Joan Martin’s polka

Joan Martin's has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Joan Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF FD | CE EF/E/ | DE FG | A2 A2 |
DF FD | CE EF/G/ | AG EC | D2 D2 :|
Ad de | fd dc/B/ | Ad df | e2 e2 |
Ad de | fd dc/B/ | AF EF | D2 D2 :|
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: Joan Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D |GB BG | FA- AD | GA Bc | de/d/ cA |
GB- BG | FA AB | c/B/A FA | G2 G :|
|: B/c/ |dg ga | bg gf/e/ | dg- gb | ab/a/ g/f/e |
dg- ga | bg ge | dB c/B/A | G2- G :|

Seven comments

Begley’s #1

Brendan Begley recently did a workshop in Aberdeen, during which he taught about 10 tunes, including a whole rake of very simple polkas. He played 6 of them in a set at the end, and this is the first. It may be here under a different name, but my "advanced" searches couldn’t find it. He had names for them but I didn’t catch them - "Ptarmigan" and "RonP" were also there, so they might help me remember. I hope the "abcs" are OK - I haven’t posted a polka in a while, but it sounded right in the playback.

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Begley’s #1

Good stuff, Kenny - look forward to hearing some of the others.

I’m pretty sure Breanndán calls it Joan Martin’s polka (after a box player and fine dancer from here abouts). But you know yourself, polkas are often named on the spot!

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Think that’s right…..

Thanks, "Hurler". I believe you’re right with that, and have changed the title. Maybe you can help with the others too, so watch this space.

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Familiar, definitely ~ & ~

Same basic A-part:
"I Looked East and I Looked West" / "Paddy Scanlon’s Polka"
https://thesession.org/tunes/6015
Submitted on July 24th 2006 by ceolachan.

"Joan Martin’s Polka" ~ this transcription transposed up a 4th to G

X: 2
T: Joan Martin’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: GB BG | FA AB/A/ | GA Bc | d2 d2 |
GB BG | FA AB/c/ | dc AF | G2 G2 :|
|: dg ga | bg gf/e/ | dg gb | a2 a2 |
dg ga | bg gf/e/ | dB AB | G2 G2 :|

Given also for a clearer comparison with the link I’ve just added.

I’m sure I’ve known this B-part, Kenny’s transcription, as an A-part to another polka, with a different B-part ending… So far I can play something, but I haven’t been able to find any notes on it… I’ll keep looking…