Polkas for fiddle
There have been a few posts that refer to the difficulty of learning tunes. I agree that some tunes struggled with in the early days appear easier later on. This is no doubt due to improved technique.
Anyway, I started learning to play fiddle later in life and love it to bits. I learnt a few jigs and now find them fairly easy to get to session speed, but not reels unfortunately as yet. I am not so worried about the reels as I play reels at a fair lick on the pipes. But I have discovered some great polkas that I can quickly learn on the fiddle and play at the session I attend. These include Ballydesmond polkas 1 and 2, Egans, John Ryans and Britches Full Of Stiches. There are others such as Bill Sullivan’s Polka and Denis Murphy’s that I have yet to learn, but I cannot find many more. Those mentioned were recommended by the session players, but they have not mentioned any more. Has anyone got any others?
Amongst other things I play Rattlin Bog, Sweeny and Rakes of Mallow as polkas on the pipes, but I would like to keep them as just pipe tunes.
There must be some more great polkas out there. Any useful suggestions please?