Uncle Bernard’s polka

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Uncle Bernard’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Uncle Bernard's has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Uncle Bernard's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A2|GA Bc|d3/2e/ d/c/ B|c3/2d/ c/B/ A|B3/2c/ B A|
GA Bc|d3/2e/ dg|f/e/ d/c/ B A|G2:|
|:Bd|gg fe|d3/2e/ d/c/ B|c3/2d/ c/B/ A|B3/2c/ B d|
gg fe|d3/2e/ dg|f/e/ d/c/ B A|G2:|
2
X: 2
T: Uncle Bernard's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA Bc|d>e d/c/B|c>d c/B/A|B>c BA|
GA Bc|d>e dg|f/e/d/c/ BA|G2:|
gg fe|d>e d/c/B|c>d c/B/A|B>c Bd|
gg fe|d>e dg|f/e/d/c/ BA|G2:|
G2 A2 B2 c2|d3 e dc B2|c3 d cB A2|B3 c B2 A2|
G2 A2 B2 c2|d3 e d2 g2|fe dc B2 A2|G4:|
g2 g2 f2 e2|d3 e dc B2|c3 d cB A2|B3 c B2 d2|
g2 g2 f2 e2|d3 e d2 g2|fe dc B2 A2|G4:|
3
X: 3
T: Uncle Bernard's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GG/A/ B>c|dB d/c/B|cA c/B/A|B/c/B/A/ GD|
G>A Bc|d>e dg|f/e/d/c/ BA|G2:|
ga/g/ fe|d>e dB|c>d cA|B>c B/c/d/B/|
gg f>e|de dg|f/e/d/c/ BA|G2:|
|:G>A Bc|d>e d/c/B|c>d c/B/A|BG A>D|
G2 Bc|d2 dg|fd c/B/A|G2 G2:|
|:g2 fe|d2 d/c/B|c2 c/B/A|BG Ad|
g/f/g/a/ g/f/e|d>G dg|f/e/d/c/ B/c/A/G/|G2 G2:|

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Uncle Bernard’s Polka

A tune that I’ve known for many years. A simple melody, but one that somehow "punches above its weight".

Strictly speaking, a 4/4 polka (there are such things!) but I’ve had to notate it as 2/4 to avoid having to submit it as a reel - which clearly it is not.

I’ve used G major for this submission, but any major key (e.g. G, D) will do.

The lead note is of special significance, as it is played with a very heavy emphasis - not only when you start the tune, but with each subsequent repeat of it.

Do any of you sessioneers remember Simon Knight? (Died 2001). A very nice box player, with a good repertoire. He lived initially in London (England) and later moved to Wells (Somerset, England). Very fond of visiting Ireland, and always came back with lots of "new" tunes.

http://www.m-c-g.org.uk/songbook/index.htm

I didn’t learn this tune from Simon, but I always associate it with him. He was fond of using it for the Circassian circle at the end of barn dances.

He didn’t set it with any other tunes - he just started it G, then cycled it though all the various major keys.

And with loads of "welly" on that lead note, and a big beaming smile on his face when doing so!

A great character, Simon. And somone who hated any form of "political correctness" (tune-related, or otherwise). Good on him!

Albion Country Band

This Tune is on one of the Albion Country Bands albums. There it is followed by Jenny Lind Polka

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2/4 - 4/4

At the usual tempo this is often taken, despite being tagged a polka, it could also just as well be transcribed as 4/4, as some folks do, for example, this transcription given again but both ways ~

X: 1
T: Uncle Bernard’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: A2 |\
GA Bc | d>e d/c/B | c>d c/B/A | B>c BA |
GA Bc | d>e dg | f/e/d/c/ BA | G2 :|
|: Bd |\
gg fe | d>e d/c/B | c>d c/B/A | B>c Bd |
gg fe | d>e dg | f/e/d/c/ BA | G2 :|

M: 4/4
|: A4 |\
G2 A2 B2 c2 | d3 e dc B2 | c3 d cB A2 | B3 c B2 A2 |
G2 A2 B2 c2 | d3 e d2 g2 | fe dc B2 A2 | G4 :|
|: B2 d2 |\
g2 g2 f2 e2 | d3 e dc B2 | c3 d cB A2 | B3 c B2 d2 |
g2 g2 f2 e2 | d3 e d2 g2 | fe dc B2 A2 | G4 :|

"Uncle Bernard’s Polka" - a few other possibilities

X: 2
T: Uncle Bernard’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: D2 |\
GG/A/ B>c | dB d/c/B | cA c/B/A | B/c/B/A/ GD |
G>A Bc | d>e dg | f/e/d/c/ BA | G2 :|
|: Bd |\
ga/g/ fe | d>e dB | c>d cA | B>c B/c/d/B/ |
gg f>e | de dg | f/e/d/c/ BA | G2 :|

& some other possibilities, and amalgam of other versions -

X: 3
T: Uncle Bernard’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: G>A Bc | d>e d/c/B | c>d c/B/A | BG A>D |
G2 Bc | d2 dg | fd c/B/A | G2 G2 :|
|: g2 fe | d2 d/c/B | c2 c/B/A | BG Ad |
g/f/g/a/ g/f/e | d>G dg | f/e/d/c/ B/c/A/G/ | G2 G2 :|