Monvara Bridge polka

Also known as Denis McMahon’s, Denis The Hat’s, John Walsh’s, Mountvara Bridge.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Monvara Bridge has been added to 2 tune sets.

Monvara Bridge has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D | GB B>A | GB B2 | AB cd | ed B>A | GB B>A | GB B2 | AB cA | GF G :|
|: B | dg g>e | dB B2 | AB cd | ed B>c | dg g>e | dB B2 | AB cA | GF G :|
|: B | dg ga |bg g2 |e/f/g ed | dB B>c | dg ga |bg g2 |e/f/g ed | g2 g :|
X: 2
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB B>A | GB BG | FA cd | ed B/c/B/A/ |
GB B/c/B/A/ | GB BG | F>A cA | AG G :|
dg g>e | dB B>G | FA cd | ed B>c |
dg g/a/g/e/ | dB BG | F>A cA | AG G :|
dg- ga | b2 ag | eg ed | dB B>c |
dg ga | bc'/b/ ag |[1 e/f/g ed | g2 g :|[2 e/f/g dB | G3 |]
X: 3
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~ | eg ge | ~ or ~ | eg- ge | ~ & while I'm revisiting the C-part ~ 8-)
dg ga | b2 ag | eg- ge | dB B/c/B/c/ |
dg g/f/g/a/ | bc'/b/ ag |[1 e^d ef | g3 :|[2 e/f/g/e/ dB | G2 G |]
X: 4
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF F>E | DF FD | CE GA | BA F/G/F/E/ |
DF F/G/F/E/ | DF FD | C>E GE | ED D :| ~
X: 5
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GB BA | GB B2 | AB cd | ed BA |GB BA|
GB B2|AB cA|1 GF G-G/D/ :|2 GF G-G/B/||
|:dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|AB cd|ed B-B/c/|
dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|AB cA| GF G-G/B/ :||
|:dg ga|bg g2|e/f/g ed|dB B-B/c/|
dg ga|bg g2|e/f/g ed|1 g2 ge:|2 g2 ge||
dB BA|
X: 6
T: Monvara Bridge
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB B/c/B/A/|GB B2|A>B cd|ed B/c/B/A/|
GB B/c/B/A/|GB B2|A>B cA|G2 G2:||
dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|A>B cd|ed B>c|
dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|A>B ~cA|G2 G2:||
dg ga/b/|ag g2|e/f/g ed|dB B2|
dg ga/b/|ag g2|e/f/g ed|1g2 g/a/g/e/:||2g2 g/a/g/e/|dB B/c/B/A/||

Twelve comments

Rhytmic mistake?

|/e/fg ed | - this bar consists of too many beats.
I think it should look like this:
(…) g>e |fg ed |

After listening to the video…

It should be
|e/f/g ed|

Brilliant clip ~ thanks!!!

This one is familiar and I thought it was already here but I haven’t yet found it. I haven’t yet checked elsewhere but am off to the countryside for some rambling on foot. Here’s a quick once through trying to match up my memory with your transcription and that lovely link which raised a smile as well as the irresistable drive to play along… I love it and will send this link out to cheer up others… 😉

X: 2
T: ?
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
GB B>A | GB BG | FA cd | ed B/c/B/A/ |
GB B/c/B/A/ | GB BG | F>A cA | AG G :|
|: B |\
dg g>e | dB B>G | FA cd | ed B>c |
dg g/a/g/e/ | dB BG | F>A cA | AG G :|
|: B |\
dg- ga | b2 ag | eg ed | dB B>c |
dg ga | bc’/b/ ag |[1 e/f/g ed | g2 g :|[2 e/f/g dB | G3 |]

Oops! ~ small mistake in my C-part, bar 3 ~

~ | eg ge | ~ or ~ | eg- ge | ~ & while I’m revisiting the C-part ~ 😎

|: e |\
dg ga | b2 ag | eg- ge | dB B/c/B/c/ |
dg g/f/g/a/ | bc’/b/ ag |[1 e^d ef | g3 :|[2 e/f/g/e/ dB | G2 G |]

Thanks,

Thanks Adam-art, I’ve fixed that, hope you like the tune, It’s a wee cracker.

Ceolachen, delighted you like it. There are so many great wee discoveries out there.

? / “The Newmarket Polka” / “Pádraig O’Keeffe’s” ~ the set

1.) The Newmarket Polka / John Walsh’s Polka
Also known as Derrygallen Bridge, John Walsh’s #1, John Walsh’s No. 1.
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 11th 2007 by MTGuru.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6923

2.) Pádraig O’Keeffe’s / John Brosnan’s Polka
Also known as John Clifford’s, Johnny O’Leary’s, Johnny O’Leary’s #1, Johnny O’Leary’s No 1, Johnny O’Leary’s No.1.
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on August 6th 2005 by slainte.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4824

3.) ~ this one, as yet unnamed…

Thanks Bogman, I haven’t played this one in sometime so it was a pleasure to get reacquainted, and the link to this prized clip has already gone out to half a dozen others… 🙂

Other options ~ lovely in D too

This one rumbles along nicely down lower, in D Major…

K: Dmaj
|: A, |\
DF F>E | DF FD | CE GA | BA F/G/F/E/ |
DF F/G/F/E/ | DF FD | C>E GE | ED D :| ~

John Walsh’s Polka

This is my transcription of Denis McMahon’s playing from that clip of, The Pure Drop from 1993. He said John Walsh composed it.

John Walsh’s aka Monvara Bridge (comp. John F. Walsh)

You can hear ‘Monvara Bridge’on this recording of The Monks of the Screw. At Scully’s, Newmarket it typically goes after ‘Daly’s Mill’, while I tend to prefer it the other way round.
https://scullysfest.bandcamp.com/track/dalys-mill-mountvara-bridge-polkas

NB: Note that John never named or numbered his tunes.
READ MORE about John under “Brogeen”

John Walsh’s aka Derrygallen Bridge
https://thesession.org/tunes/329
https://thesession.org/tunes/6923
John Walsh’s aka Daly’s Mill
https://thesession.org/tunes/8918
John Walsh’s aka Goblachan
https://thesession.org/tunes/15266
John Walsh’s aka Brogeen
https://thesession.org/tunes/16020

John Walsh’s 3-part aka Monvara Bridge

X: 3
T: John Walsh’s
T: Monvara Bridge
S: John F. Walsh
L: 1/8
M: 2/4
R: Polka
K: Gmaj
GB B/c/B/A/|GB B2|A>B cd|ed B/c/B/A/|
GB B/c/B/A/|GB B2|A>B cA|G2 G2:||
dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|A>B cd|ed B>c|
dg g/a/g/e/|dB B2|A>B ~cA|G2 G2:||
dg ga/b/|ag g2|e/f/g ed|dB B2|
dg ga/b/|ag g2|e/f/g ed|1g2 g/a/g/e/:||2g2 g/a/g/e/|dB B/c/B/A/||