The Belfast polka

Also known as Pennsylvania Railroad.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Belfast has been added to 49 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Belfast
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BD BD|B/A/B/c/ dc/B/|cA FD|G/D/E/F/ G/A/B/c/|
BD BD|B/A/B/c/ dc/B/|cAFD|GB G2:|
|: fg/f/ ef/e/|dD D/F/A/d/|^cE E/G/B/^c/|dd d2|
fg/f/ ef/e/|dD D/F/A/d/|^cE E/G/B/^c/|dd d2:|
|:AA/A/ BA|ff/f/ gf|ee/e/ fe|dd e/d/^c/B/|
AA/A/ BA|ff/f/ gf|ee/e/ fe|1df d2:|2d^c =c2|
X: 2
T: The Belfast
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G" D/D/D/D/ ED |"G" B/B/B/B/ cB |"D" A/A/A/A/ BA |"C" GE"G" D z |
"G" D/D/D/D/ ED |"G" B/B/B/B/ cB |"D" A/A/A/A/ BF |"D" AG"G" G z :|]
"D" fg/f/ "A7" e/g/f/e/ |"D" dA FA |"A" GE "G"GB|"D" AD FA |
"D" fg/f/ "A7" e/g/f/e/ |"D" dA FA |"D" fg/f/ "A7" e/g/f/e/ |"D" dd d z :|]

Seven comments

The Belfast Polka

I have this from Richard Thompson’s album "Strict Tempo".

Not the same!

This Belfast Poka is not the Befast Hornpipe that is on Quilty’s A drop of pure! Wrong wrong wrong!

I don’t have Quilty’s CD, but I’m sure you are correct. The only reason why the details for this tune has Quilty’s CD listed then is because there is indeed a tune called "The Belfast" on Quilty’s CD. If you look at the description for the details, it says something like "recordings that contain a tune by the same name". Not the same as "recordings that contain the same tune". Hope this helps.

Re: The Belfast

Does in not need a change of key sig to D (2 sharps) in the second half? (maybe not possible in ABC?)

Re: The Belfast

It is possible, with "K: Dmaj" between the two parts. There’s no c’s or c#’s in the part though, so could be Dmix or Dmaj?

Re: The Belfast

There are C#s in X:1 and the chord structure in X:2 also suggests D maj rather than D mix.

Re: The Belfast

Ah yes, I was only looking at the melody of X2.