Dornoch Links polka

Also known as Dornoch Links March, Joe Bane’s, Joe Banne’s, Lingis Dhornich.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Dornoch Links has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Dornoch Links
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a/f/ | eA cB/c/| eA Aa/f/ | ec cB/c/ | fB Bc/d/ |
e/f/e/d/ cB/A/| ce ac | df Be/d/ | cA A :|
|: e | a2 ef/g/ | ae/d/ cB/A/ | a2 e/f/e/c/ | dB Be |
a2 ef/g/ | a/e/f/d/ cB/A/ | df Be/d/ | cA A :|
X: 2
T: Dornoch Links
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
M: 4/4
|: af |e2 A2 c2 Bc | e2 A2- A2 af | e2 A2 cd/c/ Bc | fB- Ba/f/ |
e2 2A c3 B | AB ce a3c | d3 f Be ed | c2 A2 A2 :|
|: ce |a3 g f2 (3efg | a2 ed c2 A2 | a3 e ef ed | c2 B2 B2 (3cde |
a2 af e2 fg | a2 ed c3 A | d2 df BE ed | c2 A2 A2 :|
X: 3
T: Dornoch Links
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a/f/ |eA cB/c/ | eA Aa/f/ | eA cB/c/ | fB Bc/d/ |
e/f/e/d/ cB/A/ | ce ac | df Be/d/ | cA A :|
|: e |a2 ef/g/ | ae/d/ cB/A/ | a2 e/f/e/d/ | dB Bg |
a2 ef/g/ | ae/d/ cB/A/ | df Be/d/ | cA A :|

Six comments

Dornoch Links

Another abc transcription from my old copy of Kerr’s Caledonian.

Scottish. For want of anything closer, I’ve submitted it as a polka - but strictly speaking, it is a quickstep.

It takes its name from a golf course on the NE coast of Scotland:

Somewhat surprisingly, golf has been played at Dornoch since 1619, though I don’t think the tune is as old as that!

Q. Has anyone heard the tune, asked for the title, then written down: "Door Knock Lynx"? 😏

Q. Are there any other tunes named after golf courses? 😏

Pat O’Connor…

…fiddle player living in east Clare, plays this on his album "The Humours of Derrybeha" (CR004CD, track 6). He calls it a ‘schottische’.

Also, Mary Mac Namara calls it "Joe Bane’s" - she can be heard playing it on "Ceol na mBan, Clare women of music & song" (DRCD004, track 8).

It’s a popular tune in east Clare but no-one calls it Dornoch Links.


It’s also on the Mulcahys’

"Notes from the Heart" album as Joe Banne’s (fling) and the first tune on Jack Talty and Cormac Begley’s "Na Fir Bolg", as Joe Bane’s (barndance). Ho hum.

Mix O’Lydian, as for naming tunes after golf courses (or vice versa) there’s St Andrews, which is a fine tune, well-known here in east Clare and a very famous golf course.

There’s a course at Slieve Russell, another nice tune; what about Bantry Bay? And does "The Wearing of the Green" count? 8))


"Dornoch Links" ~ courtesy of Nigel Gatherer: "An old Scottish pipe march -"

"An old Scottish pipe march, this version is from Jimmy Shand’s playing. It has been suggested that an American tune, Hazel Dean, grew out of Dornoch Links." - Nigel Gatherer

X: 3 "Dornock Links"

Nigel Gatherer’s transcription linked to previously…

The note lengths…

… in bar four of X:2 should be doubled, I think.

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