Julia Clifford’s Polka
I’ve posted this tune is response to a request for it, and I’ll admit up front that I haven’t played this polka much. But it is a nice little tune. I enjoy finding tunes associated (or compsed by) a particular player, especially when a pattern forms—e.g., every "Julia Clifford" tune I’ve come across is a keeper.
This setting is based on a version found at mandolin cafe, which in turn is based on a cd, The Temple House Ceili Band, Music for the Sets, Vol. 2.
JC’s tune finder gives a slightly different setting, based on the playing of Mary Bergin on Feadoga Stain 2, as follows:
T:Julia Clifford’s #1
|:Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cE G/B/G/B/|AD DF|
|Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cA GE|ED D2:|
|:ad d/e/d/B/|cb b>c’|bc c/B/c/B/|Aa a/b/a/f/|
|ad d/e/d/B/|cb b>c’|bc cB/c/|1 ed /e/f/g/:|2 ed d>B||
Seems Julia Clifford herself called this Johnny Spilane’s Favorite, as it stands on her record with her son…
X: 4 ~ “Johnny Spillane’s Favourite Polka” ~ S: Julia Clifford
A transcription of her take on this, and as she named it…
X: 5 ~ “Julia Clifford’s Polka” / “Johnny Spillane’s Favourite Polka”
S: Brendan Begley / Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich
“Tommy Reck’s Polka” ~ the A-part in common
# Added by ceolachan - July 19th, 2013