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Phil The Fluter's Ball (Brendan O'Dowda) video
#684: YouTube video by machree01
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Have you heard of Phil the fluter
from the town of Ballymuck?
The times were going hard with him,
in fact, the man was broke.
So, he just sent out some notices
to his neighbours one and all.
As to how he'd like their company
that evening at a ball.
When writin' out he was careful
to suggest to them,
That if they found a hat of his
convenient to the door,
The more they put in
whenever he requested them,
The better would the music be
for batterin' the floor.

With a toot on the flute and a twiddle on the fiddle-o!
Hopping in the middle like a herrin' on the griddle-o!
Up! Down! Hands around! Crossing to the wall!
Oh, hadn't we the gaiety at Phil the fluter's ball.

There was Mister Denis Doherty
who kept the Running Dog;
There was little Crooked Paddy,
from the Tiraloughett Bog;
Boys from every barony,
and girls from ev'ry art,
And the beautiful Miss Brady's,
in their private ass an' cart.
Along with them came
bouncing Missus Cafferty,
Little Micky Mulligan
was also to the fore,
Rose, Suzanne, and Margaret O'Rafferty,
The flower of Ard Na Gullion
and the pride of Petravore.

With a toot on the flute and a twiddle on the fiddle-o!
Hopping in the middle like a herrin' on the griddle-o!
Up! Down! Hands around! Crossing to the wall!
Oh, hadn't we the gaiety at Phil the fluter's ball.

First, little Micky Mulligan
got up to show them how,
And then the widow Cafferty
gets out and takes a bow,
I could dance you off your feet,
says she, as sure as you were born,
If you'll only make the piper play,
The Hare Was In The Corn.
Phil plays up to the best of his ability,
The ladies and the gentlemen
begin to do their share;
Faith, then Mick, it's you that has agility,
Begorrah, Missus Cafferty,
you're leppin' like a hare!

With a toot on the flute and a twiddle on the fiddle-o!
Hopping in the middle like a herrin' on the griddle-o!
Up! Down! Hands around! Crossing to the wall!
Oh, hadn't we the gaiety at Phil the fluter's ball.

Then Phil the fluter tipped a wink
to little Crooked Pat,
"I think it's nearly time," says he,
"for passing 'round the hat."
So Paddy passed the caubeen 'round
and, looking mighty cute,
Said, "You have to pay the piper
when he tootles on the flute."
All joined in with the greatest joviality,
Covering the buckle, and the shuffle, and the cut;
Jigs were danced of the very finest quality,
The widow be't the company at handling the foot.

With a toot on the flute and a twiddle on the fiddle-o!
Hopping in the middle like a herrin' on the griddle-o!
Up! Down! Hands around! Crossing to the wall!
Oh, hadn't we the gaiety at Phil the fluter's ball.

####.... Variant of Phil The Fluther's Ball by William Percy French [1854-1920] of Cloonyquin, County Roscommon, Ireland and published in 1888 by Keith Prowse, London, United Kingdom ....####
The variant in the video above features an historic introduction and performance by Brendan O'Dowda [1925-2002] Irish tenor who popularised the songs and wrote the biography of Percy French.

A variant was also arranged and recorded by D'Arcy Broderick of Bay de Verde, NL (By Request, trk#5, 2006, Independent, Torbay, NL).


See more songs by the D'Arcy Broderick.

From Wikipedia:
Caubeen - (pronounced kaub-'een)(from the Irish cáibín meaning little hat) Irish soldier's headdress, a variation on the beret or tam o'shanter. It is taken from the traditional Irish peasants' headdress. It is very high on the off-side (usually the left), which makes it resemble a tilted rimless Balmoral bonnet. It sometimes has narrow black tapes in its edge to secure it that are worn tied neatly in the back; the Canadian version is made with wide tapes.



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