The Maids Of Ardagh polka

Also known as Back O’ The Haggard, Back Of The Haggard, The Back Of The Haggard, Back Of The Haggart, The Back Of The Haggart, Ballyscadden, I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, Johnny Leary’s, Let’s Have A Ceilidh, Liberton Pipe Band, Maid Of Ardagh, The Maid Of Ardagh, The Maids Of Ardagh, Maids Of Ardath, The Maids Of Ardath, Sliabh Mhachaire, Toormore No. 2, Toormore Polka #2, Toormore Polka No. 2, The Toormore, Tourmore Polka #2, The Tourmore Polka #2, Tourmore Polka 2, Tourmore Polka No. 2, The Tourmore Polka No. 2, The Tourmore, Tuar Mor No. 2, The Tuar Mór Polka #2, The Tuar Mór Polka No. 2, Tuar Mór Polkas 2, The Tuar Mór.

There are 39 recordings of this tune.

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The Maids Of Ardagh appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Maids Of Ardagh has been added to 41 tune sets.

The Maids Of Ardagh has been added to 306 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

1
X: 1
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
F>A BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed BA|
F>A BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed d2:|
ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ ce|fe c/B/A|
ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ dB|BA A2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ ce|fe c/B/A|
ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ cB|1 BA A2:|2 BA AG||
FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed BA|
FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed d2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F/G/ AB A|de f2|f e/f/ gc|ed BA|
F/G/ AB A|de f2| f e/f/ gc|ed d2:|
|:e f/e/ ce|fe a2|e f/e/ ce|fe c/B/ A|
e f/e/ ce|fe a2|e f/e/ dB|BA A2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed BA |
F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|
5
X: 5
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed BA |
F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|
6
X: 6
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: G/ |\
FA BA | dA/d/ f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed B/c/B/A/ |
FA BA | dA/d/ f2 | fe/f/ gc |[1 ed d3/ :|[3 ed d2 ||
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB |[1 BA A2 :|[2 BA A3/ |]
7
X: 7
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AB/A/ FA|dA f2|fe/f/ ge|d/c/d/e/ fa|
AB/A/ FA|dA f2|fe/f/ g/e/c/d/|ed d2:|
[K: A]ef/e/ ce|ac e2|ef/e/ dB|fe c2|
ef/e/ ce|ac e2|ef/e/ dB|BA A2:|
af/f/ fa|ef/e/ c2|ef/e/ dB|fe ce|
af/f/ fa|ef/e/ c2|ef/e/ dB|BA A2:|
8
X: 8
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AB/A/ FA | dA f2 | e>f gc | d>e fa |
AB/A/ FA | dA f2 | e>f gc |1 ed dc/B/ :|2 ed dc/d/ ||
K: Amaj
|: ef/e/ ce | (3f/g/f/e a2 | ef/e/ ce | (3f/g/f/e c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | (3f/g/f/e a2 | ef/e/ dB |1 cA Ac/d/ :|2 cA A2 ||
9
X: 9
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: F>A BA | dA f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed c/B/A |
F>A BA | dA f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|
10
X: 10
T: The Maids Of Ardagh
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: FA BA | dA/d/ f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed BA |
FA BA | dA/d/ f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|

Twenty-four comments

ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ ce|fe c/B/A|
ef/e/ ce|fe a2|ef/e/ cB|1 BA A2:|2 BA AG||FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed BA|
FA BA|de f2|fe/f/ gc|ed d2:|

This is the way that my teacher, Jimmy Devine, taught me!

This way, it sounds more like one tune, the other way around it kind of sounds like two different tunes, an ending to one and a beginning to one, oh well!

Cheers and Veteran’s Day Off,
Armand

Liberton Pipe Band

This tune is a version of the Scottish "LIberton Pipe Band", and a close relation of "Captain Maquire".

Maids of Ardagh

Like a lot of these Kerry polkas, a corruption of the Scottish pipe tunes Kilberry Ball/Liberton Pipe Band. Played at twice the speed of course.

Anyone know a name for this?

I learned it at a workshop last summer taught by Kathy Selby. She learned it in a pub session in Ballydehob, hence the name.

Thanks.

"The Maids of Ardagh" ~ another rescued duplication, with corrections

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on February 3rd 2008 by tracywag.
~ /tunes/8212

X: 2
T: Maids of Ardagh, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed BA |
F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|

I learned it at a workshop last summer taught by Kathy Selby. She learned it in a pub session in Ballydehob.

# Posted on February 3rd 2008 by tracywag

Captain McGuire

Follow the "Babes in the Wood" link and you will find this title mentioned there.

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Hetty, it had already been moved to the ‘Comments’ for "The Maids of Ardagh", the earlier contribution, 2001, with ‘corrections’ made to the transcript. I didn’t repeat the name "Ballydehob" because it was an obvoius case of not bothering to check for pre-existing titles and just grabbing the first thing that came to mind ~ "I can’t remember the title for this. We’re in Ballydehob. I’ll call it ‘The Ballydehob Polka’…" 😏

"The Maids of Ardagh" / "The Balydehob" ~ a dreadful transcription

An attempt to clean this one up ~

X: 1
T: Ballydehob, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed BA |
F/G/A BA | de f2 | fe/f/ gc | ed d2 :|
|: ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ ce | fe c/B/A |
ef/e/ ce | fe a2 | ef/e/ dB | BA A2 :|

Crrringe tune:
The nasty little 1st part, especially when the tune runs back to Dmajor from the 2nd part in A pentatonic, ruins the whole tune!
Arghh! Someone should come up with tonal / modal ‘rules of the ‘rerun’ and ‘runs into” and make sure they’re adhered to!
What’s the Garda Ceolanna doin?
A prize goes to the person who’ll find a suitable alternative to that 1st part. Let me know!

Many people must like it, with so many names!

I hate to see a negative comment be the "last word" here. Allow me to note that this tune appears in a classic De Danaan track on the "Selected Jigs, etc." LP and also in a great medley by Ashley MacIsaac on "Fiddle Music 101"; MacIsaac’s medley starts with a Scottish pipe tune called Christmas Carousing, followed by this tune, then an unknown tune (possibly part of a Ward Allen two-step), and ends with Listen To The Mocking Bird.

Anyhow, I like the tune!

X: 6 "The Maids of Ardagh"

S: transcribed from the box playing of Johnny Reidy
CD: "Johnny Reidy & The Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band: Music for Set Dancing Volume II"
Track 16, the 3rd polka of 3…
https://thesession.org/recordings/4797

The Maids Of Ardagh, X:7

This is how "Liberton Pipe Band" is played in the Scottish Borders. First part in D then two parts in A. Repeat as necessary and finish on first part.
I’ve also seen this as a four part tune but I’ve never played it that way.

Re: The Maids Of Ardagh

Also known as " A Bonnet dressed with Blue".

I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, X:8

From the playing of The Fables.

Closest to DonaldK’s setting, X7.

The Maids Of Ardagh, X:9

A few tweaks on X1.

Toormore No. 2

A polka played at our local session that I couldn’t find on the site anywhere—so I added it!

Re: Toormore No. 2

Been here for 18 years : https://thesession.org/tunes/466
I’ll email Jeremy to tell him of the duplication and he can merge them at his leisure.

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Re: The Maids Of Ardagh

Ahh, thank you! We need a worldwide "tune name committee" to decide what these are called once and for all and put an end to the confusion caused to poor souls like me haha.