Ballydesmond Polka 1

Polka, A Dorian, Traditional Irish
Also known as: Tom Billy’s Polka; The Ballydesmond Polka No. 3

Ballydesmond Polka No. 1 (Tom Billy's Polka) Traditional Irish. TrailJams trailjams.org Image copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay

This tune is generally known as Ballydesmond Polk No. 1, but naming is inconsistent, and in the tradition of the TrailJams session this is the second tune played in the “Ballydesmond Polka Set.”

Recordings

Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music for Ballydesmond Polka No. 1. Traditional Irish polka in A Dorian. TrailJams  trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 95bpm
Moderate tempo 115bpm

Sets

Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Ballydesmond Polka 2 / Ballydesmond Polka 1 / Ballydesmond Polka 3
  • Ballydesmond Polka 1 / Ballydesmond Polka 2 / Ballydesmond Polka 3

References and Resources

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