The Ballydesmond polka

Also known as The Ballydesmond No. 2, The Ballydesmond Polka 2, The Ballydesmond Polka No. 2, The Ballydesmond Polkas No. 2, The Ballydesmond Polkas, The Jib, Manley’s, Maurice Manley’s.

There are 68 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with John Ryan’s (a few times), Dan Coakley’s (a few times) and Denis Murphy’s (a few times).

The Ballydesmond has been added to 676 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E>A AB|cd e2|G>F GA|GF ED|
|E>A AB|cd ef|ge dB|A2 A2:|
|:a2 ab|ag ef|g2 ga|ge de|
|e<a ab|ag ef|ge dB|A2 A2:|
X: 2
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:"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:|
|:"Am"c2"Em"Bc1/2B1/2|"Am"AB1/2A1/2G>A|"G"Bded|g2gd|
|"Am"e1/2g1/2a"Em"ge|"G"dBGA1/2B1/2|"Am"ce"Em"dB|"Am"A2 A2:|
|:"Am"eaag1/2e1/2|"G"dgge1/2d1/2|"Am"eaab|"Em"g2ed|
|"Am"ea"Em"g1/2a1/2g1/2e1/2|"G"dBGA1/2B1/2|"Am"ce"Em"dB|"Am"A2 A2:|
X: 3
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: 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 :|
X: 4
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: 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 :|
X: 5
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: EA AB | cd e2 | G>F GA | GE ED |
EA AB | cd e>f | ge dB | A2 A2 :|
|: a>g ab | ag ef | g>f ga | ge ed |
ea ab | ag ef | ge dB | A2 A2 :|
X: 6
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: EA AB | cd e2 | G>F GA | GE ED |
EA A>B | B/c/d e>f | ge dB |[1 A2 A>G :|[2 A2 AB/A/ ||
|: a>^g ab | ag ef | g>f ga | ge de |
a>^g ab | ag e>f | ge dB |[1 A2 AB/A/ :|[2 A2 A/B/A/G/ |]
X: 7
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: EA A>B | cd e/f/g | G2 G>A | GE F/E/D |
EA A>B | cd ef | ge dB |1A2 A/B/A/G/ :|2A2 A2||
|: a2 a>b | ag ef | g2 g>a | ge f/e/d |
ea a>b | ag ef | ge dB |1 A2 A2 :|2 A2 A/B/A/G/|

Ten comments

Ballydesmond #1

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,

X:1
T:Maurice Manley’s Polka
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:polka
K:Ador
|:"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:|

X:2
T:Ballydesmond, The
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:polka
K:Ador
|:"Am"c2"Em"Bc1/2B1/2|"Am"AB1/2A1/2G>A|"G"Bded|g2gd|
|"Am"e1/2g1/2a"Em"ge|"G"dBGA1/2B1/2|"Am"ce"Em"dB|"Am"A2 A2:|
|:"Am"eaag1/2e1/2|"G"dgge1/2d1/2|"Am"eaab|"Em"g2ed|
|"Am"ea"Em"g1/2a1/2g1/2e1/2|"G"dBGA1/2B1/2|"Am"ce"Em"dB|"Am"A2 A2:|

Ballydesmond #1

Slainte has pointed out that there are similarities between this tune and parts of "Farewell to Ireland"
https://thesession.org/tunes/33

There may well be something in that.

“Maurice Manley’s”

X: 4
T: Maurice Manley’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: 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

X: 1
T: Maurice Manley’s Polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: 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 :|

X: 2
T: Ballydesmond, The!
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: 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 :|

https://thesession.org/tunes/239

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…

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)