Martin Kirwan’s polka

By Lucy Farr

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Martin Kirwan’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

Martin Kirwan's has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Martin Kirwan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G>A B/A/B/c/|dg d>c|BG GA/B/|cA Ad|
G>A B/A/B/c/|dg d>c|Bd A/B/B/A/|1 G3D:|2 G3 B/d/||
|:gd d/e/d/B/|ce d>c|BG GA/B/|cA Ad|
gd d/e/d/B/|ce d>c|Bd A/B/B/A/|1 G3 B/d/:|2 G3D||

Four comments

Re: Martin Kirwan’s

This is basically a version of “Campbell’s Farewell To Redcastle”, a Scottish bagpipe tune. Changes a bit for the first 2 bars in the second part, but that’s the only significant variation. Also it’s in “Gmaj”, instead of “Amix”.
Anyone have any idea who Martin Kirwan is / was ?
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Re: Martin Kirwan’s

Martin Kirwan (senior) was Lucy Farr’s father.
You can read an insightful and colourful account of her early years at Baunyknave and Ballinakill in the context of house & barn dances in the 20’s there;

In connection to polkas, see what she said about the specific way they may be danced in her days (the Round Polka…)