The Upperchurch polka

Also known as The Upperchurch #2, The Upperchurch Polka #2, The Upperchurch Polka No. 2, The Upperchurch Polkas No. 2, The Upperchurch Polkas.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Upperchurch has been added to 1 tune set.

The Upperchurch has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: A/B/A/ |GD GA | B2 B/c/B/A/ | GD GA | B3 d/e/ |
ed BG | A2- A/A/B/d/ | ed B/c/A |[1 G2- G/ :|[2 G3 ||
|: B/d/ |gg ge | ff fd | ed/e/ fe | d2- d/d/^c/d/ |
ed BG | A2- A/A/B/d/ |[1 ed BA | G3 :|[2 ed B/c/A | G/A/G/F G/ |]
X: 2
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B/A/ |GD GA | B2 B/c/B/A/ | GD GA | B2 B^c/d/ |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ | ed B/c/B/A/ | G2 G :|
|: B/d/ |gg/a/ ge | ff/g/ fd | e^d/e/ f/g/f/e/ | d2 d^c/d/ |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ |[1 ed B/c/B/A/ | G2 G :|[2 ed BA | G2- G |]
X: 3
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B>A |GD GA | B2 B>A | GD GA | B2 B^c/d/ |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ | ed BA | G2 :||
|: Bd |g>f ge | f>e fd | e>f ge | d2 dB/d/ |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ |[1 ed BA | G2 :|[2 ed ef | g2g2 |]
X: 4
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GD GA | B2 Bc/A/ | GD GA | B2 B>d |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ | ed BA |1 G2 GA :|2 G2 Bd ||
|: g2 ge | f2 fd | ec/e/ ge | d2 d2 |
ed BG | A2 AB/d/ | ed BA |1 G2 Bd :|2 G2 GB/A/ ||

Six comments

“The Upperchurch Polkas No. 2”

I did a search, and then I searched again, several times. I was surprised I didn’t find this on site but I may have missed it.

The Upperchurch, X:3

This version comes from the Greenbriar Slow Session in Boston, where it is commonly played after the other Upperchurch (https://thesession.org/tunes/904). The polkas are a well liked set that I am told hail from Tipperary, and apparently the town was home to a ceili band as well as several session members knew this one from playing with them.
I love them but have some difficulty finding other tunes to play with them — they aren’t quite Sliabh Luachra polkas, nor Sligo, nor marches… I guess some tunes are just meant to be played in duos (cue Danny Ab’s for one…)

Second ending in B part as posted is meant to show final ending when played last in a set.

The Upperchurch, X:4

From the playing of Diarmuid O’Brien.