Upperchurch Polka (1)

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UPPERCHURCH POLKA [1], THE. AKA and see “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive.” Irish, Polka. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. Upperchurch is a small village in North Tipperary, Ireland, that lies in the Slievefelin Hills, between Thurles and Limerick. Source Billy Clifford (originally from Kerry) lived in Upperchurch.

Source for notated version: Breathnach copied the tune from a ms. either compiled by or in the possession of David Collins, Abbeyfeale, County Limerick (passed on to Breathnach by fiddler Tom Barrett, Listowel, County Kerry, who is credited as a source for tunes in CRÉ 4).

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ 4), No. 85 (appears as untitled polka). Mallinson (100 Irish Polkas), 1997; No. 30, p. 12.

Recorded sources: Globestyle Irish CDORBD 085, The Billy Clifford Trio – “The Rushy Mountain” (1994. A reissue CD of Topic recordings from Sliabh Luachra musicians).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Hear/see the polkas played by Diarmuid O Brien & Tim Brien on youtube.com [2]




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