John Walsh’s polka

Also known as Derrygallen Bridge, The Derrygallen Bridge, John Walsh’s #1, John Walsh’s No 1, John Walsh’s No. 1.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

John Walsh’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

John Walsh's has been added to 63 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: John Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G>A BA|GE ED|B,D ED|B,D ED|
G>A BA|GE ED|B,D ED|G2 G2:|
g2 gf/g/|ag ge|dB BA|GA Bd|
g2 gf/g/|ag ge|dB BA|G2 G2:|
X: 2
T: John Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G>A BA|GE ED|B,>D ED|B,D ED|
G>A BA|GE ED|B,>D ED|1G2 G2:|2G2 G||
B/d/|:g2 fg|ag g/a/g/e/|dB B/c/B/A/|G>A Bd|
g>g fg|ag g/a/g/e/|dB {c}BA|1G2 G2:|2G2 G||
X: 3
T: John Walsh's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ga/g/ fg|ag ge|dB BA|GA Bd|
ga/g/ fg|ag ge|dB AB/A/|G2 G2:|
G>A BA|GE ED|BD ED|BD ED|
G>A BA|GE ED|BD ED|G2>z2:|

Seven comments

John Walsh’s Polka

According to Fiddler’s Companion: John Walsh is from near Kanturk, County Cork, and has composed several slides and polkas that have entered tradition. In 1999 he was described (by Jackie Daly via Paul de Grae) as being in his 60’s, and as being a nice, quiet, shy man.

This setting is transcribed from CCÉ’s CD "Foinn Seisiún" Volume 2, Track 26, where it is played with the A and B parts reversed.

There’s also a nice recording by Jackie Daly on Patrick Street’s "Irish Times", Track 5. It’s the first tune of the "Newmarket Polkas" set, and played with the parts in the same order as transcribed here.

A and B part Reversals

There are a few tunes like this where the A and B parts can be interchanged depending what session you play in - Anderson’s reel is another one that immediately comes to mind. The result of this at a session can be highly amusing as if you have a fairly even split of musicians playing together with the different interpretation of the tune in their heads, then it can go on for ages! It happened with this very polka some years ago at the Monkstown session where local musicians started with the high bit while the visitors were used to starting on the low bit. Never have I experienced a polka being played so many times! I should also say that this is a great polka and I wonder if John has composed any others.

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What are the other two tunes? And who is playing them?

John Walsh’s aka Derrygallen Bridge (comp. John F. Walsh)

X:1
T:John Walsh’s
T:Derrygallen Bridge
S:John F. Walsh
L:1/8
M:2/4
R:Polka
K:G
D|:G>A BA|GE ED|B,>D ED|B,D ED|
G>A BA|GE ED|B,>D ED|1G2 G2:|2G2 G||
B/d/|:g2 fg|ag g/a/g/e/|dB B/c/B/A/|G>A Bd|
g>g fg|ag g/a/g/e/|dB {c}BA|1G2 G2:|2G2 G||

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READ MORE about John under “Brogeen”

John Walsh’s No.1 aka Derrygallen Bridge
https://thesession.org/tunes/329
John Walsh’s aka Monvara Bridge
https://thesession.org/tunes/9520
John Walsh’s aka Daly’s Mill
https://thesession.org/tunes/8918
John Walsh’s aka Goblachan
https://thesession.org/tunes/15266
John Walsh’s aka Brogeen
https://thesession.org/tunes/16020