Jim Keeffe's Polka (1)

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JIM KEEFFE'S POLKA [1] (Polca Shéamuis Uí Caoimh). AKA and see "Jim Keefe's No. 1," "Jimmy Doyle's Polka (3), "Kerry No. 3." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Jimmy Doyle's Polka (3)", from the playing of Sliabh Luachra accordion player Johnny O'Leary, is the same tune, albeit set in D Major. The tune is named for Jim O'Keeffe of Ballinahulla, Ballydesmond, a pupil of the legendary Sliabh Luachra fiddler and teacher Padraig O'Keeffe. Jim O'Keeffe himself was a music teacher who taught in the Kanturk and Newmarket areas of County Kerry. O'Keeffe is remembered playing at the Knocknacolan crossroads outdoor dancing platform where he was an influence on accordion player Jackie Daly [1]. The polka is sometimes played with 'c' sharp notes (see "Jimmy Doyle's Polka (3)").

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - fiddler Seamus Creagh & accordion player Jackie Daly (Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 64, p. 33. Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 20, pg. 9 (appears as "Jim Keefe's No. 1"). Taylor (Where's the Crack?), 1989; p. 29. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 35.

Recorded sources: - Gael-Linn Records CEF 057, "Jackie Daly & Seamus Creagh" (1977). Globestyle Irish CDORBD 085, Jackie Daly - "The Rushy Mountain" (1994. Reissue of Topic recordings).

See also listing at:
Hear Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh's 1977 recording on Soundcloud [1]



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  1. Paul de Grae, "Tribute to Seamus Creagh on World Fiddle Day, 20 May, 2017, Scartaglen, County Kerry"