Angus Chisholm’s polka

Also known as Antigonish, Antigonish Polka #4, The Antigonish Polka #4, Antigonish Polka No. 4, The Antigonish Polka No. 4, The Antigonish, Polka From Angus Chisholm.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Angus Chisholm's has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Angus Chisholm's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f/g/|:a/^g/a/b/ ad'|f2 a2|d/c/d/e/ fd|A2- AF|
G/F/G/A/ BG|FA dA|1 Be e/f/g/f/|(3e/f/e/ (3d/c/B/ Af/g/:|2 Be e/f/g/e/|d/c/d/e/ dF/G/||
A/^G/A/B/ Af|A2 f2|d/c/d/e/ db|a4|
bb aa|gg f2|g/f/g/a/ g/f/e/d/|c/d/e/f/ (3e/f/e/ (3d/c/B/|
A/^G/A/B/ Af|A2f2|d/c/d/e/ db|a2- aa/a/|
bA A/A/A/A/|aA A/A/A/A/|g/f/e/d/ ca|d2- df/g/||
X: 2
T: Angus Chisholm's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fg|a^gab a2 d'2|f4 a3 d|dcde f2 d2|F4 A4|
G3 A B2 AG|F2 d2 d3 c|1 B2 e2 efgf|edcB Ad:|2 Beef gece|dcdA d2||
F2|A^GAB A2 f2|A4 f2 fe|dcde d2 b2|a4 afga|
gb b/b/b fa a/a/a|eg g/g/g df f/f/f|gfga gfed|cdef edcB|
A^GAB A2 f2|A4 f3 e|dcde d2 b2|a4- afga|
bB B/B/B bB Bb|aA A/A/A A2 Aa|gfed cABc|d2 dc de||
X: 3
T: Angus Chisholm's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f/g/|:a/^g/a/b/ ad'|f2 a2|d/c/d/e/ fd|A2 F2|
G>A BA/G/|FA d>c|1 Be e/f/g/f/|e/d/c/B/ Af/g/:|2 Be e/f/g/e/|d/c/d/e/ d2||
A/^G/A/B/ Af|A2 f2|d/c/d/e/ db|a2 a/f/g/a/|
bb aa|gg f2|g/f/g/a/ g/f/e/d/|c/d/e/f/ e/d/c/B/|
A/^G/A/B/ Af|A2 f2|d/c/d/e/ db|a2 ag/a/|
bB B/B/B|aA A/A/A|g/f/e/d/ c/A/B/c/|d2 df/g/||
X: 4
T: Angus Chisholm's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/c/|:d/^c/d/e/ dg|B2 d2|G/F/G/A/ BG|D2 B,2|
C>D ED/C/|B,D G>F|1 EA A/B/c/B/|A/G/F/E/ DB/c/:|2 EA A/B/c/A/|G/F/G/A/ G2||
D/^C/D/E/ DB|D2 B2|G/F/G/A/ Ge|d2 d/B/c/d/|
ee dd|cc B2|c/B/c/d/ c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/B/ A/G/F/E/|
D/^C/D/E/ DB|D2 B2|G/F/G/A/ Ge|d2 dc/d/|
eE E/E/E|dD D/D/D|c/B/A/G/ F/D/E/F/|G2 GB/c/||
X: 5
T: Angus Chisholm's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a/^g/a/b/ ad'|f2 a2|d/c/d/e/ f/e/d/B/|AF A2|G/F/G/A/ BA/G/|
F/G/A dc/d/|1 B/e/e e/f/g/f/|e/d/c/B/ B/A/f/g/:|2 B/d/e/f/ g/e/c/e/|A/d/d dF/G/||
A/B/A/F/ Df|Ad f/d/f/e/|d/c/d/e/ df/b/|a2 aa/f/|
b/b/b a/a/a|g/g/g f/f/f|e/f/g/f/ e/d/c/d/|e/d/c/B/ B/A/F/A/|
A/B/A/F/ Df|Ad ff/e/|d/c/d/e/ df/b/|a2 aa/f/|
bB Bf/b/|aA AA|g/f/e/d/ c/A/B/c/|d2 df/g/||

Six comments

Angus Chisholm’s

I learned this from an old home recording of Angus, which was thoughtfully put on the internet:

He goes into the polka at about the 2 minute mark. Probably I’ve missed a lot with the transcribing here as I’m far from an expert, indeed I’m pretty atrocious at that sort of thing! The only other recording of this fun tune around I think was on a disc from another great Cape Breton fiddler, Carl McKenzie, “And His Sound Is Cape Breton.” For completeness here’s his take: I really don’t think I’ve caught what Carl played, so have a listen and modify accordingly if so desired.

Actually listening to Angus again I didn’t do half bad, Carl had his own setting here. I should say that Mary Jess MacDonald keeps right up playing the tune on the piano too. They go into the Iona March next. Someone should transcribe Angus’s playing of Listen to the Mockingbird, too. ;) Have to get that going on the banjo…

Gan Ainm ~ polka/barndance

A ‘Traditional Polka’ from the bow of Wendy MacIsaac. A recording of this played twice through can be heard here:

“Wendy MacIsaac: That’s What You Get”, track 12, the first tune of four…

This ‘polka’ is very familiar but I haven’t yet managed to pull out a name for it. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated…

Re: Gan Ainm

Found it:

Appears on quite a few albums apparently ( ), and it’s listed as “Traditional” on a few:
- Joe Cormier’s “The Cheticamp Connection” and “Chéticamp”
- Carl MacKenzie’s “… And His Sound is Cape Breton” and “Highland Fiddle and Dance”
- Doughlas Cameron’s self-titled album (tune titled as Angus Chisholm’s)
- Richard Wood’s “Come Dance with me” (tune titled as Antigonish Polka)

As well as Frank Ferrel’s album “Yankee Dreams – Wicked Good Fiddling from New England”, 3rd tune (starts @ 2 min 6s):