O’Callaghan’s polka

Also known as Callaghan’s, Dan Callaghan’s, Dan O’Callaghan’s, O’Keeffe’s, Padraig O’Keefe’s.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with O’Sullivan’s (a few times), The Moving Bog (a few times) and Ievan’s Polkka (a few times).

O’Callaghan’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

O'Callaghan's has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: O'Callaghan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: Bd cA | D2 B2 | D2 A2 | D2 B>A |
Bd cA | D2 B>A | Bd cA |1 AG G>A:|2 AG GB/d/ ||
|: e2 e2 | d3 e | f2 fd | g2 gf |
e2 e>f | ed dc | B/c/d ef | gd ef |
g2 d>c | BG GA/G/ | FA AB/A/ | GA B/c/d |
g2 d>c | B2 BA | B/c/d cA |1 GA Bd :|2 G4 |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: O'Callaghan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A | Bd cA | D2 B2 | D2 A2 | D2 B2 |
Bd cA | D2 B2 | Bd cA | G2 G :|
B | e2 ef/e/ | d2 de | f2 fd | g2 gf |
e2 e>f | eddc | B/c/d ef | gd ef |
g2 d>c | BG GA/G/ | FA AB/A/ | GA Bd |
g2 d2 | B2 BA | Bd cA | G2 G :|
X: 3
T: O'Callaghan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: Bd cA | D2 B2 | D2 A2 | D2 BA |
Bd cA | D2 BA | Bd cA |1 G2 GA :|2 G2 gf ||
|: e2 e^c | d2 de | f2 fd | g2 gf |
e2 ef | ed BA | B/^c/d ef | gd ef |
g2 df/d/ | BG G2 | FA AB | GB Bd |
g2 df/d/ | B2 BA | Bd cA |1 Gg- gf :|2 G2 GA ||

Six comments

Padraig O’Keeffe’s

Now here’s a coincidence. “Philomena” has just posted “House Party” by Maura O’Keeffe in the “Recordings section. Tune1 on track 10 is “Padraig O’Keeffe’s” – possibly this tune, but I don’t know, as I haven’t heard Maura’s recording. This unusual polka came from the playing of Maura and her sister Siobhan [ flute ], who were part of a group from Ireland at the Lorient festival in Brittany in 1983. I regard it as a 2 part tune, but the 2nd part is twice as long as the first. Alternatively, you could look on it as a 3 part tune which is played
AABCBC. Same as “The Trip To Durrow”, I suppose.
I never had any name for it until I was able to ask Maura about it at a Willie Clancy week session in 2004. Paul McGrattan taught the same tune at Ballyvourney 2 months ago. Both players called it “Padraig O’Keeffe’s”.

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Kenny
I’ve also heard it called Dan Callaghan’s….but the tune by this name seems to be in another key. same tune though.

This is a different tune on “Cóisir”

THe Padraig O’Keeffe’s on Maire O’K’s CD is actually the following, called ‘John Brosnan’s" on this site -
https://thesession.org/tunes/4824

Though Maire plays it in A major.

Many Thanks ceolachan for the reference.

Padraig O’Keeffe’s polka (McAuliffe’s Polka)

The setting I’ve just added is from Kevin Conneff’s album The Week Before Easter (1988) and forms part of the "McAuliffe’s Polkas" set. Possibly the two tunes there are named after Nicholas McAuliffe.

Padraig O’Keeffe’s polka

On their CD ‘Summer At My Feet’ (2003), North Cregg play this polka as "Callaghan’s".

Callaghan’s, X:3

From the playing of North Cregg.