Heel and Toe Polka (1)

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HEEL AND TOE POLKA [1]. AKA and see "Jenny Lind (1)." English, Canadian, American; Polka. D Major (Raven): G Major (Miller & Perron). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Heel and Toe Polka is a dance to which several tunes and variants of tunes were employed as the vehicle. One version of this tune was in the repertory of Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner, who claimed it was "popular with Mexican people" (Shumway, 1990). The title appears in the repertoire list of Norway, Maine, fiddler Mellie Dunham, printed by Bronner (1987). The elderly Dunham was Henry Ford's champion fiddler in the late 1920's. It also appears in musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph's list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tunes, published in 1954. Anne Lederman, in her article on "Fiddling" in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (1992), notes the "Heel-Toe Polka" was one of the tunes and dances of the Canadian fur-trade in the 19th century. English fiddler Stephen Baldwin had a "Heel and Toe Polka" with a second part in the relative minor (G/Em).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 54. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 152.

Recorded sources : - Folkways FW8827, Arbuckle, Mikkelson & Clifton - "Old Time Couple Dances" (1961).

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