Toss The Fiddles polka

By Liz Knowles

Also known as Toss The Fiddle.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Toss The Fiddles has been added to 1 tune set.

Toss The Fiddles has been added to 46 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Toss The Fiddles
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2 EF|D4|AdcA|G4|F2 EF|D4|Addc|d4:|
AB2B|dc2c|AABB|dc2c|AAdd|cd3|(3e/f/g/ fdd|cB3|
AB2B|dc2c|AB2B|dc2c|AA dd|gg fa|ee dd|c d3||
X: 2
T: Toss The Fiddles
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|F2 EF|DBBG|AdcA|G2 AG|F2 EF|DBBG|Addc|1 d2:|2 d3||
A||FABd|c3 A|ABBd|c3 A|Addc|d2 e/f/g|fddc|ABBA|
FABd|c3 A|ABBd|c3 A|Addg|gfae|eddc|d2||
X: 3
T: Toss The Fiddles
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2 EF|D4|Ad cA|G4|F2 EF|D4|Ad dc|1 d4:|2 d3 A|
B2 Bd|c2 BA|B2 Bd|c2 BA|Ad dc|d2 (3efg|fd dc|B3 A|
B2 Bd|c2 BA|B2 Bd|c2 BA|Ad dg|gf ae|ed dc|d4||

Nine comments

This is actually the first time I’ve seen this tune written out, so it may very well be a polka, but in Philadelphia, it tends to be played as a slow reel of sorts. In a set that is almost guaranteed to be played during the Sunday session at the Plough and the Stars, it’s played after Her Long Black Hair (played in A Minor, not the B Minor version as listed on this site). Again, this whole set is usually played as slow reels.

now even the tripled ploblem is fixed: the first three notes are tripleds of sixteenth, the second three notes are streight 1/8s. So the sheet does not show it right, but the abc is ok and does it fine on your abc interpreter at home…

yes connaughtman, I can

Toss the Fiddles

This lastest version is very nearly the way Liz Knowles plays it. Listen to it via her website. Did she write this tune? It’s a little gem.

Yay Liz Knowles

Yes, janglecrow, Liz Knowles wrote the tune. I think it gets more play in the Philadelphia area because Liz Carroll played it at the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s trad festival in 2001, and it wound up on their CD, also called “Toss the Fiddles”.

Toss The Fiddles, X:3

This is a simpler setting, perhaps the heart of the tune. It omits most of the embellishing notes in setting 2, and I think the rhythm in the B part is more accurate than setting 1. Comments welcome.

Re: Toss The Fiddles

Nice one, I wonder where the tune Jason G wrote about 13 years ago
‘Her long Black Hair’ are hiding. The only ‘hairy’ stuff I can find is this hornpipe:
and it’s in some major keys and not minor’s.

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