Eileen O’Keefe’s polka

Also known as Eileen O’Keeffe’s, Eileen’s, Murphy’s, Quinn’s, Séamus Creagh’s, Seamus Creagh’s, T.J. Quinn’s.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Eileen O’Keefe’s has been added to 5 tune sets.

Eileen O'Keefe's has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dB AG/A/|BG EG/E/|DE GA| BA Ad|
dB AG/A/|BG EG/E/|DE GA|1BG Gd:|2BG GA||
Bd g2|Bd eg/e/|Bd eg/e/|dB AG|
Bd g2|Bd eg/e/|dB AG/A/|BG G2:|
2
X: 2
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: 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 :|
3
X: 3
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ec BA/B/|cA F2|EF AB|cB cf|
ec BA/B/|cA F2|EF AB|cA A2:|
ce a2|ce f2|ce fa|ec BA/B/|
ce a2|ce fa|ec BA/B/|cA A2:|
4
X: 4
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f |ec BA/B/ | cA FA | EF AB | cB Bf |
ec BA/B/ | cA FA | EF AB | cA Af |
ec BA/B/ | c/B/A FA | EF AB | cB Bc |
de/d/ dc | B2 A>F | EF AB | Ac ed ||
ce a2 | ec/e/ f2 | ce fa/f/ | ec BA |
ce a2 | ec/e/ fa/f/ | ec BA/B/ | cA AB/=c/ |
ce a2 | ec/e/ f2 | ce f/g/a/f/ | ec BA |
a>g af | ec/e/ fa/f/ | ec BA/B/ | cA A |]
5
X: 5
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: dB A^G/A/ | BG EG | DE G>A | BA A2 |
[1 dB A^G/A/ | B/c/B/G/ EG/E/ | DE/F/ G>A | BG G2 :|
[2 c2 B/c/d/B/ | A^G/A/ A=G/E/ | DD/E/ G>A | G/A/B dc ||
Bd g2 | dB/d/ e2 | Bd e/f/g/e | dB A^G/A/ |
[1 B/c/d g2 | dB/d/ eg/e/ | dB A^G/A/ | BG G>c :|
[2 g/a/g/f/ g>e | dB/d/ eg/e/ | dB A^G/A/ | BG G2 |]
6
X: 6
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f|: ec BA/B/ | cA F2 | EF AB | cB cf |
ec BA/B/ | cA F2 | EF AB |1 cA Af :|2 cA AB ||
|: ce a2 | ce f2 | ce fa/f/ | ec BA/B/ |
ce a2 | ce fa/f/ | ec BA/B/ |1 cA AB :|2 cA Af ||
7
X: 7
T: Eileen O'Keefe's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f|: ec BA/B/ | cA F2 | EF AB | cB Bf |
ec BA/B/ | cA F2 | EF AB |1 BA Af :|2 BA AB ||
|: ce a2 | ce f2 | ce fg/f/ | ec BA/B/ |
ce a2 | ce f2 | ec BA/B/ |1 cA AB :|2 cA Af ||

Nine comments

Eileen O’Keefe’s

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

http://comhaltas.ie/
http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_246_2_seamus_creagh_and_rob_murphy_play_a_set_of_sliabh_luach/

~ from the Nyah Festival 2007 ~ fiddle player Séamus Creagh, originally from County Westmeath, with Rob Murphy of Cavan on flute…

X: 2
T: Eileen O’Keefe’s
S: Séamus Creagh & Rob Murphy
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: 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 :|

Murphy’s

Another tune i picked up from the band Crede.

All in the family, but who’s to say which came first?

"John Joe Harnett’s"
# Added by ceolachan - July 28th, 2013
https://thesession.org/tunes/12875

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…

Notes from this excellent recording: "Jackie learned the first of these polkas from the fiddle player Maurice O’Keeffe, of Kishkeam, in north Co. Cork." ~ Jackie Small

Q: 140 bpm / 1 beat = one crotchet/quarter note

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).

Séamus Creagh’s, X:4

From the playing of Peter Staunton & Niamh Varian-Barry, on the Echoes of Erin 2008 album.

Peter on button accordion, and Niamh on fiddle.

According to comhaltas ( https://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/seamus_creaghs_trip_to_dingle/ ), Niamh learnt the tune from the playing of Séamus Creagh, who recorded the tune with Jackie Daly.