Timedance, the prelude to riverdance, piano notation.

Timedance, the prelude to riverdance, piano notation.

Hi,
I am looking everywhere trying to find the piano chord progressions for Ballymun Regatta, which is the third section of Bill Whelan / Donal Lunny’s Timedance. Can anybody help?

Re: Timedance, the prelude to riverdance, piano notation.

Blimey, is it really almost forty years ago since that performance?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnPI0qEDO5A


‘Ballymun Regatta’ is at 4:20.

That’s Bill Whelan playing the piano, by the way.

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Eddie, do you specifically want to reproduce the piano part as played on the clip GW has provided (which I, for one, would find impossible to identify clearly enough even to notate a rough approximation) or do you just want a suggestion for a chord sequence that fits the melody, which you could use or adapt as a backing?

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The tune’s here - https://thesession.org/tunes/3661.

It shouldn’t take too long to work out chords from that and the video.

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This is an interesting missing piece in my historical jigsaw. I remember seeing the embryonic Riverdance as a Eurovision interlude in 1994 (I had only recently begun learning to play traditional music) but I didn’t know about its precursor.

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After seeing that Timedance clip from ‘81, I think it’s clear now where the guys behind Spinal Tap got the idea for the Stonehenge prop! That movie came out just three years later.

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S’funny that the actual tune playing is fab and could’ve been yesterday* but the arrangement and instrumentation of it is terrible dated old hat!!

* albeit dressed in retro 1974 Kensington Market loon pants style and the like

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The *general* idea of both this and R-dance is practically given by the Eurovision format: it’s a song contest, so an interval dance that acknowledges the culture of the home country is almost an obvious idea.

The thing about R-dance is that it was done so brilliantly well. It pains me to say that, since Mr F gets up my nose as much as anybody’s, but I am forced to admit that the production was in another league compared to T-dance.

So Bill Whelan had a hand in both, it seems!