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Polka Party
Join and a polka or set that includes a Polka..any tempo
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alright alright alright..were rockin now!  sounds great @stringy !  violin is singing.  thanks for joining!

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@stringy -

Great tune! 

You made this Party official! 

Makes me want to dance! 

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...I'll be joining, soon! 

- Emily

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Great job, @stringy sounding good!

I’ll join the party in the next day or so—

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Oops, I thought it was a Polka Dot Party--  Just kidding.

My polka is called The Belfast.  Sorry for the thump around the middle of it--Suki the Cat decided she wanted to be part of the performance.

https://drive.google.com/file/.....sp=sharing

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@SharonC I love it!   that was great...the cool theme sets the standard now!!  thanks for joining!  never heard that one..btw

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@SharonC -

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That was GREAT! 

Your "The Belfast" sounded awesome!  

New tune to me. 

At least Suki didn't come in and howl 

in the middle of your performance. (lol)

You've really helped make this a fun Party!

Enjoy this, Thanx! 

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...guess I'm next? 

- Emily

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I don't want to disrupt this Party, especially after all the wonderful performances. 

But, if anyone is having a hard time, maybe thinking Irish Polkas are too difficult - I found a very easy to follow tutorial for "Maggie in The Wood" to try! 

Maggie in The Wood Tutorial

Just record yourself playing it!

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Late, like usual! 

I was clinging to the hope I might actually get a decent recording accomplished. (lol)

Anyway, bringing "my version" of 1 Scottish Polka and 1 Irish Polka to the Party!  

ELCBK: Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Gneeveguilla Polka

 

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...I gazed into the Crystal Ball & can see into the future... I see much more Fiddle practice. 😁 

- Emily

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@elcbk   YOU LOOK AND SOUND MARVELOUS Ms. E!!  love it!  great playing and choice of tunes there.  Wasnt expecting raggle taggle and totally hit the theme.   THANK YOU for joining!

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@GregW -

Thank you, very much! 

I really appreciate that you listened to it, Greg. 

Never knew until last week that Raggle Taggle Gypsy was a Scottish Polka! 

I played it pretty much like Fiddle Castro's, but then decided at the last minute to move it down a string and I think there were a couple double stops I should have learned. 

Here's a link to the sheet music, if anyone is interested. 

Raggle Taggle Gypsy Sheet Music

Could kick myself for not learning the Congress Reel for the break - I'll have to go back & try to learn the Chieftains' version, now - it's my favorite. 

I took liberties with a few notes in how Burke plays Gneeveguilla Polka - there's no way I can make it sound like a Polka.  I found many variations, so not a stretch to think I'm playing one. (lol)  It's known as the Ballydesmond 2nd Polka. 

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When I think of Polkas, I always think Beer Barrel Polka, so no Irish or Scottish Polka is going to sound right to me. 🙄 

- Emily

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@SharonC excellent stuff as always, lovely playing really enjoyed it.

Emily the wandering gypsy :) made me laugh great look qnd even better playing,,hope we dont all have to dress for themes now though lol I look bad in normal clothes;)

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@stringy -

Glad you got a chuckle out of it! 

SharonC is responsible - she got me thinking. (lol) 

The scene would've been more complete if I hadn't forgot I set aside some old gaudy rings to wear, but memory starts to go at my age. 🙄

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@GregW @ELCBKK @stringy Thanks all--

@ELCBKK Great playing--great outfit!  Scarf is lovely.

I really like Raggle Taggle Gypsy.  I thing I'm going to learn it--thanks for the link to the sheet music.

I found this short article about the origin of polka dots—mentions polka dance, etc.  I really hadn’t thought about it until now, & found it interesting.  When I heard the word “polka”, I used to think only of beer festivals and umph-pah-pah.  I feel smarter now.

https://theoldtimey.com/the-fa.....olka-dots/

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@SharonC didnt know all that about polka dots..  thanks for the info!  I always thought if the octoberfest type polka till recently too.

see these parties...hangout time, share some music, learn a few things..

good times

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@SharonC -

Thank You! 

Very interesting article! 

I always assumed Polka Dots started with Parisian Couture. (lol) 

Anyone else have some kind of Polka to play? 

 

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...even Pokemon has a couple of Polka Dots! 

- Emily

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