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Geaftai Bhaile Bhui

In Mudcat MIDIs:
Geaftai/ bhaile bui/ Geaftí Bhaile Bhúi


Conán 23 Nov 99 - 04:40 PM
Áine 23 Nov 99 - 05:50 PM
Philippa 23 Nov 99 - 06:35 PM
Áine 23 Nov 99 - 06:49 PM
Áine 24 Nov 99 - 10:27 AM
Philippa 24 Nov 99 - 05:23 PM
alison 07 Dec 99 - 09:38 PM
GUEST,Philippa 21 Nov 02 - 06:51 PM
GUEST,Moleskin Joe 22 Nov 02 - 04:15 AM
Paddy Plastique 22 Nov 02 - 11:55 AM
Declan 22 Nov 02 - 12:01 PM
Willie-O 26 Jun 03 - 09:45 AM
Emma B 26 Jun 03 - 01:41 PM
Willie-O 26 Jun 03 - 05:47 PM
Willie-O 30 Jun 03 - 09:08 AM
Felipa 30 Jun 03 - 05:39 PM
Felipa 30 Jun 03 - 06:37 PM
Willie-O 02 Jul 03 - 09:30 PM
GUEST,anne!!!!!! 06 Dec 06 - 09:01 AM
GUEST,anne!!!!!! 06 Dec 06 - 09:02 AM
Declan 06 Dec 06 - 03:10 PM
GUEST,máirtín 14 Feb 13 - 12:24 AM
MartinRyan 14 Feb 13 - 03:27 AM
GUEST 16 Feb 13 - 12:00 PM
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Subject: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: Conán
Date: 23 Nov 99 - 04:40 PM

This well-known Donegal song has this reference in its title to a town which does not exist in the county. Does anyone know if such a place exists; or is it the Irish Brigadoon ?


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: Áine
Date: 23 Nov 99 - 05:50 PM

A Chonáin,

This was recently discussed on the IRTRAD-L list. Here's the URL for the explanatory message there:

http://listserv.heanet.ie/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9911&L=irtrad-l&F=&S=&P=29552

I hope that works, I don't know how to do a 'blue clicky thingy.'

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Miscellaneous
From: Philippa
Date: 23 Nov 99 - 06:35 PM

Áine, I had a quick look at your link and I think the Conán's da had a big part in the discussion!
I'll e-mail you clickable link instructions, though they are given in several threads here and on the help forum! --Philippa


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: Áine
Date: 23 Nov 99 - 06:49 PM

Go raibh céad míle maith agat, a chara chóir!

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: Áine
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 10:27 AM

After searching some more in the IRTRAD-L archives, I found a couple of messages in re this song. This is my first attempt at doing blue clicky thingies, so please be patient if they don't work. And thank you, Philippa, for sending me the instructions!! Any screwup on my part now cannot be blamed on you!

Click here


OR

/Click here


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Atha Buí
From: Philippa
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 05:23 PM

In "Where Songs do Thunder" (Belfast: Appletree, 1991) Paddy Tunney calls the song Geaftaí Bhaile Atha Buí, and his translation of it The Banks of Ballaghbuoy.

The theory that the song refers to Athboy, Co Meath is as good as any.


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Subject: Tune Add: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: alison
Date: 07 Dec 99 - 09:38 PM

Thanks to a Philippa for the dots.... the tune can be heard at Mudcat MIDIs

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 21 Nov 02 - 06:51 PM

In "Traditional Songs of the North of Ireland", compiled by Liam Ó Conchubhair & Derek Bell (Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1999). Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí is translated as "The Gates of Athboy"


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: GUEST,Moleskin Joe
Date: 22 Nov 02 - 04:15 AM

I am sure I once read somewhere that the tune referred to Galway - the yellow town.


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Paddy Plastique
Date: 22 Nov 02 - 11:55 AM

Isn't there a village anglicised as Ballyboy in Co. Monaghan - bringing us a bit closer to Donegal ?


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Declan
Date: 22 Nov 02 - 12:01 PM

Paddy,

I think that's Balllybay (Baile Béithe) where my grandfather came from (sorry from whence my grandfather came).

Ath Bui is literally The Yellow Ford. Wasn't there a battle of the Yellow Ford? Some of the O'Neills were involved so it might have been in Tyrone ?


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Willie-O
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 09:45 AM

I'm still wondering about this. Our fiddle orchestra plays the tune and I would like to find English (or Gaelic) lyrics.

Galway?
Athboy?
Ballyboy?
Banks of Ballaghbuoy?

Search engines draw a few references to obscure (to me) songbooks, but I'm hoping to find lyrics online.

If there's lyrics that are anywhere near as good as the tune, I want 'em!

W-O


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Emma B
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 01:41 PM

Willie O, There are four verses in Ceolta Gael (Sean Og agus Manus O Baoill, pub Mercier press) Unfortunately my Irish doesn't stretch to a full translation but if there are any volunteers out there I will post them.


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Willie-O
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 05:47 PM

Thanks Emma. There sure are a lot of different stories and speculations relating to this tune. Sounds like there is already a translation entitled "Banks of Ballaghbuoy", by the late Paddy Tunney.

If you post the Gaelic, maybe Aine can interpret it...

W-O


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Willie-O
Date: 30 Jun 03 - 09:08 AM

Refresh. Still hoping for English or Gaelic lyrics. Anyone?

W-O


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Felipa
Date: 30 Jun 03 - 05:39 PM

and Liam Ó Conchubhair translated the song as "The Gates of Athboy" (see 21 Nov 2002 message)
There's a website with all the Ceolta Gael lyrics given (no translations), so you should be able to find words on-line
I like the tune better than the lyrics, so can anyone suggest another song (preferably in Irish) to sing to this air


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Subject: RE: Geaftaí Bhaile Bhuí
From: Felipa
Date: 30 Jun 03 - 06:37 PM

re the Ceolta Gael lyrics, see www.angelfire.com/ri/domhan/clarg02.html


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Willie-O
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 09:30 PM

Hmm, thanks Felipa, progress is being made!

This clicky should work: www.angelfire.com/ri/domhan/clarg02.html

OK Houston, we have Gaelic. En anglais qu'est-ce que c'est?

I hate to reveal the depth of my ignorance, but it's necessary. I have no idea in hell how to pronounce any of that. Any Gaelic-conversant types there care to phoneticize a verse or two, let alone translate?

W-O


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: GUEST,anne!!!!!!
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 09:01 AM

just thought i'd say ut could be about a small enough town called Athboy in county meath hope that solves the cutriosity

~~~~anne!!!!


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: GUEST,anne!!!!!!
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 09:02 AM

its in ireland leinster to be precise
~~~~~anne!!!!


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: Declan
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 03:10 PM

If its about Athboy then the title should be Geaftai Bhaile Ath Bhui. Baile Bhui on its own just means the yellow town.

I doubt if Athboy was ever a big enough place to be a walled town, but that might not be too relevant to the discussion.


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: GUEST,máirtín
Date: 14 Feb 13 - 12:24 AM

Buí or yellowness is associated with sex. Ath Buí is a generic term for a red light district.


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Feb 13 - 03:27 AM

Seafóid! Fáilte go Mudcat, a Mháirtín!

Máirtín Eile.

Regards

p.s. My namesake's last post is nonsense - lest there be any doubt!


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Subject: RE: Geaftai Bhaile Bhui
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Feb 13 - 12:00 PM

GRMA, a Mháirtín.

Why is it nonsense?
I know I didn't offer any evidence but in the context of the song it certainly make sense.
I learned this interpretation from the Donegal sean-nós singer Gearóidín Neidí Frainc.
Either way, I think we are all agreed that it is a beautiful song and well worth exploring both for its musical and linguistic lineage.


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