The Rooskey polka

Also known as A Kiss Behind The Door, The Church Street Polkas #1, The Church Street Polkas No. 1, Roosky, The Roosky, Sligo To Dublin.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Rooskey has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Rooskey has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Rooskey
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 de/f/|g/f/e/d/ B/A/G/A/|Be d/B/e/d/|BA AB/c/|
d2 de/f/|g/f/e/d/ B/A/G/A/|Bd g/f/g/a/|1ba g>e:|2ba g>d||
Bd g/f/g/a/|ba a/b/a/g/|fd fa|gf e>d|
Bd g/f/g/a/|ba a/b/a/g/|fd fa|1g2 g>d:|2g2 ge||
X: 2
T: The Rooskey
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/ | Bd de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Be e/d/G | BA AB/c/ |
d2 de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Bd g>a | ba g> :|
d/ | Bd g>a | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd fa | g (3f/g/f/ (3e/f/e/ (3d/e/d/ |
Bd g>a | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd ef | g2 g> :|
X: 3
T: The Rooskey
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| d>^c de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Bd gg/a/ | ba aB/c/ |
d>^c de/f/ | g/f/e/d/ BG | Bd gg/a/ | ba g2 :|:
Bd gg/a/ | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd fa | gf ed
|Bd gg/a/ | ba a/b/a/g/ | fd fa | gg/f/ g :|
X: 4
T: The Rooskey
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A2 A B/c/ | d/c/B/A/ FD | FA A/F/D/E/ | FE EF/G/ |
A2 A B/c/ | d/c/B/A/ FD | FA d>e | fe d2 :|
|: FA d>e | fe e>d | cA ce | dc BA |
FA d>e | fe e>d | cA ce | d2 d>G :|

Six comments

The Roosky (polka)

Source: At It Again by John Carty
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Russian? In Ireland they often assumed unusula tunes were from somewhere a bit different. The dances Polkas, Quadrilles, Waltzes Mmazurkas were of coursein their day

The Roosky (polka)

This tune was recorded by accordionist James keane on his 1998 album ‘With Friends Like These’ (https://thesession.org/recordings/1603) as the first of "The Church Street Polkas" - that setting is No.2 given above. The second is what I know as "The Church Street Polka" (or "Memories of Ballymote" (https://thesession.org/tunes/1560). He ends the set with his own composition "Hugo’s Polka" (https://thesession.org/tunes/13277).

Keane learned "The Church Street Polkas" from John Egan, a Sligo flute player. Egan formed the St Mary’s Music Club, also known as the Church Street Club or The Fiddler’s Club, where many young musicians met on a Wednesday evening in Dublin and played music in the early 1960s, including Paddy Moloney and, if I remember correctly, Matt Molloy.

Rooskey

Source: Kevin Henry_One’s Own Place, a Family Tradition.
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

X: 4 John Egan’s Polka / The Church Street Polkas No. 1 / The Rooskey

# Posted by arpadoro - February 8th, 2011 ( originally here - https://thesession.org/tunes/916 )

X: 4
T: John Egan’s Polka - John Egan being one of the early sources for this polka.
T: The Church Street Polkas No. 1
T: The Rooskey
S: CD - "Michael Clarkson & Harry Bradley: Pleasure of Hope" , track 8
https://thesession.org/recordings/3424