The Ballyvourney polka

Also known as Baile Bhuirne, The Baile Bhuirne, Ballyvournie, Cuil Aodha, Lackagh Cross.

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Johnny I Do Miss You (a few times), The Cuil Aodha (a few times) and Johnny Mickey’s (a few times).

The Ballyvourney has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Ballyvourney has been added to 95 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Ballyvourney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EF/G/ FE|FD FA|B>A B/c/d|1 e2 e2:|2 e2 eB/c/||
|:dA FA|DA FA|c>B GB|A2 AB/c/|dA FA|
DA FA|B>A B/c/d|1 e2 f>e:|2 e2 e2||

Five comments

3rd bar B part I thought was:
|B>A GB|

I saw it that way on, but the recording I learned it from was clearly a c#. Another one I listened to a bit of online had a slide up from the B to the c#; it could easily go either way. So with one source each way and one both, I decided to go with what I’d learned.

For a short period of time Armand (fiddlinviolinin) and I were trying to divine the name of this polka from a recording of Caoimhin o’Raghallaigh and Willy Kelly. I searched thesession database, even using the notation filter to search it out. It looked like we had a brand-spanking-new tune on our hands! Excited, I rushed to post it, only to have my enthusiasm quickly crushed: "It’s the Ballyvourney!". I was astounded, how was the amazing note search fooled?

The tune is in E dorian; we had it in D minor. Their instruments were just flat on the recording XD

James Kelly and Paddy O’Brien recorded this polka as "Cuil Aodha."

Modality of Ballyvourney Polka

I think it’s in D major but it just happens to start and end by implying an A chord. You can drone an A most of the time — except for during the implied G chords.