The Ballydesmond Polka

By Dan Herlihy And John Drew

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"The Ballydesmond Polka"

This is Dan’s third recording.
He plays a B/C ‘Cairdin’ Accordion made in Rathkeale by Paddy Clancy
John Drew plays a ‘Fylde’ Mando-Cello

It looks like this is a privately released recording, but there is an E-mail address for anyone interested in getting their hands on a copy:

"With this third collection Dan returns for his inspiration to his native Ballydesmond & most of the tunes are gathered from within a stone’s throw of the village. ‘The Blackwater Banks’ is a new find & others, such as ‘Bridge the Weaver’s’ slide, The ‘Groves of Gneeveguilla’ & ‘Farewell to Ballinahulla’ resonate with the unbroken traditions of the region. ‘The Glencollins Polka’, ‘The Ballydesmond Polka’ & those of Knocknaboul centre this collection in the heart of the village & its environs.

Dan Herlihy is recognised as the premier exponant of Sliabh Luachra music & style. John Drew of Newmarket is more than familiar with Dan’s Music and having played with him for the past four years, they ‘click’ & enhance each other’s playing. Both have combined to produce what is, and will become recognised to be, a rare, insightful & definitive selection of Sliabh Luachra music." Donal O’Siodhachain