Dandy Jim O’ Caroline polka

Also known as The Ballyhoura Mountains, The Ballynahulla No. 1, Cuz Teahan’s No. 1, Lucy Farr’s No. 1, Mike Buckley’s Favourite, Teahan’s Favorite No. 1, Teahan’s Favourite No. 1, The Village Tavern.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dandy Jim O' Caroline has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Dandy Jim O' Caroline
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G/A/|: BG AG | EG GG/A/ | BG AG | Bd d/e/d/c/ |
BG AG | EG GA/B/ | ce d>c |1 BG GG/A/:|2BG Gd/e/ ||
|: gd ed | Bd dd/e/ | gd ed | BG Gd/e/ |
gd ed | Bd dA/B/ | ce d>c |1 BG Gd/e/:|2 BG G2|
ABC
X: 2
T: Dandy Jim O' Caroline
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc/B/ AG | EG GA | Bc/B/ AG | Bd ed |
Bc/B/ AG | EG GA | BG/B/ dB | AG G2 :|
gd ed | Bd d2 | gd ed | Bd A2 |
gd ed | Bd ed | Bc/B/ AG/A/ | BG G2 :|]
ABC
X: 3
T: Dandy Jim O' Caroline
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ce/c/ BA | FE A2 | cB Bc/B/ | Ac/e/ fe |
ce/c/ BA | FA AB | cA/4B/4c/ ec | BA A2 |
ce/c/ BA | FA AB | ce/c/ Bc/B/ | Ac/e/ fe |
ce/c/ BA | FA AB | cA/4B/4c/ ec | BA A2 ||
|: ae fe | cA ed/e/ | a2 fe | ce Bc/B/ |
ae g/f/e | ce fe | c/d/e/c/ Be | cA A2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Dandy Jim O' Caroline
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B/4c/4d/ |gd ed/c/ | Bd de/f/ | gd ed/c/ | BG GB/4c/4d/ |
gd ed/c/ | Bd dB | ce d>c | BG G :|
|: A |Bc/B/ AG | EG GA | Bc/B/ AG | Bd d2 |
Bc/B/ AG | EG GB/4c/4d/ | gd ed/c/ | BG G :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Dandy Jim O' Caroline
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: B |ce/c/ BA | FA- AB | ce/c/ BA | B/c/e fe |
e/f/e/c/ BA | FA- AB | cB/c/ ec | BA A :|
|: c/e/ |aa/f/ ec | B/c/e fg | a>f ec | B/c/e Bc/e/ |
a>f ec | e/f/e/c/ BA/B/ | cB/c/ ec | BA A :|
ABC

Six comments

Fun

If you’ve been looking for a fun little tune, than this is it. Can be a march or a fiddle tune.

From Ceolas Fiddler

DANDY JIM FROM/OF CAROLINE [1]. AKA - "Dandy Jim." AKA and see "Chicken Foot and Sparrow-Grass" (Pa.), "Old Aunt Jenny." American, Reel or Breakdown. USA, southwestern Pa. G Major. Standard. AABB. Bayard (1981), Southern (1983) and others identify this tune as coming from the American minstrel tradition of the mid-19th century. Nathan Dan Emmett dates the stage tune to c. 1844 and says the words and perhaps the tune were composed by minstrel Dan Emmett. As with many minstrel tunes there is confusion as to whether Emmett wrote the music or simply adapted a found folk tune, but Bayard says the tune crops up "everywhere" in American music (including play-party songs) in many guises under a variety of titles. Bayard has also found the tune in the British Isles in Kerr’s collection (Vol. 1, pg. 29 as "American Air") and in Roche’s collection (Vol. 2, No. 297 as the second figure of the second tune in the quadrille "The Orange and the Green"). Source for notated version: Hiram Horner (Westmoreland/Fayette Counties, Pa., 1944) [Bayard]. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 326, pgs. 291-192

Anyone have the Roche or Kerr version/s ?

American Tunes

"As with many minstrel tunes there is confusion as to whether Emmett wrote the music or simply adapted a found folk tune…"

If he didnt adapt a folk tune, then he did a great job of writing a tune that sounds like it came from Scotland or Ireland.

Dandy Jim O’ Caroline (polka)

It’s very much like a polka I play called "Lucy Farr’s Polka"…


X:791
T:Lucy Farr’s I
S:Robert Fish Band
D:Robert Fish Band
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:G
Bc/B/ AG | EG GA | Bc/B/ AG | Bd ed |
Bc/B/ AG | EG GA | BG/B/ dB | AG G2 :|
gd ed | Bd d2 | gd ed | Bd A2 |
gd ed | Bd ed | Bc/B/ AG/A/ | BG G2 :|]

X: 3 “Mike Buckley’s Favourite”

S: "Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border",
edited by Terry Moylan, The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994, page 147, tune #256

N: 30/8/1986 Gullane - "This tune was learned from Mike Buckley, a fiddle-player from Cnock na Gaoithe, who learned it from Pádraig O’Keeffe." ~ Johnny O’Leary

A tune that was a gan ainm for Johnny, I assume it was Terry Moylan who decided to give it the name "Mike Buckley’s Favourite", based on Johnny’s given source.