Mick Duggan’s polka

Also known as The Lighthouse, Mick Duggan’s #3, Mick Duggan’s No. 3.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Mick Duggan’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

Mick Duggan's has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Mick Duggan's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:e|fd A>d|fd Ad|fd/B/ AF|E2 E>e|
fd Ad|fd Ad|f/e/d/B/ A/B/A/F/|D2 D:|
|:E|FD F>A|de f/g/f/e/|dB A/B/F|E2 E>E|
F/E/D FA|de f>e|dB A/B/A/F/|D2 D:|

Four comments

"Mick Duggan’s Polka"

Fiddler Magazine

Matt Cranitch: Knee Deep in the Rushy Mountain
Interview with Matt Cranitch, by Brendan Taaffe

"~ When I had finished my BMus, I felt like maybe I’d try my hand at doing a Master’s degree relating to indigenous playing. The nearest such style of music to here is the Sliabh Luachra style, so I choose Mick Duggan, a Sliabh Luachra musician, as my subject. I went and spoke to him and did lots of field work and all the rest of it; recordings and interviews and so on, but of course, never wrote it up. I’m not alone in that, but I think I got the benefit from it in everything except the official piece of paper, in that I learned a huge amount, and it stimulated my whole interest in the question of fiddle playing styles and fiddle playing technique. ~"

Q: So going back — that time you spent with Mick Duggan is what got you interested in Sliabh Luachra history and repertoire.

"And particularly on one visit to Mick Duggan, on the 5th of February, 1978, he gave me all this pile of music, and inside were original Pádraig O’Keeffe manuscripts, in O’Keeffe’s own writing. When I look back at it, that’s the thing which fired me onto all of that; I became very interested in the whole Sliabh Luachra thing and spent nights and nights down in Knocknagree in particular. I suppose ‘twas also the time that the Sliabh Luachra music was getting a bit more popular. The Kerry Fiddles record came out in 1977, and The Star Above The Garter had come out a bit before that. Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh were playing wonderful music in that kind of style, and in Cork the set dancing revival had started, led initially in Cork by Timmy McCarthy, or Timmy the Brit as he is generally known, and also by Joe O’Donovan. Timmy was very adamant that the local sets, the polka sets, would be featured, and then, of course, the musicians had to play for those sets, so there was a cross fertilization. Lots of musicians, not only myself, became increasingly interested in the repertoire of the region and the repertoire of people like Denis [Murphy] and Julia [Clifford] and Johnny O’Leary. ~"

& at least one recording featuring some of Mick Duggan’s fiddling ~

"Music For The Set"

Johnny O’Leary ~ 2 row button accordion
Ellen O’Leary ~ whistle
Maurice O’Keefe ~ fiddle
Mick Duggan ~ fiddle


"The Irish Fiddle Book" ~ another transcription

Matt Cranitch, The Mercier Press, 1988
ISBN: 0-85342-803-4
Ossian; revised edition
ISBN-10: 1900428903
ISBN-13: 978-1900428903
Ossian; Book & CD edition, 2005
ISBN-10: 1900428679
ISBN-13: 978-1900428675

Page 143, tune #47: Mick Duggan’s Polka (3)

Matt Cranitch & friends play this in a set on the CD "Give it Shtick", track 6: "Mick Duggan’s Polkas"