Eileen Ni Riordain’s polka

Also known as B Minor, Eileen Ni Riordan’s, The Kinkisha.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Eileen Ni Riordain’s has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Eileen Ni Riordain's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:ge e>f|ge e>f|ge de|cA B/2A/2G|
ge e>f|ge ed|cA A/2B/G|1 A2 A2:|2 A2 A B||
|:c>d ce|dc B>d|cA B/2A/2G|AB cd|
c>d ce|dc B>d|cA B/2A/2G|1 A2 A B:|2 A2 A2||

Four comments

Eileen Ni Riordan’s

From Joel Cowan’s concertina playing on the album The Yellow Bustard, where it is untitled. A nice strong, forward-moving polka.

Re: Eileen Ni Riordan’s

Hi Vasha, I wonder where the titles came from if it was untitled?
This tune was used by Micheál Ó Suilleahbáin for film music for Cry of the Mountain and it is included on a track of his LP of the same name. The LP says MÓS was the composer and arranger but there are other tracks on the LP that are clearly traditional that are not credited as such, so I don’t know. I ought to put this LP listing on the session!

Re: Eileen Ni Riordan’s

Looking more closely at the LP and a scribbled note of mine, two tracks are reversed. Thus this music was for a rearranged version of “The Kinkisha” film music. The melodeon player was Dave Hennessy. The notes say the film, by Tommy McArdle, is set in Co. Monaghan and based on the folk belief thata cild born at Whitsun must either kill or be killed(!)

Re: Eileen Ni Riordan’s

I believe the title “Eileen Ni Riordan’s” was assigned by Henrik Norbeck; his files list a recording of her playing it at some unstated date and on that recording it’s just referred to as “B minor polka.”