The Roosky polka

Also known as A Kiss Behind The Door.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Roosky has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Roosky
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 de/f/|g/f/e/d/ B/A/G/A/|Be d/B/e/d/|BA AB/c/|
d2 de/f/|g/f/e/d/ B/A/G/A/|Bd g/f/g/a/|1ba g>e:|2ba g>d||
Bd g/f/g/a/|ba a/b/a/g/|fd fa|gf e>d|
Bd g/f/g/a/|ba a/b/a/g/|fd fa|1g2 g>d:|2g2 ge||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Roosky
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/ | Bd de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Be e/d/G | BA AB/c/ |
d2 de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Bd g>a | ba g> :|
d/ | Bd g>a | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd fa | g (3f/g/f/ (3e/f/e/ (3d/e/d/ |
Bd g>a | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd ef | g2 g> :|
ABC

Three comments

The Roosky (polka)

Source: At It Again by John Carty
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Russian? In Ireland they often assumed unusula tunes were from somewhere a bit different. The dances Polkas, Quadrilles, Waltzes Mmazurkas were of coursein their day

The Roosky (polka)

This tune was recorded by accordionist James keane on his 1998 album ‘With Friends Like These’ (http://thesession.org/recordings/1603) as the first of "The Church Street Polkas" - that setting is No.2 given above. The second is what I know as "The Church Street Polka" (or "Memories of Ballymote" (http://thesession.org/tunes/1560). He ends the set with his own composition "Hugo’s Polka" (http://thesession.org/tunes/13277).

Keane learned "The Church Street Polkas" from John Egan, a Sligo flute player. Egan formed the St Mary’s Music Club, also known as the Church Street Club or The Fiddler’s Club, where many young musicians met on a Wednesday evening in Dublin and played music in the early 1960s, including Paddy Moloney and, if I remember correctly, Matt Molloy.