The Mealagh Valley polka

Also known as Mealagh Valley No. 1.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Mealagh Valley has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Mealagh Valley
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE/D/ DE|FA FA|B/c/B/A/ Bc|1 d3 F:|2 d3 B||
|:Af fe|dc BA|B/c/B/A/ BA|FA FG|
Af fe|dc BA|B/c/B/A/ Bc|1 d3 B:|2 d4||

Eight comments

Mealagh Valley Polka #1

From the Mealagh Valley, Kerry apparently. Anyone know the place? We play it with, erm, the Mealagh Valley Polka No. 2. Personally I think this is a very efficient naming system.

The Mealagh Valley

Yes, lived there for a spell, nine miles up from Bantry Bay, beautiful place, missed. We danced there and played the local tunes, including in the house, but never heard either of these two tunes while there. For various reasons I suspect they are recent compositions… I’d love to know who the compser is.

Oh yeah, not Kerry, West Cork…

Mealagh Valley Polka #1

We were taught this lovely tune yesterday at a tune workshop at the Hibernia Centre, Avonmouth, Bristol (UK). An excellent good tune for set dancing.

‘The Mealagh Valley Polka’

ok c, at long last, my pre pats day wake up call to get an answer on the ‘authenticty’ of these tunes, sorry it has taken so long. ‘The Meallagh Valley polkas are from here and go with the Meallagh Valley set, which is a unuseal set, it starts off simple and gets more complicated with each figure different to the last, there is no ‘body’ or part that gets repeated. A body is a bit like the chourus in a song that the set returns to after a figure or different bit’. Now thats not from timmy ‘the brit’, but very close.

Yes, this I know, we used to dance it in the house. 🙂 I’ll have to check some old recordings, as it might be in amongst them and I might have my own answers there. I should have done that earlier but some things weren’t at the time accessibly. I think I’ll also try asking some of our friends back in the valley. That too would make sense. 😀

In the meantime, here’s a couple of recordings that include the set, for the ears, and I’ll add other transcriptions later too:

YouTube: John Coakley, Laura Ugur - Set of Polkas (TG4) - the last two of three

The Mealagh Valley Polkas (1 & 2) - on banjo

Should have clarified, the Mealagh Valley, 9 mile up from Bantry, was our home for a spell, lovely place, lovely people, a great librarian, but little or no work to be found. We even had a house offered to us, if at the time in a flooded area, but that could have been sorted. We miss it, our neighbors and friends, and fresh line caught mackerel… Sigh!