Walsh’s polka

Also known as Jackie Daly’s #5, Jim Keefe’s, Jim Keeffe’s, The Tuar Mór Polka No. 3.

There are 32 recordings of this tune.

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Walsh’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

Walsh’s has been added to 13 tune sets.

Walsh's has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f|a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed c/B/A|
a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 Bc|ed d:|
|:e|f>e fe|dc BA|g>f ga|ba f/g/a|
f>e fe|dc BA|g2 Bc|ed d:|
X: 2
T: Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fa af/a/|ba fa|g2B3/2c/|ed BA|
fa af/a/|ba fa|g2B3/2c/|edd2:|
|:f2f3/2e/|dc BA|g2g3/2a/|bage|
X: 3
T: Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a2 af/a/|ba f/g/a|g2 B/c/d|ed c/B/A|
a2 af/a/|ba fa|g2 B/c/d|1 ed df:|2 ed de||
|:ef fe|dc BA|gg/f/ ga|ba f/g/a|
f2 fe|dc BA|g2 B/c/d|1 ed de:|2 ed df||

Nine comments

Walsh standing on his head?

If you reverse the A and B parts you have The Tuar Mór Polka No. 3, which I’ve submitted separately.

Alas poor ‘kjlowe’, no more, your entry has vanished in the digital soup. I have known - played, heard and danced to - this polka under both names but in the order as transcribed by GM here…

This is on Jackie Daly’s Music From Sliabh Luachra as “Jim Keefe’s”.

French cousin

The second part makes me think of this French march I heard on fiddles once:
I think it comes from the Loire or South of the Loire regions

X: 1
T: Unidentified French March?
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
f3 f3 efe dcB c2A g3 g3 efg aba
f3 f3 efe dcB c2A a2b aef gef d2A

I can’t remember the 2nd part (or if there was one)…
NB: the uneven number of beats is nothing unusual in French trad music.

Gan Ainm

This is the third polka in the “Maggie in the Woods Set” (Maggie in the Woods, The Maids of Ardagh and this one) on the album “Rakish Paddies” by Dutch folk band Rapalje. No name is listed there and I’ve been unable to find a matching tune here.

Re: Walsh’s

North Cregg’s setting is almost identical to X1.

Only slight difference: for bars 1 & 5 of the B Part, they instead open with “f2 fe”, and, they play it up in Ebmaj.