Jimmy Doyle’s polka

Also known as Jim Keefe’s, Jim Keeffe’s, Jim Keeffe’s #1, Jim Keeffe’s No. 1, Jim Keeffe’s No.1, Jim O’Keefe’s, Jimmy Doyle’s #3, Jimmy Doyle’s No. 3, Jimmy Doyle’s No.3, Polca Séamus Ó Caoimh, Polca Sheamais Ui Chaoimh, Séamus Ó Caoimh, Sheamais Ui Chaoimh.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Jimmy Doyle’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Jimmy Doyle's has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: c |dA/d/ e/f/e/d/ | cA AB/c/ | dA/d/ ef | ga/g/ fe |
d2 ed | cA Aa | f/g/a ge | d2 d :|
|: e |f>=f ^fd | g>f ge | f>=f ^fa | ge c/B/A/e/ |
f2 fd | g2 g/f/e | f/g/a ge | d2- d :|
X: 2
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dc/d/ ed | =cA A2 | dc/d/ ef | g2 fe |
d2 e/f/e/d/ | =cA A2 | f/g/a ge | d2 d2 :|
|: f>e fd | g>f ge | f>e fa | ge =ce |
f2 f/e/d/f/ | g>f ge | fa ge | d2 d2 :|
X: 3
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |dc/d/ ed | cA A2 | dc/d/ ef | g2 fe |
dc/d/ ed | cA Ae | f/g/a ec | d2 d :|
|: e |f>e fd | g>f ge | f>e fa | ge ce |
f>e fd | g>f ge | f/g/a ec | d2 d :|
X: 4
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |d>d ed | cA AA | d>d ef | ga/g/ fe |
d>d ed | cA Aa | f/g/a ge | d3 :|
|: e |f>f fd | g>g ge | f>e fa | ge ce |
f>f fd | g>g ge | f/g/a ge | d3 :|
X: 5
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GF/G/ A/B/A/G/ | FD DG | BG AB | cd/c/ BA |
GF/G/ AG | FD D>A | B/c/d cA | G2 G2 :|
|: B>^A BG | c>B cA | B>^A Bd | cA FD |
B>^A BG | c>B cA | B/c/d cA | G2 G2 :|
X: 6
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: AA BA | GE E2 | AA Bc | d2 cB |
A2 BA | GE E2 | B/c/d ed |1 BA A2 :|2 BA AB ||
|: cA cA | d>c dB | c>B ce | dB GB |
cA cA | d>c dB | c/d/e dB |1 A2 AB :|2 A2 A2 ||
X: 7
T: Jimmy Doyle's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: AA BA | GE E2 | AA Bc | d2 cB |
A2 BA | GE E2 | c/d/e dB |1 A2 A2 :|2 A2 AB ||
|: c>A cA | d>c dB | c>B ce | d2 cB |
c>A cA | d>c dB | c/d/e dB |1 A2 AB :|2 A2 A2 ||

Eighteen comments

“Jimmy Doyle’s” / “Jim Keeffe’s” ~ etc… & ‘gan ainm’ ~ and in D, G & A & probably C too

I’ve given it in D Major, how I’ve mostly known it, from various sources, and fully in D Mixolydian, another way I’ve come across it, but it is also often notated sometimes along the lines of the following transcription, simplified ~

X: 3
T: Jimmy Doyle’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: dc/d/ ed | =cA A2 | dc/d/ ef | g2 fe |
d2 e/f/e/d/ | =cA A2 | f/g/a ge | d2 d2 :|
|: f>e fd | g>f ge | f>e fa | ge =ce |
f2 f/e/d/f/ | g>f ge | fa ge | d2 d2 :|

D, G & A & probably C too

I did do a search for it, in several keys and at least half a dozen ways with bars from both the A & B parts and didn’t find it on site. A friend had sent me a query on this one. I’ll add other takes in other keys later, and a list of various sources for other transcriptions of this tune, which I would put with the well the list of known polka, and its repetition in collections would support that…

“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border”

Edited by Terry Moylan
The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
ISBN: 1-874675-42-2

Page 143, tune #249: "Jimmy Doyle’s" (3)

“Music of Ireland: Where’s the Crack”

Edited by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1997
ISBN: 1-899512-27-6

Page 26: "Jim O’Keeffe’s Polka No. 1"

Correction to the previous ~ no O’ ~ just "Jim Keeffe’s Polka No. 1"

“Mally Presents 100 Irish Polkas”

Edited by Dave Mallinson
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1997
ISBN: 1-899512-21-7

Page 9, Tune #20: "Jim Keeffe’s No. 1"

“110 Ireland’s Best Polkas & Slides”

Waltons Publishing, Dublin, 1999
ISBN: 1-85720-086-1

Page 11, tune #22: "Jim Keeffe’s (1)"

Major & Mixolydian & ~

The Johnny O’Leary transcription is fully in D Major, every c is sharp…

The next three transcriptions in printed collections start with a key signature of D Major and give the c as natural (=) in the A-part, bars 2 & 6, and in the B-part bar 4, see the transcription given here in the first comment above…

Another way of showing one other option for bars 1 & 5 of the B-part is transcribed so ~ | f>=f ^fd |

“Martin Mulvihill’s Polka” ~ airport’s transcription

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2586/comments

I found a version called Jim Keeffe’s which matches none of the Jim Keefe’s on this site. sigh.

X:1
T:Martin Mulvihill’s Polka
R:polka
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:D
|: A |\
dc/d/ ed | cA A2 | dc/d/ ef | g2 fe |
dc/d/ ed | cA Ae | f/g/a ec | d2 d :|
|: e |\
f>e fd | g>f ge | f>e fa | ge ce |
f>e fd | g>f ge | f/g/a ec | d2 d :|

# Posted on August 30th 2008 by airport
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“Gan Ainm” ~ 1970s ~ an early ABC transcription

The following was found amongst my notes but only with a slew of other polkas and not information given as to the source.

X: 5
T: gan ainm
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: DMaj
|: A |\
d>d ed | cA AA | d>d ef | ga/g/ fe |
d>d ed | cA Aa | f/g/a ge | d3 :|
|: e |\
f>f fd | g>g ge | f>e fa | ge ce |
f>f fd | g>g ge | f/g/a ge | d3 :|

“Séamus Ó Caoimh”

Thanks, appreciated ~ I’d forgotten to add that to the titles list…

:-/ ~ bad habits…

Because it makes more sense I’ve gone for ~
| f>=f ^fd | ~ rather than my previous daftness of ~ | f>^e fd | ~ etc…
It isn’t the first time I’ve gone with an ^e or ^b to reduce accidentals…

Not sure which I prefer…

but, I like the E sharps in the Major version; less so in the Mix rendering. The Cs are very prominent here, so the tune comes out quite differently (to my ears) in the different modes.

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P.s.:

There’s nothing wrong with E and B sharps, in my opinion as they show the movement of the melody in the sheet music.

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True, I live in constant question of what I do or don’t do… ;-)

It seems Jeremy has axed the D Mix version that was given as a second take in the original transcription… :-/

Jim Keefe’s, X:6

From the playing of Tickle Harbour, who learned it from Seamus Creagh & Jackie Daly.

Jimmy Doyle’s, X:7

A few subtle differences from the Tickle Harbour setting.