The Ardgroom polka

Also known as Finbar Dwyer’s, Finbarr Dwyer’s.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Ardgroom appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Ardgroom has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Ardgroom has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Ardgroom
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|B/A/|:GD B>A|GB d>^c|de dG|BAAB/A/|
GD B>A|GB d>^c|de dB|AG GB/A/:|
|:Gg gf|ed d>B|de dB|GA B>A|
Gg gf|ed d>B|de dB|AG GB/A/:|
2
X: 2
T: The Ardgroom
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GD B/d/B/A/|GB d2|de dG|BA AB/A/|
GD B/d/B/A/|GB d2|de dG|1 AG GB/A/:|2 AG G2||
|:df g/a/g/f/|ed d2|de dB|GA B/d/B/A/|
Gf gf|ed d2|de dG|1 AG G2:|2 AG GB/A/||
3
X: 3
T: The Ardgroom
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G2 GB/A/|GB dd/B/|de dG|BA AB/A/|
G2 GB/A/|GB dd/B/|de dB|1 AG GD:|2 AG G>B||
|:dg g/f/g/f/|ed d>B|d>e dG|BA A>B|
dg g/f/g/f/|ed d>B|d>e dB|1 AG G>A:|2 AG GD||
4
X: 4
T: The Ardgroom
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c/B/|:AE c>B|Ac e2|ef eA|cB Bc/B/|
AE c/e/c/B/|Ac e>^d|ef ec|BA Ac/2B/2:|
|:Aa ag|fe e>c|ef ec|AB c/2e/2c/2B/2|
Aa ag|fe e>c|ef ec|BA Ac/2B/2:|

Four comments

Re: The Ardgroom

Closely related to another polka by the name of Finbarr Dwyer:
https://thesession.org/tunes/13941

Not sure if ceolachan derived that tune from Finbarr Dwyer’s slide (https://thesession.org/tunes/13940 ), or, if Finbarr did that himself.

If the former, I’d guess Finbarr did the same as ‘c’, and based this polka off of his own slide. ceolachan posted the 2/4 polka almost a year after Finbarr’s passing in 2014.

If the latter, then either Finbarr wrote two quite similar polkas, or, one polka diverged into two through typical folk music evolution.

The Ardgroom, X:4

Version in A major from Na Fir Bolg By Jack Talty And Cormac Begley