It’s not a polka…
Is it a march?
Source: Fully Rigged by Aly Bain And Ale Möller
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta
Neither, it is a ‘listening piece’, taken at a relaxed pace, at most a walk…. Here is a short contribution from Peter Cooke’s excellent work "The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles", page 91, considering the repertoire of the fiddler Peter Fraser:
"Three other slow airs were known to Peter Fraser. ‘The Silver Bow’ (‘Da Silver Bow’) has a set of variations attached to it."
“The Silver Bow: The Fiddle Music of Shetland”
Another excellent recording of this is to be found on the album by the same name "The Silver Bow", featuring Tom Anderson & Aly Bain:
& from that excellent album’s sleeve notes:
"4 ‘Da Silver Bow’
One of the oldest of the Shetland "listening" tunes, from the playing of the late Peter Fraser, last of the line of noted fiddlers from Finnigarth, Walls, to whom we are indebted for many of the old Norse melodies. This tune bears a marked resemblance to the "Springar" type of Hardanger fiddle music." ~
Notes by Tom Anderson