### Common polkas + sources

Following on from my "slides" project https://thesession.org/discussions/16942 I just completed this list of popular polka sets, in an attempt to find out which popular recordings session musicians would have learnt the "classic" sets from. As with the slides, I found that many of the sets came from old Chieftains and Bothy Band recordings, rather than the people you usually associate with slides and polkas. Again, I’m hoping that people here would be able to comment on which of these they hear in their sessions and what others they find are popular. I’m particularly interested to find out where session musicians got the last few in the list under the heading "random polkas". Also included in this list are some Sligo/Leitrim style polkas, and also some marches which often get played as polka sets.

POLKAS

Planxty Set

Planxty: Cold Blow And The Rainy Night

X: 1

T: Denis Murphy’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

f/g/f/e/ d>B|AD FA|GE e>d|cB BA|

f/g/f/e/ d>B|AD FA|GE e>f|ed d2:|

|:Af f/e/f|Ag g/f/g|Af f/e/f|e/f/e/d/ BA|

Af f/e/f|Ag g>a|ba gc|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: The Forty-Two Pound Cheque

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

Ad Bd/B/|AD FA|GE BE|A>G FD|

Ad Bd/B/|AD FA|GE A>G|FD D2:|

|:Ad fe/f/|g>f ed|cA eA|e>d cA|

Ad fe/f/|g>f ed|cA Bc|d2 d2:|

X: 1

T: John Ryan’s

T: The Keadue

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

dd B/c/d/B/|AF AF|dd B/c/d/B/|AF ED|

dd B/c/d/B/|AF Ad/e/|fd ec|d2 d2:|

|:fd de/f/|gf ed/e/|fd Ad|fa a>g|

fd de/f/|gf ed/e/|fd ec|d2 d2:|

Jackie Daly’s Set

Jackie Daly & Seamus Creagh

X: 1

T: Bill Sullivan’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

a2 a>f|ec a>f|ec a>f|ec BA|

a2 a>f|ec a>f|ec B>c|BA A2:|

|:ce ec|df f2|ce ec|cB B2|

ce ec|df f2|ce B>c|BA A2:|

X: 1

T: Britches Full of Stitches

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

A>B cA|BA cA|A>B cA|BA F2|

A>B cA|BA ce|A>B AF|FE E2:|

|:e>f ec|BA Bc|e>f ec|BA F2|

e>f ec|BA Bc|A>B AF|FE E2:|

Chieftains Set

Chieftains 2

X: 1

T: Sweeney’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

ef/e/ ce|Ae ce|f/g/a/f/ ec|BA F2|

ef/e/ ce|Ae ce|f/g/a/f/ ec|BA A2:|

|:ce fa/f/|ec BA|ce fa/f/|ec B2|

ce fa/f/|ec BA|ef/e/ cB|BA A2:|

X: 1

T: Denis Murphy’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

f/g/f/e/ d>B|AD FA|GE e>d|cB BA|

f/g/f/e/ d>B|AD FA|GE e>f|ed d2:|

|:Af f/e/f|Ag g/f/g|Af f/e/f|e/f/e/d/ BA|

Af f/e/f|Ag g>a|ba gc|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: The Scartaglen

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

G2 G>A|Bd de/f/|gB B/A/G/A/|BA AB/A/|

G2 G>A|Bd de/f/|gB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

|:Bd ga/g/|fe e/f/g/e/|dB B/A/G/A/|BA A2|

Bd ga/g/|fe e/f/g/e/|dB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

|:g2 ag/a/|b2 ba|gf/g/ ag/a/|b2 ba|

ge e/f/g/e/|dB g>e|dB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

Peg Ryan’s Set

Chieftains 5

X: 1

T: Egan’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

fA BA|fA BA|d2 e>f|ed BA|

fA BA|fA BA|d2 e>f|ed d2:|

|:fa fe|ed BA|d2 e>f|ed BA|

fa fe|ed BA|d2 e>f|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: The Murroe

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

Bd G>A|Bd GB|A2 FA|GE ED|

Bd G>A|Bd GB|A2 FA|AG G>A:|

|:B/c/d ef|g2 ga|f/e/d ef|ed BA|

B/c/d ef|g2 ga|f/e/d ef|e2 ed:|

X: 1

T: The Springtime

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Ador

cd/c/ Bc/B/|AB/A/ G>A|Bd ed|g2 ed|

ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|1 A2 AB:|2 A2 Ad||

|:ea ag/e/|dg gd|ea ab|g2 ed|

ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|1 A2 Ad:|2 A2 AB||

The Ballydesmond Set

Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford: The Star Above The Garter

X: 1

T: Donncha Lynch’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

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 cB|A>B cd|ef g>f|

ed B/^c/d|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a>g|

e/f/g d>B|ce d>B|AB cE|ED D2||

X: 1

T: Maurice Manley’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Ador

EA AB|cd e2|G>F GA|GE ED|

EA AB|cd e>f|g/f/e dB|A2 A2:|

|:a>g ab|ag ef|g>f ga|ge ed|

ea ab|ag ef|g/f/e dB|A2 A2:|

X: 1

T: The Springtime

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Ador

cd/c/ Bc/B/|AB/A/ G>A|Bd ed|g2 ed|

ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|1 A2 AB:|2 A2 Ad||

|:ea ag/e/|dg gd|ea ab|g2 ed|

ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|1 A2 Ad:|2 A2 AB||

The Siege Of Ennis Set

X: 1

T: The Banks Of Inverness

T: The Croppies’ March

T: The Siege Of Ennis

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

E|D>E DB,|DE GA|Bd AB/A/|GE EG/E/|

D>E DB,|DE GA|Bd AB/A/|G2 G:|

A|Bd dB|ce ed/c/|Bd AB/A/|GE EA|

Bd dB|ce e>f|g/f/e fd|e2 e>f|

g/f/e fd|e/f/e/d/ BA|Bd AB/A/|GE EG/E/|

D>E DB,|DE GA|Bd AB/A/|G2 G||

X: 1

T: The Rattlin’ Bog

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

c2 c>B|AF F2|EA AB|cB B2|

c2 c>B|AF F2|Ee ec|BA A2:|

|:cA BA|cA BA|ce ec|BA B2|

cA BA|cA BA|ce ec|BA A2:|

The Glenside Set

Glenside & Kilfenora Ceili Bands: Songs, Jigs, Reels

X: 1

T: The Mist On The Glen

T: Cathy’s Favourite

T: The Kerry #1

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

G>A Bd|gf ed|eA AB|cd/c/ BA|

G>A Bd|gf ed|ea ef|g2 g2:|

|:ae ae|ae e>f|gd gd|gd d2|

ae ae|ae e>f|ge dB|A2 A2:|

X: 1

T: The Kerry #2

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Edor

B2 B>A|FA DA|B2 B>A|B/c/d ed|

B2 B>A|FA D>E|FD AF|E2 E2:|

|:Be e>f|ed BA|Be ef|ed Bc|

d>e dB|AF D>E|FD AF|E2 E2:|

The Tuar Mór Set

Johnny O’Leary: Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra

X: 1

T: The Gullane

T: Wallace’s Cross

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

ef/e/ dB|BA B/c/d|ef/e/ dB|BA A2|

ef/e/ dB|BA B/c/d|ab/a/ gc|ed d:|

|:f>e fA|B/c/d ef|g>f ga|ba f/g/a|

f>e fA|B/c/d ef|ab/a/ gc|ed d:|

X: 1

T: The Maids Of Ardagh

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed BA|

FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed d2:|

|:ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ ce|fe c/B/A|

ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ dB|BA A2:|!

The Knocknaboul Set

Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford: The Star Above The Garter

X: 1

T: Scartaglen, The

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

G2 G>A|Bd de/f/|gB B/A/G/A/|BA AB/A/|

G2 G>A|Bd de/f/|gB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

|:Bd g>g|fe e/f/g/e/|dB B/A/G/A/|BA A2|

Bd g>g|fe e/f/g/e/|dB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

|:g2 ag/a/|b2 b>a|gg ag/a/|b2 b>a|

ge e/f/g/e/|dB g>e|dB AB/A/|G2 G2:|

X: 1

T: Ask Our Dan

T: The Sneem

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

GB B/c/B/A/|GB BA/G/|FA DA|FA DA|

GB B/c/B/A/|GB d>g|fd cA|G2 G2:|

|:g2 g>f|ga ag|fd de|fg af|

g2 g>f|ga ag|fd cA|G2 G2:|

|:B2 c2|dB AG|FD DE|FG Ac|

B2 c2|dB A>g|fd cA|G2 G2:|

The Glen Cottage Set

Jackie Daly: Music From Sliabh Luachra

X: 1

T: From Billy To Jack

T: Sir Patrick Was a Gentleman

T: The Green Cottage

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Emin

GE ED|B,E EF|GF ED|GA B/c/B/A/|

GE ED|B,E EG|Bc/B/ AG|1 E2 B>A:|2 E2 EA||

|:Be ef|eB BA|Be f/e/d|e2 ef|

ga/g/ fg/f/|eB BA|BE E/F/G/A/|B2 B>A:|

X: 1

T: Tralee Gaol

T: As I Went Out Upon The Ice

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Ador

eA AB/d/|e/f/e/d/ Bd|eA AB/A/|G>A Bd|

eA AB/d/|e/f/e/d/ Bd|ea e/f/e/d/|BA A2:|

|:e>d ef/g/|ae f/e/d/B/|d>e de/f/|ge f/e/d|

e>d ef/g/|ae f/e/d|ea e/f/e/d/|BA A2:|

The Newmarket Set

Patrick Street: Irish Times

X: 1

T: Derrygallen Bridge

C: John Walsh

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

A>B cB|AF FE|CE FE|CE FE|

A>B cB|AF FE|CE FE|1 A2 AE:|2 A2 A2||

|:ab/a/ ga|ba af|ec cB|AB ce|

ab/a/ ga|ba af|ec cB|1 A2 A2:|2 A2 AE||

X: 1

T: Dan Mac’s

T: Jerome Burke’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

DF AF/A/|dc Bc|EF GF/G/|BA F2|

DF AF/A/|dc Bc|EF GF/E/|DF D2:|

|:fA fA|fA f2|eA eA|B/c/d e2|

fA fA|fA f2|eA B/c/d|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: Terry “Cuz” Teehan’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

E>E Ec|BA FA|E>E Ec|BA AF|

E>E Ec|BA FA|E2 e>c|1 BA AF:|2 BA A>B||

ce B>c|BA FA|ce B>c|BA AB|

ce B>c|BA FA|E>E Ec|BA AB||

ce B>c|BA FA|ce Bc/e/|fe cB|

ce B>c|BA FA|E2 e>c|BA AF||

Kevin Burke’s Set

Kevin Burke: Up Close

X: 1

T: Charlie Harris’

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

AF DF|EF DF|AF AB|e2 d>B|

AF DF|EF DF|AF AB|1 d2 d>B:|2 d2 dA||

d2 fd|ef dB|AF AB|e2 dB|

d2 fd|ef dB|AF AB|d2 dA|

d2 fd|ef dB|AF AB|e2 ef|

df f/e/f/g/|af f>g|af ef|d2||

X: 1

T: Levan Polkka

T: Savitaipaleen Polkka

T: Finnish Polka

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Bmin

B>c Bc|dB Bd|cA Ac|d/c/B/A/ BF|

B>c Bc|dB B2|ef/e/ dc|BA B2:|

|:f2 df|ec cd|ef/e/ dc|Bc dB|

f2 df|ec cd|ef/e/ dc|BA B2:|

X: 1

T: Jessica’s

C: Mick Hanly

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

ef/e/ ce|fe Bc|A>B cA|ec B2|

ef/e/ ce|fe Bc|A>B cA|FA E2:|

|:F>B AF|cB A2|ef/e/ ce|ag f2|

ef/e/ ce|fe Bc|A>B cA|FA E2:|

The Cuil Aodha Set

Jackie Daly: Music From Sliabh Luachra

X: 1

T: Jim Keefe’s

T: John Walsh’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed c/B/A|

a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed d2:|

|:f>e fe|dc BA|g>f ga|ba f/g/a|

f>e fe|dc BA|g2 Bc|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: The Ballyvourney

T: The Ballyvournie

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Edor

EF/G/ FE|FD FA|EF/G/ FE|F2 FA|

EF/G/ FE|FD FA|B>A B/c/d|1 e2 e2:|2 e2 eB/c/||

|:dA FA|DA FA|c>B GB|A2 AB/c/|dA FA|

DA FA|B>A B/c/d|1 e2 f>e:|2 e2 e2||

X: 1

T: The Wren’s

T: Johnnie Mickey’s

T: Johnny Mickey’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

Ac EF|A>A Af|ec BA|e/f/e/c/ Bc/B/|

Ac EF|A>A Af|ec BA/B/|1 cA Ac/B/:|2 cA AB||

|:ce ce|a2 af|ec BA|e/f/e/c/ BA|ce ce|

a2 af|ec BA/B/|1 cA AB:|2 cA Ac/B/||

John Walsh’s Set

Patrick Street: All In Good Time

X: 1

T: Jim Keefe’s

T: John Walsh’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed c/B/A|

a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed d2:|

|:f>e fe|dc BA|g>f ga|ba f/g/a|

f>e fe|dc BA|g2 Bc|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: Daly’s Mill

C: John Walsh

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Amaj

Ac ef|ec c/d/c/B/|Ac ef|e2 ea|

Ac ef|ec c/d/c/B/|AF FE|1 A2 AB:|2 A2 Ac/e/||

|:fe c/d/c/B/|AF FE|A>B Ac|e2 ec/e/|

fe c/d/c/B/|AF FE|A>B AF|1 A2 Ac/e/:|2 A2 AB||

X: 1

T: Lackagh Cross

T: Locha Cross

T: Din Tarrant’s

T: Bill The Weaver

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Bmin

dB fB/c/|dB fe/d/|c/B/A/c/ e/c/A/B/|c/B/A/c/ ec/e/|

fb ba|fb ba|fa fe/c/|1 d/c/A BB/c/:|2 d/c/A Bf||

|:a>f df|A/B/c/d/ e2|g/f/e/d/ cA|Bc df|

a>f df|A/B/c/d/ e2|g/f/e/d/ cA|1 Bc df:|2 Bc dB/c/||

Din Tarrant’s Set

Johnny O’Leary: Johnny O’Leary Of Sliabh Luachra

X: 1

T: Dan Mac’s

T: Jerome Burke’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

DF AF/A/|dc Bc|EF GF/G/|BA F2|

DF AF/A/|dc Bc|EF GF/E/|DF D2:|

|:fA fA|fA f2|eA eA|B/c/d e2|

fA fA|fA f2|eA B/c/d|ed d2:|

X: 1

T: The Cobbler

T: Pádraig O’Keeffe’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Bmin

dB bB|de f>e|dB bB|c/B/A/c/ ef/e/|

dB bB|de f>e|d>e f/e/d|1 B2 B>c:|2 B2 B2||

|:fe/f/ ba|fe f>e|dB bB|c/B/A/c/ ed/e/|

fe/f/ ba|fe f>e|d>e f/e/d|1 B2 B2:|2 B2 B>c||

Sligo/Leitrim Style Set

Chieftains 1

X: 1

T: Church Street

T: Memories Of Ballymote

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: steady polka

K: Gmaj

BG D>D|Ec cA/B/|cE FE|Dd d/e/d/c/|

BG D>D|Ec cA/B/|c/B/A/G/ F/D/E/F/|GB G2:|

|:g2 f2|c3 d|e>f ed|B3 c|

d>e d/c/B|A3 B/A/|1 GA Bc|d3 e/f/:|2 Gg fa|g2 g2||

X: 1

T: Saint Mary’s

T: Gurteen Cross

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: steady polka

K: Gmaj

GB AB/A/|Gg e/f/g/e/|dB AG/A/|BA G/F/E/D/|

GB AB/A/|Gg e/f/g/e/|dB AG/A/|BG G2:|

|:Bd g>d|Bd g>d|Bd g>e|f3 g|

a/b/a/g/ f/g/f/e/|dB AB/A/|Ge d/B/A/B/|G2 G2:|

March Set

Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford: The Star Above The Garter

X: 1

T: Farewell to Whiskey

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: steady polka/march

K: Gmaj

DG B/A/G/A/|BE EG/E/|DG B/A/G/B/|dB Bd|

e/f/g/e/ dB|c/B/A/G/ AB|DG B/A/G/A/|BG G2:|

|:dB/d/ gg|e/f/g/e/ dB|dB/d/ gg|ef g2|

e/f/g/e/ dB|c/B/A/G/ AB|DG B/A/G/A/|BG G2:|

X: 1

T: Dark Girl Dressed In Blue

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: steady polka/march

K: Dmaj

FA Ad|B/c/d/B/ AF|GB AF/A/|BE G/F/E/D/|

FA Ad|B/c/d/B/ AF|GB A/B/A/G/|FD DE:|

|:FA A/B/d/e/|f/e/f/d/ ed|Bd/B/ AF/A/|BE G/F/E/D/|

FA A/B/d/e/|f/e/f/d/ ed|Bd/B/ A/B/A/G/|FD DE:|

Johnny O’Leary’s Set

(Originally from the playing of Johnny O’Leary and also Pádraig O’Keeffe)

John Brosnan: The Cook In The Kitchen

The Abbey Céilí Band: Bruach An TSuláin

Seamus Creagh And Aidan Coffey: Traditional Music From Ireland

X: 1

T: John Clifford’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

D>E FA|Bc d2|BA FA|B/c/B/A/ FA|

D>E FA|Bc d2|BA FE|D2 D2:|

|:d>c BA|Bc d2|BA FA|B/c/B/A/ FA|

d>c BA|Bc d2|BA FE|D2 D2:|

X: 1

T: Brosna #2

T: Nell Fees’

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

D2 DB|AF FB|AF D>E|FE E2|

D2 DB|AF FB|AF EF/E/|1 DA, B,C,:|2 D2 FA||

|:d2 cd|BA FA|d2 cd|B2 Bc|

d2 cd|BA FB|AF EF/E/|D2 FA:|

|:d2 e2|f3 e|dc Bc|d3 A|

Bd/B/ AF|Bd/B/ AF|AF EF/E/|1 D2 FA:|2 DA, B,C||

Random polkas

X: 1

T: The Galway Belles

T: 69th Street

T: Terry “Cuz” Teehan’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Edor

E>F GA|Be B2|AF DF|EF DF|

E>F GA|Be B2|AF DF|E2 E2:|

e2 B2|ee B2|AF DF|EF DF|

e2 B2|ee B2|AF DF|E2 E2|

e2 B2|ee B2|AF DF|EF DF|

E>F GA|Be B2|AF DF|E2 E2||

X: 1

T: Dalaigh’s

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Ador

eA BA|eA BA|eA BA|G2 GB/d/|

eA BA|eA BA|Be dB|A2 A2:|

|:ed ef|g>a gf|ed eg|a2 g2|

ed ef|g>a ge|dB gB|A2 A2:|

X: 1

T: I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: steady polka

K: Gmaj

GA/B/ ce|dG B2|de/d/ cA|AG B2|

GA/B/ ce|dG B2|de/d/ cA|AG G2:|

|:de/f/ gf/e/|dG B2|de/d/ cA|AG B2|

de/f/ gf/e/|dG B2|de/d/ cA|AG G2:|

X: 1

T: Tom Sullivan’s

T: An Spailpin Fanach

T: Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt?

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmix

D/E/F/G/ AB|cA AG|Ad d^c|d3 e|

fd ed|cA AB|cA GE|D4:|

|:fd ed|cA Ad/e/|fd ed|fg a>g|

fd ed|cA AB|cA GE| D4:|

X: 1

T: Maggie in the Wood

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Gmaj

B/A/|GD GA|Be eg/e/|dB AG/A/|BA AB/A/|

GD GA|Be eg/e/|dB AB/A/|G2 G:|

e/f/|gf ed|ef ge|dB AG/A/|BA Ae/f/|

gf ed|ef ge|dB AB/A/|G2 Ge/f/|

gf ed|ef ge|dB AG/A/|BA AB/A/|

GD GA|Be eg/e/|dB AB/A/|G2 G||

X: 1

T: The Spanish Lady

T: As I Went To Dublin City

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: polka

K: Dmaj

FA AB/c/|d>c de/f/|ge fd|BA A/B/A/G/|

FA AB/c/|d>c de/f/|ge fd|BA A2:|

|:fa a/b/a/f/|ed de|fa a>f|ed e2|

fa a/b/a/f/|ed de/f/|ge fd|BA A2:|