The Ballydesmond slide

Also known as Maurice Manley’s.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Ballydesmond appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Ballydesmond
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EFG A2 B c2 d e3|G2 E EDE G2 E D2 G|
EFG A2 B c2 d e2 f|1 g3 ded B2 A A2 G:|2 g3 ded B2 A A3|]
|:a3 a2 b a2 g e2 f|g3 gfe def g2 d|
efg a2 b a2 g e2 f|g3 ded B2 A A3:|]
2
X: 2
T: The Ballydesmond
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EFG A2B c2d E3|G3 EDE G2E D3|
EFG A2B c2d E2f|g2e d2e B2A A2G:|
efg a2b a2g e2f|g2a g2e def g3|
efg a2b a2g e2f|g2e d2e B2A A2G:|
3
X: 3
T: The Ballydesmond
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EFG A2B c2d e3|G3 EDE G2E D3|
EFG A2B c2d e2f|[1 g2e d2e B2A A2G:|[2 g2e d2e B2A A3||
|: efg a2b a2g e2f|g2a g2e def g3|
efg a2b a2g e2f|[1 g2e d2e B2A A3:|[2 g2e d2e B2A A2G||

Five comments

The Ballydesmond

To my ears, this tune sounds wholesome and distinct enough that it didn’t initially occur to me that it was simply a slide version of one of the Ballydesmond polkas. I didn’t locate any transcriptions of this version on The Session, so I thought I’d post it. I heard it from Danu’s Buan album.

Re: Maurice Manley’s

I learned this tune from an Ithaca NY box player, Mark Bickford, who paired it with one of the Ballydesmonds for a slide/polka set. Very similar melody. https://thesession.org/tunes/238