The Blue Ribbon polka

Also known as The Blue Ribbon #1, The Blue Ribbon Polkas No. 1, Dan O’Leary’s #3, The Northern March, Orange, Sonny Barrett’s, Sonny Rearden’s, Sonny Riordan’s, Tom Billy’s.

There are 25 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Blue Ribbon appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Blue Ribbon has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Blue Ribbon has been added to 54 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:cB/c/ dc/d/|ea cc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA BA|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea cc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
|:aa fe/f/|ag d2|ea a/f/e/d/|cA BA|
aa fe/f/|ag d2|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
aa fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
aa fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
# Added by ceili .
3
X: 3
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:c2 dc/d/|ea d>f|ea e/f/e/d/|cA BA|
c2 dc/d/|ea d>f|ea e/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
|:a2 fe/f/|ac d>f|ea e/f/e/d/|cA BA|
[1 a2 fe/f/|ac d>f|ea e/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
[2 c2 dc/d/|ea d>f|ea e/f/e/d/|cA A2||
# Added by Yvan .
4
X: 4
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A/B/|ce dc/d/|ea c>d|ea a/f/e/d/|cA BA/B/|
cA d/4e/4d/c/d/|ea c>d|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A>B|
cA/c/ dc/d/|ea c>d|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B/4c/4B/A/B/|
c2 d2|ea c>d|ea a/f/e/d/|c/c/A A2||
|:a2 fe/f/|ae d>B|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
a2 fe/f/|ae d>B|ea a/f/e/d/|1 cA A2:|2 cA A>B||
5
X: 5
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A/B/|:cc dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|1 cA A>B:|2 cA A2||
|:aa fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
({e/f/g/}a)a fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|1 cA A2|2 cA A-||
6
X: 6
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A/B/|:c/d/ ed c/d/ ea B/c/c/d/|ea a/g/e/d/ cAB A/B/|c/d/ ed c/d/ ea B/c/c/d/|
ea a/g/e/d/ cA A2:|aa g/f/e/f/ aed c/d/|ea a/g/e/d/ cABA|
|:aa g/f/e/f/ aed c/d/|ecAF G4|aa g/f/e/f/ aee c/d/|
ea a/g/e/d/ cAB A/B/|c/d/ ed c/d/ ea B/c/c/d/|ea a/g/e/d/ cA A2:|
7
X: 7
T: The Blue Ribbon
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:c2 dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea f/a/f/e/|cA BA/B/|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea f/a/f/e/|1 cA AB:|2 cA A2||
ab/a/ fe/f/|ac d2|ea f/a/f/e/|cA B2|
ab/a/ fe/f/|ac d2|ea f/a/f/e/|cA A2|
ab/a/ fe/f/|ac d2|ea f/a/f/e/|cA BA/B/|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea d2|ea f/g/f/e/|cA AB||

Fourteen comments

Orange

Transcribed from The Kilbride Brother’s eponymous cd.

On the Tim Collins 2004 "Dancing On Silver" recording as "Tom Billy’s."

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Orange: alias sonny reardon’s polka

This tune is also known as Sonny Reardon’s, and I’ll post the ABC’s as ‘Patrick Street’ plays it. There is not SO much in difference, but………

X:1
T:Sonny Reardon’s
M:2/2
R:Polka
K:A
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
cB/c/ dc/d/|ea dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|
aa fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA B2|
aa fe/f/|ae dc/d/|ea a/f/e/d/|cA A2:|

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Source

I learned it on the album Roseland Barndance by North Cregg, who learned themselves it from the Cork-based Four Star Trio.

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"Gan Ainm" / "Sonny Riordan’s" ~ taking it lower

This is another one I thought was already on site, but I’m not finding it. Here’s another way you can take it, rumbling ~

X: 2
T: gan ainm
T: Sonny Riordan’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: DMaj
|: E |\
F2 GF/G/ | Ad F>G | Ad A/B/A/G/ | FD ED/E/ |
FE/F/ GF/G/ | Ad F>G | Ad A/B/A/G/ | FD D :|
|: A |\
d2 BA/B/ | dF G2 | Ad A/B/A/G/ | FD E2 |
[1 dd BA/B/ | dF G>B | Ad A/B/A/G/ | FD D :|
[2 FE/F/ GF/G/ | Ad F>G | Ad A/B/A/G/ | FD D |]

Gan Ainm

I transcribed the untitled tune which precedes this one on the same album, so as not to confuse with yours. I believe that North Cregg actually transposed Sonny Rian’s polka to A in order to arrange a neat set with the previous polka which key is G.
https://thesession.org/tunes/11281

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Q: 126 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)

I have also learned this one direct as well from other living sources and situations where the average tempos varied from 120 to 136 bpm (& higher 😛) ~ 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note…

Northern March

This is a tune taught by Andy Rigby at the Lake School of Irish Music held in Koroit Victoria Australia. Andy learned the tune at a Chris Norman workshop but didn’t know the origin of the tune. He though that it was possibly from Northern Ireland. It is a great tune on flute or whistle. Any suggestion as to it’s origin would be greatly appreciated.

"Northern"……

I’m 99% certain that this march is indeed from what Gary Hastings once describes as the "alternative" flute-playing tradition in the North of Ireland. I’m also fairly certain - without having the actual recording - that it’s the first tune played on track #11 here :

https://thesession.org/recordings/273

…and also that the sleeve notes attribute Chris’s source for the tune as Desi Wilkinson.

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