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Lyr Add: The Fair of Ballaghy (from Dervish)

Ezio 01 May 98 - 10:49 AM
Bruce O. 01 May 98 - 12:13 PM
Bruce O. 01 May 98 - 12:32 PM
Bruce O. 01 May 98 - 12:41 PM
Bruce O. 01 May 98 - 01:29 PM
Jim Dixon 26 Jan 11 - 05:35 PM
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Subject: LYR ADD: The fair of Ballaghy
From: Ezio
Date: 01 May 98 - 10:49 AM

THE FAIR OF BALLAGHY

I went to the fair of Ballaghy
I gathered it up in my arms and danced the swaggering jig
And it's high to the top of the heather and high to the butt of the sprig
And high to the bonnie wee lassie who danced the swaggering jig

As I went to the fair of Ballaghy, I bought a wee dip of a pig,
I being down by the poor house, I whistled the swaggering jig
And it's high to the cups and the saucers and high to the butter and bread
And high to the bonnie wee lassie who danced the swaggering jig

I being down by the poor house, I whistled so loud and so shrill
I made all the fairies do tremble that lived around Corcoran's hill
And it's high to the top of the heather and high to the butt of the sprig
And high to the bonnie wee lassie who danced the swaggering jig

(Recorded by Dervish)


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: The fair of Ballaghy
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:13 PM

"The swaggering jig" noted in the song above may be found listed in my Irish tune index. There are more than one Irish song and tune called "Donnybrook Fair" (which was closed down in the late 1830's, if I recall correctly, because it got too riotous), including "Derry's/ Monaghan Fair". This stems from the late 16th century, and a traditional version was added to the Scarce Songs 2 file on my website yesterday. There are other Irish "XX Fair" songs, too.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: The fair of Ballaghy
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:32 PM

There's more on "The Swaggering Jig" in B. Breathnach's 'Ceol Rince n'hE/ireann', #98. "The Silly Old Man" title is shared by one English (which I don't have yet) and two Scots tunes (="An the kirk was lat me be" and one by Robert Riddel, R. Burns friend). What is the tune for the song above?


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: The fair of Ballaghy
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:41 PM

Whoops, that's Vol. 2 of 'Ceol Rince na hE/ireann'


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: The fair of Ballaghy
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 May 98 - 01:29 PM

Robert Riddell's "My silly auld man",(6/8) 1794, is that for Robert Burns' "Tibbie Dunbar", but the tune was best know in Scotland as "Johnny McGill" and in Ireland as "Rougara Dubh/ Black Rogue", and is in the American Gibbs MS, 1777, as "Old Man". It is not the Irish "The swaggering Jig" (9/8). "Black Rogue/Johnny McGill" crossed with "Greensleeves" is the Irish "The Basket of Oysters" (song is probably in DT).


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Subject: Lyr Add: BELLAGHY FAIR (from Sam Henry)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jan 11 - 05:35 PM

This song, with its tune, is in Songs of the People by Sam Henry (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1990), page 23:

BELLAGHY FAIR

I went to the fair in Bellaghy.
I bought a wee swad of a pig.
I got it up in my arms
And danced 'The Swaggering Jig.'
Then it's hi! for the top o' the heather,
And hi! for the root of the sprig,
And hi! for the bonnie wee lassie
That danced 'The Swaggering Jig.'

As I went to the fair of Bellaghy,
I bought a wee slip o' a pig,
And as I was passing the poorhouse,
I whistled 'The Swaggering Jig.'
Then it's Hi! for the cups and the saucers,
And Hi! for the butter and bread;
And Hi! for the bonny wee lassie,
That danced 'The Swaggering Jig.'

As I being down by the Poorhouse,
I whistled so loud and so shrill,
I made all the fairies to tremble
That live near McCloughrim Hill,
Then it's hi! for the cups and the saucers,
And hi! for the butter and bread,
And hi! for the bonny wee lassie
That danced 'The Swaggering Jig.'


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