The Ballyvourney polka

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

There are 18 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Ballyvourney appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Ballyvourney has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Ballyvourney has been added to 106 tunebooks.

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Three settings

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||
X: 2
T: The Ballyvourney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
z | EF/G/ FE | FD FA | EF/G/ FE | F2 FA |
EF/G/ FE | FD FA | BA B/c/d | e2 e :|
z/ c/ | dA FA | DA FA | cB GB | A2 AB/c/ |
dA FA | DA FA | BA B/c/d | e2 e :|
X: 3
T: The Ballyvourney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EF/G/ FE | FD FA | EF/G/ FE | F2 F2 |
EF/G/ FE | FD FA | B>A B/c/d |1 e2 e2 :|2 e2 f>e ||
|: 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 ||

Ten 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.

The Cuil Aodha

This is named "Cuil Aodha" on the album Spring In the Air (1995) by James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien and Daithi Sproule; however, it’s not the Cuil Aodha polka which is already here. I’ve searched for it here, but can’t find it, unless I’ve made a basic mistake. Anyway, I’ve been enjoying playing it.

Re: The Cuil Aodha

Ballyvourney -

It was one of the first polkas I ever learned (got it from the Touchstone album "New land"). They use Em as the home chord (and also have cnat in the B part - B/=c/B/A GB).

Re: The Cuil Aodha

Thanks, Jeff - I just couldn’t find it at all.

Re: The Ballyvourney

This polka was for many years played by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Perth Western Australia) after The Tournmore and The Maids Of Ardagh, we didn’t know it as The Ballyvourney but called it Ormonde’s in those days, as it was introduced to us by the great Ormond og Waters, who is sadly missed from the Antipodes