Knocknaboul Polka (1)

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KNOCKNABOUL POLKA [1], THE (Polca Chnoc na bPoll). AKA and see "Din Tarrant's (5)," "Humors of Ballydesmond (The)," "Kitty Wants a Soldier," "Knocknabower Polka," "Little Green Cottage (The)," "Scartaglen Polka (1) (The)." Irish, Polka. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (Cranitch, Miller & Perron): AA'BB'CC (Breathnach). Along with "Knocknaboul Polka (2)", the pair are often played together and called the "Knocknaboul Polkas." The name is sometimes seen as "Knocknabower," though this is a misspelling of the west Kerry town of Knocknaboul, near Ballydesmond. There is also a Knocknaboul Cross north of Knocknagree, however, there is no 'Knocknabower'. The first two parts are similar to "If I Had Maggie in the Woods," a polka popularized by the Chieftains. Breathnach (1985) says it is related to "Bhfaca tú mo Shéamaisín? (An)" (did you see my little Jimmy?).

Sources for notated versions: fiddlers Julia Clifford & Denis Murphy (Sliabh Luachra, Ireland) [Breathnach]; Denis Murphy [Ceol].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 62, p. 33. Ceol, vol. 2, No. 4, p. 100 (appears as "The Little Green Cottage"). Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 49, p. 144. Cranitch (Irish Session Tunes: Red Book), 2000; 49. Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 13, p. 6. Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 15 (appears as "Knockabower Polka"). Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1996; No. 15 in polka section (appears as untitled tune). Vallely (Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with the Armagh Pipers Club), vol. 2; 21(b).

Recorded sources: Claddagh Records CC5, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford - "The Star above the Garter" (1969). Shanachie 340002, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford - "The Star above the Garter" (A re-release of the 1969 Claddagh album). Topic 12T309, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford and Padraig O'Keeffe - "Kerry Fiddles" (appears as "The Humours of Ballydesmond). Topic 12T310, The Star of Munster Trio.

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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