Ryan's Mammoth Collection
|Bag of Meal, The||106||75||DM: O'Neill's title Banish Misfortune is now current.|
|Barney's Goat||69||HH: This is very close to Tommy Potts's well-known
slip jig, The Butterfly, starting with the B part,
then the A part, without Potts's C part.
DM: See notes for Skin the Peeler.
|Belle of the Kitchen||102||72||DM: O'Neill's Paddy's Resource or Kitty of Coleraine. Now best known as The New York Jig or, in Cape Breton, as The Road to Skye.|
|Billy O'Rourke's||103||71||NG: Come Under My Plaidie|
|Billy Peterson's Fav||83||54||NG: Blackthorn Stick
CM/PW: Maid On the Green
DM: See notes for The Boys of Bockhill (Ryan p80)
|Bobbing for Eels||108||76||DM: Jackson's Bottle of Brandy (or Claret), attributed to "Piper Jackson," the gentleman piper.|
|Boss, The||108||76||NG: Aka The Old Horned Sheep (DMI238) or The Humours of Donnybrook (K2v1p37).|
|Bottle of Brandy||82||53||CM/PW: The Leg of the Duck; Donal na
DM: AKA Bully for You (Ryan p95), The Leg of the Duck or Dónal na Greine (Sunny Dan).
|Boys of Bockhill||80||51||NG: The Blackthorn Stick
CM/PW: Maid On the Green
DM: AKA Billy Patterson's Favorite (Ryan p83), The Blackthorn Stick, similar to The Coach Road to Sligo (Killoran), The Boys of Rockhill (Joyce, Goodman collections), O'Neill's The Humours of Bantry.
|Bridal, The||87||58||NG: The Priest's Leap|
|Brisk Young Lad's||106||74||NG: There Cam a Young Man
DM: O'Neill's Hurry the Jug is a set dance based on this jig.
|Bully for You||95||65||NG: Leg of a Duck etc
DM: See notes for Bottle of Brandy.
|Butcher's March||100||69||DM: Not the tune usually known by this name today.|
|Castle Garden||100||69||DM: Castle Garden on the Battery in Manhattan was, before Ellis Island, the main reception center for immigrants in New York City. Prior to that, it was a theater and, originally, a fort guarding New York harbor.|
|Catholic Boys||81||52||CM/PW: The Geese In the Bog (a floating title)|
|Close to the Floor||86||57||CM/PW: Father Tom's Wager [DMI220]|
|Come to the Raffle||84||56||Larry Mallette: Tongs By the Fire
CM/PW: Not composed by Hand as credited?
DM: The Tongs by the Fire [DMI185]
|Come Under My Dimity||95||53||CM/PW: Come Under My Plaidie; Black Rogue; Rogaire Dubh|
|Come Under My Pladdie||81||65||DM: Dimity was a coarse cotton fabric most often used for bed clothes, which makes this a coarse invitation.|
|Croppies Lie Down||110||78||DM: The title of a sectarian Protestant song.|
|Custom House, The||110||78||NG: A variant of Humors of Glendart
(DMI19), aka East at Glendart; Shins Around the
Fireplace; Tim the Piper.
DM: See notes for Shins Around the Fireside (Ryan p107)
|Diamond, The||93||63||DM: Relative of The Frieze Breeches [DMI260].|
|Drop of Whiskey, A||93||63||NG: Drops of Brandy [DMI448]|
|Drunken Ganger's, The||94||63||DM: Possibly a corruption of The Drunken Gauger (a name now used for a jig-time set dance), a gauger being an exciseman ("revenuer") charged with suppressing the distillation and sale of untaxed spirits.|
|Emon Acnuck||86||57||Michael Robinson: Bryan O'Lynn
CM/PW: This is a corruption of the Gaelic Eamonn a'Chnoic. The tune is not the same as the song by that title printed in Roche 3.
DM: Corruption of "Eamonn a' Chnuic" ("Ned of the Hill"), the outlawed Jacobite hero of several English and Gaelic songs. This tune is better known as Brian O'Linn.
|Eviction, The||104||73||DM: O'Neill's Scatter the Mud.|
|Fasten the Wig On Her||81||52||CM/PW: Fasten the Leg On Her|
|Flaming O'Flanigan's||98||67||DM: Title of a song to this air, with the chorus:
"Hooroo! whack! For that was the way with the Flaming O'Flannagans,
From the first illigant boys of that name,
For kissing and courting, and filling the can again,
Drinking and fighting like cocks of the game.
|Frazer's||106||74||DM: O'Neill's Paddy From Portlaw.|
|Go To the Devil and Shake Yourself||81||52||CM/PW: When Sick Is It Tea You Want? [DMI358]|
|Gobby O, The||85||55||DM: This tune, which is in Ryan's, O'Neill and Kerr's I, served as the air for Wilkes and Liberty, an English song honoring the 18th century radical agitator John Wilkes. Jefferson and Liberty, Ryan's alternate title, was a later American song to the same jig tune.|
|Golliher's Frolic||86||57||CM/PW: Gallagher's Frolic
DM: A phonetic version of the Irish manner of pronouncing Gallagher's Frolic.
|Good Morrow to Your Night-Cap||91||61||DM: Not O'Neill's Good Morning to Your Nightcap. Pádraig O'Keeffe's on Fisherstreet CD 'Out of the Night'.|
|Hills of Glenurchie||92||62||NG: Hills of Glenorchy; Jolly Corkonian
DM: Scottish original of the Irish song The Boys of Tandragee. Popular in Cape Breton Island.
|Humour of Glen||82||54||DM: Thomas Leixlip the Proud or The Humours of Glynn, a harp tune or piping "piece."|
|Hunt the Fox||98||68||DM: The Foxhunters slip jig.|
|Hunting the Hare||109||77|
|Indeed! Then You Shant||111||79||DM: Lilted by Frank Quinn, the Longford fiddler, button accordionist and singer, on a 78 rpm disc.|
|Irishman's Heart to the Ladies||84||56||CM/PW: Sweet Biddy Daly [DMI278]|
|Jackson's Bottle of Brandy||111||79||DM: See notes for Bobbing for Eels (Ryan p107)|
|Joe Kennedy's||80||52||CM/PW: Hills of Glenorchy (one of many variants in Ryan's; others are noted as they appear. See also Apples in Winter and The Jolly Corkonian in O'Neill)|
|Johnny Hand's||100||69||DM: James and John Hand were apparently Boston fiddlers. Many tunes in Ryan's are attributed to "J. Hand".|
|Jolly Pedler's||105||74||Michael Robinson: I'm the Boy for Bewitching Them|
|Katy Is Waiting||83||54||CM/PW: Hills of Glenorchy variant|
|Kenmure's On and Awa'||105||73||DM: O'Neill's I Will If I Can. Kenmure's On and Awa' Willie in Kerr's I.|
|Lady Cawdor's||80||52||NG: Ride a Mile|
|Land of Sweet Erin||93||63||DM: AKA The Kinnegad Slashers [DMI148];
Brian O'Linn [K2v1p38].
NG: AKA The Twin Sisters [DMI].
|Lanigan's Ball||99||68||DM: Title of a well-known song to this air.|
|Larry O'Gaff||89||59||DM: Larry O'Gaff was a comic song to this air, as was Daniel O'Connell or Making Babies by Steam, two other names often applied to this jig.|
|Lillibulero or The Protestant Boys||79||52||DM: This was a 17th century anti-Catholic comic song popular among the adherents of King William. The Protestant Boys is a later sectarian song set to the same air, which is still used as theme music by the BBC. That this tune was selected as the very first jig in Ryan's must have some significance!|
|Little Brown Jug||82||54||CM/PW: 2nd strain a variant of Tatter Jack Welsh|
|Little House Round the Corner||88||59||DM: Credited to "J. Hand." Paddy Reynolds recorded this as The Little Thatched Cabin.|
|Little House Under the Hill||87||58||DM: Recorded by James Keane as The Last Bus to Drimnagh. See Mysteries of Knock (Ryan p82).|
|Little Peggy||98||68||DM: Better known as Paddy Whack, from the song of that name. Chorus: "Di du mack whack, And where are ye from? The town of Ballyhack where seven praties weigh a ton."|
|Maggie Brown's Favorite||82||53||CM/PW: Planxty Brown (attributed to Carolan)
NG: (Miss) Margaret Brown's Favourite, claimed by Nathaniel Gow.
|Maid on the Green, The||111||79||DM: See notes for O'Connell's Welcome (Ryan p99)|
|Moll in the Wad||58||HH: Kelly the Rake (O'Neill's)|
|Moll Roe In the Morning||80||52||CM/PW: Moll Roe
DM: Another setting of Moll Roe (Ryan p98).
|Moll Roe's||98||68||DM: Another setting of Moll Roe In the Morning (Ryan p80).|
|Mysteries of Knock||82||54||DM: Villagers at Knock in Co. Mayo in 1789 claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, whose shrine there is still a pilgrimage site. The tune is similar to The Little House Under the Hill (Ryan p87). Recorded as a banjo solo by Michael Gaffney of Leitrim in New York in the 1930s.|
|Night of the Fun, The||93||64||DM: The Old Dutch Churn (Ryan p109). AKA The Splashing of the Churn or A Fig for a Kiss in O'Neill's.|
|O'Connell's Welcome||99||64||DM: Version of The Maid on the Green (Ryan p111). This title is short for O'Connell's Welcome to Parliament, a name now attached to a different tune. Daniel O'Connell led the agitation for Catholic emancipation, the main result of which was to allow wealthy Catholics like himself to be elected to the British parliament.|
|Old Dutch Churn, The||109||77||DM: See notes for The Night of the Fun (Ryan p93).|
|Old Walls of Liscarrol||83||54||CM/PW: (not same as O'Neill's tune)|
|One Bottle More||96||66||DM: Old Man Dillon [DMI75]. AKA Mug of Brown Ale.|
|Over Land and Sea||98||68||DM: A version of the tune now more generally called Munster Buttermilk.|
|Paddy O'Caroll's||99||68||DM: A piping version of the fiddle tune now best known as Richard Brennan's (after a Sligo fiddler) from a 78 recording by Michael Coleman.|
|Paddy's the Boy||82||54||NG: Hartigan's Fancy; Humours of
DM: Similar to Coppers and Brass (The Humours of Ennistymon).
|Pandeen O'Rafferty||92||61||DM: One of many versions of Paidín (or Paudeen) O'Rafferty.|
|Pausteen Fawn, The||99||68||DM: A corruption of An Páistín Fionn (The Fairhaired Boy). The tune is played as a song air as well as a jig. The jig version is now often called Statia Donnelly's.|
|Pivot Brig, the||102||70||NG: The original is the Scottish jig Teviot Brig (K2v1p13)|
|Praties Are Dug, and
the Frost is All Over
|111||78||DM: Line from a song now associated with a different jig air.|
|Puss In the Corner||104||72||NG: AKA Lady Charlotte Murray's Fav (Gow coll); The Cat In the Corner (DMI129); O'Mahoney's Frolics (DMI190)|
|Rakes of Westmeath, The||96||65||DM: AKA A Blast of Wind (Paddy O'Brien, James Kelly & Dáithí Sproule LP).|
|Red Stockings||107||75||NG: Kick the World Before You (Alastair Anderson LP)|
|Riding on a Hand-Car||105||74||DM: O'Neill's The Eavesdropper.|
|Roaring Willie's||103||71||NG: Rattlin' Roarin' Willie (K2v3p25)
DM: From the song Rattling, Roaring Willie set to this air...
NG: ...by Robert Burns.
|Shee La Na Quira||92||62||DM: Corruption of "Sile Ní Ghadhra" or "Sheela Nee Iyer," who symbolized Ireland in song.|
|Sheriff Muldoon's||99||65||DM: The Bowlegged Tailor [DMI131].|
|Shins Around the Fireside||107||75||DM: The Custom House (Ryan p110), O'Neill's East at Glendart. A different tune by this name, now a popular polka, is in Howe's 1000.|
|Short Grass||110||78||DM: A relative of Old John's (CRE1).|
|Skin the Peeler||103||72||DM: Same as Barney's Goat (Ryan p100). A "peeler" was a policeman, so named because the British constabulary was founded by Robert Peel. The now-popular Butterfly slip jig is a version reworked by fiddler Tommy Potts.|
|Skiver the Quilt||66||HH: The Ten-Penny Bit [DMI162].
DM: Kerr's I attaches this title to a version of a tune now called The Legacy. Skiver was leather made from split sheep skin, and to skiver meant to cut something to pieces in that fashion. Possibly, however, this is a mis-print for "Shiver the Quilt," the meaning of which is easier to deduce.
|Spirits of Whiskey||92||62||DM: Three Little Drumers (Ryan p97).|
|Swallow-tail Jig||100||69||DM: AKA The Dancing Master.|
|Tell Her I Am||85||55||CM/PW: (Not as in DMI)|
|Terry Heigh||80||51||DM: O'Neill's Terry Heigh, Ho the Grinder.|
|Tivoli||60||HH: The Priest in His Boots|
|To Cashell I'm Going||103||72||DM: A three-part version of Tatter Jack Walsh, as it is more usually titled (O'Neill, Kerr's I).|
|Top of Cork Road||85||56||DM: The Rollicking Irishman in Kerr's I. Air to the song Father O'Flynn. The title track of Tommy Peoples' Shanachie LP 'The High Part of the Road' is a back translation into English of an Irish translation of "The Top of the Road" ("Ard an Bothar"), which Breandán Breathnach in Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol 1 mistakenly applied to the preceding jig in Ryan's, a two-part version of The Blooming Meadows.|
|Trip to Galway||83||53||CM/PW: Hills of Glenorchy variant
HH: Come in from the Rain
|Two and Sixpenny Girl||94||63||DM: Breathnach applied this title to a tune recorded by Joe Ryan and Eddie Clarke which, though similar in the first few bars, was actually a composition of West Cork whistle player Micheál O'Dwyer. Two shillings and sixpence was a half crown in pre-decimal British coinage.|
|Unfortunate Rake, The||89||59||DM: Included on Michael Coleman's 78 side Up Sligo.|
|Vaughan's Favorite||64||HH: Have a Drink on Me|
|Whiskey and Beer||87||58||Michael Robinson: Another Jig Will Do (DMI437)|
|Wink Of Her Eye||85||56||CM/PW: Bold John O'Leary. Not composed by Hand as credited?|