The Gullane polka

Also known as Guillane, The Guillane, Mick Duggan’s, Mick Duggan’s #2, Mick Duggan’s No. 2, Mikey Duggan’s #2.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Gullane appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Gullane has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Gullane has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Gullane
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d>B AF|A2 A2|B/c/d/B/ AF|E2 E2|
d>B AF|Ad f>e|dB AF|D2 D2:|
|:fd fa|eg fe|fd fa|f2 f>e|
fd fa|eg f>e|dB AF|D2 D2:|
X: 2
T: The Gullane
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ud>(B AF)|A2 A2|(B/c/d/B/) (AF)|E2 E2|
ud>(B AF)|(Ad) (f>{gf}e)|(dB) (AF)|D2 D2:|
|:(fd) (fa)|(eg) (fe)|(fd) (fa)|[B2f2] vf>(e|
f)d (fa)|(eg) f>(e|dB) AF|D2 D2:|
X: 3
T: The Gullane
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B/c/d/B/ AF|A2 A2|B/c/d/B/ AF|E2 E2|
d>B AF|Ad f/g/f/e/|dB AF|D2 DA|
dd/B/ AF|A2 AB/c/|d/e/d/B/ AF|E2 EB/c/|
d/e/d/B/ A/F/D|A>d fe|dd/B/ A/F/E|D- D||
fd fa|eg f/g/f/e/|fd/d/ fa|f2 f/g/f/e/|
f>d fa|e/f/g fe|dd/B/ AF|D2 D|
fd fa|eg g/f/e|fd fa|f2 f/g/f/e/|
f>d fa|eg f/g/f/e/|d>B A/F/E|D2- D||

Eight comments

Gullane (polka)

Taught by Pete Cooper at a workshop in Bristol. This is the second of two tunes making up a set for the Lancers dance, the first being the slide Nell O’Sullivan’s (already posted). When the tunes are played in conjunction is is important for the set dancers that the beat is regular throught the set. So a quarter note (crotchet) in this tune should be the same length as a dotted quarter note in Nell O’Sullivan’s.

Here is a fuller version of this tune with bowings and ornaments as played by Pete Cooper. Note that, for the fiddlers, “u” = down-bow, “v” = up-bow, and “( )” encloses a series of notes played on one bow.

ud>(B AF)|A2 A2|(B/2c/2d/2B/2) (AF)|E2 E2|
ud>(B AF)|(Ad) (f>{gf}e)|(dB) (AF)|D2 D2:|
|:(fd) (fa)|(eg) (fe)|(fd) (fa)|[B2f2] vf>(e|
f)d (fa)|(eg) f>(e|dB) AF|D2 D2:||

The metronome speed Pete Cooper suggested was 1 quarter note (crotchet) = 152.

This tune, Gullane, is not the same as “The Gullane” already posted on this site, and is derived from an 18c strathspey “Cameron’s Got His Wife Again”, a lively tune worth playing in its own right. I’ll post it soon.


In the fuller version the first beat of the 4th bar of the second part is the chord of Bmin; this reflects the corresponding part (2nd half of bar 2 of the second part) of the original tune “Cameron’s Got His Wife Again” (now posted) which is B.

“Cameron’s Got His Wife Again”

Submitted on October 2nd 2003 by lazyhound.

“This 18c strathspey is the original version of “Gullane” which I posted yesterday. The source is John Chambers’ collection.”
~ Trevor, alias ‘lazyhound’

“The Gullane Polka” / “Mick Duggan’s #2” ~ other possibilities 😎

X: 2
T: The Gullane
T: Mick Duggan’s #2
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
A |\
B/c/d/B/ AF | A2 A2 | B/c/d/B/ AF | E2 E2 |
d>B AF | Ad f/g/f/e/ | dB AF | D2 DA |
dd/B/ AF | A2 AB/c/ | d/e/d/B/ AF | E2 EB/c/ |
d/e/d/B/ A/F/D | A>d fe | dd/B/ A/F/E | D- D ||
e |\
fd fa | eg f/g/f/e/ | fd/d/ fa | f2 f/g/f/e/ |
f>d fa | e/f/g fe | dd/B/ AF | D2 D |
fd fa | eg g/f/e | fd fa | f2 f/g/f/e/ |
f>d fa | eg f/g/f/e/ | d>B A/F/E | D2- D |]

“The Irish Fiddle Book” ~ another way with it

Matt Cranitch, The Mercier Press, 1988
ISBN: 0-85342-803-4
Ossian; revised edition
ISBN-10: 1900428903
ISBN-13: 978-1900428903
Ossian; Book & CD edition, 2005
ISBN-10: 1900428679
ISBN-13: 978-1900428675

Page 143, tune #46: Mick Duggan’s Polka (2)

Matt Cranitch & friends play these three polkas as a set on this recommended CD:

“Give it Shtick”
track 6: “Mick Duggan’s Polkas”

1.) “Mick Duggan’s Polka No. 1”

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on July 2nd 2008 by ceolachan.

2.) “The Gullane Polka” / “Mick Duggan’s #2”