This evening we learned a couple of tunes courtesy of Corey. One of them was a polka called “Ballydesmond No. 2.” Baile Deasumhain (Ballydesmond) is a village in the Sliabh Luachra region of County Cork. According to Wikipedia:
The name Sliabh Luachra means “a mountain of rushes”. However it is not a singular mountain, but a rolling plateau interspersed with what is generally accepted as its seven glens, or ‘seacht ngleann Shliabh Luachra’, over which various mountain peaks reach heights from approximately 450 to 500 metres.
And wouldn’t you know–Sliabh Luachra has its own website: www.sliabhluachra.com/
The Ballydesmond polka isn’t played in this video, but it’s a great sample of the Sliabh Luachra style:
We also learned a hornpipe called The Boys of Bluehill. A very common hornpipe learned by most beginners, like us!