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X:1 T:Old Polka, The D:Orkney Fiddle Music (1976) O:Orkney Z:Nigel Gatherer M:2/4 L:1/8 K:D A|BA A/f/e/d/|cB Be/d/|c/d/e/f/ g/A/B/c/|d/e/f/d/ AF/A/| BA A/f/e/d/|cB Be/d/|c/d/e/f/ g/A/B/c/|dd d:|] f/g/|a/f/d/f/ A/f/d/f/|ag/f/ ge/f/|g/e/c/e/ A/e/c/e/|gf/e/ ff/g/| a/f/d/f/ A/f/d/f/|ag Be/d/|c/d/e/f/ g/A/B/c/|dd d:|]

OLD POLKA, THE. AKA and see "Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka." Scottish, Polka. Scotland, Orkney Islands. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A traditional tune from Orkney, also collected there in a variant called "Jimmy o' the Bu's Polka." Phillip Heath-Coleman [1] finds cognates in Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel" (not the "Three Handed Reel (2)" printed by Lionel Bacon), wikipedia:Louis-Antoine_Jullien's (1812-1860) "Moldavian Schottische", Charlie Batchelor's "George Parkin's Schottische" (CS AFM 002) and Dennis Crowther's 'No.3' as collected by John Kirkpatrick. "It is referred to in Norfolk," notes Phillip, "as a "very old schottische" by Walter Geary, who nonetheless diddled it as a quick march (while stepping)."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Tommy Mainland (b. 1938, Orkney) [Martin].

Printed sources : - Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 102.

Recorded sources : - Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society - "Orkney Fiddle Music" (1976). Attic Records, The Wrigley Sisters with David Campbell - "Orkney after Sunset" (2000). Folkways Records FW 8470, Hugh Inkster & Allie Windward - "Music from the Orkney Islands" (1979). Orkney Strathspey & Reel Society - "Itchy Fingers."

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