Herbie Smith’s Four-Hand barndance

Also known as Herbert Smith’s Four-Hand, Herbert Smith’s Four-Hand Reel, Herbie Smith’s Four-Hand Reel.

Herbie Smith's Four-Hand has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Herbie Smith's Four-Hand
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 c2 B2 A2|G2 F2 E2 D2|DE FG A3G|F2 E2 E4|
d2 c2 B2 A2|G2 F2 E2 D2|DE FG A2 d2|[1e2 d2 d4:|[2e2 d2 d3 e||
|:f2 f2 f2 f2|gf e2 f4|f2 f2 f2 f2|ed cB A3e|
f2 f2 f2 f2|gf e2 f4|f4 e2 c2|[1d6 ze:|[2d4 d4||
ABC
X: 2
T: Herbie Smith's Four-Hand
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D/E/F/G/ Af|[M:2/4]ed|[M:4/4]ed d2:|
ABC
X: 3
T: Herbie Smith's Four-Hand
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d |g2 f2 e2 d2 | c2 B2 A2 G2 | GABc d2 B2 | B/c/B A^G A3 d |
g2 f/g/f e2 d/e/d | c2 B/c/B A3 G | [M: 5/4] GABc d2 b2 ag | [M: 4/4] a2 g2 g3 :|
|: A |B2 BB B2 B2 | cBAG B4 | B2 BB B2 B2 | AGFE D3 A |
B2 BB B/c/B BG | cB A2 B4 | B2 cB A2 BA | G2 G2 G3 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Herbie Smith's Four-Hand
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g3 f e2 d2 | c3 B A2 G2 | G2 A/B/c d2 B2 | B2 G2 A4 |
g2 f/g/f e3 d | c2 B/c/B A3 G | GABc d2 b/c'/b | a2 d2 g4 :|
|: B2 B/B/B B3 B | cBAG B3 d | B2 B/B/B B3 B | A2 G/F/E D4 |
B2 BB B/c/B BG | c2 B/A/G B4 | B2 cB A/B/A dc | B2 D2 G4 :|
ABC

Six comments

Herbie Smith’s Four-Hand Reel

An English tune.

I learnt this one from a box player in Cheltenham (England), about 25 years ago.

Perhaps useful at a barn dance, but not much use for playing at a session. So why am I posting it here?

Set it with Winster Gallop, and it makes up an absolutely ideal tuneset for beginners.

Herbert Smiths fourhand reel (extra bar)

When not played for dancing, this tune is often played with an extra 2/4 bar in the A part

D/E/F/G/ Af|[M:2/4]ed|[M:4/4]ed d2:|

If you find Winster Gallop a bit daggy (as if?), you can preceed it with The Sloe

X: 3 “Herbert Smith’s Four Hand Reel”

A G Major setting showing another way to show Geoff’s extra beat… Another ABC transcription gives it so:

K: GMaj
M: 4/4
L: 1/4
~ gf ed | cB AG | G/A/B/c/ db | [M:2/4][Q:200] ag | [M:4/4][Q:100] ag g2 :|
=
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
~ g2 f2 e2 d2 | c2 B2 A2 G2 | GABc d2 b2 | [M:2/4][Q:200] a2 g2 | [M:4/4][Q:100] a2 g2 g4 :|

Herbert Smith: Fiddling blacksmith of Blakeney

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/h_smith.htm
Chris Holderness - 5.6.06
Rig-a-Jig-Jig – A Norfolk Music History Project

"From the days when communities tended to have their own local musicians to play for social dancing, Blakeney blacksmith Herbert Smith stands out as a wonderful example of a traditional rural musician whose influence, as a result of a handful of recordings (1) has extended considerably further than his time and community.

Herbert Ernest Smith was born in Blakeney on 8th September, 1892, into a large family of blacksmiths. School records show that he attended Blakeney School from 1896. As was the case with all family members, he was known as ‘Curry Smith’, a kind of double-barrelled surname as his grandfather Robert Smith married Mary Curry in 1855." ~ etc., with photos…

Herbert Smith is wrong person, it was Harry Hawkins of Netherbury in Dorset recorded 1949 BBC

I am fairly sure that the wrong name was given to you attached to this tune.
Herbert Smith’s four hand reel is more like the William Hocken (Boscastle) rendition.
No resemblance to this.
Tune is same as Harry Hawkins version recorded on 5th December 1949 in Netherbury Dorset for BBC archives.