The Ballydesmond march

Also known as The Great Northern Bands March, The Great Northern Bands, The Siamsa Céilí Band March, The Siamsa March.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 1 tune set.

The Ballydesmond has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Ballydesmond
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG|B2 A>B cB AF|G>F GB D2 DE/F/|G2 A>B cB A/B/A/G/|F2 d>^c d2 DG|
B>c BA G2 GA/B/|c>G E/G/c e2 d>c|BD B/c/d cD F/G/A|G2 G>F G2:|
|:A/B/c|d2 ^c/d/e/f/ gd =cB|c>B B/c/d cA FD|G2 c/B/A/G/ BG A/G/F/E/|D2 d>^c d2 GF|
E2 E>G cE dc|BG D/E/F/G/ B2 d>c|Bg B/c/d/B/ c>A FD|G>F GA G2:|
X: 2
T: The Ballydesmond
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A2|B2 AB cB AF|G2 B2 D2 EF|G2 AB cB AG|F2 D2 D2 dc|
B2 BA G2 AB|c2 cd e2 dc|B2 Bd A2 FA|G2 G2 G2:|
|:B2|d2 df g2 dB|c2 cB c2 AD|G2 cA BG AF|D2 D2 D2 GF|
ECEG c2 dc|BG DG B2 dc|BG Bd A2 FA|G2 G2 G2:|
X: 3
T: The Ballydesmond
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG|:B2AB cBAF|G2B2 D2EF|G2AB cBAG|A2D>E D2d>c|
BcBA G2AB|cBcd e2d>c|BGB/c/d ADF/G/A|1 G2G>F G2AG:|2 G2 G>F G2Bc||
|:d2Bd gdcB|c2 c>d cAFD|GB c/B/A B/A/G AF|D2D>E D2G>F|
ECEG c2d>c|BGDG B2d>c|BG B/c/d AD F/G/A|1 G2G>F G2Bc:|2 G2G>F G4||

Five comments

“The Ballydesmond March” ~ in basic form, no > or /

X: 1
T: Ballydesmond March, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Gmaj
|: A2 |\
B2 AB cB AF | G2 B2 D2 EF | G2 AB cB AG | F2 D2 D2 dc |
B2 BA G2 AB | c2 cd e2 dc | B2 Bd A2 FA | G2 G2 G2 :|
|: B2 |\
d2 df g2 dB | c2 cB c2 AD | G2 cA BG AF | D2 D2 D2 GF |
ECEG c2 dc | BG DG B2 dc | BG Bd A2 FA | G2 G2 G2 :|

“The Ballydesmond March” ~ source for another transcription

“Music of Ireland: Where’s the Crack?”
Edited by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1997
ISBN: 1-899512-27-6

Pages 31 - 32: Miscellany

Page 31: “The Ballydesmond” (march)

This is where I got the title for this, but while the melody is familiar I think I knew this originally under a different name, so if anyone else out there recognizes it or has more to add, it would be very welcome… So far I haven’t managed to find anymore information, which is why I hadn’t submitted this earlier. I’ll keep my eyes open, along with any other gan ainms I’m guilty of adding to the database here… 😏 (guilt!)

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Great Northern Bands March, X:3

This is truly a mystery tune. Bostonians will know it as the Great Northern Bands March, which is attributed to the playing of fiddler Seamus Connolly. The title is Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly’s, who believes the tune is associated with the repertory of céilí bands from the northern counties of Ireland. Connolly contacted Brian O’Kane (of the Siamsa Céilí Band), who denied having composed it.

Nonetheless, the history of it with northern bands is particularly odd considering the alternate name here (Ballydesmond) is of a town deep in the mountains of Cork and Kerry… It doesn’t sound like anything else from that region, and without the link to any of the great players in that region I have to doubt it’s from Ballydesmond either.

The man to talk to would be Maurice O’Keefe of Kishkeam, who would undoubtedly know the origins if they were known. Vinnie Cronin, son of Paddy, came into Boston for Thanksgiving and played a tune called the Ballydesmond March. I can’t remember if it was this tune or another by that name, but no doubt he has insight on the history of this one as well…

Re: The Ballydesmond March

Conal O’Grada plays this as the Gold March. It’ s Close enough to call it the same tune. IMHO.
Check out the Gold March here on the session.