Sweeney's Polka (1)

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X:1 T:Sweeney’s Polka [1] L:1/8 M:2/4 K:A e2 ce|Ae ce|f/g/a/f/ ec|BA F2|ef/e/ ce|Ae ce|f/g/a/f/ ec|1 BA A2:|2 BA A>B|| |:ce f/g/a/f/|ec BA|ce a>f|ec B2|ce f/g/a/f/|ec BA|ef/e/ cB|1 BA A>B:|2 BA A2||

SWEENEY'S POLKA [1]. AKA and see “Bridge O'Leary's Polka,” “Ballydesmond Polka (4),” "Denis Murphy's Polka (4)." Irish, Polka (2/4 time). Ireland, west Kerry. A Major (most versions): G Major (Taylor/Tweed, Tubridy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. One of the most widely known Sliabh Luachra (Kerry) polkas. The Chieftains have recorded this tune under the "Sweeney's Polka" title.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - accordion player Johnny O’Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border), who associates the tune with John Clifford [Moylan].

Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland vol. 2), 1974; No. 70. Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stóir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), n.d.; No. 8, p. 15 (appears as “Gan Ainm” {untitled}). Mallinson (100 Polkas), 1997; No. 61, p. 23. Moylan (Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 282, pp. 161-162. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 13, p. 114 (appears as untitled polka in wrong mode). Sullivan (Session Tunes, vol. 2), n.d.; No. 23, p. 10. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed’s Irish Choice), 1994; p. 34. Treoir, vol. 40, No. 2, 2008; p. 27. Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, vol. 1), 1999; p. 8.

Recorded sources : - Ceirníní Claddaig CC7, The Chieftains - "2" (1969).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]

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