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Glen Cottage (Edor)

The polka Glen Cottage  is sometimes called “As I Went Out Upon the Ice.”  In Irish the title is Teachín an Ghleanna, known variously in English as “Glen Cottage,” “Glin Cottage,” “The Green Cottage #2” and various other permutations, with settings in both Edor and Ador.  There are, in fact, a whole group of polkas called by one of the names listed above, such as “The Glen Cottage Polkas,” and each given a number, but we are here just learning one of them.  It’s a start, anyway.  Peter Browne writes that this tune is also known as “Johnny O’Leary’s” (a student of Pádraig O’Keeffe).[1] Sometimes, when this tune is in Ador it will be called “The Tralee Gaol” (the Tra-Lee Jail).  I’m guessing there’s an interesting story behind the latter title, but haven’t heard it yet.


Em / Em D / Em D / D   /Em / Em D / Bm D / Em Em /          /  D       / A   / Em /          /  Bm  D / Em


Glen Cottage Polka, med tempo

[1] Liner notes for Pádraig O’Keeffe (w/ Denis Murphy) The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master (1995).

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