Johnny Spillane’s Favourite polka

Also known as Jimmy Meehan’s, Johnny Spillane’s Favorite, Julia Clifford’s, Julia’s Norwegian, Sixpenny Bit.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Johnny Spillane’s Favourite appears in 1 other tune collection.

Johnny Spillane’s Favourite has been added to 1 tune set.

Johnny Spillane's Favourite has been added to 59 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Johnny Spillane's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad f/e/d/c/|dF Ad|cE G>B|AD FG|
Ad f/e/d/c/|dF Ad|cB GE|1 {G}ED DB:|2 {G}ED Dg||
|:af d>d|cb b^a|bB c>B|Aa ag|
af d>d|cb b^a|bB c>d|ed d2:|
# Added .
2
X: 2
T: Johnny Spillane's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: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||
# Added .
3
X: 3
T: Johnny Spillane's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F/|Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cE GB|AD FG|
Ad f/e/d/c/|dF Ad|cB GE|ED D3/2:|
|:f|ad de/d/|cb b>^a|be ef/e/|da a>^g|
ad de/d/|cb b>^a|bg ec/d/|ed d3/2:|
4
X: 4
T: Johnny Spillane's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>B|cB G>B|AD FG|
Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cB GE|ED D2:|
|:ad de/d/|cb b^a|bB c>B|Aa a/b/a/^g/|
ad de/d/|cb b^a|bB cB/c/|ed d2:|
5
X: 5
T: Johnny Spillane's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B/|Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cE G>B|AD F>G|
Ad f/e/d/c/|dF A>d|cB GE|ED D3/2:|
|:^g/|af de/d/|cb b(3c/b/^a/|bB c(3d/c/B/|Aa a>^g|
af de/d/|cb bb/^a/|bB cd|ed d3/2:|

Six comments

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:

X:1
T:Julia Clifford’s #1
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:D
|: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||

Posted .

Seems Julia Clifford herself called this Johnny Spilane’s Favorite, as it stands on her record with her son…

–DtM