Polka, D, Traditional Irish
Also known as: Maid of Ardath; Toormore No. 2
TrailJams Tune of the Week for February 13, 2022
- Audio – Comhaltas: Maid of Ardath from the album Foinn Seisiún Volume 1, published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
- Audio – Stephen Ducke: The Maids of Ardagh (Polka) – played on tin whistle. From the book Irish Music 400 Traditional Tunes, by Stephen Ducke.
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.
- Little Diamond Polka / Murroe Polka / Maids of Ardagh
Jump to the Little Diamond Polka Set
- The Maids of Ardagh / Tuarmore / Many’s a Wild Night
- Little Diamond / The Tournemore Polka / The Maids of Ardagh
References and Resources
For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- Book – Irish Music 400 Traditional Tunes, by Stephen Ducke with accompanying audio tracks.
- Book – Foinn Seisiún, Volume 1 — Published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
- Video – Brian Hughes: Polkas, The Maids of Ardagh / Tuarmore / Many’s a Wild Night – from the album The Beat of the Breath by Brian Hughes with Seán McElwain and Donnchadh Gough. Played on tin whistle.
- Video – Ian Learns Trad Tunes: Little Diamond Polka/Murroe Polka/Maids of Ardath – played on tenor banjo and mandolin.
- Lesson — Online Academy of Irish Music: The Maids Of Ardagh taught on button accordion.