Peterhead Polka (The)

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PETERHEAD POLKA, THE. Scottish, Polka. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Hardie): ABB'CC (Hunter). Composed by William Stephen of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, and originally published as a piano solo. Peterhead was where James, the Old Pretender, first landed in Scotland in 1715, and in the 19th century it was a leading point of departure (along with Dundee) for ships from the Scottish whaling industry.

Source for notated version: Bill Hardie (Scotland) [Hardie].

Printed sources: Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 130. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 360.

Recorded sources: Beltona SEP 46 (45 RPM), Bill Hardie - "Scottish Country Fiddle" (1957). Topic Records 12T279, "James F. Dickie's Delights."

See also listing at:
Hear mid-20th century recordings of Ned Stewart playing the polka at Tobar an Dualchais [1] [2]




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