John McKenna’s polka

Also known as Up And Away.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Merry Girl (lots of times), The Britches Full Of Stitches (a few times), The Mountain Pathway (a few times), The Old Favourite (a few times), Where Lilies Bloom (a few times).

John McKenna's has been added to 59 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/ :|
ABC

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!)