John Brosnan’s polka

Also known as Brosna No.2, The Brosna, Dan Callahan’s, John Brosnan’s, Johnny O’Leary’s, Johnny O’Leary’s #2, Johnny O’Leary’s No 2, Johnny O’Leary’s No. 2, Johnny O’Leary’s No.2, Nell Fee’s, Nell Fees, Nell Fees’, The Newmarket, Sean Hennigan’s, Timmy O’Connor’s.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with John Brosnan’s (a few times), The Kerry Cow (a few times) and Padraig O’Keeffe’s (a few times).

John Brosnan’s has been added to 9 tune sets.

John Brosnan's has been added to 132 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2 g>e|dB Be|dB GA|BA AB|
G2 g>e|dB Be|dB AB|1 GDEF:|2 G2 Bd||
|:ga/g/ fg|ed Bd|ga/g/ fg|e3f|
g2 fg|ed Be|dB AB|G2 Bd:|
|:g2 a2|b3a|gf ef|g3d|
ef/e/ dB|ef/e/ dB|dB AB|1 G2 Bd:|2 G2GF||
X: 2
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D>D DB|AF2B|AF D>E|FE E2 |
D>D DB|AF2B|AF EF|D3A:|
|:d2cd|BA FA|d2cd|B3c|
d2cd|BA FB|AF EF|D3A:|
|:d2e2|f3f|ed Bc|d3 A |
Bd/B/ AF|Bd/B/ AF|AF EF|D3A:|
# Added by zouk8 .
X: 3
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2 DB|AF FB|AF DE|FE EF|
D2 DB|AF FB|AFE F|1 DA, B,C:|2 D2 D2||
|:d2 cd|BA FA|d2 cd|B2 Bc|
d2 cd|BA FB|AF EF|D2 D2:|
|:d2 e2|f2 fe|d2 Bc|d2 dA|
Bc/B/ AF|Bc/B/ AF|AF EF|D2 D2:|
X: 4
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D EF |G2 Ge | dB Be | dB GG/A/ | BA AB/A/ |
G>F Ge | dB Be | dB AB/A/ | G :|
|: d ef |ga/g/ fd | ed BG | ga/g/ f/e/d | e2 ef |
g2 f2 | ed BG | A>^G AB/A/ | G :|
|: A B/c/d |g2 a^g/a/ | b>c’ ba | gf ef | g2 gd |
eg/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | dB AB/A/ | G :|
X: 5
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D |G2 Ge | dB Be | dB G>A | BA A2 |
G>F Ge | dB Be | dB AF | G2- G :|
|: f |g2 fd | ed BG | ga/g/ fd | e2 ef |
g2 f2 | ed BG | A>^G AB | G2- G :|
|: d |g2 a2 | b2- ba | g>f ef | g2- gd |
e2 dB | eg/e/ dB | dB AF | G2- G :|
X: 6
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: [A,A] |D2 DB | AF FB | AF D>E | FE G/F/E/[C/F/] |
D3/[C/E/] DB | AF F2 | AF EF/E/ | D2 D :|
|: c |d2 cd/c/ | BA F>A | d2 c2 | B2 AB/c/ |
de/d/ c2 | BA F>B | AF E[CF] | D2 D :|
|: A |d2 e2 | f/g/f/e/ f>e | d2 A/B/c | d2- dA |
Bc/B/ AF | Bd/B/ A>F | AF E/D/[CF] | D2- D :|
X: 7
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A, |D>C DB | AF- F>B | AF DE | FE EF/E/ |
D2 DB | AF FB | AF EF | D2 D :|
|: F/A/ |d2 cA | BA F/G/A | de/d/ c d/c/ | B2 Bc |
d2 c2 | BA FD | AF EF | D2- D :|
|: F/A/ |dc/d/ ed/e/ | f2- fe | dA Bc | d2 dA |
B2 AF | B/c/d/B/ AF | G/F/E EF | D2- D :|
X: 8
T: John Brosnan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D>D DB|AF 2B|AF D>E|FE E2|
D>D DB|AF2B|AF EF|D3A :|
|:d2 cd|BA FA|d2 cd|B3c|
d2 cd|BA FB|AF EF|D3A:|
|:d2 e2|f3f|ed Bc|d3A|
Bc/B/ AF|Bc/B/ AF|AF EF|D3A:|

Seventeen comments

John Brosnan’s (Polka)

I thought this great polka was already posted on this site, but it seems not. (Sorry if I’m wrong.) I learned it from Hammy Hamilton’s flute playing, while a very similar version of it was also recorded by Lunasa. Brosnan himself recorded a slightly different version in D major.

I remember the sleeve notes of Brosnan’s recording say it originally comes from the playing of John O’Leary or Padraig O’Keeffe.

John Brosnan’s (Polka)

Also played in D.
I thought it was already posted here ( in D )…

I love this tune.

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Nell Fee’s is a frequently heard session tune in my area. I first heard it at one of my first Park East sessions adter Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. Usually played in D major, Bantry Bay does it in E major in an interesting arrangement along with Mairi’s Wedding on our CD, Set The Sails.

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Nell fee’s

I’ve come across several recordings of this tune The ABBEY CEILI BAND call it Dan Callahans and Seamus Creagh recorded it with Aidan Coffey and called it Johnny O’leary’s. To complicate things even more Timmy McCarthy( the set dance teacher) plays a four part version of this. He says it was written by Johnny Brosnan. It has become a popular tune at sessions in Toronto.

D major setting of the tune John Brosnan himself recorded:

K: Dmaj
D2DB|AFFB|AFDE|FEEF|
D2DB|AFFB|AFEF|1 DA,B,C:|2 D2D2||
d2cd|BAFA|d2cd|B2Bc|
d2cd|BAFB|AFEF|D2D2:|
d2e2|f2fe|d2Bc|d2dA|
Bc/B/ AF|Bc/B/ AF|AFEF|D2D2:|

Brosna No.2

I’ve come across this tune in Carlow, played in D as noted by Slainte and called the Brosna Polka No.2.

Posted .

Why might it be called Brosna No. 1?

“The Newmarket Polka” / “Johnny O’Leary’s” / “John Brosnan’s” / ~ etc…

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on October 20th 2008 by ceolachan.
~ /tunes/9022

Rescuing my own duplication ~ 😏

X: 3
T: Johnny O’Leary’s
T: John Brosnan’s
T: Newmarket, The
T: etc…
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: D EF |\
G2 Ge | dB Be | dB GG/A/ | BA AB/A/ |
G>F Ge | dB Be | dB AB/A/ | G :|
|: d ef |\
ga/g/ fd | ed BG | ga/g/ f/e/d | e2 ef |
g2 f2 | ed BG | A>^G AB/A/ | G :|
|: A B/c/d |\
g2 a^g/a/ | b>c’ ba | gf ef | g2 gd |
eg/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | dB AB/A/ | G :|

~ another take on the C-part,
avoiding the high c’ & other possibilities ~

|: A Bd |\
g2 a2 | b2- ba | g>f ef | g2- gd |
e2 dB | eg/e/ dB | dB AF | G :|

Down a 4th to D Major ~ & the problem with this site & some ABCs

X: 4
T: Johnny O’Leary’s
T: John Brosnan’s
T: Newmarket, The
T: etc…
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: A,2 |\
D>C DB | AF- F>B | AF DE | FE EF/E/ |
D2 DB | AF FB | AF EF | D2 D :|

Continued ~ part B ~ some ABC is being blocked

|: F/A/ |\
d2 cA | BA F/G/A | de/d/ c d/c/ | B2 Bc |
d2 c2 | BA FD | AF EF | D2- A :|

C + d/c/ was blocked!? Here’s part C

|: F/A/ |\
d2 ed/e/ | f2 fe | dA Bc | d2 dA |
Bd/B/ AF | Bd/B/ AF | GF EF | D2- D :|

Re: John Brosnan’s

The tune is generally known as Nell Fees, or John Brosnans ,they used to be known as Padraig oKeefes

John Brosnan’s, X:7

As given to me by Tom Lockney, who got it from Mike Gregory, who transcribed it from a CD by Creagh & Coffey.