Wallop Away The Wattle, O! polka

Also known as The Lancers Quadrille (5th Figure), Pussy Got The Measles.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Wallop Away The Wattle, O! has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Wallop Away The Wattle, O!
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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dg/e/ d/c/B/A/|GD GG/A/|B/d/B/G/ A/B/A/F/|GB G:|
|:B/d/|gg/a/ bg|f/g/a/f/ de/f/|g/f/g/a/ bg|f/g/a/f/ d2|
d/c/B/c/ dg|B/A/B/c/ dg|B/d/B/G/ A/B/A/F/|GB G:|

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Wallop Away the Wattle, O! (polka)

This is a polka from East Galway learned from the duet playing of Ballinakill musicians, Kevin and Sean Moloney. It’s also on Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O’Loughlin’s "The Thing Itself," but misnamed "Leather Away the Wattle-O."

I originally called it "the East Galway set polka" seeing as it ws the music for the East Galway set. And was told it would be played after My Love is But a Lassie/The Dark Girl Dresed in Blue. Then somewhere I found another name for it but can’t recall where - "Please Give a Penny to the Poor Old Man ". I think it’s also called the Ballinakill Polka.

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Pussy Got the Measles

Flute player Mike Preston, who played with the Tulla Ceili Band in the late 1950s and early 60s, calls this tune "Pussy Got the Measles" after a song sung to this air, the first verses of which are:

Pussy got the measles and she died, poor thing
She died, poor thing, oh she died, poor thing
Pussy got the measles and she died, poor thing
Oh, oh, the poor, wee thing

We got some linen and we wrapped her up
We wrapped her up, oh we wrapped her up
We got some linen and we wrapped her up
Oh, oh, the poor, wee thing

The lancers

this tune is actually the one that was played for the last figure of the popular 19th century dance, The Original Lancers Quadrille, before it evolved into the present day Lancers set dance. The tune was published in several 19th century books e.g. ‘The Lancers Quadrille’ in Cameron’s Selection of Violin Music (1859), page 52. Jackie Small included it in CRÉ Vol.5 entitled ‘Cuadrill: Na Lancers’ (No.105).