rfdarsie’s thirty comments

  • Written for a wedding…

    I wrote this (and Lisa O'Leary's #2 which I'll post tomorrow) for the wedding of Lisa O'Leary and John Watkinson, probably in 1987 (memory fades...) more…

  • Great tune!

    I love this tune, though I'm damned if I know how I'll ever be able to play it on my hammered dulcimer... more…

  • Wrong note

    The "B" that is the final note of the first and fifth measures should be an octave lower. It's a good tune - the version I know is more syncopated in the second section. more…

  • Learned this one from a very obscure collection of guitar tab. It's the only place I've ever come across it. It sounds like it may be French Canadian. more…

  • The Market Town

    This tune seems to be related to "A Hundred Pipers" - at least the second section is quite similar. more…

  • Bucklebury Hornpipe

    I wrote this quite a few years ago, named after Bucklebury Lane in Davis CA where a weekly session was held at someone's house. (Yes, Davis has a housing development where all the streets have Middle-Earth names: Bombadil Way, Goldberry Lane, Westernesse ... more…

  • Pipe tune

    I learned this from an old recording by Willie Clancy... more…

  • Naked and Bare

    This is a Shetland jig which was on one of the early recordings by the Boys of the Lough. The title purportedly refers to a certain state of ship's rigging - what did you think it meant?? more…

  • One-Horned Sheep

    I've played this one for years and was always clueless about the name - just figured it was a sheep with only one horn. Then an old Scottish fiddler I know told me that "one-horn sheep" is a slang term for a still (for making illicit whiskey) - the coil o... more…

  • Chords

    I'd use G to start, then in the measure you mention with the C natural half note, play an Aminor, then switch to D in the next measure. more…