The Happy polka

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Richard Dwyer’s (a few times) and The Souvenir (a few times).

The Happy has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Happy
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af .bf | .af .ba |ge/g/ e/g/e/g/ |
.ge ce |1 .ba ((3.gfe) | .ba ((3.gfe) :|2 .ba ((3.gfe) | d2 ag ||
f2>.f2 | e2 d2 | (B/c/d) ef | ba.af |1 g2>.g2 |dc Bc |
BA FA :|2 g/a/g/a/ g/a/g/a/ | f/a/f/a/ f/a/f/a/ |eA Bc | dz bz ||
X: 2
T: The Happy
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af .bf | .af .ba |ge/g/ e/g/e/g/ |
.ge ce |1 .ba ((3.gfe) | .ba ((3.gfe) :|2 .ba ((3.gfe) | d2 ag ||
f2>.f2 | e2 d2 | (B/c/d) ef | ba.af |1 .g2gg |f2 e2 |
dcBc | BAFA :|2 g/a/g/a/ g/a/g/a/ | f/a/f/a/ f/a/f/a/ |eA Bc | dz bz ||
X: 3
T: The Happy
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af/a/ f/a/f/a/ | .af .bf | .af .ba |ge/g/ e/g/e/g/ |
.ge ce |1 .ba .g/f/e |.ba .g/f/e:|2 .ba .g/f/e | d2 ag ||
f2>.f2 | e2 d2 | (B/c/d) ef | ba.af |1g3b |f2 e2 |
dcBc | BAFA :|2 g/a/g/a/ g/a/g/a/ | f/a/f/a/ f/a/f/a/ |eA Bc | dz bz ||

Four comments

This is the second polka in the first track of the Cnoc Bui CD by Conal O’Grada. I transcribed it from the CD - the staccato markings are, of course, not staccato, but rather a way to indicate where I think Conal is cutting.

I really like the echo effect of the first two bars (and the related other phrases in the tune…). Effectively a trill, but a rhythmic and percussive one?

I’m working on getting this one into the repertoire with the preceeding Church street polka as a set.

Missing a bar

B part, after bar 1 in 1st ending: | f2 e2 |

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Re: The Happy

Another slight change: I don’t think they’re triplets in bars 7 and 8. I also hear one bar differently in the second half.