf g2g2 | 
gabg fgaf | edeg fd d2 | g2 (fg) eAAB | dcAF G2 ||

© 1996-2010 Andrew Kuntz. All Rights Reserved.
Engraver Valerio M. Pelliccioni