Paddy Jones’ polka

Also known as Bill The Waiver’s #1, Bill The Weaver’s #1, Johnny O’Leary’s, Padraig O’Keeffe’s.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Paddy Jones’ appears in 1 other tune collection.

Paddy Jones' has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Paddy Jones'
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FA GB|A2 f/e/d/B/|AF ED/E/|FE ED/E/|
FA GB|A2 f/e/d/B/|AF EF/E/|1 D2 DE:|2 D2 D2||
|:e/f/e/d/ BA|de fe|dB Ac/A/|BE E2|
e/f/e/d/ BA|de fe|dB AF/E/|1 D2 D2:|2 D2 DE||

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Paddy Jones’ polka

I learned this polka from the late, great Paddy Jones of Knightsmountain, Co. Kerry. Paddy called it after either Johnny O’Leary or Padraig O’Keeffe, and didn’t have a specific name for it. The tune can also be found in the book Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra under the title Bill The Weaver’s (1) (#219), with Johnny’s own comment there suggesting Julia Clifford learned it from her father Bill.

Paddy would always play this polka in a set with The Blue Ribbon, and here’s a video of him playing the two in Miltown Malbay in 2014:

Born between Cordal and Castleisland, Paddy took classes from Padraig O’Keeffe in his youth, and carried the title of the last living O’Keeffe student in Ireland for a good few years, until, sadly, passing away in May 2020. Paddy was an absolute character, a philosopher in his own right, and since it’s hard to separate the music from the talk in his case, here’s a great 6-part film where you can hear him do both: