Silver Wings Polka barndance

Also known as Silver Wings, The Silver Wings Polka.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Silver Wings Polka has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Silver Wings Polka
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2|:b>b b>b g2 B2|f2 e2 d4|G>G F>G B2 d2|f2 e2 c4|
f>f f>f e2 e2|f2 f2 g4|a>g f>g a>b a>g|f2 d2 e2 f2|
b>b b>b g2 B2|f2 e2 d4|G>G F>G B2 d2|e4 e3 g|
f>a e>g f2 f2|f>a e>g f2 f2|f>d ^c>d e2 f2|g2 d2 g4:|
|:d4 d>e ^c>e|d4 d>e ^c>e|d2 e2 f2 g2|g2 f2 f4|
=c4 c>B A>B|c4 c>B A>B|c2 d2 e2 f2|f2 B2 B4|
d4 d>e ^c>e|d4 d>e ^c>e|d2 e2 f2 g2|b2 a2 e4|
a>g f>a g2 g2|g>f e>g f2 f2|f>d ^c>d e2 f2|g2 d2 g4:|
|:b>g f>a g2 g2|b>g f>a g2 g2|b>g f>g =c'2 a2|e4-e4|
a>g f>a g2 g2|g>f e>g f3 f|f>d ^c>d e2 d2|B2 d2 e2 f2|
b>g f>a g2 g2|b>g f>a g2 g2|b>g f>g =c'2 a2|e4-e4|
a>g f>a g2 g2|g>f e>g f2 f>f|f>d ^c>d e2 f2|g2 d2 g4:|
X: 2
T: Silver Wings Polka
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: c | a/>a/a/>a/ fA ed c2 |
b>bb>b g2 B2 | f2 e2 d4 | G>GF>G B2 d2 | f2 e2 c4 |
f>ff>f e2 e2 | f2 f2 g4 | a>gf>g a>ba>g | f2 d2 e2 f2 |
b>bb>b g2 B2 | f2 e2 d4 | G>GF>G B2 d2 | e6 g2 |
f>ae>g f2 f2 | f>ae>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d e2 f2 | [1 g2 d2 g2 :|[2 g2 d2 g4 :|]
|: d4- d>e^c>e | d4- d>e^c>e | d2 e2 f2 g2 | g2 f2 f4 |
c4- c>BA>B | c4- c>BA>B | c2 d2 e2 f2 | f2 B2 B4 |
d4- d>e^c>e | d4- d>e^c>e | d2 e2 f2 g2 | b2 a2 e4 |
a>ge>g f2 f2 | A>GE>G F2 F2 | f>d^c>d e2 f2 | g2 d2 g4 :|]
|: b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>g c'2 a2 | e8 |
a>gf>g f2 f2 | a>gf>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d e2 d2 | G2 d2 e2 f2 |
b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>g c'2 a2 | e8 |
a>bf>g f2 f2 | a>gf>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d d2 e2 | g2 d2 g4 :|]
X: 3
T: Silver Wings Polka
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: c | a/>a/a/>a/ fA ed c2 |
a>aa>a f2 A2 | e2 d2 c4 | F>FE>F A2 c2 | e2 d2 B4 |
e>ee>e d2 d2 | e2 e2 f4 | g>fe>f g>ag>f | e2 c2 d2 e2 |
a>aa>a f2 A2 | e2 d2 c4 | F>FE>F A2 c2 | d6 f2 |
e>gd>f e2 e2 | e>gd>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c d2 e2 | [1 f2 c2 f2 :|[2 f2 c2 f4 :|]
|: c4- c>d=B>d | c4- c>d=B>d | c2 d2 e2 f2 | f2 e2 e4 |
B4- B>AG>A | B4- B>AG>A | B2 c2 d2 e2 | e2 A2 A4 |
c4- c>d=B>d | c4- c>d=B>d | c2 d2 e2 f2 | a2 g2 d4 |
g>fd>f e2 e2 | G>FD>F E2 E2 | e>c=B>c d2 e2 | f2 c2 f4 :|]
|: a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>f b2 g2 | d8 |
g>fe>f e2 e2 | g>fe>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c d2 c2 | F2 c2 d2 e2 |
a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>f b2 g2 | d8 |
g>fe>f e2 e2 | g>fe>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c c2 d2 | f2 c2 f4 :|]

Fourteen comments

The Silver Wings Polka

This is a good tune and I hope my transcription does it justice.

Though called a polka it belongs with the barndances (and is, IMO, easier to write out in 4/4 anyway). It has been attributed to a composer called Adam Rennie. On "Harthope Burn", the quintessential recording of the three Northumbrian "Shepherds", Will Atkinson plays this tune solo on the mouthorgan.

Silver Wings Polka - errors in transcription

Have made mistakes as usual in transcribing this tune:

In the third line of the music (in part 1 of the tune) the four successive high A notes ought to be high B’s;

in part 3 of the tune, two C naturals ought to be an octave higher (i.e., very high).

I’ll alter ABC’s, yet again..!

Adam Rennie Week: “Elizabeth Donald / Donald’s Jig”

~ attributed to Adam Rennie

Key signature: G Major ~ & A in ‘Comments’
Submitted on May 6th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7146

“Silver Wings Polka” ~ Adam Rennie ~ transposed for comparison

X: 1
T: Silver Wings Polka
M:4/4
Z: Original transcribed by Nigel Gatherer
L: 1/8
C: Adam Rennie?
P: AABBCCAA
S: 78rpm record
N: Nigel’s original was in F Major
N: & barred two measures to the bar ~
N: |: c | a/>a/a/>a/ fA ed c2 |
N: transposed to G Major
K: G Major
|: d2 |
b>bb>b g2 B2 | f2 e2 d4 | G>GF>G B2 d2 | f2 e2 c4 |
f>ff>f e2 e2 | f2 f2 g4 | a>gf>g a>ba>g | f2 d2 e2 f2 |
b>bb>b g2 B2 | f2 e2 d4 | G>GF>G B2 d2 | e6 g2 |
f>ae>g f2 f2 | f>ae>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d e2 f2 | [1 g2 d2 g2 :|[2 g2 d2 g4 :|]
|: d4- d>e^c>e | d4- d>e^c>e | d2 e2 f2 g2 | g2 f2 f4 |
c4- c>BA>B | c4- c>BA>B | c2 d2 e2 f2 | f2 B2 B4 |
d4- d>e^c>e | d4- d>e^c>e | d2 e2 f2 g2 | b2 a2 e4 |
a>ge>g f2 f2 | A>GE>G F2 F2 | f>d^c>d e2 f2 | g2 d2 g4 :|]
|: b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>g c’2 a2 | e8 |
a>gf>g f2 f2 | a>gf>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d e2 d2 | G2 d2 e2 f2 |
b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>a g2 g2 | b>gf>g c’2 a2 | e8 |
a>bf>g f2 f2 | a>gf>g f2 f2 | f>d^c>d d2 e2 | g2 d2 g4 :|]

X: 1
T: Silver Wings Polka
M:4/4
Z: Transcribed by Nigel Gatherer
L: 1/8
C: attributed to Adam Rennie
P: AABBCCAA
S: 78rpm record
N: Nigel’s original was barred two measures to the bar ~
N: |: c | a/>a/a/>a/ fA ed c2 |
K: F Major
|: c2 |
a>aa>a f2 A2 | e2 d2 c4 | F>FE>F A2 c2 | e2 d2 B4 |
e>ee>e d2 d2 | e2 e2 f4 | g>fe>f g>ag>f | e2 c2 d2 e2 |
a>aa>a f2 A2 | e2 d2 c4 | F>FE>F A2 c2 | d6 f2 |
e>gd>f e2 e2 | e>gd>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c d2 e2 | [1 f2 c2 f2 :|[2 f2 c2 f4 :|]
|: c4- c>d=B>d | c4- c>d=B>d | c2 d2 e2 f2 | f2 e2 e4 |
B4- B>AG>A | B4- B>AG>A | B2 c2 d2 e2 | e2 A2 A4 |
c4- c>d=B>d | c4- c>d=B>d | c2 d2 e2 f2 | a2 g2 d4 |
g>fd>f e2 e2 | G>FD>F E2 E2 | e>c=B>c d2 e2 | f2 c2 f4 :|]
|: a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>f b2 g2 | d8 |
g>fe>f e2 e2 | g>fe>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c d2 c2 | F2 c2 d2 e2 |
a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>g f2 f2 | a>fe>f b2 g2 | d8 |
g>fe>f e2 e2 | g>fe>f e2 e2 | e>c=B>c c2 d2 | f2 c2 f4 :|]

Adam Rennie Week - Caddam Wood

Don’t forget "Caddam Woods", often attributed to "Rennie/Cameron" - possibly one of the Cameron Men who worked with Dancie Ried in Newtyle, as did Rennie.

https://thesession.org/tunes/1438

“Caddam Woods” ~ attributed to Adam Rennie

"Caddam Woods", that brings back memories, thanks… I haven’t played that in ages. Weused to play it for dance.

Thanks also for all the added information on tunes by Adam Rennie… I hope more transcriptions will surface during the week… I’d love to see the other polka, "Janette Gibb’s Polka", and the one he composed for the Military Two-Step, "Up With the Lark"… Hint, hint… ;-)

Adam Rennie

I’ve just found another collection of Adam Rennie recordings, all from 1956, but there is almost no detail about the tunes. One track is simply called "Polka", and sounds like one of his, but no name. I’ll transcribe it now and post it a bit later.

More by Adam Rennie ~

"Bill Sutherland’s March" ~ 4/4
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on May 7th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7151

"Innes Russell Of Perth’s Strathspey"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 10th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7176

"Reverend Peter Fenton" ~ 4/4
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 10th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7180

"Sir Torquil Monroe" ~ jig
Key signature: A Major
Submitted on May 11th 2007 by nigelg.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7183

"Kinclaven Brig" ~ 4/4
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 11th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7189

Silver Wings Polka

I really like this polka but find it easier to play on my button box in key D