New Year's Polka (The)
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NEW YEAR'S POLKA, THE. English, Polka. England, Northumberland. G Major ('A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E' parts) & D Major ('F' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEF. Composed by Robert Whinham (1814-1893), a musician, teacher, composer, dancing master and fiddler, originally from Morpeth. Underneath the title in the manuscript version is a dedication to Miss Thompson, Gofton (see note for "Mrs. Thompson of Gofton's Strathspey).
Source for notated version: an un-attributed 19th century manuscript at the Beamish Museum [Dixon].
Printed sources: Dixon (Remember Me), 1995; p. 36.