The Cobbler’s polka

Also known as The Cobbler’s, The Cobbler, High Point, O’Keeffe’s, Padraig O’Keefe’s, Padraig O’Keeffe’s.

There are 17 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Cobbler’s has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Cobbler's has been added to 134 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
Bc|:"Bm"dB bB|"D"de f>e|"Bm"dB bB|"A"c/B/A/c/ ef/e/|!
"Bm"dB bB|"D"de f>e|"Bm"d>e "D"f/e/d|1"Bm" B2 B>c:|2 "Bm" B2B2||!
|:"Bm"fe/f/ ba|"D"fe f>e|"Bm"dB bB|"A"c/B/A/c/ ed/e/|!
"Bm"fe/f/ ba|"D"fe f>e|"Bm"d>e "D"f/e/d|1"Bm" B2 B2:|2 "Bm"B2 B>c||!
2
X: 2
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
dB bB | de f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e>c |
dB bB | de f>e | de f/e/d | B2 :|
f2 ba | fe f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e2 |
f2 ba | fe f>e | de f/e/d | B2 :|
GE BE | GA B>A | GE BE | F/E/D/F/ A>F |
GE BE | GA B>A | GA B/A/G | E2 :|
B2 ed | BA B>A | GE BE | F/E/D/F/ A2 |
B2 ed | BA B>A | GA B/A/G | E2 :|
|: fB bB | de f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e/g/f/e/ |
fB bB | de f2 | ff f/e/d | B2 B2 :|
|:ff/f/ ba | fe fe | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e/g/f/e/ |
|ff/f/ ba | fe fe | ff f/e/d | B2 B2 :|
3
X: 3
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cA aA | cd e>d | cA aA | B/A/G/B/ de/d/ |
cA aA | cd e>d | cd e/d/c/B/ | A2 A2 :|
a2 ge | dc e>d | cA aA | B/A/G/B/ d2 |
a2 ge | dc e>d | cd e/d/c/B/ | A2 A2 :|
4
X: 4
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E>F |:GE BE|GE B>A|GE BE|F/E/D/F/ AB/A/|GE BE|GA B>A|GA B/A/G/F/|1E2 E>F:|2 E2 E>A||!
|:Be ed|BA B>A|GE BE|F/E/D/F/ AG/A/|Be ed|BA B>A|GA B/A/G/F/|1E2E>A:|2E2 E>F||
5
X: 5
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
dB fB | dB f>e | dB fe | c/B/A/c/ ef/e/ |
dB fB | de f>e | de f/e/d/c/ |1 B2 B>c :|2 B2 B2 ||
|: fb ba | fe f>e | dB fB | c/B/A/c/ e2 |
fb ba | fe f>e | de f/e/d/c/ |1 B2 B2 :|2 B2 B>c ||
6
X: 6
T: The Cobbler's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
Bc|: dB bB | de f>e | dB bB | c/B/A ed/e/ |
dB bB | de f>e | de f/e/d |1 B2 B>c :|2 B2 B2 ||
|: fe/f/ ba | fe f>e | dB bB | c/B/A ed/e/ |
fe/f/ ba| fe f>e | de f/e/d |1 B2 B2 :|2 B2 B>c ||

Nine comments

This is one of my favorite tunes (and this from a guy who gnashes his teeth at most polkas!), learned off a Cherish the Ladies cd—great version there. They start out slow, as an air more or less, then crank it up and adding some brilliant 1/16 runs.

I usually play the 2nd and 6th measures of the B part as:
|fe f/a/f/e|

Posted .

"O’Keefe’s / The Cobbler’s Polka" ~ moved back from the ‘future’

The following three settings are from a duplication of this tune and other offerings in the comments for it:

"The Cobbler Polka"
Submitted on June 10th 2006 by new-strings.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5849

K: b minor
|: B>c |
dB bB | de f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e>c |
dB bB | de f>e | de f/e/d | B2 :|
|: B2 |
f2 ba | fe f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e2 |
f2 ba | fe f>e | de f/e/d | B2 :|

K: e minor
|: E>F |
GE BE | GA B>A | GE BE | F/E/D/F/ A>F |
GE BE | GA B>A | GA B/A/G | E2 :|
|: E2 |
B2 ed | BA B>A | GE BE | F/E/D/F/ A2 |
B2 ed | BA B>A | GA B/A/G | E2 :|

# Posted on June 10th 2006 by new-strings

K: b minor
|: fB bB | de f>e | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e/g/f/e/ |
fB bB | de f2 | ff f/e/d | B2 B2 :|
|:ff/f/ ba | fe fe | dB bB | c/B/A/c/ e/g/f/e/ |
|ff/f/ ba | fe fe | ff f/e/d | B2 B2 :|

# Posted on June 25th 2006 by Clifardo Albrechto

O’Keeffe’s Polka/The Cobbler/High Point Polka

On their ‘Barefoot On the Alter’ album, Chulrua play this in Am and call it "High Point Polka":

X: 2
T: High Point Polka
S: Chulrua, Barefoot On the Alter
Z: Nigel Gatherer
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Bmin
cA aA | cd e>d | cA aA | B/A/G/B/ de/d/ |
cA aA | cd e>d | cd e/d/c/B/ | A2 A2 :|
a2 ge | dc e>d | cA aA | B/A/G/B/ d2 |
a2 ge | dc e>d | cd e/d/c/B/ | A2 A2 :|

O’Keeffe’s Polka/The Cobbler/High Point Polka

The tune immediately above should say K: Am.

I learned this polka, in Bm, a few years back from flute player Nuala Kennedy; she called it "Josephine Marsh’s" for want of a name. It can also be heard in its A minor form on Denis Doody’s album ‘Denis Doody Plays Kerry Music’ (1978) as "Din Tarrant’s".

O’Keefe’s, X:4

From Julia and Billy Clifford’s "Ceol As Sliabh Luachra," called "The Cobbler."

Re: The Cobbler’s

recorded by De Dannan on their ‘Mist Covered Mountain’ album, 1980, under the title - O’Keefe’s

The Cobbler’s, X:6

From the playing of Molly’s Revenge.