This is just a simple little polka, but I like it. Sometimes it is played in the key of A, but my session group plays it in G.
Benny McCarthy of Dánu plays it in A, 3rd of 3 in a set of polkas
Here it is by Séamus Creagh and Rob Murphy (2nd tune)
Excellent on the trump!
transcribed from Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s "Deadly Buzz"
X: 3 "Doyle’s Favourite"
S: “Jimmy Doyle & Dan O’Leary: Traditional Music From The Kingdom Of Kerry”
https://thesession.org/recordings/1247 ~ track 9 (Side B, track 2) ~ the 1st polka of two
Q: 136 bpm (1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note)
Jimmy Doyle’s, X:4
A barebones setting of The Lonesome Polka that we play at our session.
Jimmy Doyle’s, X:5
This is a slightly dressed up version of Jeremy’s, as learned from Cork-based Sliabh Luachra fiddler, Matt Cranitch. He calls it Din Tarrants 1; however, when played together with Din Tarrant’s 2 (a.k.a, The Lisheen Polka https://thesession.org/tunes/2930), they are referred to as "The Lonesome Polkas," though no one seems to know why.