Toureendarby polka

Also known as Johnny O’Leary’s, Taureen Derby, There’s Worse Than That Around, Tooreenderby, West Kerry.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Toureendarby appears in 1 other tune collection.

Toureendarby has been added to 12 tune sets.

Toureendarby has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Fifteen settings

1
X: 1
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
d|: eA BA | eA BA | G>A Bd | G>A Bd |
eA BA | eA BA | G>A Bd |1 BA Ad :|2 BA Af ||
|: a2 gf | a2 gf | dB GA | Bc de |
a2 gf | a2 gf | dB gB |1 BA Af :|2 BA Ad ||
2
X: 2
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: d |eA BA | eA BA | G2 AB/d/ | G2 A/B/d |
eA BA | eA BA | G2 AB/d/ | BA A :|
|: f |a2 gf | a2 gf | dB GA | Bc de |
a2 gf | a2 gf | dB gB/B/ | A2 A :|
3
X: 3
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B/d/ |eA BA | eA BA | G>A Bd | GA B/c/d |
eA BA | eA A2 | G>A Bd | BA A :|
|: f/g/ |a2 gf | a2 gf | dB G>A | Bc d/e/f/g/ |
ab/a/ gf | a2 a/g/f | d/c/B gB | BA A :|
4
X: 4
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE FE |BE G/F/E |D>E FA |DE FA |
BE G/F/E |BE FE |D>E FA |1 FE EF/A/ :|2 FE E2 ||
|:ee/e/ dB |ee/e/ dB |AF dF |AB/c/ df |
ee/e/ dB |ee/e/ dB |AF dF |1 FE gf :|2 FE E2||
5
X: 5
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: d/c/ |BE EF | BE G/F/E | D>E FA |DE Fd/c/ |
BE EF | BE FE | D>E FA | FE E :|
|: ^d |ef/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | A>F dF | A/B/c/d/ e^d |
ef/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | A>F dF | FE E :|
6
X: 6
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:A|BE FE|BE FE|D>E FA|DE FA|
BE FE|BE FE|D>E FA|FE E:|
|:B|e2 dB |ef/e/ dB |AF dF|AB/c/ d2|
ef/e/ dB |ef/e/ dB|AF dF|FE E:|
7
X: 7
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EA |: BE GE | BE GE | D>E FA | DE FA |
BE GE | BE GE | D>E FA | GE E2 :|
|:ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d2 |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | FE E2:|
# Added by Clare .
8
X: 8
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE FE |BE G/F/E |D>E FA |DE FA |
BE G/F/E |BE FE |D>E FA |1 FE EF/A/ :|2 FE E2 ||
|:ee/e/ dB |ee/e/ dB |AF dF |AB/c/ df |
ee/e/ dB |ee/e/ dB |AF dF |1 FE gf :|2 FE E2||
9
X: 9
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE FE | BE FE | D2 FA | DE FA |
BE FE | BE FE | D2 FA | FE E2 :|
|: ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d2 |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | FE E2 :|
10
X: 10
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE GE | BE GE | D>E F/G/A |DE F/G/A |
BE GE | BE GE | D>E F/G/A |1 FE E>A :|2 FE E2 ||
|: ee/e/ dB | ee/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d^d |
ee/e/ dB | ee/e/ dB | AF dF |1 FE E2 :|2 FE E>A ||
11
X: 11
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE FE | BE FE | D>E FA | FE FA |
BE FE | BE FE | D>E FA | FE E2 :|
|: ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d2 |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | FE E2 :|
12
X: 12
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE A/F/E | BE A/F/E | D2 FA | FE FA |
BE A/F/E | BE A/F/E | D>E FA |1 FE EF/A/ :|2 FE E2 ||
|: ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d2 |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF |1 FE E2 :|2 FE EF/A/ ||
13
X: 13
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE FE | B/B/E FE | D>E FA | D>E FA |
BE F/F/E | BE FE | D>E F/F/A | FE E2 :|
|: ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d>f |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | A/A/F dF | FE E2 :|
14
X: 14
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eA BA | eA BA | G>A Bd | GA Bd |
eA BA | eA BA | G>A Bd | BA A2 :|
a2 ge | a2 ge | dB gB | de fg |
a2 ge | a2 ge | dB gB |BA A2 |
a2 ge | a2 ge | dB gB | d/c/d/e/ fg |
a2 ge | a2 ge | dB gB |BA A2 ||
15
X: 15
T: Toureendarby
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BE FE | BE FE | D>E FA | DE FA |
BE FE | BE FE | D>E FA | FE E2 :|
|: ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | AB/c/ d2 |
ef/e/ dB | ef/e/ dB | AF dF | FE E2 :|

Twelve comments

"Taureen Derby"

X: 2
T: Taureen Derby
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Edor
|: d/c/ |\
BE EF | BE G/F/E | D>E FA |DE Fd/c/ |
BE EF | BE FE | D>E FA | FE E :|
|: ^d |\
ef/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | A>F dF | A/B/c/d/ e^d |
ef/e/ dB | eg/e/ dB | A>F dF | FE E :|

Toureendarby is near Newmarket in the Sliabh Luachra area of Co. Cork. This is a setting from the playing of harpist Laoise Kelly. It’s on her album "Ceis":

X: 1
T: Toureendarby
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Edor
A|\
BE FE|BE FE|D>E FA|DE FA|
BE FE|BE FE|D>E FA|FE E:|
|:B|\
e2 dB |ef/e/ dB |AF dF|AB/c/ d2|
ef/e/ dB |ef/e/ dB|AF dF|FE E:|

Toureendarby Polka

The Boys of the Lough play this on their 2002 album ‘Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes’ and call it "Curragh Races Polka". It is in fact a polka version of the reel "The Curragh Races" (https://thesession.org/tunes/1760)

Toureendarby Polka

"…It is in fact a polka version of the reel "The Curragh Races"…"

Mmm. Well, perhaps not; Kenny has pointed out - quite rightly - that there are not enough similarities to pair this tune with "The Curragh Races", and the B part of the tunes are in fact quite different, so ignore that part of my post. Sorry, guys.

There’s Worse Than That Around

I first heard this tune at a concert of the Band Cuas from Dingle (Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich - accordion, Liam Stapleton - Flute, Matt Griffin - Guitar), seems to be one of the polkas indigenous to the Dingle area (but I’m not an expert on this 🙂). It can also be found on the album Ragairne by Séamus Begley and Jim Murray.

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Re: Johnny O’Leary’s

I know this as the Toureendarby Polka and I probably got it from The Boys of the Lough. Must be here already, maybe in a different key. Ah yes: https://thesession.org/tunes/8895

Toureendarby, X:15

Extremely minor variation from another setting above, as taught by Mirella Murray at O’Flaherty’s 2020.