100 Irish Polkas


100 Irish Polkas

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100 Irish Polkas

With chords,suitable for all melody instruments.Edited by Dave Mallinson.A great collection of traditional Irish Music.
The title says it all, a book crammed with juicy polkas to get your teeth into. A must for polka lovers as well as any other musician who is perhaps looking for easier Irish repertoire. Why not give yourself a break from the reels and jigs occasionally?
“The lowly, oft scorned polka”: take no notice, don’t believe a word. In this book you’ll find 100 really smashing tunes, some familiar, many not so familiar; play some slow, play some fast, play some very fast. With good phrasing and rhythm these tunes will stand their ground against reels and jigs any day.
100 tunes (100 polkas) with chords, classified and alphabetical (with alternative titles) indexes. The book also contains a comprehensive bibliography and discography listing every single book and recording referred to whilst researching the tunes.
Important note from Mally
The tune settings in this book are all ‘session friendly’, i.e. you can learn them exactly as written and know that you will have a perfectly acceptable version. However, I consider it unwise to learn a tune from only one source and I would suggest strongly that, when learning a new tune, you pay heed to settings in other books, on recordings and what you hear down the pub. It is important to note that the settings in this book are greatly influenced by the instrument I play, the D/G melodeon. I’ve made a conscious effort to allow this to happen in order to give the book its own unique character. The list below would constitute an excellent nucleus towards forming a valuable Irish music library, many of them are available from mally.com. When choosing books, take care not to be put off by the title; some of the best sources of tunes are from tuition books. Just because the book cover says ‘Learn to Play the Banjo’, don’t think it’s of no use if you play the tin whistle.
Books will only help you to learn the notes of a tune. To pick up the rhythm of Irish music you must devote a large amount of time listening to both recordings and live musicians. Of greatest importance, you must practise; the value of these books is directly proportional to the number of hours a day you spend practising.


All the Way to Galway
As I went Out upon Ice
Ballydesmond no. 1
Ballydesmond no. 2
Ballydesmond no. 3
Ballynahulla no. 1
Ballynahulla no. 2
Battle of Aughrim
Belles of Ballinderry
Biddy Martin’s
Bill Sullivan’s
Camptown Races
Captain Byng
Captain Maguire
Church Street
Clare Dragoons
Cousins’ Delight
Dan Coakley’s
Dan Mac’s
Dark Girl
Denis Doody’s
Denis Murphy’s Din Tarrant’s
Din Tarrant’s no. 3
Farewell to Whiskey
Finnegan’s Wake
First of May
Forty-two Pound Cheque
Four Shoves no. 1
Four Shoves no. 2

An Gallope
Girl with the Blue Dress
Glen Cottage no. 1
Glen Cottage no. 2
High Caul’d Cap
I have a Bonnet
Bonnet Trimmed with Blue
Jack Reedy’s
Jer the Rigger
Jim Keeffe’s
Jim Keeffe’s no. 1
Jimmy Doyle’s Favourite
John Egan’s
John McGovern’s Johnny Ghabba
Johnny, I Do Miss You!
Johnny Leary’s
Johnny Mickey Barry’s
John Walsh’s
Julia Clifford’s
Kerry no. 1
Kerry no. 2
Knocknaboul no. 1
Knocknaboul no. 2
Lackagh Cross
Lakes of Sligo
Little Diamond
Mack’s Rambles
Magic Slipper
Mary Girl
Matt Hayes’ no. 1

Matt Hayes’ no. 2
Mike Coen’s
Mrs Crowley’s
Mrs Ryan’s
Munster Bank
Newmarket O’Connor’s
O’Sullivan’s Fancy
Britches full of Stitches
Paddy Kenny’s
Patsy Baker
Rose Tree
Saint Mary’s
Séamus Cussen’s
Sliabh Luachra
Spanish Lady
Sprig of Shillelagh
Terry Teahan’s
Tom Sullivan’s
Top of Maol
Tuar Mór no. 1
Tuar Mór no. 2
Tuar Mór no. 3
Tureengarbh Glen
Up and Away
Up on the Waggon
Upperchurch no. 1
Upperchurch no. 2

100 Irish Polkas Book – Dave Mallinson
SKU: AM404


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Enhance your Irish session repertoire with this useful book packed with popular standard Irish session tunes. It follows the usual session format of lots of reels, some jigs and a few hornpipes, polkas, slides, slip jigs and barn dances. ‘Session friendly’ settings, learn them as written and you can be confident of having accurate versions.

An optional CD is available.

Mally Presents Series

ISBN: 978 1 899512 21 8

48 pages


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