The Ballydesmond Polka

By Dan Herlihy And John Drew

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  1. Farewell To Ballinahulla
    The Kilkenny
  2. Eileen O’Keefe’s
    The Ballydesmond
  3. The Blackwater Banks
    Pay The Girl Her Fourpence
  4. The Friendly Visit
    The Cuckoo
  5. Behind The Bush In The Garden
    Patsy Healy’s
    Tom Carroll’s
  6. The French
  7. Hickey’s
    The Flower Of The Flock
  8. The Groves Of Gneeveguilla
    The Knocknaboul No. 1
    The Knocknaboul No. 2
    As I Went Out Upon The Ice
  9. Bridgie The Weaver’s
    The Next Wan
  10. Crehan’s
    Sweet Biddy Daly
  11. The Galway
    The Flowers Of Antrim
  12. Sonny’s
    Father Halpin’s Top Coat
  13. Glencollins
    Jack O’Connell’s
  14. An Ceannabhan Ban
    Redican’s Mother

Two comments

"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

Re: The Ballydesmond Polka

They had Track 11 as McDermott’s on the tape. That’s the name Michael Coleman gave them when he recorded them as a four part hornpipe.