"The Knocknagree Polka" ~ C: Johnny O’Leary
Surprised not to find it, at least not yet, and I did try several keys and note groupings. I was reminded by this discussion, and after enjoying the link to the radio program and hearing Johnny’s grandson play it I transcribed it and this transcription is following his lead, though he does do some other things with it, including a couple of different ‘lead-ins’ to the A-music… Nice one Johnny. You are missed…
Discussion: Music for Knocknagree Polka (C: Johnny O’Leary)
# Posted by Mikiemax - February 27th, 2014
X: 2 "The Knocknagree Polka" ~ where there is no mention of this being a composition
B: "Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border", edited by Terry Moylan, page 17, tune #27
N: the only comment at the bottom of this transcription: "Art O’Keeffe’s, a concert flute player beside Denis Murphy." ( ? ;-/ )
Also relevant to this, from page 16: "The next forty-three tunes (#s 26 - 68) were played by Johnny at a recital organized by the Folk Music Society of Ireland at the premises of Na Píobairí Uilleann in February 1981."
If this had actually been a composition by Johnny then I have no doubt that Terry would have known it and credited it to him. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on the part of family that this one was his own. However, he knew so many tunes and in my mind, in his own way, they were all his. I’m glad we had time together, including some serious talk, and laughter too, mixed in with the tunes and tales… He was a sweet man, and a gentleman who even when he wanted to kept his grumbling mostly to himself, or found a distraction to take his mind off of whatever was causing any discomfort.
X: 3 “The Knocknagree Polka”
Terry Moylan’s transposed to G by Jeff Lindqvist today, which will help in comparing the two takes, thanks Jeff.
Nice one! Thanks Ceolachan!