The Magic Slipper
Some people call this the "Magic Slipper" which James Morrison & Tom Carmondy recorded as a set preceding "The Little Diamond". Since they just listed the Set as "The Magic Slipper" the title of the two polka’s are often confused.
There was a concertina album (I forget who or which one) where they listed this as the "Girl from Lettermore" so I listed that alternate title as well.
But you know what they say about polka titles ;-)…
T:Little Diamond, The
S:Hammy Hamilton - "The Moneymusk"
| A>B AF | DF Ad | A2 AF | GF EF | D>E FG | AB cd | e>d ce | d2 d2 :||!
| f2 g>e | fd cB | Ad cd | fe e2 | f2 g>e | fd cB | ag ec | d2 d2:||!
The Magic Slipper / Little Diamond
When played on the fiddle I believe this tune is at its best in the key of G, so here is a G-major version:
d>e dB | G>F GB | d>e d>B | cB A2 | GA Bc | de fg | ag fa | g2 g2 :|
|: g2g>a | bg c’a | bg fg | ba a2 | bg c’a | bg fe | dc’ af | g2 g2 :||
The B-part involves some slightly tricky fingering and position shifting, so for those who would like to enjoy playing this polka until they’ve sorted out the aforesaid tricky bits, I offer this simpler version of the B-part:
|: g2 g>a | bg fa | bg fg | ba a2 | bg fa | bgfe | dg af |g2 g2 :||
As Henrik Norbeck got it:
T:Little Diamond, The
T:Girl from Lettermore, The
H:On the Begley & Cooney recording it is called "The Magic Slipper",
H:which is actually the name of another polka which was recorded in the
H:same medley as this polka in 1936 by James Morrison and Tom Carmody.
D:Begley & Cooney: Meitheal
A>B AF|DF Ad|A>B AF|GF EF/E/|DE FG|AB cd|e>d ce|1 d2 dB:|2 d2 de||
fd ge|fd cB|Ad cd|fe ed/e/|fd ge|fd cB|Ag ec|d2 d>e|
fa ge|fd cB|Ad cd|fe ed/e/|fd ge|fd cB|Ag ec|d2 dB||
Is this polka already listed in the Session?
If this is already listed I apologize, and I’d love to learn it’s name and history. I’ve known this tune for so long, that I really don’t remember where I got it, but it’s one of my all time favorites.
Re: Little Diamond
Got the name now :) What a great tune.
Little Diamond, X:2
Second in a great set of polkas played by Simon Bradley on the CD "Russell’s House"
Was popular at London sessions a few years ago, but never knew the name, or been able to find it on thesession