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 :|