The Last Chance polka

Also known as Dan O’Leary’s, Des’s.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Last Chance has been added to 1 tune set.

The Last Chance has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Last Chance
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E|A>B cd|ea e>d|cA AB/c/|dB G2|
A>B cd|eg e>d|cA BG|A2 A:|
c/d/|ea e>d|ea e>d|cA AB/c/|dB G2|
ea e2|ea ed|cA BG|A2 Ac/d/|
e2 e>d|e/f/a e>d|cA A/B/c/A/|d/d/B G2|
A>B cd|e/f/g e>d|cA BG|A2 A||
2
X: 2
T: The Last Chance
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E|A>B cd|ea e>d|cA AB/c/|dB GB|
A>B cd|ea e>d|cA B^G|A2 A:|
|:z|ea e>c|ea e>d|cA AB/c/|dB GB|
[1 ea e>c|ea e>d|cA B^G|A2 A2:|
[2 A>B cd|ea e>d|cA B^G|A2 AE||
3
X: 3
T: The Last Chance
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:E|AA/B/ c>d|ea e2|cA AB/c/|dB G>E|
A>B cd|e/f/g e>d|cA B/A/G|A2- A:|
c/d/|ea e2|ea e>d|c/B/A AB/c/|d/e/d/B/ G2|
ea e>d|e/f/a e2|cA BG|A2 Ac/d/|
e2 e/f/e/d/|ea ed|cA- AB/c/|dB G>E|
A/A/B c>d|e/f/g e>d|cA BG|A2- A||

Six comments

"The Last Chance Polka" ~ with lots of relatives on site already

S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
https://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 4 (given with some other possibilities)

And no to introduce some of the family:

"Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle" ~ march
# Added by autumn - December 25th, 2003
https://thesession.org/tunes/2303

"The Boys of Belfast" ~ reel
# Added by Q - October 29th, 2003
https://thesession.org/tunes/2098

"The Galway Belle" ~ polka
# Added by armandaromin - May 28th, 2005
https://thesession.org/tunes/4543

Q: 132 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)

I have also learned this one direct as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 120 to 136 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)…

Re: The Last Chance

3rd tune in this set in D dorian by Aidan Connolly, learned from a recording of Dan Leary. There’s a version of this that’s popular in Clare, which can be found here as Joe Bane’s or Bill Malley’s.
https://youtu.be/LWHkyfeoS2s