Belfast Polka

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 Theme code Index    3H3H4H6H 4H71H1H
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland, Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Polka
 Key/Tonic of    C
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 Structure    AABBCC
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:James S. Kerr
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Merry Melodies vol. 3
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 438, p. 50
 Year of publication/Date of MS    c. 1880's
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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<abc float="left"> X:1 T:Belfast Polka M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka S:Kerr - Merry Melodies, vol. 3, No. 438 (c. 1880's) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C eGeG|e/f/e/f/ ag|fdBG|c/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/|eGeG|e/f/e/f/ ag| fdBG|cccz::bc'/b/ ab/a/|gG G/B/d/g/|^fA A/c/d/f/| gG G/B/d/g/|bc'/b/ ab/a/|gG G/B/d/g/|^fA A/c/d/f/|gggz:| "trio" |:d/d/d/d/ ed | b/b/b/b/ c'b|a/a/a/a/ ba|g/g/g/g/ ag| d/d/d/d/ ed|b/b/b/b/ c'b|a/a/a/a/ ba|gggz:|| </abc>

BELFAST POLKA. Scottish, Irish; Polka. C Major ('A' part) & G Major ('B' and 'C' part) {Kerr}: G Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part) {Breathnach}. Standard tuning. AABB {Breathnach}: AABBCC (Trio) {Kerr}. The name Belfast means 'crossing place by a sandbank'. Breathnach's two part polka is a distanced version to the three part tune in Kerr.

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ IV), 1996; No. 87 (appears as untitled polka). Jordan (Whistle and Sing), 1975; 7. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 438, pg. 50.