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.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

Many A Wild Night has been added to 10 tune sets.

Many A Wild Night has been added to 72 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

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|1G,2 G,>B,:|2G,2 G,2||
|:GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FD/F/ Ac|BG GD|
GD/G/ Bd|cA AG|FA ed|1G2 GD:|2G2 G2||
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 |]
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 :|
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 .
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 :|
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 :|
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 :|
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 .
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 :|
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 ||

Eleven comments

Many A Wild Night (polka)

Source: Jackie Daly : Many’s a Wild Night
Transcription: gmp

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 :|

Sliabh Notes’ take on it

X: 1
T: Many A Wild Night
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
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 :|

First tune here ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VGwMnppEOQ

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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.

X: 7 “Many’s a Wild Night”

S: John Brosnan

Many A Wild Night, X:9

From the playing of John Redmond.

Many A Wild Night, X:10

Some combination of previous settings.