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CALGARY POLKA. AKA and see "Gaudet Polka," "Gaudette Polka." American; Polka. USA, New England, Western/Pacific, Canada, Texas. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BCAA'. Composed by Louis Gaudette, who may have been a French-Canadian musician living in New England. Frank Ferrel brought this tune to the Northwest from New England, and Washington State fiddler Joe Pancerzewski learned it from him. Joe and Mark O'Connor both competed at a fiddle contest in Calgary, and Mark learned the tune from Joe, but didn't learn the name of it, so Mark called it the Calgary Polka.
Calgary, Alberta, was named in 1876 by Colonel MacLeod, after his boyhood home, "a little inlet on the sparsely populated island of Mull, with a few grey cottages and one big house" (Matthews, 1972). The word is Norse in origin and may have meant an enclosure for calves.