This is called Mary Ann in Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland
For some reason the B section of this tune reminds me of that little ditty that all of us played on the piano when we were kids (at least those of us who couldn’t really play the piano) where we would run our knuckles on the group of 3 black keys sluring up and then hit the next black key up (c#) a couple of times and then slur down on the black keys and hit the d# a couple of times.
Anyway I think this goes well followed by Biddy Martin and then the Barren Rock of Aden.
This is the very first polka I’ve learned! It’s also on Beginish’s first album though no name is given. And I still remember Martin Hayes play it on the stage around a couple of years ago in Edinburgh.
Teada plays a whole different version of this polka, but we found this version first. It’s a nice tune, and very easy.
Sorry, this was already posted as O’Connor’s polka: https://thesession.org/tunes/2097
If I remember rightly the title was given by the Boys of the Lough after Martin O’Connor, from whom they learnt the polka. On a later recording they also played it as a jig, rather successfully. I heard it played in an Edinburgh session many years ago by Neil Davie.
Teada = “O’Connor’s Polka” ~ just ‘slightly’ different
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on December 23rd 2005 by Zazzaliss.
If you know this tune as ‘Teada’ or ‘Teada’s’, I suspect that was just ‘Zazzaliss’ not having a name and their choosing to assign the name of the band ‘Teada’ to their transcription, not a method I would recommend or respect. ‘Gan Ainm’ will do just fine until a name can be found for a thing, or its duplication…
I’m sure I’ve seen this as "The Hayden Fancy", but where? Hold on, just found it: it’s in one of Sully’s session books. He got it from the Tulla Ceili Band.
I also know this polka as "Hayden’s Fancy" but I learnt it off the Danny O’Mahony and Michael O’Raghallaigh album "As it happened".
Johnny Box, X:4
From the playing of Beginish.