This tune was composed by one Maurice O’Keefe, from Glenreigh, Kiskeam who named it after his granddaughter.
“Eileen O’Keefe’s” ~ C: Maurice O’Keefe
ComhaltasLive #246 - 2: Séamus Creagh & Rob Murphy playing a set of three Sliabh Luachra polkas:
Eileen O’Keefe’s Polka (given as ‘gan ainm’) / The Lonesome Polka / Dan Mac’s Polka
~ from the Nyah Festival 2007 ~ fiddle player Séamus Creagh, originally from County Westmeath, with Rob Murphy of Cavan on flute…
T: Eileen O’Keefe’s
S: Séamus Creagh & Rob Murphy
|: e |\
dB AG/A/ | BG E2 | DE GA | BA Ae |
dB AG/A/ | BG E2 | DE GA | BG G :|
|: A |\
Bd g2 | Bd e2 | Bd e/f/e/ | dB AG |
Bd g2 | Bd ef/e/ | dB AG/A/ | BG G :|
All in the family, but who’s to say which came first?
"John Joe Harnett’s"
# Added by ceolachan - July 28th, 2013
The chicken or the egg? :-/
I gathered that John’s polka had done the rounds in motivating dancers in Limerick for at least a couple of decades, at least the 50s & 60s?! ~ and earlier?, before he gave it to me in the 70s…
Re: Eileen O’Keefe’s
Just realized that this is the first tune on the great album "Island to Island" — believe it’s Seamus Creagh playing, up a whole step from the version ceolachan links to / transcribes above (ie in A rather than G).