The Ballygow polka

Also known as Bally Gow, John Cronin’s.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Ballygow has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Ballygow
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF/A/ df|ed Bd|Ad FA|BA FE|
DF/A/ df|ed Bd|Ad E>G|1FD DE:|2FD DB/e/||
fa/f/ ed|Bd Ad|fa/f/ ed|e2-ed|
fa/f/ ed|Bd Ad|FA E>G|1FD DB/e/:|2FD DE||
2
X: 2
T: The Ballygow
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: CE/G/ ce | dc Ac | Gc EG | AG FD |
CE/G/ ce | dc Ac | Gc D>F |[1 EC CG, :|[2 EC C2 ||
|: ef/e/ dc | Ac Gc | ef/e/ dc | d2 d2 |
ef/e/ dc | Ac Gc | EG D>F |[1 EC C2 :|[2 EC CG, ||
# Added by protz .
3
X: 3
T: The Ballygow
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF/A/ df | ed Bd | Ad Fd | AG/F/ EF/E/ |
DF/A/ df | e/f/e/d/ Bd | Ad EF/G/ | FD D :|
fg/f/ ed | Bd Ad | fg/f/ ed | e2 eA/d/ |
fg/f/ ed | Bd Ad | Fd EF/G/ | FD D :|
~ | f/g/a ba | ~ or ~ | f/g/a/f/ ba/g/ | ~
4
X: 4
T: The Ballygow
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DF/A/ df | ed B2 | Ad/A/ FA | BA FE |
DF/A/ df | ed Bd | A/d/A/F/ GE |1 D2 DE :|2 D2 D2 ||
|: fa/f/ ed | B/c/d A2 | f>e df | e2 e2 |
fa/f/ ed | B/c/d A>G | FA GE |1 D2 D2 :|2 D2 DE ||

Nine comments

Source: Phil, John & Pip Murphy - Trip to Cullenstown
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

What’s the little name ?

This is a nice little polka, not common tonality, played by a friend (who maybe has a log on this site) who learned it with his father, who is Irish; I’m pretty sure it’s a traditional tune.
Both of them don’t know its name.
I think it will get one now, because there are many polkas specialists here… 😉

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What’s the little name of the little tune ?

This is a nice little polka, not common tonality, played by a friend (who maybe has a log on this site) who learned it with his father, who is Irish; I’m pretty sure it’s a traditional tune.
Unfortunately, both of them don’t know the name of it.
I think it will get one now, because there are many polkas lovers here… 😉

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Comments should be editable.
Otherwise, if you push the wrong button it gives this. 🙁

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Another lovely gan ainm ~ nice one protz…

I suspect the ‘C’ is under the historic influence of either the single row C melodeon or the C whistle, both a not uncommon part of Ireland’s past, or present…

Here’s a take in D, just a step up from C, and which might help me or another to come up with a connection by way of a name ~

X: 2
T: Gan Ainm
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: F/E/ |\
DF/A/ df | ed Bd | Ad Fd | AG/F/ EF/E/ |
DF/A/ df | e/f/e/d/ Bd | Ad EF/G/ | FD D :|
|: A/d/ |\
fg/f/ ed | Bd Ad | fg/f/ ed | e2 eA/d/ |
fg/f/ ed | Bd Ad | Fd EF/G/ | FD D :|

I find myself wanting to play the 4th bar of the B-part this way:

~ | f/g/a ba | ~ or ~ | f/g/a/f/ ba/g/ | ~

Recorded by Conal O’Grada on his Cnoc Bui album as John Walshe’s

Conal O’Grada has recorded this as the second tune in a 3 polka set on his Cnoc Bui album. He uses the name John Walshe’s but it’s the same tune (slight variation)

Great polka set! The transition into the 3rd tune from this is dramatic. The 3rd tune is Pulling/Cutting Bracken.

John Cronin’s, X:2

From the playing of Timmy O’Connor.