Joe Burke’s polka

By Jackie Daly

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Joe Burke’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

Joe Burke's has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Joe Burke's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ec/e/ ae|fe ce|AE Ac|B2 Bc|
E/F/G/A/ B>c|de fe|ce dB|1 c2 c2:|2 A2 A2||
|:f>g ab|ag fe|c/d/c/B/ Ac|B2 Bc|
d>c BA|Ge dB|1 GE GB|c2 c2:|2 GE FG|A2 A2||
2
X: 2
T: Joe Burke's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d^c/d/ gd|f/e/d B>A|GD GA/B/|A2 A2|
D/E/F/G/ A>B|cd ed|B/c/d cA|B2 B2|
d2 g/f/e/d/|ed B/c/d|GD G/A/B|A2 A2|
D/E/F/G/ A>B|B/c/d ed|B/c/d cF|G2 G2||
e>f ga|gf ed|B/c/B/A/ GB|A2 A2|
e/d/c/B/ A>G|Fd cB/A/|FD FA|B2 B2|
e2 e/f/g/a/|ga/g/ f/e/d|Bd/B/ G/B/d|A2 A2|
e/d/c/B/ A>G|Fd ^cd|Fd c/B/A/F/|G2 G2||

Four comments

"Joe Burke’s Polka" C: Jackie Daly

This could easily be called "A Polka for Joe Burke", as the tale goes that Jackie composed this for Joe as a bit of a chuckle, Joe supposedly having a strong dislike for polkas. I’ve yet to confirm whether any of this is true or not, and I haven’t recently had the opportunity to ask Jackie or Joe. If any of you do find yourselves in their company, please ask. 😉

This also goes nicely in G, D and C…

S: Jackie Daly

This transcription is taken from the composer’s own playing of it…

Joe Burke’s Polka

Jackie Daly taught a class at Catskills Irish Arts Week where he told of writing this polka to kid Joe Burke.

Joe Burke squeezin’ out polkas?

Thanks Hugh, confirmation appreciated… It must be a pain, if Joe really does dislike polkas, to have folks requesting them from time to time.

Here’s a task and a question related to this, I can’t think of one recording Joe has ever done of a polka. He has recorded just about everything else, except it seems polkas, and highland flings too? If he has, please let us know.