This came from Katherine the day she substituted for Alex. She learned this tune in Martin Hayes advanced fiddle class at the Swannanoa Gathering in 2008. I’m afraid I couldn’t find the sheet music on the web. Seems that Joe Bane was a fairly prolific tune writer and a big influence on Martin Hayes. Love the F natural in the b part of the tune. Tough to finger though.
Note: Alex taught us 1 and 2 reversed from how Tes taught the tunes back when Katherine and I were playing in BRIMS trad. At the time Alex taught them, I wasn’t sure which was “right”. After a bit of recent research, I believe that what Alex taught as John Walsh’s #2 is John Walsh’s and that what she taught as John Walsh’s #1 is known as John Brosnan’s (also John Clifford’s and a few others). I think generally, people are less concerned with names of polkas, but given that there was quite a bit of uncertainty around this particular tune, I thought I’d attempt to at least raise the level of uncertainty to a higher level 🙂