Little Red House In Cardiff reel

Also known as Red House In Cardiff, The Red House In Cardiff, Red House Of Cardiff, The Red House Of Cardiff, Ty Coch Caerdydd.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Little Red House In Cardiff has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Little Red House In Cardiff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: BA | G2 g2 gf e2 | d4 c2 B2 | c2 e2 ed c2 | BcBA G2 BA|
G2 g2 gf e2| d4 c2 B2 | B2 G2 FGAF | G2 B2 G2 :|
|: Bc | dcBA GABc | d2 d2 dcBA | cBAG FGAB | c2 c2 cBAG |
dcBA GABc | d2 d2 dcBA | B2 G2 FGAF | G2 B2 G2 :|
|: G2 | AB c2 AB c2 | AB c2 c2 BA | Bc d2 Bc d2 | Bc d2 d2cB |
AB c2 AB c2 | AB c2 c2 BA | B2 G2 FGAF | G2 B2 G2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: Little Red House In Cardiff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 | G3 A B2 G2 | c3 B A2 c2 | B2 G2 GA Bc | d2 G2 F2 D2 |
G3 A B2 G2 | c3 B A2 c2 | B2 G2 FG AF | G6 :|
|: B2 | AB c2 c2 c2 | AB c2 c2 c2 | Bc d2 d2 d2 | Bc d2 d2 d2 |
AB c2 c2 c2 | AB c2 c2 c2 | B2 G2 FG AF | G6 :|
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Three comments

Really more of a 4/4 polka than a reel …

X:1 A 48-bar tune that’s well known in South Wales.

X:2 A 32-bar version of the tune that’s played in the Bristol/Gloucester/Somerset area of England. It differs a lot from the 48-bar version - not only in terms of length but also greatly in detail.

I’ve never understood how a version with such major differences could have evolved - maybe someone could explain …

Crazy! I know this was already on site here, yonks back, but then I remember that it may have been a submission by someone who left in the days when that could mean, if requested, everything they’d ever submitted went with them. I’ll have to see if I have their old submission somewhere, and if it is different enough to revive here. As I remember, there are also versions of this in early country dance collections, including Playford? :-/

@Ceol: I’ve just looked in my copy of Playford and it’s definitely not in there. Might well be in other collections, though.

What I’m really keen to know is the origin of the "non-standard" version (X:2 above) which only seems to be played in my area and not in South Wales.