One of two kerry polkas
Found this tune on a CD titled ‘Jig Don’t Jog’ by an ‘artist’ named Cahal Dunne. It’s a perfectly horrible album and must be purchased so that it’s horror can be believed. However, there was a set of polkas done by some very competent fiddlers that I found very charming. This one is the first of the set titled nondescriptively ‘Two Kerry Polkas’.
Oh My God
You weren’t whistlin dixie when you said that was awful, it’s the music for a fitness tape
There’s a picture of an unfortunate fellow on the cover that looks like a cross between James Galway & Slim Goodbody.
Thanks Caoimghgin, you’ve just replaced that guy’s face with falling in all of my future nightmares!
I heard about that guy - he was on tv the other day - it isnt a joke - he is serious - its a fitness video and they do all these stupid exersice routines outside places like the blarney castle etc……very, very scary indeed!
Aerobics to Irish tunes…sounds like a recipe for disaster. Imagine jogging in place while quaffing massive amounts of Guiness and chain smoking….
Yeah, the photo on the video cover hard to look at. Are we sure Monty Python hasn’t come back from the dead? Like the village idiot skits and Ministry of Funny Walks rolled into one.
Sounds really stupid indeed, but I just tried out this tune on my whistle. The tune itself is not bad at all.
I know this one!
I’m pretty sure its called Sixty Ninth Street. I have it on a CD called Lifescapes Celtic Fiddle.
I learned this Polka from Patty Furlong a few years ago in the Catskills. She identified it as Gan Ainm, but also said she thought it might be called Gallagher’s Frolics or the Galway Belle. Since I already knew a jig called Gallagher’s Frolics, I have called it Galway Belle ever since. Someone also said it might be associated with Harry McGowan. I play this in a set with Maggie in the Woods and Egan’s Polka. This one plays a lot easier if you use the outer row of your B/C accordion for those high Es.
Think Ryan has it right — Sixty Ninth Street composed, as far as I know, by fiddler Eugene O’Donnell who moved back home to Derry after many years in Philadelphia.
Lovely minor polka paired up with another I will probably post tomorrow if I can. I got this tune from a friend at a session who can play a mean version on the box =P
Cheers and LOVELY WEATHER!!,
Can also be played in A-minor. Very nice on fiddle in this key.
Armand got this from me, and I got it from….
I learned this tune at the Durham Irish Arts Week one summer from Patti Furlong in a beginner accordion class and fell in love with it. She was not sure of the name, and in addition to Gan Ainm, rattled off a few names that might be right. I think that Galway Belle was one of those names, but I am not sure. Anyhow, because of the fact that I like to play it a lot, people in my neighborhood are beginning to learn it, and apply the name I use for it, appropriate or not.
Jerry O’Brien collection
"Galway Belle" was the name for this tune in the tunebook published by Jerry O’Brien, the button accordionist who taught Joe Derrane, in the late 1940s.
Nice tune. I’ve learned it for a fiddle workshop this coming year.
Around Philadelphia, many musicians play this between Egan’s and Sean Ryan’s
“Captain Moonlight’s Army Polka”
Submitted on October 22nd 2009 by charliechamo.
See also: “The Last Chance Polka”
# Added by ceolachan - July 29th, 2014
The Galway Belle, X:2
This setting is from the Boston box player Tommy Sheridan, who plays it after Cathy’s Favorite (Dmaj) and the Glenside Polka (Edor). The first two form the Glenside Polka set (I think in that order), and this one I would guess came from Jerry O’Brien’s aforementioned book.