Blue Ribbon polka

Also known as Blue Ribbon No. 2, Johnny O’Leary’s, Murphy’s.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Blue Ribbon appears in 1 other tune collection.

Blue Ribbon has been added to 1 tune set.

Blue Ribbon has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2FA defd|A2FA defd|e3d c2~B2|A2FA ~B2A2|
D2FA de~f2|D2FA dcdf|.g2b2 abag|1 ~f2d2 d3B:|2 ~f2d2 d3f||
|:.a2a2 fedf|.a2a2 ~f2ef|g2gf e2ed|c2ec A3f|
.a2a2 fedf|.a2a2 ~f2(3fff|.g2b2 abag|1 ~f2d2 d3f:|2 ~f2d2 d3B||

Two comments

Got this one ….

… from the playing of Sammi, Johannes and Emma in Neuchatel (Ch) at a local session.

It comes from album “Hills And Hollows” - Mary And Josie Nugent.

Re: Johnny O’Leary’s

I believe this tune is usually played as a polka (e.g. the referenced recording for set dancing). There are two settings in Johnny O‘Leary’s book, one (#17) listed as a slow polka/hornpipe, the other (#366) as a polka. I used to have a recording of Denis Murphy and Johnny O’Leary playing this (Ciarán Mac Mathúna introduces music from Clare and Kerry) but it has disappeared. They played this tune (as Murphy’s) as a polka and followed it with The Blue Ribbon It was a cracking set! Maybe this should be migrated to Polkas?