richard snell’s nineteen comments

  • Re: Scotland Is My Ain Hame

    Anybody know exactly where Ward's Brae is? more…

  • Re my last comment

    Having noted just how old the tune is in Northumberland, I must reconsider my last statement. It's not invalid though; as a point of history, when did the Irish first appear In Northumberland? Or - and here'sone of those mysteries that make researching t... more…

  • Origin of tune

    Don't be too sure of this tune's Northumbrian origin. It may be a distinctively localised version of the Irish jig 'The Humours of Trim'. brought over to England ata time when the Irish were comingto England's industrial regions in great numbers during th... more…

  • Roxburgh Castle tune-type

    This was one of the first tunes I ever learned; I had to because the Morris side I was learning to play for needed it; but I never really liked it. It sounded very stiff to me played as a 'Sailor's' hornpipe or rant. But one day I tried it in broken rhyth... more…

  • Title

    Bogman: I take your point, which does not in essence contradict mine, which is that the title has poetic as well as literal resonance; all these interpretations ultimately add up to the same thing, which is the theme Carolan explored in his poem and which... more…

  • Re: All time favourite Slow Airs

    So what actually constitutes a Slow Air? How can Si Bheg and Si Mhor mentioned above be a slow air if, say, my personal favourite The Bonny Bunch Of Roses is also a slow air? I personally make this distinction: the song-tunes, almost exclusively found in... more…

  • Re ‘Bonny Cuckoo’

    Oh, yes, and by the way, it's also important not to stretch theories too far; the concept of Occam's razor is a useful one here. The song of the cuckoo is widely associated with the arrival of spring, and by association, burgeoning love; and indeed, the t... more…

  • Title

    There's a need not to confuse the translation of titles with their interpretation, Linguistically, the translation 'Little Hill and Big Hill' is likely to be literally correct. However, in the cultural context, the interpretation: 'Little Fairy Hill and B... more…

  • Meaning of title

    We know that in this context Si Bheg Si Mhor means Big Hill and Little Hill, because it is the local legend attached to the two hills of that name near Lough Scur Co Leitrim which Carolan retells (very broadly) in the text he wrote for this tune. Each of ... more…

  • Playford

    John Playford has become the most famous of the dancing masters to work in Great Britain and Ireland from the reign of Elizabeth through to the eighteenth century; this fame due to his collection of tunes and dances which was first printed in 1651 and has... more…