Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Swing Band polka

Also known as Dan Sullivan’s, Danu Polka #2, The Midnight, Sheehan’s.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Swing Band has been added to 6 tune sets.

Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Swing Band has been added to 74 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Swing Band
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:A>B cd|ed ea|ge de/d/|cA GE|
A>B cd|ed ea|ge de/d/|cA A2:|
|:a2 ge|dB gb|aA AB/c/|dA GE|
A>B cd|ed ea|ge de/d/|cA A2:|
X: 2
T: Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Swing Band
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A>B c/B/c/d/|ed ea|ge de/d/|cA GE|
A>B c/B/c/d/|ed ea|ge de/d/|1cA AE:|2cA Af/g/
|:a2 ge|dB g f/g/|aA AB/^c/|dB GE|
A>B c/B/c/d/|ed ea|ge de/d/|1cA Af/g/:|2cA AE |
X: 3
T: Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Swing Band
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:D>E FG|AG Ad|cA GA/2G/2|FD CA,|
D>E FG|AG Ad|cA GA/2G/2|FD D2:|
|:d2 cA|GE ce|dD DE/2F/2|GD CA,|
D>E FG|AG Ad|cA GA/2G/2|FD D2:|
X: 4
T: Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Swing Band
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
B, |: E>F GA | BA Be | dB AB/A/ | GE DB, |
E>F GA | BA Be | dB AB/A/ |1 GE EB, :|2 GE E2 ||
ef/e/ dB | AF dc/d/ | eE EF/G/ | AF DB, |
ef/e/ dB | AF dc/d/ | eE FD | E2 E2 |
ef/e/ dB | AF dc/d/ | eE EF/G/ | AF DB, |
E>F GA | BA Be | dB AB/A/ | GE E2 |]

Thirteen comments

Origins?

I like this one a lot, it’s really modal. I found it on Danu’s "The Road Less Traveled". They say that it was written in the 20’s in America. By Dan Sullivan? I have no idea.

Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Swing Band (polka)

There are several Dan Sullivan tracks on the 4-CD collection "Farewell to Ireland* (Proper Records, Properbox3), a compendium of 80 recordings made in the ’20s and ’30s by Irish emigrants in the USA. Unfortunately, this polka isn’t one of them.

The sleeve notes to "Farewell to Ireland" say this about Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band:

"Pianist and bandleader Dan Sullivan was born in Boston, the son of a fiddler aslso named Dan Sullivan. Sullivan senior was described in O’Neill’s book Irish Minstrels And Musicians as "the great Irish fiddler, known to everybody in Boston and the adjoining towns". In 1926 Sullivan Jr. founded Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band with Tipperary fiddler Thomas Ryan and three Kerry musicians Michael Hanafin (fiddle), Dan Murphy (pipes) and Daniel Moroney (pipes and flute). A resourceful character, he managed to have the band recorded within months of its formation. The line-up changed a lot between 1926 and 1934, with only Sullivan and Hanafin present on all recordings. It is a credit to their musicianship that the sound of the band remained constant depsite personnel changes. The band recorded over 100 sides of mostly superb music particularly distinguished by Sullivan’s driving and inventive piano which was a breath of fresh air in a genre often marred by inept and/or indifferent, and frequently inappropriate accompaniment." [We all know what Michael Coleman had to put up with on his recordings!]

Trevor

Oops

In the third and seventh measures, the second sixteenth notes are supposed to be D’s. Write it in if you must.

Oh yeah

And the first note of measure 12 is supposed to be a D. I am so not used to ABC notation. We should all be able to write these things with proper notation just like classical musicians, which most of us are not!

Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Swing Band polka

X:2 as played by the Four Provinces Orchestra on an old 78, reissued on the Topic CD Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Jim and Mary Coogan also recorded this minor key setting on the first track of their Passing Time CD, where they called it Sheehan’s.

Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Swing Band, X:3

The setting of this polka in "D" is from A. Sullivan’s "Irish Traditional Music Session Tunes"

Midnight

shaketree asked for this fine polka from the Paddy O’Brien Collection ( https://paddyobrien.net ). It’s in E mixolydian, but I’m afraid I know nothing else about it.

Re: Midnight

I’m sure either Dennis Doody or Johnny O’Leary has recorded this, possibly in a different key.

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Re: Midnight

I learned the tune from Liz Carroll’s "A friend indeed" - also my only reference. Sometimes we play that polka set in sessions.