Dennis Murphy’s polka

Also known as Denis Murhpy’s, Denis Murphy’, Denis Murphy’s, Sweeney’s, Sweeny’s, Sweeny’s Tjum Tjum.

There are 95 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dennis Murphy's has been added to 568 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Dennis Murphy's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fgfe d3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3d|c2B2(3(BcBA2)|
fgfed3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3f|1e2d2d4:|2 e2d2d2B2||
|:A2f2fef2|A2g2gfg2|A2f2feg2|efedB2A2|
A2f2fef2|A2g2g2a2|b2a2g2c2|1 d2d2B2:|2 e2d2d4||
# Added by Atk .
ABC
X: 2
T: Dennis Murphy's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Use |fgfededB| instead of |fgfe d3B|, makes it more lively.
ABC
X: 3
T: Dennis Murphy's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fgfe d3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3f|e2d2BA|
fgfed3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3f|e2d2d4:|
|:A2f2fef2|B2g2gfg2|A2f2fef2|efedB2A2|
A2f2fef2|B2g2g2a2|b2a2g2c2| e2d2d2:|
ABC
X: 4
T: Dennis Murphy's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD F>A | GE ed | cB c/B/A |
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>f | ed d3/ :|
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g | Af f/^e/f/d/ | e/f/e/d/ Bd/B/ |
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g/a/ | ba f/g/a/f/ | ed d3/ :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Dennis Murphy's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
[1 ed d>e :|[2 ed d>B || ~ to as given below ~
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>d | cB BA |
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>f | ed d3/ :|
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g | Af f/^e/f | e/f/e/d/ BA |
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g/a/ | ba f/a/a/f/ | ed d3/ :|
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Ten comments

Dennis Murphy`s polka

This is a tune that is played very often & most people know it.

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I`ve changed it to read `hornpipe` because I have it written in 4/4 time but putting it as a polka it comes out in2/4 time.

Posted by .

I’ve changed it to read ‘polka’ because it is in 2/4 time.

Alternative (better) first bar

Use |fgfededB| instead of |fgfe d3B|, makes it more lively.

Dennis Murphy’s

I’ve come across the odd musician who played the second part of this tune as the first part.

The Elders

The Elders use this tune in their song "Story of a Fish." I love it.

A slightly different version

X: 1
T: Dennis Murphy’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
fgfe d3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3f|e2d2BA|
fgfed3B|A2D2F2A2|G2E2e3f|e2d2d4:|
|:A2f2fef2|B2g2gfg2|A2f2fef2|efedB2A2|
A2f2fef2|B2g2g2a2|b2a2g2c2| e2d2d2:|

“Dennis Murphy’s Polka” ~ Polka! ~ 2/4! ~ Duh! :-/

another way with it ~

X: 3
T: Dennis Murphy’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: e/ |\
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD F>A | GE ed | cB c/B/A |
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>f | ed d3/ :|
|: B/ |\
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g | Af f/^e/f/d/ | e/f/e/d/ Bd/B/ |
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g/a/ | ba f/g/a/f/ | ed d3/ :|

“Sweeney’s / Dennis Murphy’s Polka” ~ Bulmer & Sharpley

"Music From Ireland: Volume Two"
Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley, 1974
ISBN: 0-9503784-10
Page 19, tune #70 ~ "Sweeney’s"

with adjustments to original first and second endings, for example, from ~
[1 ed d>e :|[2 ed d>B || ~ to as given below ~

X: 4
T: Sweeney’s
B: "Music From Ireland: Volume Two", Bulmer & Sharpley, 1974, Page 19, tune #70
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: DMaj
|: e/ |\
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>d | cB BA |
f/g/f/e/ d/c/d/B/ | AD FA | GE e>f | ed d3/ :|
|: B/ |\
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g | Af f/^e/f | e/f/e/d/ BA |
Af f/^e/f | Ag g/f/g/a/ | ba f/a/a/f/ | ed d3/ :|