T: Black Rock
|:B/A/ |"Em"GE BE| GB BA/G/|"D"FD AD|FA AB/A/|
|"Em"GE BE| GB Bc|"D"dB AF|"Em"E3 :|
|:B|"G"d>B GB|d/e/d/B/ GB|"D"A2 A>B|AG ED|
|"G"d>B GB|d/e/d/B/ GB|"D"A>B AG|"Em"E3:|
Black Rock has been added to 5 tunebooks.
Regularly played in some Australian sessions. Collected from the playing of Jack Canny (Paddy Canny’s brother) by Brad Tate in NSW. Aussie bush band musicians tend to play polkas at more of a march tempo to suit the bush dances.
More info from Dave de Hugard (who first collected the tune in 1974 from Charlie Cullen in NSW):
"Charlie had no name for that particular tune. So I asked him where he had first heard it. He said he had heard it first at Black Rock, a ‘place on the seaside, out of Dublin’. Over a cup of tea we decided that if we called it the ‘Black Rock’ polka, then we would both know in the future what tune we were talking about. So that was that."
The tune is from the same family as Mike Coen’s polka https://thesession.org/tunes/1779 and Bill the Weaver https://thesession.org/tunes/1914 in Bm