Johnny An Gabha polka

Also known as Johnny Ghabha, Johnny Smith, Johnny Smithy, Johnny The Smith, Johnny The Smithy.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Johnny An Gabha has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Johnny An Gabha
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |D2 FA | B>A FA | B2 B>c | BA FA |
DC/D/ FA | BA F/G/A | Be Bc | ed d :|
|: A |d2 c2 | BA FA | Be B>c | BA FA |
de/d/ cd/c/ | BA FA | Be B>c | ed d :|
2
X: 2
T: Johnny An Gabha
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d/B/ |G>A B/c/d | ed Bd | ed ef | ed B/c/d/B/ |
G2 BG/B/ | ed Bd | e>d ef | ag g :|
|: B/d/ |g2 f2 | e>d Bd | ed ef | ed B/c/d |
g2 GB/d/ | e/f/e/d/ Bd | e/f/e/d/ e>f | ag g :|
3
X: 3
T: Johnny An Gabha
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A |D2 FA | BA FA | Be B>c | BA FA |
D2 FD/F/ | BA FA | Be Bc | ed d :|
|: F/A/ |d2 c2 | BA FA | Be B>c | BA FA |
[1 de/d/ c2 | BA FA | Be B>c | ed d :|
[2 DC/D/ FD/F/ | B>A FG/A/ | B/c/e B>c | ed d |]
4
X: 4
T: Johnny An Gabha
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 FA | BA FA | BA Bc | BA FA |
D2 FA | BA FA | BA Bc | d2 d2 :|
|: d2 c2 | BA FA | BA Bc | BA FA |
d2 c2 | BA FA | BA Bc | d2 d2 :|
5
X: 5
T: Johnny An Gabha
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 Bd | ed Bd | e2 ef | ed Bd |
G2 Bd | ed Bd | e2 ef | g2 g2 :|
|: g2 f2 | ed Bd | e2 ef | ed Bd |
g2 f2 | ed Bd | e2 ef | g2 g2 :|

Three comments

"Johnny an Gabha"

I did an extensive search in the two keys and with different bars and combinations of notes, surprised that I didn’t find it on site, though I did find some ‘relatives’.

This is an old standard I’ve given here in two keys and also as it is sometimes resolved, the last take in D Major, suggested in the middle version in G Major, with a ‘second ending’, the first bar of the final 4-bar phrase mirroring the A-part ending.

Other ways with it - B-part, bars 1 - 2

d2 c2 | B2 F/G/A | ~

de/d/ cd/c/ | Bc/B/ F>A | ~

"Johnny an Gabha" ~ in a very basic ‘first tunes’ form

K: Dmaj
D2 FA | BA FA | BA Bc | BA FA |
D2 FA | BA FA | BA Bc | d2 d2 :|
d2 c2 | BA FA | BA Bc | BA FA |
d2 c2 | BA FA | BA Bc | d2 d2 :|

K: Gmaj
G2 Bd | ed Bd | e2 ef | ed Bd |
G2 Bd | ed Bd | e2 ef | g2 g2 :|
g2 f2 | ed Bd | e2 ef | ed Bd |
g2 f2 | ed Bd | e2 ef | g2 g2 :|