Bill Sullivan’s polka

Also known as Baile An Tsanhraidh, Billy Chewing Bubblegum, Hunter’s Cabin, Kevin Burke’s, Mickey Chewing Bubblegum.

There are 33 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Britches Full Of Stitches (lots of times), Ger The Rigger (a few times), Biddy Martin’s (a few times), The Newmarket (a few times).

Bill Sullivan's has been added to 431 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Bill Sullivan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a2 a>f | ec a>f | ec a>f | ec BA | a2 a>f | ec a2 | ce B>c| BA A2 :|
|: ce ec | df fA | ce eA | cB AB | ce eA | df f2 | ce B>c | BA A2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: Bill Sullivan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: c |d2 d>B | AF d2 | FA dB | AF ED |
d2 dB | AF d2 | FA E>F | ED D :|
|: D/E/ ||: FA AF | GB BA | FA FA | FE ED/E/ |
FA- AF | G/A/B BA | FA E>F |1 ED- D :|
ABC
X: 3
T: Bill Sullivan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
P: take 1
|: g2 g>e | dB g2 | Bd ge | dB AG |
g/a/g/f/ g>e | dB g2 | Bd A>c | BG G2 :|
|: Bd dB | ce e2 | Bd dB | cA A2 |
Bd d/c/B | ce e>c | Bd A>c | BG G2 :|
P: take 2
|: g2 ge | dB g/a/g/e/ | dB g>e | dB AG |
g2 g/a/g/e/ | dB gf/e/ | dB A>B | AG G2 :|
|: Bd d/e/d/B/ | ce e/d/c | Bd/^c/ d/B/G | BA AG/A/ |
Bd Bd | ce e>c | Bd A>B | AG G2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Bill Sullivan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: e2 e>d | cA e>d | cA e>d | cA dc | e2 e>d | cA e2 | ea d>e| dc c2 :|
|: d|ea ae | fa ae | ea ae | fe e2| ea ae | fa ae | ea d>e | dc c2 :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Bill Sullivan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A/B/ [|:ce eA | d>e fe | ce eA/B/ | cB BA/B/ |
ce eA | d>e fe | ce B/c/d/B/ | cA AA/B/ :|
B/A/ |a2 a/b/a/f/ | ec a>e | ce a>f | ec BA |
a2 a>f | ec a>e | ce B/c/d/B/ | cA AB/A/ |
a2 a>f | ec a>e | ce c/e/a/f/ | ec BA |
a2 a>f | ec a>e | ce B/c/d/B/ | cA Ae/d/ |]
ABC

Twelve comments

Sean Cleland

I learned this great polka from Sean Cleland in a workshop that I took from him. He plays it differently from the way Kevin Burke plays it and the way it’s posted here. I’ll post the other version in abc soon.

Tune on Dervish’s “Spirit”

The tune Kevin Burke’s is listed on the Dervish "Spirit" album, but in this tune database is listed as "Dan Breen’s". Here is a link:

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/999

See the comments tab for a transcription of the Dervish version.

“Bill Sullivan’s Polka” ~ another key and a few other ways…

K: D Major
|: c |
d2 d>B | AF d2 | FA dB | AF ED |
d2 dB | AF d2 | FA E>F | ED D :|
|: D/E/ |
|: FA AF | GB BA | FA FA | FE ED/E/ |
FA- AF | G/A/B BA | FA E>F |1 ED- D :|

You can also find Kevin Burke teaching it in this key on DVD #1 of a pair:

"Learn to Play Irish Fiddle: Polkas, Jigs & Slides" ~ 90 minutes
Homespun Videos / DVDs
ISBN: 1-932964-44-4

“Bill Sullivan’s Polka” ~ another key and a few more ways with it

X: 1134
T: Bill Sullivan’s Polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
g2 g>e | dB g2 | Bd ge | dB AG |
g/a/g/f/ g>e | dB g2 | Bd A>c | BG G2 :|
Bd dB | ce e2 | Bd dB | cA A2 |
Bd d/c/B | ce e>c | Bd A>c | BG G2 :|

N: take 2
g2 ge | dB g/a/g/e/ | dB g>e | dB AG |
g2 g/a/g/e/ | dB gf/e/ | dB A>B | AG G2 :|
Bd d/e/d/B/ | ce e/d/c | Bd/^c/ d/B/G | BA AG/A/ |
Bd Bd | ce e>c | Bd A>B | AG G2 :|

This was put together for a request… ;-)

Mickey Chewing Bubble Gum

Where does that title come from?

Mickey chewing bubble gum… I had heard a last name way back when, but can’t remember. At the time it was also suggested it may have picked that name up in North America, but I think that was in reference to Terry Teahan…

The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/MER_MIC.htm#MICKY_CHEWING_BUBBLEGUM

Composed by the late Terry "Cuz" Teahan as a youngster prior to leaving Ireland for America. Philippe Varlet says that Teahan composed the tune while still taking lessons with the great Sliabh Luachra fiddler Padraig O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe liked the composition and continued to teach it after Teahan’s departure, and it eventually circulated among local musicians; hence the name “Bill Sullivan’s” after a local player (by which title it appears on the Jackie Daly & Seamus Creagh album {CEF 057}).

Thanks ‘c’. I never knew it was composed by Terry Teahan either.

Kevin Burke’s Harmony Line

On "If the Cap Fits," Kevin Burke puts a harmony line to this tune, which sounds pretty cool on two fiddles. My imperfect transcription of how that harmony line goes is as follows:

T:Bill Sullivan’s (Harmony)
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:polka
K:AMaj
|: e2 e>d | cA e>d | cA e>d | cA dc | e2 e>d | cA e2 | ea d>e| dc c2 :|
|: d|ea ae | fa ae | ea ae | fe e2| ea ae | fa ae | ea d>e | dc c2 :|

Alternate Name

I’ve been looking for this tune for months now. At the session I sometimes attend, I’ve only heard it called "John Bane’s Sister’s Wedding," which is quite a long-winded title. Finally, today I heard it played by Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly with the correct (or at least more common) title. Such a fun polka.

X: 5 “Baile An Tsanhraidh” ~ t’other way round!

S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
http://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 3, the 1st of two polkas

It actually makes sense this way round, with the high part being the B-part (2nd part), low into high…

Q: 128 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)

I have also learned this one direct as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 120 to 136 bpm (& higher :-P) ~ 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note…