Incahoots polka

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Incahoots
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
[M:4/4]A,3/2C/2 EF GF/2E/2 DF|E2 d2 cA GB|zA, CE GF/2E/2 DF|[M:2/4]E2 =C3/2B,/2|
[M:4/4]A,A, CE GF/2E/2 DF|E2 d2 cB GB|AA, CE GF/2E/2 DF|E2 =C3/2B, A,2 z2||
[Ae]2 d2 cA GB|[M:5/4]A [Ae]2 [Ae] de ge ag|[M:4/4]ee dd cA GB|[M:5/4]AA, CE GF/2E/2 =C3/2B,/2 A,2|
[Ae]2 d2 cA GB|[M:5/4]A [Ae]2 [Ae] de ge ag|[M:4/4]ee dd cA GB|AA, CE GF/2E/2 =C2:|
# Added by Joe M .
2
X: 2
T: Incahoots
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D3/2F/2 AB | cB/2A/2 GB|A2 g2 | fd ce|dD FA | cB/2A/2 GB|A2 =F3/2E/2|
DD FA | cB/2A/2 GB|A2 g2 | fd ce|dD FA | cB/2A/2 GB|A2 =F3/2E/ | D2 z2|
a2 g2 | fd ce| d a2 a | ga c'a | d'c' aa | gg fd | ce dD | FA cB/2A/2 | =F3/2E/2 D2|
a2 g2 | fd ce |d a2 a | ga c'a | d'c' aa | gg fd | ce dD | FA cB/2A/2 |[M:1/4] =F2 |
3
X: 3
T: Incahoots
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
K:Bbmix
B,3/2D/2 FG | AG/2F/2 EG|F2 e2 | dB Ac|BB, DF | AG/2F/2 EG|F2 _D3/2C/2|
B,B, DF | AG/2F/2 EG|F2 e2 | dB Ac|BB, DF | AG/2F/2 EG|F2 _D3/2C/ | B,2 z2|
[Bf]2 e2 | dB Ac| B [Bf]2 [Bf] | ef af | ba ff | ee dB | Ac BB, | DF AG/2F/2 | _D3/2C/2 B,2|
[Bf]2 e2 | dB Ac |B [Bf]2 [Bf] | ef af | ba ff | ee dB | Ac BB, | DF AG/2F/2 |[M:1/4] _D2 |

Ten comments

Frenzy Of The Meeting

No idea if this is actually a polka. My suspicion is it’s something pretty tune-type-defying.

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Re: Frenzy Of The Meeting

Wow, I love this crooked tune, thanks for posting it! I believe the title is actually Incahoot.

"Megan [Henderson] wrote Incahoots for our talented artist friend, Claire Heminsley. Check her out! The Frenzy of the Meeting is a piece of Ceòl Mòr which has melodic connections with the Irish tune ‘Brian Boru’s March’. We sourced this excerpt from the Angus Mackay MS compiled c.1840."

It does sound like a polka to me (even if I read here that it was a reel https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/09/breabach-frenzy-of-the-meeting/)

I would simplify the writing by keeping the binary beat untill the ending.
https://breabach.bandcamp.com/track/frenzy-of-the-meeting

Re: Incahoots

Thanks for the name correction and the alternative settings!

I did originally try and keep it in 4/4 until it couldn’t possibly be otherwise, but found the time signature-changy transcription made more sense to me. Having it in 2/4 seems a decent compromise, and it makes it clear that it really does have a totally odd number of beats. Good to have both IMO.

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Re: Incahoots

Standard Great Highland bagpipe tuning consists of a bass drone and two tenor drones all tuned to the note A, and a chanter tuned to a scale with a flattened seventh degree, which is unique to Highland bagpipes. Concert A pitch for Highland bagpipes is much higher than other instruments and varies between 475 and 485 Hz.
https://www.petersontuners.com/myinstrument/bagpipes
https://www.guitar-chords.org.uk/modes/a-mixolydian-mode.html
The Pipers play in A-mix, it sounds Bb-mix to other musicians.
Fiddlers may tune up a semi-note (Frankie Gavin does that anyway and in a session with Seamus Begley it’s wise as well).

Re: Incahoots

That’s a bit confusing Sean. Really, the highland pipes are not A mix. They are based on the Bb mix scale, though often tuned a bit sharper. Pipers call the Bb of the chanter A, as you say, but in the real world that’s irrelevant. And they range from Bb = 466 upwards. Many pipers play on concert Bb.

Re: Incahoots

"Many pipers play on concert Bb."

Really? Gosh I haven’t come across many, if any. I suspect that’s only professional pipers that play in trad bands. Does that count as "many"?
Most pipe bands these days seem to be closer to B natural than Bb. At the rate they’re going, their "A" will be C natural before the end of the century. Go back and listen to the 1937 recordings of Willie Ross and he’s in a very comfortable A:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqnYosmlbHE&t=59s

Re: Incahoots

Not just professional pipers Donald. Many pipers play with other musicians nowadays. Pipe bands and competition pipers do seem to keep getting sharper for sure. Personally it’s something I dislike.

Re: Incahoots

I dislike it too.
Admittedly, the only GH pipers I really know playing outside of the pipe band arena are those playing in sessions, and then it’s on smallpipes, Border pipes or electronic pipes in A.