The Ballydesmond polka

Also known as Ballydesmond #2, The Ballydesmond 2, Ballydesmond No. 2, The Ballydesmond Polkas, Blind Tom’s, Springtime.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Joe Bane’s Schottische (a few times) and Sweeney’s (a few times).

The Ballydesmond has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 485 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AB|c2 B2|A2 GA|Bd ed|g2 ed|
ea ge|dB G>B|ce dB|A2:|
|:cd|ea ag|dg gd|ea ab|g2 ed|
ea ge|dB G>B|ce dB|A2:|
X: 2
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
"C"cd/c/ "G"Bc/B/ | "am"AB/A/ "em"G>A | "G"Bd ed | g2>d2 |
"am"ea g>e | "G"dB GA/B/ | "C"ce "em"dB | "am"A2A2 :|
"am"ea ag/e/ | "G"dg g>d | "am"ea ab | "em"g2ed |
"am"ea g>e | "G"dB GA/B/ | "am"ce "em"dB | "am"A2A2 :|]
X: 3
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
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 :|
X: 4
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: AB |c2 B2 | A2 G>A | B/c/d ed | g2 ed |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB GG/A/ | Be dB | A2 :|
|: Bd |ea ag/e/ | dg gd | ea ab | g>f gd |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB GG/A/ | Be dB | A2 :|
X: 5
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B |cd/c/ Bc/B/ | AB/A/ G>A | Bd ef | ga/g/ ed |
ea g>e | dB G>B | c/d/e dB | A2- A :|
|: B/d/ |ea a>e | dg g/a/g/d/ | ea a>b | g/a/g/f/ gd |
ea g>e | dB F/G/A/B/ | ce d/c/B | A2- A :|
X: 6
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EF |G2 F2 | E2 D>E | F/G/A BA | d2 BA |
Be d/e/d/B/ | AF DE/F/ | GB AF | E2 :|
|: FA |Be ed/B/ | Ad dA | Be ef | d>c dB |
Be d/e/d/B/ | AF DE/F/ | FB AF | E2 :|
X: 7
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: cd/c/ Bc/B/ | AB/A/ G>A | B/c/d ed | g2- gd |
ea ge | dB GA/B/ | ce dB | A2 A2 :|
|: ea ag/e/ | dg gd | ea ab | g>f gd |
ea ge | dB GA/B/ | ce dB | A2 A2 :|
X: 8
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B/ |c2 B2 | A2 G>A | Bd ed | g2 ed |
ea g>e | dB G>B | ce dB | A2 A3/ :|
|: d/ |ea a2 | dg g2 | ea af | g2 ed |
ea g>e | dB G2 | ce dB | A2- A3/ :|
X: 9
T: The Ballydesmond
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: AB |c2 B2 | A2 G>A | B/c/d ed | g2 ed |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB G>A | Be dB | A2 :|
|: Bd |ea ag/e/ | dg gd | ea ab | g2 ed |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB G>A | Be dB | A2 :|

Fifteen comments

Ballydesmond #2

I like to play this Ballydesmond polka after the other Ballydesmond polka so I think of it as being Ballydesmond polka number two.

That opening phrase with the descending notes is just begging to be ornamented. You could drone an open E with each note. Alernatively, you could turn the first two into triplets: CBA BAG.

Also know as the "Springtime Polka".

Variation of the Ballydesmond polka #2

X:1
T:39. The Ballydesmond polka #2
C:irish trad
Z:Falkbeer
R:polka
Q:"allegro"
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:Ador

"C"cd/c/ "G"Bc/B/ | "am"AB/A/ "em"G>A | "G"Bd ed | g2>d2 |
"am"ea g>e | "G"dB GA/B/ | "C"ce "em"dB | "am"A2A2 :|
"am"ea ag/e/ | "G"dg g>d | "am"ea ab | "em"g2ed |
"am"ea g>e | "G"dB GA/B/ | "am"ce "em"dB | "am"A2A2 :|]

Which one is this one?

Learned this one as Ballydesmond #2 …

X:1
T: Ballydesmond #2
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K:Gmaj
Q:1/4=130
|:EA AB|cd e2|G>G GA|GE ED|
|EA AB|cd e>f|ge dB|1A2 A>G:|2A2 A2|]
|:a>a ab|ag ef|g>g ga|ge ed|
|a>a ab|ag ef|ge dB|A2 A2:|

PVB session playlist ~ as played by

# Posted on July 1st 2006 by Rune Stone
https://thesession.org/members/22412

"The Ballydesmond Polkas" (1 or 2) / "Maurice Manley’s Polka"
Submitted on August 16th 2001 by Jeremy.
https://thesession.org/tunes/238

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 :|

“The Ballydesmond Polka” - more possibilities, A & E Dorian

X: 4
T: Ballydesmond Polka, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: AB |\
c2 B2 | A2 G>A | B/c/d ed | g2 ed |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB GG/A/ | Be dB | A2 :|
|: Bd |\
ea ag/e/ | dg gd | ea ab | g>f gd |
ea g/a/g/e/ | dB GG/A/ | Be dB | A2 :|

X: 5
T: Ballydesmond Polka, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: B |\
cd/c/ Bc/B/ | AB/A/ G>A | Bd ef | ga/g/ ed |
ea g>e | dB G>B | c/d/e dB | A2- A :|
|: B/d/ |\
ea a>e | dg g/a/g/d/ | ea a>b | g/a/g/f/ gd |
ea g>e | dB F/G/A/B/ | ce d/c/B | A2- A :|

X: 6
T: Ballydesmond Polka, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Edor
|: EF |\
G2 F2 | E2 D>E | F/G/A BA | d2 BA |
Be d/e/d/B/ | AF DE/F/ | GB AF | E2 :|
|: FA |\
Be ed/B/ | Ad dA | Be ef | d>c dB |
Be d/e/d/B/ | AF DE/F/ | FB AF | E2 :|

=Tom Billy’s

Tom Billy’s polka as played by Pádraig O’Keeffe on The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master sounds just like the Ballydesmond #2:
https://thesession.org/tunes/2239

Tom Billy was from Ballydesmond.

Posted .

That’s because they are one in the same… Tom Billy was a big influence on many, including Pádraig O’Keeffe, and continues to be so down the line, with several tunes carrying his name, including as an alternative title, this one too…

"Pádraig O’Keeffe: The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master"
https://thesession.org/recordings/738
Track 16, the third tune, "Tom Billy’s Polka", in a set of four polkas.

“Tom Billy’s Polka” #114 :-/

Unfortunately, adding the alternate title "Tom Billy’s" to the list raises the recordings list from 36 to 114, and most of those would be false readings. So, at the moment, this older alternate title for this one, honouring that early source, is not listed…

X: 8 “The Ballydesmond Polka” No. 3 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: 9 “The Ballydesmond Polka”

~ for June… ;-)