Paddy Cronin’s polka

Also known as Paddy Cronin’s Highland Fling.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Paddy Cronin’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Paddy Cronin's has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Paddy Cronin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d~c|:BE FE|ec dA|BE FE/F/|AD DA|BE F~E|
ec dA|1 Bd BD|FE E2:|2 Bd BA|Be e~d||
|:Be fe|be fe|Be fe/f/|
[1ad dA|Be fe|be fe|de dc|Be ed:|
[2ad da|bg af|ge fA|Bd BA|Be e>d||
X: 2
T: Paddy Cronin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:>d|B>EF>E e>cd>A|B>EF>E A>DD>A|B>EF>E ecdA|1 (3Bcd B>D F>EE>:|
|:>d|B>ef>e b>ef>e|1 B>e (3efe a>dd>A|1 B>ef>e b>ef>e|d>ed>c B>ee>:|
2 B>e (3fef a>dd>a|b>ga>f g>ef>A|(3Bcd B>A B>ee>||
|:B~E3 ecdA|B~E3 AD (3FGA|B~E3 ecdA|(3Bcd BD F~E3:|
|:B~e3 b~e|1 Be (3gfe addA|1 Be (3gfe beec|dedA Beed:|
2 Be (3fef adda|bgaf gefA|(3Bcd BA B~E3||
X: 3
T: Paddy Cronin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA BA|af g>f|eA BA|dB GB|
eA BA|af g>f|e2 e/f/e/d/|BA A2:|
|:eA BA|eA BA|EA BA|dB G2|
[1 eA BA|eA BA|e2 e/f/e/d/|BA A2:|
[2 ec dB|cA BG|e2 e/f/e/d/|BA A2||
X: 4
T: Paddy Cronin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
d/e/d/c/|:AD ED|dB c2|AD ED/E/|GE CE/G/|
AD ED|dB c2|A/B/c/A/ GC|1 ED D>G:|2 ED D>d||
Ad ed|ad e/g/e/d/|Ad ed/e/|gc ce/c/|
Ad ed|ad e/g/e/d/|AB/A/ GC|ED D>G|
Ad ed|ad e/g/e/d/|Ad ed/e/|gc c2|
ab/a/ ge|fd ec|A2 A/B/A/G/|Ad d/e/d/c/||
X: 5
T: Paddy Cronin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:AD ED|dB c2|AD ED/E/|Gc c>B|
AD ED|dB c2|A/_B/=B/A/ Gc|1 ED D>G:|2 ED D(3E/F/G/||
|:Ad ed|ad e/^f/e/d/|Ad ed/e/|gc c2|
[1 Ad ed|ad e/^f/e/d/|AB/A/ Gc|ED D(3E/F/G/:|
[2 ab/a/ ge|fd ec|A/B/A/G/ A/B/A/G/|Ad d/e/d/c/||

Twelve comments

Very kindly given to me by Sharon the flute [Creasey]

Not a polka ~


Feel the phrasing grasshopper… Reach into the void and find the fours…

The fours be with you…

Apologies ~

On several counts, like for leaving this seeming ‘flippant’. That wasn’t the mind frame I was in, but some of you will know a bit of the madness around me, as well as what I am capable of producing on my own. Thanks to the more considerate Sharon Creaey for drawing my attention back to this. I had planned to add more but was drawn away by the tragic circumstances about us. Anyway, I hope the following will clear things up a bit more.

Terms for tunes sometimes overlap, so a “waltz” or a “polkie” don’t exactly always mean 3/4 and 2/4 time. “Waltz” and “Polka” were often times in reference to the dance the tune accompanied. As an example, “Waltz around” could be any time signature and only referred to a couple ’dancing around on the floor, as for a “full house”, “Waltz on” = “dance on”, progress… This also happens with the term polka and at different times, 1800s on, the term has been appled to almost any step with a hop in it.

While much older musicians, and I mean those now long dead, those with their toes in the latter end of the 1800s, there was more distinction made. They still danced all those couple dances that in some cases are just seeing a revival, such as the Highland Fling, which I found in living memory all over Eire, numerous polkas, The Military Two-step, and of course the mazurka family of dances and different waltzes, to mention a few. As time drew on they were sometimes referred to inthe collective and terminology overlapped so that “polka” / “polkie” could sometimes also refer to a Fling, Schottische, German, Barndance, and even the mazurka family, though there were what were called “Polka-Mazurkas”, which were in 3/4 time throughout and had a ‘polka-step’ in them.

Are you confused yet? Anyway, barring tunes isn’t just haphazard, there is a sense to it and my ears say that this tune isn’t 2/4, by the pulse and phrasing of the melody. I didn’t want to say last month, as I’m sure someone would get on my tail about ‘bias’, but this is really a lovely Highland Fling, straight or swung, and as is usual for the form, it makes a crackin’ good single reel. Check out that ‘usual’ second ending in the B-part. However, take it as you will. If you want it as a polka I’m not going to play sheriff over it, but personally, it’s OK, maybe, but I don’t think it makes a particularly good polka for dance, not as good as it does a fling or reel. But takes it as you choose:

T: Paddy Cronin’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: Highland Fling
K: Dmaj
|: >d | B>EF>E e>cd>A | B>EF>E A>DD>A | B>EF>E ecdA |1 (3Bcd B>D F>EE> :|
2 B>dB>A B>ee> ||
|: >d| B>ef>e b>ef>e |1 B>e (3efe a>dd>A |1 B>ef>e b>ef>e | d>ed>c B>ee> :|
2 B>e (3fef a>dd>a| b>ga>f g>ef>A | (3Bcd B>A B>ee> ||

T: Paddy Cronin’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: reel, single
K: Dmaj
|: B~E3 ecdA | B~E3 AD (3FGA |B~E3 ecdA | (3Bcd BD F~E3 :|
|: B~e3 b~e |1 Be (3gfe addA |1 Be (3gfe beec | dedA Beed :|
2 Be (3fef adda| bgaf gefA | (3Bcd BA B~E3 ||


Sharon Crea’s’ey, apologies, I can at least blame something other than age on my dropping letters and transposing spellings…

May the fours be with you… 😉

1st part, bar 3: |B>ef>e e>cd>A |

If you’re swinging it, there are also some choice places where a ‘snap’ wouldn’t go amiss… However you take it, it is a sweet tune…

M: 2/4 should read M: 4/4 for the above Highland & Reel

Damn cut and paste, but really, my lax brain functioning.

We did have some little bit of good news about Neil last night, about the new tumor on his spine which has so suddenly made an apprearance and so drastically impeded his life by pressing on and damaging his spine. He isn’t completely paralyzed. Some feeling is coming back.

Please, and I know some of your may be fed up with these little additions, if you smoke do your damnedest to quit, get all the help you can, for yourself and for all those who appreciate your strengths and weaknesses, your quips and your irracibility. I pray that no one has to suffer so. Don’t disappear in the smoke… Stay awhile and play another tune with us…

Seeking answers ~

I should also have said initially, that this melody was immediately familiar to me. After it ‘clicked’ into place and I left the original quick and boozy bits above about ‘the fours’, I left to try to hunt it down, here in what I’ve got in stock, much of my notes and sources are elsewhere, and through recordings and online, literally hours and late into that night. Niggles like that get to me and I feel a need to find sources, to clear away the fog. Despite a long initial search I’ve been unable as yet to come up with either a title or a confirmed source. I won’t give up. This is where the processes of my dyslexic mind are so frustrating. Also, I did have some books, notes and recordings disappear, some were also destroyed by weather. That’s one reason why “The Lament for the Lost Books” tugs at my heart…

Paddy Cronin’s, X:3

A friend sent me the recording, but I couldn’t match up the version here with it, so I transcribed it in the version Ré played it. In case this website doesn’t correct it, the c should be natural, because it is A dorian, but for some reason, it imported it with two sharps.