Ballydesmond Polka (3)
BALLYDESMOND POLKA . AKA and see "Gneevequilla Polka," "Tom Billy's Polka (1)." Irish, Polka. Ireland, Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border. A Mixolydian: A Dorian (Harker/Rafferty, Mallinson, Taylor/Tweed). Standard tuning. AABB. The last of the trio of tunes known as "The Ballydesmond Polkas."
Sources for notated versions: accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region), recorded in recital at Na Píobairí Uilleann, February, 1981 [Moylan]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].
Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 3); No. 73. Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 18. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 36, p. 139. Crantich (Irish Session Tunes: The Red Book), 2000; 36. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 284, p. 91. Jordan (Whistle and Sing!), 1975; 45 (b). Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 43, p. 17. Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978, No. 8. Moylan (Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 59, p. 34. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No.11 in polka section (appears as untitled polka). Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 34. Vallely (Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with Armagh Pipers Club, vol. 2), 20 (c).
Recorded sources: Claddagh CC5, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford – "The Star Above the Garter" (1973). RTE CD174, "The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master Padraig O'Keeffe" (appears as "Tom Billy's").
See also listings at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info 
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