The Munster Bank polka

Also known as Art O’Keefe’s, Dan Sweeney’s, Hayden’s Fancy, John Leary’s, Johnny Leary’s.

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Munster Bank has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Munster Bank has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G>E DE | GA Bd | ed Bd/2B/2 | AG E2 |
G>E DE | GA Bd | ed Bd/2B/2 | AG G2 :|
|: ed Bd | ed d z | g>e dB | AG E2 |
G>E DE | GA Bd | ed Bd/2B/2 | AG G2 :|
# Added by ACJ .
X: 2
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>E DE | GA Bd | ed BG/B/ | AG E2 |
G>E DE | GA Bd | ed BG/B/ | AG G2 :|
|: ed Bd | ed d2 | g>e dB | AG E2 |
G>E DE | GA Bd | ed BG/B/ | AG G2 :|
X: 3
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: F/ |GG/E/ DE | GA B2 | ed BG/B/ | AG EF |
G/A/G/E/ DE | GA B^A/B/ | ed BG/B/ | AG G3/ :|
|: d/ |ed B/c/d | ed dB/d/ | g>e dB | AG ED |
G>E DE | GA B^A/B/ | ed BG/B/ | AG G3/ :|
X: 4
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 | BA AF |
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 | BA Az :|
fe ce | fe ce | af ec | BA FA |
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 |BA Az:|
X: 5
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 | BA AF |
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 | BA Az :|
fe ce | fe ce | af ec | BA FA |
AF EF | AB ce | fe c2 |BA Az:|
X: 6
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA/G/ DE|GA Bd|ed Bd/B/|AG EF|
GA/G/ DE|GA Bd|ed Bd/B/|1AG GF:|2AG GA||
|:ed Bd|ed Bd|ed Bd/B/|AG E2|
ed Bd|ed Bd|ed Bd/B/|AG Ge|
ed Bd|ed Bd|gg/e/ dB | AG EF |
G>E DE | GA Bd | ed Bd/2B/2 | AG G2 ||
X: 7
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A>F EF | AB ce | fe cA | BA FE |
A>F EF | AB ce | fe cA | BA A2 :|
f>e ce | fe e2 | a>f ec | BA FE |
A>F EF | AB ce | fe cA | BA A2 :|
X: 8
T: The Munster Bank
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A/B/A/F/ EF|AB ce|fe ce/c/|BA FA|A/B/A/F/ EF|AB ce|fe ce/c/|BA A2:|
|:fe ce|fe e2|a>f ec|BA FA|A/B/A/F/ EF|AB ce|fe ce/c/|BA A2:|

Nine comments

Gan Ainm

From Track 4 (Polka, Hop Jig, March) of "6 of One, Five of the Other" by An Tua. This is the polka part.

Munster Bank

Just learned that this is an A major version of the Munster Bank, usually played in G. But of course I didn’t find that until after I went through the trouble of transcribing it and entering it as a new tune…

A Padraig O’Keeffe tune, Paddy Cronin’s first if I remember right

The Munster Bank, X:5

This setting (number 5) is from a banjo workshop with Fidelma O’Brien in Poitze, Germany.

Johnny Leary’s

Dia dhuit. I know this polka as Johnny Leary’s and it doesn’t match the other polkas listed here by that name, nor any of the other tunes listed as Johnny Leary’s or the variant name spellings. I searched through about 15 pages of polkas already on the session in A major and I didn’t find one similar to this. If it turns out to be a duplicate, I’m very sorry for that, but other than that, it’s a great tune.

Re: Johnny Leary’s

May the merger be merry