The Heel And Toe polka

Also known as Bayman’s Tune, Heels And Toes.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Heel And Toe has been added to 1 tune set.

The Heel And Toe has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Heel And Toe
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG AA|BA f2|f>e gB|ed c/B/A|
FG AA/c/|BA f2|f>e gB|1ed d2:|2ed dB/=c/ ||
K:G
dg B/c/d/B/|GA B2|c/B/A/B/ cd|ed B/c/B/c/|
dg B/c/d/B/|GA B2|c/B/A/B/ cE|1AG GB/c/:|2AG G2||
X: 2
T: The Heel And Toe
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fg/f/ ed | cB B2 | cA Bc | d2 dA |
|: FA A2 | GB B2 | cc/c/ Bc | de f2 |
FA A2 | GB B2 | cc Bc | ed d2 :|
|: fg/f/ ed |cB B2 | cc Bc | de f2 |
fg/f/ ed | cB B2 | cc/c/ Bc | ed d2 :|]
X: 3
T: The Heel And Toe
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A>B A>B|Adf2|ee/f/ gc|def2|
A>B A>B|Adf2|ee/f/ gc|edd2:|
|:dc B>c|BAA2|ag Bc|def2|
dc B>c|BAA2|ag Bc||1 edd2:|2 ed d|]
# Added by Bazza .
X: 4
T: The Heel And Toe
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B4 B4 |A2G2 G4 |F2G2 A2B2 |d2^c2 =c4 |c4 c4 |B2A2 A4 |
G2F2 E2F2 ||1E2D2 D4 :|2G6 A2 |:B2E2 B2E2 |B2E2 E3F |G2G2 FGF2 |
E2B,2 B,4 |B2E2 B2E2 |B2E2 E3F |G2G2 FGF2 ||1E4 E4 :|2E4 E3_E ||
|:D4 G2A2 |B6 c2 |d2B2 G2A2 |B4- B4 |c2c2 A3c |B2B2 G2B2 ||
|1A2E2 F2G2 |A2F2 E2_E2 :|2A2c2 B2A2 |G6 z2 |]
# Added by Bazza .
X: 5
T: The Heel And Toe
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FA GB | Ad fd/f/ | ge ed/e/ | fd d2|
FA GB | Ad fd/f/ | ge ce |1 d2 d2 :|2 d2 cB ||
|: Ad F2 | AG E2 | DD FA | d2 dc/B/ |
Ad F2 | AG EF/E/ | DD FA|1 d2 cB :|2 d2 d2||

Thirteen comments

Source: Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings - slan le lough eirne
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Nice Tune

That is a good tune. It sounds very much like an English Polka. There many tunes called "Heel an Toe Polka" played by country sance band. This one is new to me

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Heel and Toe

Classic Southern English stuff.
I think its in the Hardy manuscripts amongst other sources.
Noel

The Heel And Toe, X:2

Australian (from Tom Maguire’s Tin Whistle Book). It’s not a lot like X:1 but is a nice little polka.

Re: The Heel And Toe

X:2 sounds to me very like the old song ‘Little Brown Jug’.

Round my way (Sussex, UK) there are at least two different tunes that go under the title of ‘Heel & Toe Polka’, both of which have been played at sessions but neither of which are those posted above. I’ll put them up on this page, if it’s o.k. to lump different tunes together on the basis of their having the same name.

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The Heel And Toe, X:3

I’ve been playing this one for years but can’t remember where I got it. Maybe it was in one of Dave Townsend’s collections. I’ve always played it with ‘Fred Pigeon’s Polka’.

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The Heel And Toe, X:4

This is a version that’s well known in the Lewes area (and is adapted at Christmas time to merge into ‘Jingle Bells’). And yes, I know it’s notated in 4/4 when the time sig is given as 2/4. One day, I might re-write it if I can be bothered.

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Re: The Heel And Toe

Bazza : nice to see different tunes with the same name. Spent ‘86 to turn of the millennium in Lewes and used to go to the Lewes Arms for music. I think the Elephant and Castle has folk music these days??

Re: The Heel And Toe

Bazza : really like the idea of THT merging into Jingle Bells at Xmas time. All these tunes look like fun to me.

The Heel And Toe, X:5

Newfoundland variant.

Re: The Heel And Toe

Looking back at all the versions above, I see other tunes in there!
The second part of Susan’s (X2) is "Little Brown Jug", and
The first part of Bazza’s X4 is very similar the the nursery rhyme "1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish a
alive"!

Re: The Heel And Toe

Yes, I did notice the resemblance of Jenny Lind to the first part Heel and Toe in some of the versions, but forgot to mention it!