The Upperchurch polka

Also known as The Upperchurch #1, The Upperchurch Polka No. 1, The Upperchurch Polkas No. 1, The Upperchurch Polkas.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Upperchurch has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Upperchurch has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2B2|AG GA/G/|FG AB|dc c2|
c2 c2|BA A2|GF EF|1ED B,D:|2AG G2||
dB B>c|dB B>c|dB eB|dc c2|
cA A>B|cA A/B/c/A/|dc BA|1GD B,D:|2G2 GA||
X: 2
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2 Bc/B/ | AG G>G | FG AB | dc c2 |
c2 cd/c/ | BA A>A | GF EF |[1 ED B,/C/D :|[2 AG G2 ||
|: dB B/^A/B/c/ | dB B>c | dB eB | dc c2 |
cA A/^G/A/B/ | cA A>B |[1 dc BA | G/A/G/F/ ED :|[2 dc EF | G2 G2 |]
X: 3
T: The Upperchurch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: f2 fg/f/ | ed d>A | cd ef | ag g>f |
g2 ga/g/ | fe e>A | dc Bc |[1 B/c/B/A/ FA :|[2 ed d2 ||
|: af f/^e/f/g/ | af f>g | af bf | ag g>f |
ge e/^d/e/f/ | ge e^d/e/ |[1 ag fe | d/e/d/c/ B>A :|[2 ag Bc | d2 d2 |]

Seven comments

The Upperchurch Polka N.1

Source: Billy Clifford Trio
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

One, two, three four five,
Once I caught a fish alive…

A great many Cork and Kerry polkas seem to be derived from other tunes - some from other Irish tunes, usually reels, but many from foreign tunes.
I would guess that the common ancestor of this polka and the above nursery rhyme was a polka popular throughout europe sometime in the 19th century.

“The Upperchurch Polkas No. 1”

X: 2
T: Upperchurch Polka No. 1, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: GMaj
|: B2 Bc/B/ | AG G>G | FG AB | dc c2 |
c2 cd/c/ | BA A>A | GF EF |[1 ED B,/C/D :|[2 AG G2 ||
|: dB B/^A/B/c/ | dB B>c | dB eB | dc c2 |
cA A/^G/A/B/ | cA A>B |[1 dc BA | G/A/G/F/ ED :|[2 dc EF | G2 G2 |]

“The Upperchurch Polkas No. 1” ~ up a few notches

X: 3
T: Upperchurch Polka No. 1, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: DMaj
|: f2 fg/f/ | ed d>A | cd ef | ag g>f |
g2 ga/g/ | fe e>A | dc Bc |[1 B/c/B/A/ FA :|[2 ed d2 ||
|: af f/^e/f/g/ | af f>g | af bf | ag g>f |
ge e/^d/e/f/ | ge e^d/e/ |[1 ag fe | d/e/d/c/ B>A :|[2 ag Bc | d2 d2 |]

‘one, two, three four five’… yep, I know the feeling, Creadur! The only trad song my grand-father passed on to me was Monsieur l’curé n’veut pas, which was popular in Brittany in the last century, sounded very similar and was similarly clergically themed.

Better keep this ditty safe and fast in an archive, there’s no shortage of Polkas!