John McKenna’s polka

Also known as Up And Away.

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

John McKenna's has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: John McKenna's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d2 B2 | B/A/B/c/ BD | A>B A/F/D/F/ | AG G/A/B/c/ |
d2 B2 |B/A/B/c/ BD |A>B A/F/D/F/ | AG G2 :|
|: b/a/g/f/ a/g/f/e/ | dB B/A/B/c/ | dA A/G/A/B/ |dG G2 |
b/a/g/f/ a/g/f/e/ | dB B/A/B/c/ | dA A/G/A/B/ | ~AG G2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: John McKenna's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B/ |d2 B>^A | B/A/B/c/ BD | A>B A/F/D/F/ | AG G/A/B/c/ |
dB B2 |BB/c/ BD |AA/B/ A/F/D/F/ | AG G3/ :|
|: a/ |b/a/g/f/ a/g/f/e/ | dB B/^A/B | dA A/^G/A |DG G/F/G |
b/a/g/f/ af/e/ | dB B/^A/B/c/ | dA A/^G/A/F/ | DG G3/ :|
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Six comments

John McKenna’s Polka

Cool polka, also a Scoiltrad lesson (flute, beginner). To be played with a very relaxed, lazy feel, no ornamentation.

For the metronomically inclined, i’d say 1/4=96

Polka set

The Chieftains play this one (although they don’t name it) in a set of polkas with "The Britches Full Of Stitches" before segueing into some jigs and slides - their famous mix’n’match style at work.

Not the one in Easter Snow

This is not the John McKenna’s in Easter Snow (Seamus Tansey); that one is a jig.

The descending run which introduces the second part sounds like the first bars of this famous session reel:
M: 2/2
K: Dmaj
fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA B2GB EBGB… (which name I’ve just forgot!)