The Thrashing Of The Oats polka

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

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

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 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
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|1G2 GD:|2G2 Gd||
|:g2 ag|fd d>g|fd dg|fd cA|
gf/g/ ag|fd d>e|fd cA|1G2 Gd:|2G2 GD||
2
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/ :|
|: d/ |\
g2 ag | fd de | fd d>e | fe fd |
g2 a>g | fd d>e | fd cA | BG G3/ :|
3
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|1BG GD:|2BG GA||
|:gg a3/2g/| fd de| fd ge| fd ef|
gg a3/2g/| fd d3/2e/| fd cA|1BG G2:|2BG GA||
|:B2 AG| Ad d3/2e/| fd cA| BG GA|
B2 AG| Ad d3/2e/| fd cA|1G2 GA:|2G2 G2||

Eight 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!

X: 2 "The Thrashing of the Oats"

S: Terry ‘Cuz’ Teahan

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.