The Galway Belle polka

Also known as 69th Street, The 69th Street, Captain Moonlight, Captain Moonlight’s Army, Cuz’s, Galway Bell, The Galway Bell, Galway Belles, The Galway Belles, Galway Bells, The Galway Bells, The Galway Rogue, Last Chance, Sixty-Ninth Street, The Sixty-Ninth Street, Terry “Cuz” Teahan’s, Terry Teahan’s, Tom McVicar’s.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Galway Belle has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Galway Belle has been added to 96 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Galway Belle
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E>F GA | Be B2 | AF DF | EF DF |
E>F GA | Be B2 | AG FD |1 E2 ED :|2 E2 E2 ||
ee B2 | ee B2 | AF DF | EF DF |
ee B2 | ee B2 | AG FD |1 E2 E2 :|2 E2 ED |]
X: 2
T: The Galway Belle
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E>F GA|Be B2|AF DF|EF/E/ D2|
|E>F GA|Be B2|AF DF|1E2 ED:|2E2 E2|
|:ee B^c/d/|ee B2|AF DF|EF/E/ D2|
|1 ee B^c/d/|ee B2|AF DF|E2 E2 :|]2 E>F GA | Be B2 | AF DF | E2 E2|]

Eight comments

Lovely minor polka paired up with another I will probably post tomorrow if I can. I got this tune from a friend at a session who can play a mean version on the box =P

Cheers and LOVELY WEATHER!!,

Another Key

Can also be played in A-minor. Very nice on fiddle in this key.

Armand got this from me, and I got it from….

I learned this tune at the Durham Irish Arts Week one summer from Patti Furlong in a beginner accordion class and fell in love with it. She was not sure of the name, and in addition to Gan Ainm, rattled off a few names that might be right. I think that Galway Belle was one of those names, but I am not sure. Anyhow, because of the fact that I like to play it a lot, people in my neighborhood are beginning to learn it, and apply the name I use for it, appropriate or not.

Jerry O’Brien collection

"Galway Belle" was the name for this tune in the tunebook published by Jerry O’Brien, the button accordionist who taught Joe Derrane, in the late 1940s.

Nice tune. I’ve learned it for a fiddle workshop this coming year.


The Galway Belle, X:2

This setting is from the Boston box player Tommy Sheridan, who plays it after Cathy’s Favorite (Dmaj) and the Glenside Polka (Edor). The first two form the Glenside Polka set (I think in that order), and this one I would guess came from Jerry O’Brien’s aforementioned book.