The Hermit From Killarney polka

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The Hermit From Killarney has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Hermit From Killarney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: AB/2A/2 GE | cd e/2f/2e/2d/2 | cA GE | G2 EG |
AB/2A/2 GE |cd e/2f/2e/2d/2 | cA BG |1 A2 AE :|2 A2 Ad ||
ea a/2b/2a/2g/2 |ed e/2f/2e/2d/2 | ^cd e(f|g2) fg |
ea a/2b/2a/2g/2 |ed e/2f/2e/2d/2 | cA BG | A2 Ad |
ea a/2b/2a/2g/2 |ed e/2f/2e/2d/2 | A/2B/2^c/2d/2 e(f|g2) fg |
af ge |fd e/2f/2e/2d/2 |cA BG | A2 AE ||
2
X: 2
T: The Hermit From Killarney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: E |A2 GE | cd e>d | cA GE | G2 cB |
AB/A/ G/F/E | cd e/f/e/d/ | cA B^G | A2- A :|
|: d |ea a>g | ed e/f/e/d/ | B/^c/d ef | ga/g/ fg |
[1 ea a/b/a/g/ | ea e>d | cA B^G | A2- A :|
[2 af g/f/e/g/ | fd e/f/e/d/ | cA Bc/B/ | A2- A |]
3
X: 3
T: The Hermit From Killarney
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB/A/ GE | cd e>d | cA GE | G2 EG |
AB/A/ GE | cd e>d | cA BG | A2 A2 :|
|: ea e>d | ea e>d | (3B^cd ef | g2 fg |
[1 ea e>d | ea e>d |(3cBA BG | A2 A2 :|
[2 ab/a/ ge | fd ed | cA BG | A2 A2 |]

Six comments

The Hermit From Killarney

I picked up this excellent "minor" polka from box player Paudie O’Connor’s CD "Different State". Upon hearing the CD for the first time, I was immediately struck by the fact that his rhythmic phrasing on the polkas is very much akin to the way a fiddler would approach them in that style. This tune might be good companion (or replacement, if you’re restless) to the well- known Ballydesmond polkas.

"The Hermit From Killarney" ~ familiar, if not the name

Here’s some other possibilities with this lovely polka…. 😎

X: 2
T: Hermit From Killarney, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ador
|: E |\
A2 GE | cd e>d | cA GE | G2 cB |
AB/A/ G/F/E | cd e/f/e/d/ | cA B^G | A2- A :|
|: d |\
ea a>g | ed e/f/e/d/ | B/^c/d ef | ga/g/ fg |
[1 ea a/b/a/g/ | ea e>d | cA B^G | A2- A :|
[2 af g/f/e/g/ | fd e/f/e/d/ | cA Bc/B/ | A2- A |]

It also sounds nice…

with F naturals in the A part.

Also, *perhaps*, all C sharps in the B part (this would provide an interesting contrast between Aeolian and Mixlydian modes).

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Yes, I like playing the A-part it with F nats…

I just learned this tune from the man himself, we had a nice spring day sesh at a park in Providence.

Check this guys tunes, although I gave him him the "bug" he’s invested sooo much more time to the tunes & is a brilliant resource for music.

The Hermit From Killarney, X:3

Third tune in the set as played by Ré. Enjoy.