The Blackwater polka

Also known as The Blackwater #1, The Blackwater #2, The Blackwater No. 1, The Blackwater No. 2, The Blackwater Polkas #1, The Blackwater Polkas No. 1, Duggan’s, Glencollin’s, The Glencollins, Paddy’s, Paddy’s #2, Paddy’s Polka #2, Paddy’s Polka No. 2, Quinn’s, Ryan’s, Sonny Sweeney’s, Sweeney’s, Tom Billy’s.

There are 25 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Blackwater appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Blackwater has been added to 17 tune sets.

The Blackwater has been added to 105 tunebooks.

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Thirteen settings

1
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||
2
X: 2
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D>E GA|Bd BG|AG/A/ BA|AG EG|
D>E GA|Bd BG|AG/A/ BA|G2 G2:|
|:ge/f/ ge|dB dB|G>A GA/B/|AG EG|
ge/f/ ge|dB dB|G>A GA/B/|AG G2:|
# Added .
3
X: 3
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:|
4
X: 4
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||
5
X: 5
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/||
6
X: 6
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||
# Added .
7
X: 7
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||
8
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 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||
9
X: 9
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||
10
X: 10
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||
11
X: 11
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||
12
X: 12
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E>F AB|ce cd/c/|BA/B/ cA|BA FA|
E>F AB|ce cd/c/|BA/B/ c/e/c/B/|A2 AF:|
e|a2 f/g/a/f/|ec ec/B/|A2Bc|BA FA|
a2 f/g/a/f/|ec ec/B/|A2Bc|BA Ae||
a2 f/g/a/f/|ec ec/B/|A2Bc|BA FA|
E>F AB|ce cd/c/|BA/B/ c/e/c/B/|A2 AF||
13
X: 13
T: The Blackwater
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D>E GA|Bd B2|AG BA|GE E/F/G/E/|
D>E GA|Bd B2|AG BA|1 G2 GE:|2 G2 GB/d/||
|:gg e/f/g/e/|dB d2|G>A BG|AG E/F/G/E/|
D>E GA|Bd B2|AG BA|1 G2 GB/d/:|2 G2 GE||

Thirty-one comments

I forgot I could change it myself - duh.

Polka gan ainm

another polka in the family collection! Anyone know if it has a name to it? Can’t fnd in this key at any rate. Thanks,

Posted .

Polka gan ainm

Thanks Dow,
yes it’s something like your tune Paddy’s, I guess they are related. An awful lot of these polkas sound very similar - I suppose people varying slightly or making a mistake when picking them up in the first place. This tune was also learnt down at the Willie week.

Posted .

Paddy’s

Dow
I’ve listened to Paddy’s a few times now and our version is really just a variation on it. Thanks for help.

Posted .

I’m sure I’ve heard another name for this one though, on someone’s album…

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:|

"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

Learnt this over the summer, a lovely, lovely tune.

Posted .

Whaaa?!!
I just assumed that this one would have been on here for years and years!

Are you, um, serious about the name?

"It", even

Sounds rubbish in G

Posted .

Mine has way better twiddly bits

"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.

Shutup, Dow. The Folkworks version is OBVIOUSLY way better.

"Folkworks" ~ sounds like a urinary tract infection…

I’ve only ever heard it - and I’ve heard it a lot - in G.

Who taught you this at Folkworks Dan? It is played in A in Glasgow all the time at the end of a couple of local polkas (There’s Something about Kerry/No Fixed Abode).

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…

Notes from the CD by Jackie Small ~ I hit send before finishing the credits 😏

Re: Prelude

On the Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly’s album Leaving Stream : Blackwater #1 (track 11). This polka can be played in G.