Lanigan's Ball (I)
DESCRIPTION: Jimmy Lanigan had "batter'd away till he hadn't a pound"; coming into money from his father, he determines to have a party. A fight ends the ball when "Old Shamus the piper" was tangled in "pipes, bellows, chanters" and "the girls in their ribbons"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2058))
KEYWORDS: money party fight dancing drink music humorous
FOUND IN: US(MW) Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (7 citations):
GreigDuncan3 627, "Lannagan's Ball" (2 fragments, 2 tunes)
Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 222-224, "Lanigan's Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor, pp. 100-101, "Lannigan's Ball" (1 text)
OLochlainn 52, "Lanigan's Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1216, p. 4, "Lannegan's Ball" (4 references)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 480, "Lanigan's Ball" (source notes only)
ST SWM222 (Partial)
Warde Ford, "Jimmie Lanigan" [fragment] (AFS 4212 A4, 1939; in AMMEM/Cowell)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2058), "Lannigan's Ball", H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Harding B 15(167a), Harding B 11(3172), Harding B 26(345), 2806 c.8(124), "Lannigan's Ball"; 2806 b.11(154), "Lannigan's Ball!"
cf. "The Blythesome Bridal" (theme)
Larry Magee's Wedding (File: OCon083)
The President's Ball ("No doubt you've all heard of the hop of Tim Lannegan") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 129)
NOTES [212 words]: This reminds me quite a bit of "The Blythesome Bridal," in that the minimalist plot is offered simply to offer a justification for the party that the song is really about. - RBW
OLochlainn: "Air and fragment of words from my mother who learnt them in Kilkee about 1880.... I have seen a full music sheet of this song published about the 'seventies, where words were ascribed to 'Mr. Gavan, the celebrated Galway poet.'"
The versions of "Lanigan's Ball" that I have seen (the broadsides, O'Conor, OLochlainn, the Spaeth fragment in the Supplemental Tradition) vary very little. The fragments in GreigDuncan3 have a phrase ("Just in time for Lannagan's/Laddikin's ball") that ends a verse of other texts but the lines preceding that phrase ("I'll get up in the morning early, I'll get up and gie ye a call, I'll get up in the mornin' early") do not come close to fitting any of those texts. Greig, in GreigDuncan3, suggests this as "kind of chorus." - BS
A date in the 1870s, or earlier, sees nearly certain, since Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 84, lists four mid-nineteenth century broadsides, mostly distinct from the British broadsides in the Bodleian collection. - RBW
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