A ceilidh is a Scottish or Irish social gathering where people do traditional dances, similar to a Barn Dance. There may also be a "caller" who announces the steps. "I'll Tell Me Ma" is sung at ceilidhs.


Dani Atkinsons wrote: "I can't tell you much about the 'I'll Tell My Mither' rhyme, but it does have several lines in common with the folk song 'I'll Tell my Ma', which I gather is from the Belfast area. It's one of my favourites. :-)

Click here for a sound clip of I'll Tell Me Ma

Also, the Rankin Family did a very nice version a while back, I believe.

Hope this was of use! -Dani"

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - I'll Tell Me Ma

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Stephen & Fionnuala Keating for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for the midi tune. Thanks also to Dani Atkinsons for sharing the link and comments about the song!

Thanks so much!