Polka, A Dorian, Traditional Irish
Also known as: The Jib Polka; The Ballydesmond Polka
This tune is generally known as Ballydesmond Polk No. 2, but naming is inconsistent, and in the tradition of the TrailJams session this is the first tune played in the “Ballydesmond Polka Set.”
- Audio – Comhaltas: Ballydesmond No. 2 – session recording, from the album Foinn Seisiún Volume.
- Video – Julia Clifford & Denis Murphy: The Ballydesmond Polkas – from the album The Star above the Garter. (This tune is the second tune in the track; it starts at time 0:57.)
- Video – Kevin Burke: Ballydesmond Polkas – played on fiddle. From the album Sligo Made. (This tune is the third tune in this recording. It begins at time 2:56.)
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.
Play from the Dots
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
For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- More Recordings
- Other Resources
- Wepage – The Session: The Ballydesmond (Polka) #238 – crowdsourced sheet music, comments, and other information.
- Webpage – The Irish Traditional Music Tune Index: Tune ID#106 (Ballydesmond Polka #2) – curated information about the tune
- Article – TrailJams (Jonathan Lay): Dorian, Mixolydian, Oh My: Modes in a Nutshell – a brief and painless guide to modes in Celtic, English, and American tunes