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32 bar Polkas for dancing
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:32:48 AM »

I need two 32 bar polkas for a new dance we're planning to do at our next e-ceilidh here in Berlin.
I found one in a Mally book I have: Napoleon Crossing the Rhine.
Any suggestions?
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 10:09:06 AM »

32 bar polka?
No, can't think of any to hand... ;)

The Sussex Bonny Breastknot is a great dance tune that's quite well known but doesn't get played enough, I think.

I've been doing a lot of the East Anglian polkas that work well on a C box lately. Percy Brown's, Walter Bulwer's #3, Herbert Smith's Four Hand reel.... don't know if they are the style you are looking for.
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 10:21:41 AM »

Here is my favorite polka at the moment, don't know if its any use!

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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 10:23:38 AM »

Polkas are generally in 2/4 time, and lots of the standards will do.....Rakes of Mallow, Rose Tree, Salmon Tails, Davy Davy Knick Knack, Maggie in the Wood etc etc. You can also use tunes in 4/4 if they go along at a briskish pace eg Soldiers Joy.
For ceilidh dancing there is a very fine line between reels, rants, polkas and other tunes in 2/4 or 4/4 time. Your choice should depend more on what tune appears to you to fit the dance, rather than on how the tune is "pigeon-holed".
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 10:23:59 AM »

We tend to favour stompy polkas for the band, and some quite well-known ones...Jon's Polka and The Knife's Edge; the LNB Polka; Walter Bulwer's No.1 and 2...might these be the sort of thing you're looking for?

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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 11:01:16 AM »

Here is my favorite polka at the moment, don't know if its any use!
[Fireside Polka]

That's a smashing tune we use in our band - I rarely come across anyone else who plays it.
Written by Sue Harris, and in John Kirkpatrick and Sue harris's "Opus Pocus" book, not quite the same as the version you have there.

Edit: removed ABC in case it's construed as a copyright violation.
Available by email on request (which I think doesn't count as "publishing")
« Last Edit: May 15, 2010, 04:55:07 PM by Anahata »
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 11:10:23 AM »

I transcribed mine from John Spiers version along with the other tune he plays with it. I've got Sue Harris playing it on and album and rather liked the Fnat in the first bar. No one else plays it round here either (despite my repeated attempts to get people to learn it!)
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 11:12:59 AM »


That's a smashing tune we use in our band - I rarely come across anyone else who plays it.

I transcribed mine from John Spiers version along with the other tune he plays with it. I've got Sue Harris playing it on and album and rather liked the Fnat in the first bar. No one else plays it round here either (despite my repeated attempts to get people to learn it!)

I like it :)
maybe it could be suggested as a totm?
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 11:15:38 AM by ladydetemps »
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 12:20:32 PM »

Here is my favorite polka at the moment, don't know if its any use!
[Fireside Polka]

That's a smashing tune we use in our band - I rarely come across anyone else who plays it.
Here's my transcription from the book.

LJC - great suggestion, and Anahata - thank you for the dots - I keep playing the S&B "Tunes" version, and saying to myself "must work that one out ..." and here it is, done!

Cheers!!  :|glug
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 12:35:18 PM »

We pair it with Albert Farmer's Bonfire tune. Apart from the thematic link in the titles, the second tune starts almost identically to the B music of the first.
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 01:29:21 PM »

We pair it with Albert Farmer's Bonfire tune. Apart from the thematic link in the titles, the second tune starts almost identically to the B music of the first.

I can see how that works - thanks!
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 07:55:47 PM »

I like to play dance tunes that people can sing along with  & often use Waltzing Matilda (G) & Click go the Shears (D) as a set. Also Little Brown Jug & Knees up mother brown.  other polkas I use are Egans/Ryans.  Davy Nicknack/ Rose tree. Baron Rocks of Aiden , soldiers joy.   

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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2010, 01:09:56 PM »

I transcribed mine from John Spiers version along with the other tune he plays with it. I've got Sue Harris playing it on and album and rather liked the Fnat in the first bar. No one else plays it round here either (despite my repeated attempts to get people to learn it!)

Well we will now!  :||:
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2010, 06:28:10 PM »

With the F naturals please Bill (not one for the D one row!).
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Re: 32 bar Polkas for dancing
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2010, 10:28:30 AM »

With the F naturals please Bill (not one for the D one row!).

An't got narn a they on me box  >:E
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