I don’t remember where I first heard Allentown Polka, but I do remember that it was being played by someone who was competing against me in a fiddle contest. And, that’s why I learned the tune. I can’t say that I ever played it in a fiddle contest, or that I have played it with any kind of frequency, but it’s a fun song, and I like it that the B part of the tune is in the Key of A.
A little key variation always keeps things interesting. 🙂 I can’t find too much info on the Allentown Polka, but my best guess is that it was named after Allentown Pennsylvania. And, I found a reference attributing the tune to Kenny Baker. I think that’s believable.
Learn to Play Allentown Polka on Fiddle here
Allentown Polka from the Fiddler’s Companion
ALLENTOWN POLKA. American, Polka. G Major (‘A’ part) & A Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning. AABB. Source for notated version: Mark O’Connor [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 332.