The Millstreet Polkas

Video above is of Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly playing the Millstreet Polkas. These tunes has been around a while as there is evidence of it being recorded by the Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band (who were an institution in the Boston area in the 1920s/1930s) in the “ITM Session Tunes vol 3”.

If anyone has information on the origin of the Millstreet Polkas, please let us know.

Sheet music for the Millstreet Polkas are at:


Below is another version with the superb Seamus Creagh of Rylane (rip) & Matt Cranitch. Indeed, there is a Tribute show to Seamus Creagh in the Triskel Arts Centre at the forthcoming Cork Folk Festival where an array of superb musicians will play, and where the audience are invited to play the last set of tunes (which includes the Millstreet Polkas) as one final tribute to Seamus. It’s on Saturday October 1st 8:00 pm at the Triskel. Admission: €15 + booking fee. See here for more details

… and for good measure, and to give an idea of how céilí music sounded nearly a century ago, below is a very old recording of the Dan O’Sullivan Shamrock Band playing Galway to Dublin, which appears on the album From Galway to Dublin: Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music

3 thoughts on “The Millstreet Polkas”

  1. What a lovely piece to see on the Millstreet website! It’s fantastic to see Matt, Jackie and the late Seamas playing some mighty polkas. Well done for showing this. It made my day!

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