The Humours Of Bahrain polka

By Paddy O’Brien

Also known as Taylor’s Cross, The Humors Of Bahrain.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Humours Of Bahrain has been added to 1 tune set.

The Humours Of Bahrain has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Bahrain
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:de/d/ Bd|gd B>d|cA A/B/c/d/|ed d>B|
de/d/ Bd|gd B>d|cB/c/ dF|AG G>B:|
|:dg g/f/g/a/|bg g>f|ec a>g|f/e/f/g/ ad|
dg g/f/g/a/|bg d>B|cD FA|AG G>B:|
# Added by jakep .
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Bahrain
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ef/e/ ce|ae ce|dB Bc/4d/4e/|fe c2|
ef/e/ ce|ae ce|dc/d/ eG|1 BA A2:|2 BA A3/2||
|:c/|ea a/g/a/b/|c'a ag|fB b>a|g/f/g/a/ be|
ea a/g/a/b/|c'a ac|dE GB|1 BA A3/2:|2 BA A2||
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Bahrain
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B/|de/d/ Bd|gd Bd|cA A/B/c/d/|ed B>c|
de/d/ Bd|gd B2|cB/c/ dF|AG G3/2:|
|:B/|dg g/f/g/a/|bg gf|eA a>g|f/e/f/g/ ad|
dg g>a|bg g2|cD FA|AG G3/2:|

Eight comments

Taylor’s Cross

I learnt this off the cd They Sailed Away From Dublin Bay by Liam Farrell And Joe Whelan.

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The Humours of Bahrain

I don’t know why Farrell and Whelan recorded it as Taylor’s cross because it was written by Paddy O‘Brien [Nenagh] and titled The Humours of Bahrain. In fact, the three polkas that appear on They sailed Away from Dublin Bay were written by Paddy O’Brien and have different titles.

Taylor’s Cross = The Humours of Bahrain
All the Way to Galway = The Sheik’s Fancy
The Barna = Emir’s Delight

But thanks for posting. Its a nice tune.

“The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien” of Nenagh, County Tipperary

J.D.C. Publications Ltd., 1992

Page 32: Polkas ~ “The Humours of Bahrain”

Good one, “C” - I’ll have to learn it. Shame that you don’t have a title for it. Yes, I know it’s often notoriously difficult to assign names to polkas. But this one is somehow distinctive, so it might well have a title.

Until such time as we do have a name, I suppose we could always call it “Cunningham’s Polka” …

Matt does throw some of his own compositions into the mix in his later recordings, but I don’t think this is one. Yes, I tend to hesitate adding new tunes I’ve no name for or can’t remember, or find my notes for it, preferring to add them with an identity. I have a lot of ‘gan ainms’… 🙁 😉