The Ballyvourney polka

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

There are 15 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 11 tune sets.

The Ballyvourney has been added to 96 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.