Annotation:Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka

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X: 1 T: Jimmy O' The Bu's Polka M: 4/4 L: 1/8 R: barndance / schottische / polka S: K: Dmaj |: A2 A2 A>FA<d | c2 B2 B2 e>d | c2 c2 c>AB>c | d>cd>e f>ed>B | A2 A2 A>FA<d | c2 B2 B2 e>d |c2 c2 c>AB>c | d2 f2 d2 B2 :| |: A2 f2 f>ed>c | B2 g2 g3 f | e2 a2 ^g2 a2 | b2 a2 ^g2 a2 | A2 f2 f>ed>c | B2 g2 g3 b | a2 f2 g2 e2 | d2 f2 d4 :|

JIMMY O' THE BU'S POLKA. AKA and see "old Polka (The)." Scottish, Polka. Scotland, Orkney Islands. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. An un-named, c. 1950's, 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. The first strain is cognate with (but not identical) to "Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel," and the second strains are harmonically congruent although melodically different.

Additional notes
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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