Tom Billy’s polka

Also known as The Blue Ribbon Polkas No. 1, The Blue Ribbon, Orange, Sonny Rearden’s.

There are 111 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Banks Of The Ilen (a few times), The Foxhunter’s (a few times), As I Went Out Upon The Ice (a few times), The Battering Ram (a few times) and The Chicago (a few times).

Tom Billy's has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Tom Billy's
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:|
X: 2
T: Tom Billy's
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 .
X: 3
T: Tom Billy's
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 |]
X: 4
T: Tom Billy's
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- |]

Six 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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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 :-P) ~ 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note…