The Humours of Ballyloughlin

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I got this great jig from the playing of master piper Liam O’Flynn, who sadly passed away a few days before writing this. O’Flynn in turn got it from Willie Clancy.

The word ‘Humours’ appears in the title of many Irish tunes. It most likely refers to the character or mood of a place. There are ‘Ballyloughlins’ in Co. Wicklow and Co. Down, so take your pick.

An alternative title is given by Breandán Breathnach in Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1: Máirseal na nIománaithe (The Hurlers’ March).

The tune itself is bimodal, in that it is mainly in the mixolydian but sometimes strays into the Ionian. Or, for non-anoraks, some of the Cs are C#s!

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