Shoo The Donkey mazurka

Also known as Shoe The Donkey, Varsovienne, The Varsovienne.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Shoo The Donkey has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Shoo The Donkey
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>^c d2 B2 | d>^c d2 B2 | d>^c d2 e2 | d2 c4 |
c>B c2 A2 | c>B c2 A2 | c>B c2 e2 |[1 d2 B4 :|[2 d2 G3 A ||
|: B>A G2 B2 | d2 g3 g | a>g f2 e2 | d2 A3 B |
A>G F2 G2 | A2 f3 g |[1 f>e d2 c2 | A2 B3 c :|[2 f>e d2 e2 | f2 g4 |]
X: 2
T: Shoo The Donkey
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>^c |d2 B2 d>^c | d2 B2 d>^c | d2 e2 d2 | c4 c>B |
c2 A2 c>B | c2 A2 c>B | c2 e2 d2 |[1 B4 :|[2 G3 A ||
|: B>A |G2 B2 d2 | g3 g a>g | f2 e2 d2 | A3 B A>G |
F2 G2 A2 | f3 g f>e |[1 d2 c2 A2 | B3 c :|[2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 |]
X: 3
T: Shoo The Donkey
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d^c |d2 B2 d^c | d2 B2 d^c | d2 e2 d2 | c4 cB |
c2 A2 cB | c2 A2 cB | c2 e2 d2 |[1 B4 :|[2 G3 A ||
|: BA |G2 B2 d2 | g3 g ag | f2 e2 d2 | A3 B AG |
F2 G2 A2 | f3 g fe |[1 d2 c2 A2 | B3 c :|[2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 |]

Six comments

“Shoo the Donkey” / “Shoe the Donkey” ~ etc… Some prefer to notate it so ~

X: 1
T: Shoe the Donkey
L: 1/8
M: 3/4
R: Varsovienne
K: GMaj
|: d>^c |\
d2 B2 d>^c | d2 B2 d>^c | d2 e2 d2 | c4 c>B |
c2 A2 c>B | c2 A2 c>B | c2 e2 d2 |[1 B4 :|[2 G3 A ||
|: B>A |\
G2 B2 d2 | g3 g a>g | f2 e2 d2 | A3 B A>G |
F2 G2 A2 | f3 g f>e |[1 d2 c2 A2 | B3 c :|[2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 |]

~ or ~ dinxterless ~

X: 1
T: Shoe the Donkey
L: 1/8
M: 3/4
R: Varsovienne
K: GMaj
|: d^c |\
d2 B2 d^c | d2 B2 d^c | d2 e2 d2 | c4 cB |
c2 A2 cB | c2 A2 cB | c2 e2 d2 |[1 B4 :|[2 G3 A ||
|: BA |\
G2 B2 d2 | g3 g ag | f2 e2 d2 | A3 B AG |
F2 G2 A2 | f3 g fe |[1 d2 c2 A2 | B3 c :|[2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 |]

Shoeing donkeys

The dance "Shoe the Donkey" is a mazurka (3/4)

A smith would shoe a donkey by holding the hoof to be shoed across and in front of the supporting leg (cross the buckle)

This is the starting position for the mazurka step so the Irish called the Varsoviana "Shoe the Donkey".

In the south (say Sliabh Luachra), for some reason it’s known as "Fr Halpin’s top coat"

Maybe Father Halpin used to trip over it as he walked?