The Lisheen polka

Also known as Din Tarrant’s No. 1, Din Tarrant’s No.2, Lonesome Polka No. 1, Lonesome Polka No. 2, Maid On The Ladder, The Saucy.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Lisheen has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Lisheen has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Lisheen
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dg B>A|GA Bd|fg/f/ ef|ed B>c|
dg B>A|GA Bd|fg/f/ ef|g2g2:|
|:a2f>g|af d2|fa f/g/f/e/|dB BA|
dg B>A|GA Bd|fg/f/ ef|g2g2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Lisheen
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dg B/c/B/A/|GA Bd|f2 ef|ed Bc|
dg B/c/B/A/|GA Bd|f2 ef|g2 g2:|
|:a2 f/g/f/e/|de fe|fa ef/e/|dB BA|
dg B/c/B/A/|GA Bd|f2 ef|g2 g2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Lisheen
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dg Bd/B/|GA Bd|fa e/f/g/e/|dB B2|
dg Bd/B/|GA Bd|fa ef|g2 g2:|
|:a2 f>e|de f2|fa e/f/g/e/|dB B2|
dg Bd/B/|GA Bd|fa ef|g2 g2:|
# Added by Larke .
4
X: 4
T: The Lisheen
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/|:dg BB/A/|GA Bd|f2 e/f/g/e/|dB B>c|
dg BB/A/|GA Bd|fa ef|1 g2 ge:|2 g2 g2||
|:a2 f>e|de f2|fa e/f/g/e/|dB B>c|
dg BB/A/|GA Bd|fa ef|1 g2 g2:|2 g2 ge||
# Added by DaveF .

Five comments

I’ve heard this refered to as the Lisheen Polka, is there any other name? I follow it with the Knocknaboul polkas for a nice set.

This is played on disc 1, track 4 of "Gaelic Roots" (Boston College Irish Studies Program) in a set following Julia Clifford’s polka.

T: Lisheen, The / Din Tarrant’s No.2
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: dg B/c/B/A/ | GA Bd | f2 ef | ed Bc |
dg B/c/B/A/ | GA Bd | f2 ef | g2 g2 :|
|: a2 f/g/f/e/ | de fe | fa ef/e/ | dB BA |
dg B/c/B/A/ | GA Bd | f2 ef | g2 g2 :|

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K: D - |: Ad F/G/F/E/ | ~ etc…

The Lisheen, X:3

This is the version taught by Cork-based Sliabh Luachra fiddler, Matt Cranitch. As far as I know, it is referred to at sessions throughout Cork as Din Tarrant’s No.2 and follows Din Tarrant’s No.1 (a.k.a., Jimmy Doyle’s https://thesession.org/tunes/542). Apparently only when they are played together are they known as The Lonesome Polkas, but know one seems to know the reason for that.

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The Lisheen, X:4

As played by Emma O’Leary on her album Mo Cheantar Féin.

From the sleeve notes:
The Lonesome Polka - also known as Din Tarrant’s can be found in Terry Moylan’s Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra; Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Denis or ‘Din’ Tarrant was a fiddle player from Knocknaboul near Ballydesmond and was a contemporary of Pádraig O’Keeffe and Tom Billy Murphy.

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