The Blackwater polka

Also known as The Blackwater Polkas No. 1, Glencollins, The Glencollins, Paddy’s, Paddy’s #2, Paddy’s Polka #2, Paddy’s Polka No. 2, Sonny Sweeney’s, Sweeney’s.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dennis Murphy’s (a few times) and The Ballydesmond (a few times).

The Blackwater has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG BA|AG E/F/G/E/|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG BA|1 G2 GE:|2 GA Bd||
|:gg e/f/g/e/|dB d2|G>A BA|AG E/F/G/E/|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG BA|1 GA Bd:|2 G2 GE||
X: 2
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA|G2 G2:|
|:g2 e2|dB d2|G>A BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA| G2 G2:|
X: 3
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GE |D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ BA | AG E/F/G/E/ |
D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ B/c/B/A/ | G2- :|
|: GB/d/ |g2 eg/e/ | dB dB | G>A BG |
[1 AG EG | ga/g/ eg/e/ | d/e/d/B/ dB | G>A BG | A2 :|
[2 AG EG/E/ | D2 G>A | B/c/d Bd/B/ | AG B/c/B/A/ | G2 |]
X: 4
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G/E/ |D>E G>A | Bd BG/B/ | AG/A/ BA | AG E/F/G/E/ |
D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ B/c/B/A/ | G2 G- :|
|: G |g2 e/f/g/e/ | dB dB/A/ | G>B AB |
[1 AG ED | gf/g/ eg/e/ | d/e/d/B/ d>B | G>B AB | AG G- :|
[2 AG E/F/G/E/ | D>E G>A | Bd BG/B/ | AG/A/ B>A | G2 G/A/ |]
X: 5
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB | BA FA |
E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB |[1 A2 A z :|[2 AB ce ||
|: a2 f2 | ec e2 | A>B cB | BA FA |
E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB |[1 AB ce :|[2 A2 AF |]
X: 6
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: F |E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ cA | BA F/G/A/F/ |
E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ c/e/c/B/ | A2 A :|
|: c/e/ |a2 f/g/a/f/ | ec ec/B/ | A2 B>c |
[1 BA FE | a2 f/g/a/f/ | ec ec/B/ | A>A B>c | BA A :|
[2 BA F/G/A/F/ | E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ c/e/c/B/ | A2 A |]
X: 7
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cA | BA FA/F/ |
E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB | A2 A2 :|
|: a2 f2 | ec e2 | A2 B>c |
[1 BA FE | ab/a/ fa/f/ | ec e2 | A2 B>c | BA A2 :|
[2 BA FA | E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ c/d/c/B/ | A2 A2 |]
X: 8
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: F |E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ cA | BA FA |
E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ c/e/c/B/ | A2 A :|
|: e |a2 f/g/a/f/ | ec ec/B/ | A2 Bc | BA FA |
[1 a2 f/g/a/f/ | ec ec/B/ | A2 Bc | BA A :|
[2 E>F AB | ce ce/c/ | BA/B/ cB | A2 A |]
X: 9
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D>E GA | Bd Bc/B/ | AG/A/ BA | AG EG |
D>E GA | Bd Bc/B/ | AB/A/ BA | AG GE :|[2 AG G2 ||
g2 eg/e/ | dB dB/A/ | GA/G/ AB |
[1 AG ED | gf/g/ eg/e/ | dB dB/A/ | GA/G/ AB | AG G2 :|
[2 AG EG | D>E GA | Bd Bc/B/ | AG/A/ BA | AG G2 |]

Twelve comments

Paddy’s Polka #2

I think I pressed "jig" by mistake! Jeremy, would you be able to change it to "polka" for me? Sorry..

This goes after "Paddy’s Polka #1" https://thesession.org/tunes/3226

I forgot I could change it myself - duh.

Alternative, simpler version

Hi, just learned the following simpler version on a workshop:

X: 1
T: Paddy’s #2
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA|G2 G2:|
|:g2 e2|dB d2|G>A BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG/A/ BA| G2 G2:|

“Paddy’s Polka” (#2) ~ I didn’t have a name for this one originally

K: G Major
|: GE |
D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ BA | AG E/F/G/E/ |
D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ B/c/B/A/ | G2- :|
|: GB/d/ |
|: g2 eg/e/ | dB dB | G>A BG |
[1 AG EG | ga/g/ eg/e/ | d/e/d/B/ dB | G>A BG | A2 :|
[2 AG EG/E/ | D2 G>A | B/c/d Bd/B/ | AG B/c/B/A/ | G2 ||

“Sonny Sweeney’s Polka” ~ more options ;-)

X: 4
T: Sonny Sweeney’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
|: G/E/ |
D>E G>A | Bd BG/B/ | AG/A/ BA | AG E/F/G/E/ |
D2 G>A | B/c/d B2 | AG/A/ B/c/B/A/ | G2 G- :|
|: G | g2 e/f/g/e/ | dB dB/A/ | G>B AB |
[1 AG ED | gf/g/ eg/e/ | d/e/d/B/ d>B | G>B AB | AG G- :|
[2 AG E/F/G/E/ | D>E G>A | Bd BG/B/ | AG/A/ B>A | G2 G/A/ ||

“Sonny Sweeney’s” / “Paddy’s” ~ the same in someone else’s hands

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on August 3rd 2005 by the wounded hussar.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4814

“Prelude Polka” ~ rescued duplication in A

Submitted on February 8th 2010 by D.J.F..
~ /tunes/10250

X: 5
T: Prelude
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB | BA FA |
E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB |[1 A2 A z :|[2 AB ce ||
|: a2 f2 | ec e2 | A>B cB | BA FA |
E>F AB | ce c2 | BA cB |[1 AB ce :|[2 A2 AF |]

Learnt this over the summer, a lovely, lovely tune.
# Posted on February 8th 2010 by D.J.F.

X: 6 - - - Jackie Daly ~ 3 polkas: The Gullane / The Blackwater 1 / The Blackwater 2

Given the squeeze and the foot by dear Jackie Daly, this is the second polka in this set.

ComhaltasLive #351-3: Jackie Daly
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_351_3_jackie_daly/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3lucEh4UNw


Uploaded on the 5 July 2011 ~ A selection of polkas played by Jackie Daly at the Comhaltas 60th Anniversary Concert in Tullamore on 29th April 2011.

1. ) "The Gullane Polka"
# Added by gian marco - May 14th, 2003
https://thesession.org/tunes/1658

3. ) "The Blackwater Polka No. 2"
# Added by fluther - May 28th, 2013
https://thesession.org/tunes/12756

2. ) "The Blackwater Polka No. 1" ~ this one…

X: 8 “The Blackwater Polkas No. 1”

S: "Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly: The Living Stream", track 11, the 2nd polka of three
https://thesession.org/recordings/3728

Q: 134 bpm / 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note

Note, from the CD: "The source for both of ‘The Blackwater Polkas’ was the Sliabh Luachra accordion player Denis Doody.

"Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music" - track 17
https://thesession.org/recordings/1309

Notes from the CD by Jackie Small ~ I hit send before finishing the credits :-/

X: 9 “The Blackwater Polkas No. 1”

S: Denis Doody