The Tip-Top polka

Also known as The Bacup Coco-nut Dance, The Bacup Coconut Dance, The Britannia Coco-nut Dance, The Britannia Coconut Dance, Tip Top, The Tip Top.

The Tip-Top has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Tip-Top
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:dd d/e/d/c/|BB BG/A/|BB Bd/B/|A/G/F/G/ AA/B/|
cc ce/c/|AA A>G|F/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/|1gb gB/c/:|2 gb ge/f/||
|:ge e/d/e/f/|gd dG/A/|BB AG|ed de/f/|
ge e/d/e/f/|gd dG|F/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/|1gb ge/f/:|2g2 g||
X: 2
T: The Tip-Top
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M: 4/4
FG |A2 A2 A2 B2 | F2 F2 F2 DE | F2 F2 F2 A2 | E6 EF |
G2 G2 G2 B2 | E2 E2 E2 EF | G2 G2 E2 A2 | D2 D2 D2 ||
Bc |d2 B2 B2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 DE | F2 F2 E2 D2 | A2 A2 A2 Bc |
d2 B2 BA Bc | d2 A2 A2 EF | GF GB A2 c2 | d2 d2 d2 |]
K: GMaj
Bc |d2 d2 ^cd e2 | B2 B2 B2 GA | B2 B2 Bc d2 | A6 AB |
c2 c2 cd e2 | A2 A2 A2 AB | c2 c2 AB d2 | G6 ||
ef |g2 e2 e2 ef | g2 d2 d2 GA | B2 B2 AB G2 | d6 ef |
g2 e2 edef | g2 d2 d2 AB | cBAG F2 d2 | G6 |]
X: 3
T: The Tip-Top
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG|:AA A/B/A/G/|FF FD/E/|FF FA/F/|E/D/C/D/ EE/F/|
GG GB/G/|EE E>D|C/D/E/F/ G/A/B/c/|1df dF/G/:|2 df dB/c/||
|:dB B/A/B/c/|dA AD/E/|FF ED|BA AB/c/|
dB B/A/B/c/|dA AD|C/D/E/F/ G/A/B/c/|1df dB/c/:|2d2 d||

Six comments

The Tip-Top Polka

A conventional, not a Kerry - type polka. Used by the Coconut Dancers of Bacup, Lancashire, in their seasonal forays. I’ve seen it written in G and have entered it in that key: I like it more in D, but in that key it goes down to a low C# some players might not find user-friendly, or would somehow have to avoid by variation.

Oh dear. Forgot to indicate the first part is played twice, and how the first part ends the first time round. Will put it on the abc’s. The tune is played quite a lot more slowly than the midi suggests.

“The Tip-Top Polka” ~ The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers of Bacup ~ 2 more takes

X: 2
T: Tip-Top, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: The Coco-nut Dance
K: D Major
FG |
A2 A2 A2 B2 | F2 F2 F2 DE | F2 F2 F2 A2 | E6 EF |
G2 G2 G2 B2 | E2 E2 E2 EF | G2 G2 E2 A2 | D2 D2 D2 ||
Bc |
d2 B2 B2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 DE | F2 F2 E2 D2 | A2 A2 A2 Bc |
d2 B2 BA Bc | d2 A2 A2 EF | GF GB A2 c2 | d2 d2 d2 ||

X: 3
T: Tip-Top, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: The Coco-nut Dance
K: G Major
Bc |
d2 d2 ^cd e2 | B2 B2 B2 GA | B2 B2 Bc d2 | A6 AB |
c2 c2 cd e2 | A2 A2 A2 AB | c2 c2 AB d2 | G6 ||
ef |
g2 e2 e2 ef | g2 d2 d2 GA | B2 B2 AB G2 | d6 ef |
g2 e2 edef | g2 d2 d2 AB | cBAG F2 d2 | G6 ||

The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers of Bacup ~ here are those links

It may as well be here because, mostly, it is this tune they are playing ~

The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers of Bacup
http://www.coconutters.co.uk/

Britannia Coco-Nutters Bacup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNbGYRSsV8g


Britannia Coconutters Bacup outside Marios
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bvMIIxCcFc


Easter Saturday in Bacup 2007 ~ and a bit of camera-obscura
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F7gv3nvJ98


Britannia Coco-Nutters Bacup Market
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XATuRfHWK7c


Bacup Coconutters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxRc_TuV6gg


The Famous Brittannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCnjuSgwcc


Britannia Coconutters at Ellenroad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35GNZF9WB9Y

No :||: in practice ~ & correction: my transcriptions should have read M: 4/4

As the Bacup musicians and others play this tune, the parts are not repeated…