From Henrik Norbeck’s collection.
Named after the famous Irish ice-cream and sausage manufacturer, this tune (according to Henrik Norbeck’s notes) was recorded by Frankie Gavin on ‘Frankie Goes to Town’. I am posting it it response to a request by Brian (bribanjo) for a tune for the dance, The Walls of Limerick. Apparently, the dance follows a 32-bar cycle, so perhaps this tune is not ideal, but the parts can always be doubled.
As mentioned in Henrik Norbecks transcription notes, it is a variant of Tie the Ribbons,
Couldn’t we have just got this direct from HN’s, or indeed JC’s?
Or at least "kid on" you learned it at your local session. 🙂
I posted this tune because it was relevant to a particular discussion thread. It was not in my repertoire (although I intend to add it) but I knew it existed in some collection somewhere, so I sought it out. Yes, you could have found it in Henrik Norbeck’s site, had you chosen to - so could Bribanjo, but for whatever reason, he didn’t.
Some users of this site, unlike myself, have neither the time nor the inclination to browse endlessly through abc collections (Good for them - they live in the real world), but are happy top check for new tunes on this site from time to time. Surely I am doing no harm in bringing this tune - a nice one, at that - to their attention.
Rest assured, I would not paste someone else’s transcription of a tune onto this site without a specific reason. If this were not the case, I might just as well paste a tune a day and have the entire Norbeck collection transferred hither in 2.5 years. Furthermore, I would never post another person’s transcription without an explicit reference to them.
Oh No It Isn’t!
It is my opinion that this tune has never been known as The Walls of Limerick. Most common Irish ceili dances do share their title with a tune, but to my knowledge there is no reel called The Walls of Limerick. If anyone knows otherwise then put me straight.
As pointed out above, the dance works on a 32 bar structure, so a 16 bar tune is not really well suited.
The Walls of Limerick - Polka
No, but I have heard this Polka called ‘The Walls of Limerick’:
Perhaps they play Polkas for this dance, down in Kerry?
The Walls Of Limerick
See https://thesession.org/tunes/2572 for other versions of this tune. This tune appears in Roche twice; once as The Walls of Limerick and again as The Eight and Forty Sisters. I prefer the Roche version to those found in The Session.
The Walls Of Limerick, X:2
also known as The Banks Of Locheil
The Walls Of Limerick, X:3
This setting from Book One of THE IRISH FOLK DANCE BOOK (1934). This is top line of piano version arr. by J Michael Diack. The book has neat diagrams of the dance steps opposite the tunes. Fairly easy to play!