The Sliabh Luachra polka

Also known as Andrew O’Connell’s.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Sliabh Luachra has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Sliabh Luachra
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dA B/A/F|dA B/c/d|B>A B/c/d|e2 f>e|
df Bd|Ad FD|E2 EF|D2 D2:|
|:FA AB|Ad dc/B/|AF ED|FE E2|
FA AB|Ad dc/B/|AF EF|1D2 D>E:|2D2 D2||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Sliabh Luachra
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dA BA | dA BA | B>A B/c/d |e3 f/e/ |
df Bd | Ad FD | E>D EF | D3 :|
FA AB | Ad dc/B/ | AF D>E | FE ED/E/ |
FA A>B | Ad dc/B/ | AF EF | D3 :|
ABC

Five comments

Great Polka

I learned this from a friend who did not know the name of the tune. After searching online I found a slightly different version transcribed by Henrik Norbeck at http://www.norbeck.nu/abc/ so I am using the name he used.

Also through the help of emails I was directed to the following.
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/SLI_SLY.htm
SLIABH LUACHRA [1], THE (The Rushy Mountain). Irish, Polka. D Major. Standard. AABB. Sliabh Luachra is a region along the Cork/Kerry border, famous for its slides and polkas. Mallinson (100 Polkas), 1997; No. 71, pg. 27.

“The Sliabh Luachra Polka” ~ more surprises, it ain’t here!?

I looked, half a dozen measures worth, and several keys, high and low… Watch, slainte will find it… Anyway, here’s another take on this lovely old polka ~

X: 1134
T: The Sliabh Luachra
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: D Major
|: B/c/ |
dA BA | dA BA | B>A B/c/d |e3 f/e/ |
df Bd | Ad FD | E>D EF | D3 :|
|: E |
FA AB | Ad dc/B/ | AF D>E | FE ED/E/ |
FA A>B | Ad dc/B/ | AF EF | D3 :|

Andrew O’Connell’s

This is the name given to the Polka by the Abbey Ceili Band. Andrew O’Connell is the bands fiddle player (I think) and probably introduced this polka into their repertoire.

I Love This Polka

I do. Why are you not playing it at your session? Go learn it, then come back and thank me. No wait, it’s OK, you don’t have to thank me, just go learn it.

“Andrew O’Connell’s”

Thanks Paddy, appreciated, I knew there had to be some recordings of this here, and it helped me to find other transcriptions too.