Sheet Music: Ballyhooley

Alternate titlesThe Drucken Wife o' Gallowa'
The Drunken Wife o' Galloway
Hooly and Fairly
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2023-01-28
Last updated2023-01-28
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Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 28 January 2023

Tune of the Day: Ballyhooley

Traditional Irish jig

In its present form, this jig first appeared in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. It is probably named after Ballyhooly, a small village in north County Cork, Ireland. The first strain of the melody was however borrowed from a Scottish song, “The Drucken Wife o' Gallowa'”, which first appeared in a collection published in Edinburgh in 1751. The tune is apparently older still, with scholars tracing it back to the air of “To horse, brave boys of Newmarket, to horse”, a song that was printed by Thomas D'Urfey in Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719).