This tune is a march, not a polka.
On another cd
The tune is also on a cd released by the accordion player Liam O’ Connor but dominated by Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’ Connor.
I learnt this tune as a march but its pretty cool as a polka!
This is not the track on the Album, New Day Dawning. It is an Air and not the March/Polka displayed.
If anyone has the correct tune, please post it.
It’s a march, not a polka, and’s in A minor, not G major.
Here is the way Lunasa play the tune :
|: D2 C2 | D2 E/G/E | GA AB | AG E/=F/G | A2 D2 | D2 ED | CD CB, | A,2 A,2 | D2 C2 | \
D2 E2 | GA AB | c3B | GA AB | AG E/D/C | D4 |1 z2 A,2 :|2 z2 A2 | d2 d2 | cA cd | \
ez e2 | zd c2 | A/c/A G2 | GA c2 | C3D | C2 A,2 | d2 d2 | cA cd | ez e2 | zd c2 | \
A/c/A G2 | GA c2 | d3e | d2 A/B/c | d2 d2 | cA cd | ez e2 | zd c2 | A2 G2 | GA c2 | \
C3D | C2 A,2 | DC DE | G2 E2 | D2 C2 | c3A | G3D | E/=F/G EC | D2 D2 | D2 A,2 | \
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This was annoyingly hard to find as it’s actually a march in A dorian not a polka in g major!
but who cares, it is is stunning tune and i am going to start it in a sesh one day :)
Because of the wide variety of time signatures that marches come in, and because of their tendency to also stray into other territory, we put them where we can, and if ‘march’ is at least used in the ‘alternate titles’ you can search out other marches here, and that can be narrowed by time signature… Give it a try, click on the ‘Search’ tab in ‘Tunes’, then start by just entering ‘march’… Next, use the time signature/tune form drop-down and try say 2/4 (polkas), 6/8 (jigs), etc… They haven’t all been ‘tagged’ with ‘march’, but it is getting done over time, since there isn’t a ‘march’ category. The same is being done for ‘highland flings’…
Weird transcriptions… I wouldn’t have chosen 2/4 for this one, just seems daft… :-/
And, I have to disagree with the one above who proclaims ~ " its pretty cool as a polka!" ~ YUCK!!! Obviously, unlike New York girls, you can’t dance the polka… (= haven’t a clue)
Yes, I realize, 2/4 is a standard convention for notating marches like this, I just don’t think it does justice to the tune, and this one goes very nicely ‘slowly’…and ‘with feeling’…
does anyone have the sheet music for key of D…… or is it maybe posible to play it on a D whistle with a higher octave.
THANKS for the anwsers :)
Just play it as written - you have all the notes you need on a D whistle.
Tis of the same stripe as Barrack Hill and the likes
this one could be easily arranged for the Scots Pipes.. Pruning the high b’s makes it more insistent but not necessarily less melodic.
Lord Mayo (air by harper Thady Keenan)
http://www.tunearch.org/wiki/Lord_Mayo_(2) - scroll down for the abc music.
(the new Fiddler’s Companion site).
Besides the album you mentioned, the air was on Chieftains no. 3 (first medley, second tune - linking to this "March/Polka page")
Chieftains LP/CD " 4 " has the tune transcribed on this page on the session.
"march by the other harper: David Murphy"
Lord Mayo, X:4
This is a detailed transcription of Alan Doherty’s playing ‘Lord Mayo’ on ‘Inish Turk Beg Sessions’ CD, Track 1
f.v. = finger vibrato
notes in parenthesis may be dropped for taking breath
Cannot change time signature
Actually it should be in 4/4 or 2/2 time.
Cannot change time signature - Lord Mayo
You need to change the 7th line [M: 4/4] to [M: 2/4] and change L: 1/8 to L: 1/16 for it to work properly
Lord Mayo, X:5
Here is the setting of this great march as it appears in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion, vol. III (c. 1808).
Lord Mayo, X:6
Source: The Chieftains
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta
Re: Lord Mayo
This tune was originally written as a song of apology to Lord Mayo by the early-18th century harper, David Murphy (Dáithi Ó Murchadha). Here’s a beautiful take on it with voice and wire-strung harp:
More info here: