The Blackwater #2
Couldn’t find this anywhere on the site, so I said I’d throw it up - it’s the second of a set of polkas labelled "The Blackwater Polka’s" from Denis Doody’s 1978 album "Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music", available here: https://thesession.org/recordings/1309
From the discussion and the ensuing difficulty in finding the tune, I surmise it was probably Gan Ainm before the album, and still is, essentially.
Here’s one I made earlier of the tune, in case the MIDI doesn’t quite do it justice.
Jackie Daly: 3 Polkas ~ The Gullane / The Blackwater 1 / The Blackwater 2
Uploaded on 5 Jul 2011 ~ A selection of polkas played by Jackie Daly at the Comhaltas 60th Anniversary Concert in Tullamore on 29th April 2011.
“The Blackwater Polka No. 2”
I’d forgotten to note the obvious above, it’s the 3rd polka in that set of three. 8-)
Source ~ ComhaltasLive #351-3: Jackie Daly
1. ) "The Gullane Polka"
# Added by gian marco - May 14th, 2003
2. ) "The Blackwater Polka No. 1"
# Added by Dr. Dow - June 30th, 2004
3. ) "The Blackwater Polka No. 2"
X: 2 “TheThe Blackwater Polkas No. 2”
S: "Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly: The Living Stream", track 11, the 3rd polka of three
Q: 134 bpm / 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note
Note, from the CD: "The source for both of ‘The Blackwater Polkas’ was the Sliabh Luachra accordion player Denis Doody." ~ Jackie Small
"Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music" - track 17
X: 3 “The Blackwater Polkas No. 2”
S: Denis Doody
The Blackwater, X:4
Not sure where I got this setting, but I thought I would add it for its small differences but also the key — it never occurred to me to play this in anything but D, and after trying a few of these other settings out I’m still not convinced. On the B/C Accordion, it’s easy to the first few bars (cB, etc) on the pull, but it can be fun to screw around with the push B, especially if you’re playing loudly and slowly and your bellows are 2’ out…
I like to play this after Jimmy Doyle’s (The Lonesome) and John Walsh’s (The Newmarket).