Cherokee Polka

As played by Ed Haley from the West Virginia region

Polka in C

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


Private recording of Ed Haley released on the album Ed Haley, Volume 2: Grey Eagle


When I first transcribed this polka, the adjective I used to describe it was “pleasant.” But after adding it to my personal repertoire, I can’t call it anything less than “amazing.” Haley played four distinct parts (one of which borrows liberally from Texas Quickstep), all of which are included in the first time through the tune. Haley mixed and matched the parts on subsequent repetition. I recommend studying the first time through to learn the parts, and then arrange them however you like.

The recording fades out at the end, so the transcription just cuts off.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels

Texas Quickstep, Mississippi Breakdown

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