The Finnish polka

Also known as Finska, The Hoy Song, The Hoy, Karjalan Poikia, The Oi Song.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Finnish has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Finnish has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:a2 aa|a2 aa|a2 ga|b2 a2|f2 ff|f2 ff|f2 ^ef|g2 f2|
e2 ee|d2 dd|c2 cc|B2 A2|a2 g2|f2 e2|d4|d4:|
AB AF|A2 D2|f4|f4|f2 ef|g2 f2|e4|
e2 ee|d2 dd|c2 cc|b2 a2|a2 g2|f2 e2|d4|d4:|
2
X: 2
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:aa/a/ aa/a/|ag/a ba|ff/f/ ff/f|f^e/f/ gf|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ BA|ag fe|d4|d4:|
A/B/A/F/ AD|f2 f2|fe/f/ gf|e2 z2|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ ba|ag fe|d2 d2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:aa/a/ aa/a/|ag/a ba|ff/f/ ff/f|f^e/f/ gf|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ BA|ag fe|d2 d2:|
A/B/A/F/ AD|f2 f2|fe/f/ gf|e2 z2|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ ba|ag fe|d2 d2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:aa aa|a^g/a ba|ff ff|fe/f/ gf|
ee cA/c/|ee cA/c/|ee f>e|ed d2:|
|:A/B/A/G/ FA|d2 d>e|fg/f/ ef|g2 f2|
ee cA/c/|ee cA/c/|ee f>e|ed d2:|
|:aa/a/ aa/a/|a^g/a ba|ff/f/ ff/f|fe/f/ gf|
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/|eA/A/ c/B/A/c/|e/A/c/e/ f>e|ed d2:|
|:A/B/A/G/ FA|d2 d>e|fg/f/ ef|g2 f2|
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/|eA/A/ c/B/A/c/|e/A/c/e/ f>e|ed d2:|
|:D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/|G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/|A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/|e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/|
D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/|G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/|A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/|e/f/e/c/ d2:|
5
X: 5
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
aa/a/ aa/a/|a^g/a/ ba|ff/f/ ff/f/|fe/f/ gf|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ BB/B/|Ag fe|1 dc BA:|2 d4||
A3/2A/ Ad|f4|fe/f/ gf|e2 "^Hoy!"z2|
ee/e/ dd/d/|cc/c/ BB/B/|Ag fe|1 dc BA:|2 d4||
6
X: 6
T: The Finnish
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G" !downbow! d!downbow! d/d/ dd|d^c/d/ ed|BB/B/ BB|BA/B/ cB|
"D7" AA F/F/D/F/|AA F/F/D/F/|AA B>A|"G" AG G2:|
|:"G" DDB,D|G2> A2|BBAB|"C" .c2 "G" B2|
"D7" AA F/F/D/F/|AA F/F/D/F/|AA B>A|"G" AG G2:|

Seven comments

Notated more conventionally:

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d4 | d4 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|

I have taken the liberty of altering the timing in bar 12, following discussion with the submitter - there appears to be something a little fishy about the sheet music. I also have a suspicion that the ‘ba’ in bar 14, should be ‘BA’, identical with bar 6.

…I should practise what I preach. Here it is again:

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | ag/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | f^e/f/ gf |
ee/e/ dd/d/ | cc/c/ BA | ag fe | d2 d2 :|
| A/B/A/F/ AD | f2 f2 | fe/f/ gf | e2 z2 |
ee/e/ dd/d/| cc/c/ ba | ag fe | d2 d2 :|

All the bar numbers in the above post refer to this version, not the first one, in which I forgot to merge the two final bars of the B-part.

I picked up the following version of the tune (or a very closely tune, at least) in Rääkkylä and Kaustinen, Finland, in 1997. I have it on a tape, with words sung to it.

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: aa aa | a^g/a ba | ff ff | fe/f/ gf |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
ee cA/c/ | ee cA/c/ | ee f>e | ed d2 :|

The following 3-part version (approximately) was recorded by NE English band, 422, under the Swedish name of ‘Finska Polka’.

tune, at least) in Rääkkylä and Kaustinen, Finland, in 1997. I have it on a tape, with words sung to it.

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: aa/a/ aa/a/ | a^g/a ba | ff/f/ ff/f | fe/f/ gf |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: A/B/A/G/ FA | d2 d>e | fg/f/ ef | g2 f2 |
eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | eA/A/ c/B/A/c/ | e/A/c/e/ f>e | ed d2 :|
|: D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/ | D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/F/ | G/B/d/B/ G/B/d/B/ | A/c/e/c/ A/B/c/d/ | e/f/e/c/ d2 :|

Allright, it’s not Irish. But what if Seamus Begley got hold of it and decided he liked it?

It still wouldn’t be Irish… 😀

Re: Finska

We Finns call it Karjalan poikia, usually played in G or D 🙂

The Finnish, X:6

This version can be found from red “Pelimannisäveliä” collection book with title “Karjalan poikia”. You can shout “HUH-HEI” in bar 12 🙂