#02569
Phil The Fluters Ball (Brendan O'Dowda) with lyrics & 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 Pethravore.

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,
Begorrha 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 Fluthers 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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