Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka

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JIMMY O' THE BU'S POLKA. Scottish, Polka. Scotland, Orkney Islands. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. An un-named tune from the island of Hoy in the south of Orkney, called after its source. The tune is played as a polka on Orkney, despite the 4/4 setting which lends itself to interpretations as a barndance or schottische.

Source for notated version: Len Wilson (b. 1938, Stomness, Orkney), as played by Jimmy Sinclair (Bu of Hoy) c. 1920's [Martin]. Jimmy Sinclair was father of Orkney botanist James Sinclair, "the botanist from the Bu".

Printed sources: Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 101.

Recorded sources: Greentrax Records, Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley - "Mither o' the Sea" (2000).




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