Ballybutton polka

Ballybutton has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Ballybutton
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 G>A|BG ED|G>G Bd|gf e2|
e/f/g dB|cB Ac|B>B AG|EG D2:|
|:E>F GE|DG GA/B/|cA BG|Bd g>f|
e/f/g dB|cB Ac|B>B AG|EF G2:|

Eight comments

Origins of Ballybutton Polka no. 6

After playing Ballydesmond Polkas 1 thru infinity for aeons, I sort of dreamed this tune one night. Got up and scribbled it down, revised the next day, and voila (or viola). Rejected possible title “Davey’s Polka Dots”, went for Ballybutton since there are lots of Bally-’s in Cork (where I’m going this week) and the button accordion is appropriate for this piece.


Oops - I see under FAQ that it’s not really considered cool to submit one’s own compositions. Sorry. Never mind, I’ll spare you the rest of them…….

No problem.

All you have do do now (as a pennance) is to submit 5 traditional tunes which aren’t here already …

Traditional joke….

“Ballybutton………….that’s a naval base In Ireland”. [ Might have been Ken Dodd ] 🙂

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your tune seems to hesitate between a march and a polka, you kinda wrote it off beat-ish if you don’t mind me sayin’

…perhaps by playin it over and over ‘thru infinity for aeons’ it will morph into something truely remarkable? I defo want to play a polka called Ballybutton! 😉

Ballybutton Polka or March

birlibirdie, you wrote “your tune seems to hesitate between a march and a polka, you kinda wrote it off beat-ish if you don’t mind me sayin‘.” I don’t mind - I just dreamed the tune anyhow. But comparing with Ballydesmond (2 of ’em anyhow), I can’t see the difference in durational patterns / rhythms. Interesting. Reminds me of the long discussion about slides, single jigs etc etc on “Road to Lisdoonvarna”. I guess it’s how you play it that makes it a march or a polka?

C: dwhsoas ~ Compositions! ~ try this as an option:

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# Posted by ceolachan - November 22nd, 2009

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# Posted by ceolachan - November 29th, 2011

Discussion: Composers in our Midst
# Posted by ceolachan - February 21st, 2013

It has been annual, but I didn’t manage to find them all. 😉

Nice that you had the courtesy to read the FAQs, good on yuh!