T.27 The Eight Step Polka (a specialist dance form)

This specific dance was widely known throughout County Donegal in the past. The tune can be found in a number of traditions including Scotland and Scandinavia. The older Donegal fiddlers each seemed to have their own version. This is the case with Jim’s version which is a local one and quite nice. Many players simply repeated the first part of the tune while others had additional bars in the first part. Jim played his version by playing the first part of the tune twice and then adding the four bars of what is essentially a half second part before repeating the tune again. It is also known as The Long German in the Croaghs.