The Thrashing Of The Oats polka

Also known as Cronin’s, Glountane Monument, The Gneeveguilla, Gneevguillia’s, Kenmare, Padraig O’Keefe’s.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

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The Thrashing Of The Oats appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Thrashing Of The Oats has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Thrashing Of The Oats has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Thrashing Of The Oats
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 AB|cA dB|G2 AB|cA FD|
G2 AB|cA d>e|fd cA|1 G2 GD:|2 G2 Gd||
|:g2 ag|fd d>g|fd dg|fd cA|
gf/g/ ag|fd d>e|fd cA|1 G2 Gd:|2 G2 GD||
X: 2
T: The Thrashing Of The Oats
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D/|G2 AB|cA dB|G2 A>B|cA FD|
G2 A>B|cA d>e|fd cA|BG G3/2:|
|:d/|g2 ag|fd de|fd d>e|fe fd|
g2 a>g|fd d>e|fd cA|BG G3/2:|
X: 3
T: The Thrashing Of The Oats
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2 AB|cA dB|G2 AB|cA FD|
G2 AB|cA d3/2e/|fd cA|1 BG GD:|2 BG GA||
|:gg a3/2g/|fd de|fd ge|fd ef|
gg a3/2g/|fd d3/2e/|fd cA|1 BG G2:|2 BG GA||
|:B2 AG|Ad d3/2e/|fd cA|BG GA|
B2 AG|Ad d3/2e/|fd cA|1 G2 GA:|2 G2 G2||
X: 4
T: The Thrashing Of The Oats
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2 AB|c/B/A dB|G2 AB|cA FA|
G2 AB|cA de|fd cA|1 BG GD:|2 BG G2||
g2 ag|f(d d)e|f(d d)e|fd ef|
g2 ag|f(d d)e|fd cA|BG G2|
g2 ag|f(d d)e|fd ge|fd ef|
g2 ag|f(d d)e|fd cA|BG GA||
|:B2 AG|A(d d)e|fd cA|B(G G)A|
Bd/B/ AG|A(d d)e|fd cA|1 (G2 G)A:|2 G3 D||

Nine comments

Gneevguillia’s Polka

Claire Mann puts this tune after “Ella Buckley’s Fancy.” In the beginning of the B part to this tune, the chord there is Em, not G major as one might think. The chord progression for the B part is Em, D, C, D; Em, D, C-D, G (repeat B part). The piano player on Claire Mann’s recording, Brian McAlpine, is just fantastic. His accompanying transforms the tunes into something wonderful.

Good on you, Violynnsey

I love these polkas and it’s good that you’ve posted them here. Actually, I already learned these by ear from the album with the aid of “Transcribe”. It’s worth listening to the album to pick up the exact style and subtleties in the tunes. However, you’ve done a good job transcribing the basic tunes here.
Tune No 3 in the set McDermott’s by Tim O’Leary is good too. Hopefully, you can post that one too.

I have tried to notate the tune with some subtle variations like Claire uses, but I agree - nothing beats hearing this set played by her. I have to wait a day to post the last polka in the set, but I’m planning on it. Thanks!

Padraig O’Keefe’s

I learned to play this many years ago from a book. I couldn’t find it in the tunes section so thought I’d try posting it.

Re: Padraig O’Keefe’s

Isn’t this pretty much the tune to ‘Muirsheen Durkin’? (As in: ‘Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin / I’m sick and tired of working / No more I’ll dig the praties / No longer I’ll be fooled … ’).

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Re: Padraig O’Keefe’s

The book’s author stated the third part resembled Muirsheen Durkin but now that you mention it Bazza the second part may also. The title was given as “Padraig O’Keeffe’s polka” in the book that I can no longer find. And there is another tune with the same name in the key of A and but it’s a different tune.

Muirsín Durcan / Glountane Monument #2 / The Thrashing Of The Oats, X:4

As played by Timmy O’Connor on his album, As It Was In Toureendarby.

This is one the famously obscure tunes engraved on the monument to Pádraig O’Keeffe at Glountane Cross, the first of them being this one:

Some local musicians believe that the three-part polka is actually two (i.e., 1.5) polkas, including actual Muirsín Durcan cut in half: However, the only way to solve this mystery is to see the original manuscript, since O’Keeffe wasn’t exactly shy about adding parts to tunes either – think Johnny Cope!