From Denis Liddy
Denis Liddy recorded this tune as a solo track on "Waifs and Strays". The liner notes say he got it from a recording of the band "Any Old Time". I’ve searched for it here but didn’t find it. Unfortunately, the title is a very generic one.
Despite that, it is a very nice tune to play. I prefer it at a steady pace with very little ornamentation of variation (I’m playing it on whistle at the moment).
I think I’ve got my ABCs correct. There are some minute details which I would have liked to add. Denis holds some notes and followed them with a succession of staccato triplets but I don’t know how to put it into ABC. And, to be honest, I don’t know how to explain the little variations in writing, so just listen to the recording if you have it.
Hope you enjoy this one :)
Crossing by Any Old Time
This is the album containing Johnny O’Leary’s polkas. May there be as many as stars in the sky.
Track 4 is listed as Johnny O’Leary’s Polkas. According to the liner notes, the first is listed as Julia Clifford’s and the second fulfills the polka tradition by not having a name.
“John Clifford’s Polka” ~ I said I’d be back! ;-)
I was sure I had at least one other name for this than ‘gan ainm’. Sorry I’m late returning. Here’s another source for a transcription, more of the good works of Mr. Moylan ~
"Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra:
Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
edited by Terry Moylan
The Lilliput Press, 1994
Pages 191 - 192, tune #339: "John Clifford’s" (2)
There are no specific notes for this except to give the tempo of the recording transcribed from as 1/4 = 146 bpm
“John Clifford’s Polka” ~ another take and possibilities
Aside from playing it in G, A or C ~ here it is in the key already given with some other ways with it. Frankly, I love it down low… The transcription just mentioned, of Johnny O’Leary, is also in D.
T: John Clifford’s
|: B/c/ |\
d>c df | B3 B | c/B/A/B/ ce | A3 A |
B/c/d ef | g3 f/g/ |[1 fe fd | a3 :|[2 fe ac | d3 ||
|: A/4B/4c/ |\
dA/d/ f/e/d/B/ | Af fe/f/ | Be e^d/e/ | Ad dA |
dc/d/ f/e/d/B/ | Af fe/f/ | Be ec | d3 :|
& just as a taster ~
|: D |\
G>F GB | E2 E2 | F/E/D/E/ FA | D2 D2 |
E/F/G AB | c2 c2 |[1 BA BG | d2 d :|[2 BA dF | G3 ||
John Clifford’s Polka
ceolachan - your transcription is showing as G major, not the D major you wrote it in. Perhaps because your ‘taster’ is in G?
Re: Johnny O’Leary’s
Also posted here: https://thesession.org/tunes/10369#setting24736