The Kangaroo polka

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Kangaroo has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Kangaroo
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: d>c Af | de dc |AG/F/ cA | G2 A/B/c |
d>e dc | Af ef | Ac AF |[1 D2 A/B/c :|[2 D2 D2 ||
|: ga/g/ fd | cf af | ba/g/ fd/f/ | g2 gf |
ga/g/ fd | cf ef | Ac AF |[1 D2 D2 :|[2 D2 A/B/c |]
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2
X: 2
T: The Kangaroo
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: d>e dc | Af ef | AF/A/ cA | G2- Gc |
d>e dc | Af ef | Ac A/G/F | D2 D2 :|
|: ga/g/ fd | cf af | ba/g/ fd/f/ | g2- gg |
ga/g/ fd | cf ef | Ac A/G/F | D2 D2 :|

Five comments

Source: Celtic Roots Revival, Stockton’s Wing.
This is not one to be often played. Regrettable. 🙂

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Note: for fiddlers who don’t like to use the pinkie on others strings than the ‘e’ one, I suggest to begin now… the d string’s e is saving, on this tune.

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Seamus Begley variation

I believe this polka was written by Aussie Steve Cooney whilst he was with Stockton’s Wing, hence the name I ‘pose.

I agree - a great tune, and underplayed. Seamus Begley on his first CD with Cooney (‘Meiteal’), plays it in B minor, and plays this 2nd-time variation of the B part, which happens in thwe 2nd to 4th bars. I’ve kept it to D minor here . This gives the tune a 2-octave range.

|: ga/g/ fd | cf ac, | d,3 e,| d,c, af |

Interesting. I wonder if Dm is the original tonality?

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