Idbury Hill polka

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Idbury Hill has been added to 3 tune sets.

Idbury Hill has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Idbury Hill
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B B/c/ d > B|A/G/F/E/ D E/F/|G B B/A/G/F/|E2 E2:|
|:B B/c/ d B|e/d/c/B/ A2|B B/c/ d B|e > d B2|
B B/c/ d > B|A/G/F/E/ D E/F/|G B B/A/G/F/|E2 E2:|

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Idbury Hill

I put this one in as I thought it would be a good tune for Puck to play in a school performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - a Sessioner has been asking for ideas!.

It’s a Cotswold Morris tune. This is the version I learnt way back when I did some playing for Morris - I forget which tradition it’s from, and whether in that tradition it’s normally played with the second part played once or twice. But a good tune IMO, and one of the minority of Morris tunes that are modal.


Hi Nicholas

I believe that that this one comes from the Bledington tradition.

The Boyne Water…Jock Tamson’s Bairns did a song with a nice tune which I think is TBW or a variant thereof, but I’ve forgotten the name / words of the song.

I should have said, played a good bit slower than an Irish polka or a quickstep - at the speed of, say, The Princess Royal in its various forms, or The Star Of The County Down done as a song.


This old english tune is in Ddor isn’t it?

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“This old english tune is in Ddor isn’t it?”

If you played it on the C row of a concertina or on a C melodeon, it would be. I’ve only ever come across it in E dorian - but I first learned it from a whistle book.

You can play it at whatever pitch you like, so long as the instrument has the notes and compass to facilitate it - although the chances are, if you played it in Bb dorian, nobody would play along.

Yeah I guess it’s wherever you learned it from, the guy I heard playing it played it in Ddor, I’ll ask him where he got it from if I ever see him again

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