Ray’s Favorite polka

Also known as Dalaigh’s, Seamus Cussen’s, Ray’s Favourite.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Ray's Favorite has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Ray's Favorite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A>B cd|ea ge|d>e dB|GB dB|A>B cd|ea ge|dB gB|BAA2:|
|:ea ag/2a/2|ba ge|ea ag/2a/2|bag2|ea ag/2a/2|ba ge|d/2e/2d/2B/2 gB|BAA2:|
X: 2
T: Ray's Favorite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
eA A/B/c/d/|ed Bd|eA AB|GB GB| eA A/B/c/d/|ed Bd|eA gB|BA e2:|
|:ea ag/a/|ba ge|ea ag/a/|ba g2|ea ag/a/|ba ge|dB gB|1 BA e2:|2 BA A2|]

Four comments

Ray’s Favorite

This is one of a couple of untitled polkas to be found on Michael Tubridy’s The Eagle’s Whistle LP. On the sleeve he says:

"[These] three polka…were often played for the first four figures of the Plain Set. It was not usual for tunes to be played in groups as they are now - one tune sufficed for each figure of the set - occasionally one of the better or more adventurous musicians would change into a second tune in the middle of one of the longer figures."

The first polka in his set is
"Ballydesmond Polka No.3" https://thesession.org/tunes/1410
The second is "The Lass of Gowrie" https://thesession.org/tunes/1792

Ray’s Favorite, X:2

This is an interesting Tralee Gaol/Ray’s Favourite ‘hybrid’ I heard from a French musician in the late 80’s. I don’t know where he got it from; he played it as a Polka but mistakenly called it a ‘slide irlandais’:
Albeit the 2nd part here is identical to Ray’s Favourite, the 1st part belongs to the family of tunes of which Tralee Gaol https://thesession.org/tunes/1113 represents the polka version and includes the march and slides versions known as The Haughs of Cromdale, The Battle of Yellow Ford, Barrack Hill, etc.

Re: Ray’s Favorite

Both the original tune and the setting I posted above are hexatonic: the dorian 6th (F#) is mostly absent but can sometimes be heard in variations such as ‘|:ea ag/a/|ba gf|ea…’ in the 2nd part.