The Ballydesmond polka

Also known as Ballyfin, The Ballyfin #2, The Ballyfin No. 2, Ballyfin Polkas, Ballyfin Polkas, The Ballyfin Polkas, The Ballyfin.

There are 37 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A2AG|Ad dB|cB cE|EF GE|
A2AG|Ad dB|cB cE|EDD2:|
ed ^cd|e^cd2|ed ^cd|ea ag|
ed ^cd|e^c d2|AB ^cd|e^cd2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A2AG|Ad dB|c>B cG|EF G/A/B|A2AG|Ad dB|c>B cG|EDD2:|
ed ^cd|e^cd2|ed ^cd|ea ag|ed ^cd|e^cd2|AB cd|e^cd2|
ed ^cd|e^cd2|ed ^cd|ef~g2|af ge|fd e^c|AB ^cd|e^cd2|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A>B AG|Ad dc|AA/B/ cE|EF GF/G/|
A>B AG|Ad d/e/d/c/|A>B cE|ED D2:|
ed c>d|ed cd|ed c>d|ea a/b/a/g/|
ed c>d|ed cB|AB cd|1 ef g>f:|
e/f/g dB|ce d>c|A>B cE|ED D2||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A>B AG|EF GE|A>B AG|Ad d/e/d/c/|A>B AG|EF G2|AB cE|ED D2:|
Ad d>d|ed c>d|ed cd|ea a/b/a/g/|ed c>d|ed c2|A>B cd|ef g>f|
ed ^cd|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a/b/a/g/|e/f/g d>B|ce dB|AB cE|ED D2||
A>B AG|EF GE|A>B AG|Ad d^c|A>B AG|EF G2|AB cE|ED D2:|
ed B/^c/d|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a>g|ed ^cd|ed ^cd|A>B ^cd|ef g>f|
ed ^cd|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a>g|e/f/g d>B|ce d>B|AB cE|ED D2||
ABC

Sixteen comments

Name of Polka

This polka is the second polka in a polka medley titled "Ballyfin Polkas" recorded by The
Chieftains in their CD WATER FROM THE WELL

The other two polkas in “Ballyfin Polkas”

Thanks for posting this one!

The other two are "Gurteen Cross" (already here on thesession.org) and "Peggy Ryan’s Fancy" (in Henrik Norbeck’s tune collection elsewhere on the web).

I found a variation of yours also in Norbeck’s collection, entitled "Ballydesmond Polka" with the alternate title "Donncha Lynch’s" (#69 in his polka listing).

Ballydesmond Polka

Nice tune! Here’s my version, with some minor variations and a different ending for the second part.

X: 1
T: Ballydesmond Polka
Z: Tommy McCarty
S: The Chieftains
D: Water from the Well
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: Polka
K: Dmix
A2AG|Ad dB|c>B cG|EF G/A/B|A2AG|Ad dB|c>B cG|EDD2:|
ed ^cd|e^cd2|ed ^cd|ea ag|ed ^cd|e^cd2|AB cd|e^cd2|
ed ^cd|e^cd2|ed ^cd|ef~g2|af ge|fd e^c|AB ^cd|e^cd2|

& D Mixolydian throughout:

K:Dmix
A>B AG|Ad dc|AA/B/ cE|EF GF/G/|
A>B AG|Ad d/e/d/c/|A>B cE|ED D2:|
ed c>d|ed cd|ed c>d|ea a/b/a/g/|
ed c>d|ed cB|AB cd|1 ef g>f:|
2 ef g2|
e/f/g dB|ce d>c|A>B cE|ED D2||

Anyone got the chords for ballydesmonds polka Dmix

Its the one cooney and begley play its hard to suss out a tonality for it especially the B part as it just seems to drift from one thing to another

Re: Anyone got the chords for ballydesmonds polka Dmix

Irish tunes don’t have specific chords that go with them … though they do have keys and modes…

just play whatever feels right and make sure it is tasty.

Whatever you do, don’t play an ascending scale of chords, or you are sure to get a look from at least one musician who is sick of that progression 8-).

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Re: Anyone got the chords for ballydesmonds polka Dmix

Not the answer i was looking for sorry.

Im ok at backing and have knowledge of modes keys but this tune is just a white elephant.

Re: Anyone got the chords for ballydesmonds polka Dmix

OK, can you show me the dots via a link, I’ll make a recording for you with some chords and the tune.

—Eliot

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Re: Anyone got the chords for ballydesmonds polka Dmix

this is no. 69 from henrich norbeks site


A>B AG|EF GE|A>B AG|Ad d/e/d/c/|A>B AG|EF G2|AB cE|ED D2:|
Ad d>d|ed c>d|ed cd|ea a/b/a/g/|ed c>d|ed c2|A>B cd|ef g>f|
ed ^cd|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a/b/a/g/|e/f/g d>B|ce dB|AB cE|ED D2||
"Version 2:"
A>B AG|EF GE|A>B AG|Ad d^c|A>B AG|EF G2|AB cE|ED D2:|
ed B/^c/d|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a>g|ed ^cd|ed ^cd|A>B ^cd|ef g>f|
ed ^cd|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a>g|e/f/g d>B|ce d>B|AB cE|ED D2||

Chords to the B part

On the Chieftains’ recording of this polka, the A part is chorded in D mix, and the B part in D major (as suggested by the C#’s in the melody). Therefore the A part is dominated by D and C chords, and the B part by A and D chords. Odd, but cool.

or vice versa?

Getting more confused how many of these are there ?

This is not one of the ones numbered 1, 2 & 3 on the CCE Foinn Seisiún CD 1