John McKenna’s Polka
Cool polka, also a Scoiltrad lesson (flute, beginner). To be played with a very relaxed, lazy feel, no ornamentation.
For the metronomically inclined, i’d say 1/4=96
The Chieftains play this one (although they don’t name it) in a set of polkas with "The Britches Full Of Stitches" before segueing into some jigs and slides - their famous mix’n’match style at work.
Not the one in Easter Snow
This is not the John McKenna’s in Easter Snow (Seamus Tansey); that one is a jig.
nicely paired before The Merry Girl (as on McKenna and Gaffney’s 1934 recording)
The descending run which introduces the second part sounds like the first bars of this famous session reel:
fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA B2GB EBGB… (which name I’ve just forgot!)
St Anne’s reel
Re: John McKenna’s
Good version of this polka was recorded by Monks Of The Screw (album Brathar Na NOl) with Goblachan polka, but on album polka don’t have name.