The Kangaroo polka

By Steve Cooney

Also known as The Strathnairn.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

The Kangaroo appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Kangaroo has been added to 1 tune set.

The Kangaroo has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Three 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: Bmin
|:B>A Fd|Bc BA|FE/D/ AF|E3 F/A/|
B>c BA|Fd cd|FA FD|1 B,3 B,:|2 B,3 E||
ef/e/ dB|Ad fd|gf/e/ dB/f/|e4|
ef/e/ dB|Ad cd|FA FD|B,3 E|
ef/e/ dB|Ad fa|b3 c'|ba f/e/d|
ef/e/ dB|Ad cd|FA FD|B,3 z||
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3
X: 3
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:|

Seven 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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The Strathnairn

Solid tune composed by Steve Cooney. I got it from the album ‘Meitheal’ by Séamus Begley & Steve Cooney where it appears as the second tune on the very first track.

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