This is from the sublime band Buttons and Bows.
This tune is played by John Kimmel, as a polka indeed, on his album *John Kimmel, virtuoso of the Irish accordion*, a Folkways release, as scratchy as they come (it’s an early 20s recording). I will post it if nobody else does.
His version on the D melodeon is simply unbelievable. Terrific.
I think the ‘new’ setting is more like Buttons and Bows as I just have listened to, there was a few ‘mistakes’ in the first setting…..
"there was a few ‘mistakes’ in the first setting….."
Yes - sorry about that, it was careless.
Laurie Anders does a fine accordion version.
And now a fine version with Morga:
Dominic Keogh - bodhrán
Danny Diamond - fiddle
David Munnelly - acccordion
Jonas Fromseier - Greek bouzouki, banjo
I’ve just been looking through "Winner’s Eureka Method for the Mandolin" published in Boston in 1891 and there, to my surprise, is this tune ("Fitzmaurice’s Polka"), but under the name "Hornpipe Polka" with the composer given as Fr J Smith. Amazing what one turns up! I offer it as the third setting above.
A bit of history about the Hornpipe Polka.
John Kimmel lived 1866 to 1942, so he could have picked up this tune from the 1891 Boston mandolin book, or from someone who had learned it there. The Traditional Tune Archive gives Kimmel’s recording date as 1928.
What is the significance of Kimmel’s new title? Who was Fitzmaurice?
Wikidpedia tell us that "James Michael Christopher Fitzmaurice DFC (6 January 1898 – 26 September 1965) was an Irish aviation pioneer. He was a member of the crew of the Bremen, which made the first successful Trans-Atlantic aircraft flight from East to West on 12–13 April 1928."
The title of this tune on the Morga video is "Fitzmaurice’s Flight."
The tune archive gives Fitzmaurice’s Flight as a different tune, a reel recorded by Packy Dolan in 1928:
Either title, of course, honors an important Irish aviation pioneer that many have forgotten.
Ah well, it’s all in the spirit of the