The Low polka

Also known as John Walsh’s, Maurice O’Keeffe’s, Patrick Cashman’s, Patrick Cashman’s Favourite.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Low has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Low has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Low
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d|:dB GB|d3e|dB GB|A2 A2|
ed Bd|dg ge|dB AB|G2 G2:|
|:ba ge|dg g2|ba gb|a2 a2|
ba ge|dg ge|dB AB|G2 G2:|
X: 2
T: The Low
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E2|:DB, G,B,|D2 DE|DB, G,B,|A,2 A,>B,|
DB, G,B,|DG G>E|DB, A,B,|G,2 G,2:|
|:B>A GE|DG G>A|B>A GB|A2 A2|
B>A GE|DG G>E|DB, A,B,|G,2 G,2:|
X: 3
T: The Low
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2|:dB GB|d2 de|dB GB|A2 A>B|
dB GB|dg g>e|dB AB|G2 G2:|
|:b>a ge|dg g>a|b>a gb|a2 a2|
b>a ge|dg g>e|dB AB|G2 G2:|
X: 4
T: The Low
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF DF|Ad d>B|AF EF|D2 D2:|
|:f>e dB|Ad d>e|f>e df|e2 e2|
f>e dB|Ad d>B|AF EF|D2 D2:|

Six comments

Tune Name

This is a transcription of the first tune in a 3 polka set on Conal O’Grada’s Cnoc Bui album. Conal has the tune name as Maurice O’Keeffe’s. The listing of the recording on this site links to a tune (Polka) of the same name, which is a different tune.

Have tried various searches to find another tune name for this one. Unsuccessfully. A Tune ID request on this site didn’t turn up an identification so I thought it worth while submitting it.

AKA John Walshe’s

Conal O’Grada plays a variation of this tune on his Cnoc Bui album and has the name of "John Walshe’s" on it.

Scrub the AKA comment above - Mistake

Apologies, I posted this on the wrong tune. Too many tabs open on my browser 🙁

Meant to put it on The Ballygow.

Huh? Confusement…

So is the tune you have posted here:
A) Maurice O’Keefe’,s
B) John Walshe’s, or
C) The Ballygow

Re: Confusement…

This tune is listed as "Maurice O’Keeffe’s" on Conal O’Grada’s album "Cnoc Bui".

It is the first tune of a three polka set on that album.

There is another tune on this site, also listed with the title Maurice O’Keeffe’s which is a completely different tune. If anyone knows this tune by another name, it would be great to know.

The Low

This lovely polka is the second in a set of two played by John Walsh and Eoin O’Sullivan, the former a talented fiddler as well as composer of such tunes as Derrygallen Bridge and Daly’s Mill, and the latter a fantastic fiddler who achieved All-Ireland recognition after winning the trio competition. The two play this down an octave, as is written in X:2, after Munsterman’s Rambles (

A recording can be found on soundcloud here:

X:3 is this up a step for those who don’t play the fiddle or box, or just don’t like to reach that far.