Cathy’s Favourite polka

Also known as Andy Boyle’s, Ballydesmond Polka No. 3, Cathy’s Favorite, Glenside No.1, The Kerry No 1, The Kerry No.1, Kevin’s, The Mist On The Glen, Pat Horgan’s No.1, Pat Organs #1.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

Cathy’s Favourite has been added to 9 tune sets.

Cathy's Favourite has been added to 100 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Cathy's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 FA | dc BA | BE EF | GA/G/ FE |
D2 FA | dc BA | Be Bc | d2 d2 :||
eB eB | eB B>c | dA dA | dA A2 |
eB eB | eB Bc | d/c/B AF | E2 E2 :||
X: 2
T: Cathy's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DF AF/A/ | dc Bc | EF ~
X: 3
T: Cathy's Favourite
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>A Bd | gf ed | eA AB | cd/c/ BA |
G>A Bd | gf ed | ea ef | g2 g2 :|
|: ae ae | ae e>f | gd gd | gd d2 |
ae ae | ae ef | ge dB | A2 A2 :|

Ten comments

I learned this tune from AOG (aka Tony Guitierres (sp)) at a local session. Last week I played it with Jack Wright & asked him for the name of the tune, he told me it was called "Cathy’s Favorite" while I poked him with my bow & called "A-Hole!!". Jack was the author of the "Anyone who knows the name of a polka is an A-Hole"-rule. that was mentioned at the session.org before. Anywho it’s a good li’l polka.
With love from RI

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This one will forever have a place of honour in my repertoire being the first Irish dance tune that I ever learned, around 1980 or 81, from a young lady who had learned it during her first trip to Ireland. She also has a place of honour in my memory because she was a lot of help when I was looking for my first fiddle.
And it is the first tune that I ever tried writing down, counting note names with the help of my fingers and making all sorts of mistakes, stems on the wrong side of the head and the like…

It was simply called "Kerry Polka" then (at that time I didn

When played in G, this is known as Kevin’s Polka.

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Triplicated ~ is that all?

"The Newmarket Polka"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on October 15th 2001 by J?Fr?/a>.
https://thesession.org/tunes/330

|: DF AF/A/ | dc Bc | EF ~

I think that’s a different tune ceol! :-D Wake up!!!

Well, hell’s bells, it is, but there are some similarities that might suggest a distant relation, maybe a second cousin?

1st part: DMaj
2nd part: Emin, sounds better.

Never heard it played that way, but after giving it a try I prefer it with all the Cs sharp… Didn’t like it at all as e minor, with C naturals in the B-part, just weird… :-P

Cathy’s Favourite polka

I learned this from fiddler/banjoist Celine Donoghue from Glasgow, who called it "The Glenside No.1". It goes with what she called "The Glenside No.2": https://thesession.org/tunes/534

Cathy’s Favourite, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.