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 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Clog (a few times), The Hare In The Corn (a few times) and The Star Above The Garter (a few times).

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

Jimmy Doyle's has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Five 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 :|

Sixteen 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… :-/