Many A Wild Night polka

Also known as The Ballyoran Polkas #2, The Ballyoran Polkas No. 2, The Ballyoran, Begley’s, Many’s A Wild Night, Pa Keane’s, Take Her Away Down The Quay.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Many A Wild Night appears in 3 other tune collections.

Many A Wild Night has been added to 24 tune sets.

Many A Wild Night has been added to 89 tunebooks.

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Eleven settings

1
X: 1
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B,C|:DG GF/E/|DB, B,A,/B,/|CE ED|B,G, G,>B,|
DG GF/E/|DB, B,A,/B,/|CA, ED|1 G,2 G,>B,:|2 G,2 G,2||
|:GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FD/F/ Ac|BG GD|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FA ed|1 G2 GD:|2 G2 G2||
2
X: 2
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/c/|:dg ge|dB BA/B/|ce ed|Bd GB/c/|
dg ge|dB BA/B/|ce ed|G2 G2:|
|:GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FD/F/ Ac|BG GF|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|Fe dF|1 G2 G2:|2 G2- G||
3
X: 3
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B/c/|dg gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed|BG G/A/B/c/|
dg/f/ gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed|G2 G:|
|:D|GD/G/ Bd|cA A/B/A/G/|FD/F/ Ac|BG G/c/B/A/|
GD/G/ Bc|BA A>G|Ae ed|G2- G:|
4
X: 4
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|Ad dB|AF FD|GB BA|F/G/A D>B|
Ad dB|AF FD|GB BA|D2 D>B:|
|:Ad fa|ge e>c|Ac e/f/g|fd d/e/d/B/|
Ad fa|ge ed|ce ba|d2 d>B:|
# Added .
5
X: 5
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B/c/|dg gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed/c/|BG G/A/B/c/|
dg gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed|G2 G:|
|:B/A/|GD/G/ Bd|cA A/B/A/G/|FD/F/ Ac|BG G/c/B/A/|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|Fe ed|G2 G:|
6
X: 6
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B/c/|dg gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed/c/|BG G/A/B/c/|
dg gf/e/|dB BA/B/|ce ed|G2 G:|
|:B/A/|GD/G/ Bd|cA A/B/A/G/|FD/F/ Ac|BG G/c/B/A/|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|Fe ed|G2 G:|
7
X: 7
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|Ad dc/B/|AF FD|GB BA|F/G/A D2|
Ad dc/B/|AF FD|GB BA|D2 D:|
|:A|d>e fa|ge e2|Ac eg|fd dA|
d>e fa|ge ed|ce ba|d2 d:|
8
X: 8
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/c/|:dg ge|dB BA/B/|ce ed|Bd GB/c/|
dg ge|dB BA/B/|ce ed|G2 G2:|
|:GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FD/F/ Ac|BG GF|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|Fe ed|G2 G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
9
X: 9
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad dB|AF GE|GB BA|GE GF|
Ad dB|AF GE|GB BA|D2 D2:|
|:Ad fa|ge e2|Ac eg|fd d/e/d/B/|
Ad fa|ge ed|ce ba|d2 dB:|
10
X: 10
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad dB|AF FE/F/|GB BA|GE E2|
Ad dB|AF FE/F/|GB BA|D2 D2:|
|:d>e fa|ge e2|Ac eg|fd dA|
d>e fa|ge ed|ce ba|1 d2 dA:|2 d2 dB||
11
X: 11
T: Many A Wild Night
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad dc/B/|AF FE/F/|GB BA|F/G/A D2|
Ad dc/B/|AF FE/F/|GB BA|D2 D2:|
|:A>d fa|ge e2|c/B/A/c/ eg|fd dB|
Ad fa|ge ed|ce ba|d2 dB:|
K:Amix
A>B AF|FE EB/c/|d2 dB|c2 c>B|
Ad fe/c/|Ac ec/B/|AB/c/ df|e2 e2|
a>b af|ec BA|Bc/B/ AF|E2 E2|
e2 fe|cA FA|EF A>B|A2 A2||

Fourteen comments

Part of another tune?

This is the same as the ‘C’ and ‘D’ musics of Ballyoran Polka which I submitted on March 2nd 2004 with just a few negligable differences. Sliab Luachra play this tune faster than I tend to play the Ballyoran Polka.

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I used to, and still do, play the two polkas as a set, and I don’t remember coming across them slammed together as a four part polka as suggested here - The Ballyoran Polka, ‘ABCD’. However, I do remember folks, usually ‘from away’ who would not repeat polkas, only once through, whatever the mix of melodies they chose.

https://thesession.org/tunes/2593

"Many A Wild Night" / "Begley’s"

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on November 25th 2008 by JACKB
~ /tunes/9120

X: 2
T: Many a Wild Night
T: Begley’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
B/c/ |:\
dg ge | dB BA/B/ | ce ed | Bd GB/c/ |
dg ge | dB BA/B/ | ce ed | G2 G2 :|
|:GD/G/ Bd | cA AG | FD/F/ Ac | BG GF |
GD/G/ Bd | cA AG | Fe dF |[1 G2 G2 :|[2 G2- G |]

Note: I’ve added the second ending, which wasn’t given in Jack’s transcription ~ |[2 G2- G |] B/c/ | ~ and converted the first lead-in from Bc to B/c/. If the first of a set, and I’ve also played it that way, you can start the intro slowly, in other words ~ B2 c2 || ~ & the tune follows…

"Many a Wild Night" & another take

Forgot to say, the above is a rescued duplication… Since I’m here, why not another take for comparison, one of the ways I’ve learned to play this one…

X: 3
T: Many a Wild Night
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: B/c/ |\
dg gf/e/ | dB BA/B/ | ce ed | BG G/A/B/c/ |
dg/f/ gf/e/ | dB BA/B/ | ce ed | G2 G :|
|: D |\
GD/G/ Bd | cA A/B/A/G/ | FD/F/ Ac | BG G/c/B/A/ |
GD/G/ Bc | BA A>G | Ae ed | G2- G :|

Many a Wild Night/Ballyoran

This tune and the Ballyoran Polka can be found together as "Ballyoran Polkas" in Eamonn Jordan’s 1974 book "Whistle and Sing". It can also be found in Moylan’s "Johnny O"Leary of Sliabh Luachra" under the title "Pa Keane’s" in the key of D.

Pa Keane’s / Many-Part Many A Wild Night, X:11

Here’s the quirky 3-part version of Many A Wild Night (you could call it a 4-part, if you consider the last two as being played singly), which is called Pa Keane’s in the book Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra. The version here is from the playing of Connie O’Connell and Eibhlín de Paor on the video below. The setting in Johnny’s book is fairly close. I’ve heard it being played by Connie, Timmy O’Connor, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and others, and I’m not sure if anyone knows at this stage who’s the source for this many-part version. Did it fit a particular figure of the polka set better with an extra part attached, or did someone want their favourite march mixed with their favourite polka? Need more information!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZojJgZqMOY