Begley, Cooney & Bevan
Played by Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (Button Accordion), Gerry Bevan (Fiddle), and Steve Cooney (Guitar) for the Baile Bhúirne (Ballyvourney) Reel set.
“Music for the Sets - the blue book”
Compiled by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
in association with Brooks Academy & Na Píobairí Uilleann
On Clearance ~ http://www.mally.com/results.asp?CategoryID=33
Page 8: "Neily Cleere’s"
Note: This melody is in G Major = both parts resolve on G and the c is natural…
As always the ears have it!!! ~ D Mixolydian
I shouldn’t have gone with my eyes first, they didn’t have it… I needed to play it as I know it, and it hangs on G, and doesn’t quite resolve there. It resolves on D while it isn’t Major with c natural as an accidental, D Mix it is…
“Neily Cleere’s Polka” ~ another take…
T: Neily Cleere’s
|: FG |\
A/B/A/^G/ AB | c/B/A F>G | AB c/B/A | GA/G/ FG |
A>^G AB | cA fg/f/ | ed A/G/F | G2 :|
|: f>g |\
a>g fa | ge fg | aa/g/ fa | ga/g/ fg |
a>g f/g/a | ge f2 | ed AF | G2 :|
Ears FIRST! Mea culpa! ;-)
Henrik Norbeck’s transcription, for comparison, & ‘respect!’
This file contains 100 polkas (#1 - #100).
You can find more abc tune files at http://home.swipnet.se/hnorbeck/abc.htm
T: no name
|: FG |\
A>A AB | cA FG | AB c/B/A | G2 FG |
A>A AB | cA fg | ed AF | G2:|
|: fg |\
a>g fa | ge fg | ag fa | g2 fg |
a>g fa | ge gf | ed AF | G2 :|
& many more fine tunes and transcriptions can be found there…
“McGreevey’s Polkas #3”
This is the third in a set that Michael Cooney called "McGreevey’s". Note the drop of a seventh in the A part and the different turn in the B:
T:McGreevy’s Polka No. 3
FG | A>G AB | cD FG | AB cA | GA/G/ FG |\
A>G AB | cA f>f | ed cA | G2 :|
fg | a>g f/g/a | ge fg | a>g f/g/a | g2 fg |\
a>g f/g/a | ge f>f | ed cA | G2 fg |\
a>g f/g/a | ge fg | a>g f/g/a | g2 fg |\
af ge | fd e^c | d^c AF | G2 |]**
Not “McGreevey’s Polkas” after all
I owe you all a correction after a grand concert with Michael Cooney and Pat Egan and tionóilín afterward:
"McGreevey’s" is a misnomer (my guess is a misremembered mishearing of "Neily Cleere’s"). Piper Cooney got all three tunes from Neily himself and prefers to call them the "Slieve Arda Set."
Neily Cleere’s, X:5
This setting from the great Sliabh Luachra fiddler Julia (Murphy) Clifford and her son, fluter Billy Clifford. The two recorded it on the LP "Ceol as Sliabh Luachra" along with another tune also attributed to Neily Cleere ( https://thesession.org/tunes/8624#setting31826 ). While I don’t know who the Neily Cleere in question was, there was a fiddler around in Killenaule, Co. Tipperary during the ’60s that was the inspiration for a Sean Ryan composition. Julia and Billy played a few other Tipperary polkas, like the Upperchurch Polkas, that makes the connection seemingly more valid.
The Borlin, X:6
From the playing of North Cregg.