Annotation:John Egan's Polka (2)

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JOHN EGAN'S (POLKA) [2]. AKA and see "Black Horse Polka (The)," "Danny Green's," "Darby's Cross," "Fleadh Cheol Polka (2)," "John Clifford's Polka (1)," "Scartaglen Polka (2)." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Flute player John Egan (1903-1989) was born in Ardleybeg, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo, influenced by Lackagh, Drumfin, flute players Andy and James Doyle (father and son), as well as Brian Luby and John Joe Gardiner of Corhubber, Ballymore. After spending some years in Donegal and in London, Egan returned to Ireland, settling in Dublin in 1937 where he worked as a barman. He was a member of the Kincora Céilí Band (founded by Kathleen Harrington, from Corhubber), and was a founding member in 1950 of the St. Mary's Traditional Music Club in Church Street, Dublin, popularly known as the 'Church Street Club'. The club held forth every Wednesday night until Egan's death in 1989.

Researcher Conor Ward has found an early version of the polka under the title "Black Horse Polka (The)" in the McBrien-Rogers music manuscript collection (Rossan, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim) dating to c. 1895-1905.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 94, p. 37. Prior (Fionn Seisiún 2), 2003; p. 34. Treoir, vol. 34, No. 2, 2002; p. 28.

Recorded sources : - Alan Ng's [1]
Hear a 1972 recording of the tune by the Castle Céilí Band at the Comhaltas Archive [2]

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