There are a couple of polkas called "The Ballydesmond". Quite often they are played in sets, usually starting with this one.
I’ve shown it here with the first note slightly lengthened. I like to emphasise that first note either by sliding up to it or playing an open A string with it.
Maurice Manley’s Polka
I have seen this particular tune referred to as Ballydesmond Polka #2
or Maurice Manley’s Polka. If I get a chance, I will post Ballydesmond #1.
All three Ballydesmond Polkas can be found in Jack Walch’s "Session
Tunes", if I remember correctly.
PVB session playlist
As played at PVB session,
T:Maurice Manley’s Polka
|:"Am"EA AB|cd e2|"G"G>F GA|GE ED|
|"Am"EA AB|B1/2c1/2d ef|"G"g1/2f1/2e"Em" dB|"Am"A2 A2:|
|:"Am"a>g ab|ag ef|"G"g>f ga|ge d2|
|"Am"ea ab|ag ef|"G"ge "E7"dB|"Am"A2 A2:|
Slainte has pointed out that there are similarities between this tune and parts of "Farewell to Ireland"
There may well be something in that.
T: Maurice Manley’s
|: A/G/ |\
EA A>B | cd e2 | G/A/G/F/ G>A | GE ED |
EA- A>B | cd e>f | g/f/e dB | A2 A :|
|: B/d/ |\
ea a>b | a/b/a/g/ ef | g>f ga | ge ed |
ea- a>b | ag ef | ge dG | A2- A :|
PVB session playlist ~ with some adjustments
T: Maurice Manley’s Polka
|: EA AB | cd e2 | G>F GA | GE ED |
EA AB | B/c/d ef | g/f/e dB | A2 A2 :|
|: a>g ab | ag ef | g>f ga | ge d2 |
ea ab | ag ef | ge dB | A2 A2 :|
T: Ballydesmond, The!
|: c2 Bc/B/ | AB/A/ G>A | Bd ed | g2 gd |
e/g/a ge | dB GA/B/ | ce dB | A2 A2 :|
|: ea ag/e/ | dg ge/d/ | ea ab | g2 ed |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB GA/B/ | ce dB | A2 A2 :|
Just trying to de-confuse myself
This is this one http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/ballydesmond_no_2/
X: 5 “The Ballydesmond Polka” No. 2 in a set of 3
B: "Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with Armagh Pipers Club, Part 2"
Published by Armagh Pipers Club
Printed by The Appletree Press, Ltd., Belfast, 1979
Music transcriptions: Eithne Vallely
Introduction: John B. Vallely
page 12 - transcription #20: The Ballydesmond Polkas (a set of 3)
Written out as 4/4 I’ve converted the transcription to the usual 2/4…
“The Ballydesmond Polkas” ~ one order - 1 - ‘2’ - 3
X: 6 “The Jib Polka”
S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
https://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 11 (side 2, track 4) - the 1st polka of two
Q: 135 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)
Re: The Ballydesmond
Two of The Ballydesmond polkas as a set
Learned these from a session that used to meet in Rochester, MI, USA. Like the segue and prefer these versions though not much different than those already posted.
T: The Ballydesmond #1
|:EA AB|cd e2|G>F GA|GE (3E/F/E/D|
EA AB|cd ef|ge dB|AG A2:|
|:a2 a>b|ag ef|g>f ga|ge ed|
ea ab|ag ef|ge dB|A2 A2:|
T: The Ballydesmond #2
|:AB|c2 B2|A2 GA|Bd ed|g2 ed|
ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|A2:|
|:cd|ea ag/e/|dg gd|ea ab|g2 ed|
ea ge|dB GA/B/|ce dB|A2:|