From: Jerome S. Colburn <
>> > > Does anyone else have some mazurkas to contribute? Do you know any
>> > > good recordings?
>In Gearo/id O/ hAllmhura/in's "Pocket History...", p. 83, he mentions
>"Garrett Barry's Mazurka". Has anyone else heard of that? Clare is a bit
>removed from Donegal.
On the general subject of Mazurkas they are now, and in the past, dominantly
centred in the Donegal fiddle tradition. There are about a dozen actively
played in the tradition today. Of the latter I only know one which derives
mainly from a player outside Donegal. That is Jackie Donnan of County Down
who passed on a mazurka which usually bears his name. Even "Sonny's Mazurka"
taken after the Sligo/Dublin box player Sonny Brogan is more strongly
associated with Donegal.
Mazurkas were known to a limited degree down the country. My wife comes from
Kilrush in west Clare. Years ago my brother in law, a fiddler from
Ballyshannon in Donegal and I were playing in Crotty's, Kilrush. We were
asked to play some Donegal tunes. We played a set of four mazurkas. An
elderly man recognised one of them and told us he used to dance the "Polka
Mazurka" to that tune when he was young. I have also heard the term "Polka
Mazurka" used in talking about dances in Sligo and Sliabh Luachra but in
both cases neither the dance nor the tune could be remembered, only the
Caoimhin Mac Aoidh