The March Of Saint Timothy march

Also known as The March Of St. Timothy.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The March Of Saint Timothy has been added to 4 tune sets.

The March Of Saint Timothy has been added to 56 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The March Of Saint Timothy
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"B3c d2B2|"D7"A3B c2A2|"Em"G3A B2G2|"Bm"G2F2E2D2|"C"E3F G2E2|
"G"D2G2B2d2|1 "Am"c3B A2G2|"D7"F2A2D2c2:|2 "Am"cBAG "D7"F2A2|"G"G6 dd||
"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"B2d2 G2B2|D2G2 B,2dd|
"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"d2D2 E2F2|G2A2 B2dd|
"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"B2d2 G2B2|D2G2 B,2D2|
"C"E3F "C#dim"G2E2|"G"D2G2 "Em"B2d2|"Am"cBAG "D7"F2A2|"G"G8||
X: 2
T: The March Of Saint Timothy
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"B3c d2B2|"D7"A3B c2A2|"Em"G3A B2G2|"Bm"G2F2E2D2|"C"E3F G2E2|
"G"D2G2B2d2|1 "Am"c3B A2G2|"D"A2D2F2A2:|2 "Am"cBAG "D7"F2A2|"G"G6||
|:dd|"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"B2d2 G2B2|D2G2 B,2dd|
"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"d2"tacet"D2 E2F2|G2A2 B2dd|
"D7"c2d2 A2c2|F2A2 D2dd|"G"B2d2 G2B2|D2G2 B,2D2|
"C"E3F G2E2|"G"D2G2 B2d2|"D7"cBAG F2A2|"G"G6z2||

Twenty-one comments

What’s with all the North American tunes? I’ve never heard any of these in an Irish session.

Haven’t heard them in NA either… noot bad but not great either…

March of St. Timothy

It was written in 1985 by Judi Morningstar of the Ruffwater String Band and came to be named for a Detroit -based Christmas Country Contra held at St. Timothy’s Methodist Church. That contradance used a march mixer as its first dance, and the tune came to her whilst working on a set to play for it.

Here’s a link to her website, tunebooks and recordings:

This tune is cut #8 on her Ruffwater String Band CD
"Michigan Spring".

I play this all the time for dances. It is a truly a gem among marches—a real "keeper".
Copyright 1985, Judy Morningstar. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission.

March of St. Timothy

In the abc this tune should be in cut time. I added C|, but the default time signature for barndances shows 4/4. Ignore the 4/4 and play it in C|.

I should have said "northern American" tunes - in any case, there are lots of great Irish tunes in those PC books, but this is not one of them!

March Of St. Timothy

I beg to disagree on this one. I’ve been playin’ tunes for dances since who laid the chunk. Ever’ once ‘n a while yer come across a tune that’s a keeper. This seems to be one of ‘em. Far as marches go, it has that quintessential lift to it that makes it irresistible to dance to. I always use it last in a set because the tune’s melody kicks the energy up a notch that the dancers enthusiastically respond to.

March Of St. Timothy

I play this slightly differently in the 8th bar of the A part. I also use simpler chords in the B part turnarounds and a guitar tacet after the first beat of the 7th bar lasting through the 8th bar to highlight the melody.

T:March of St. Timothy
C:Judi Morningstar
|:"G"B3c d2B2 |"D7"A3B c2A2 |"Em"G3A B2G2 |"Bm"G2F2E2D2 |"C"E3F G2E2 |
"G"D2G2B2d2 |1"Am"c3B A2G2 |"D"A2D2F2A2 :|2"Am"cBAG "D7"F2A2 | "G"G6 ||
|: dd |"D7"c2d2 A2c2 | F2A2 D2dd |"G"B2d2 G2B2 | D2G2 B,2dd |
"D7"c2d2 A2c2 | F2A2 D2dd |"G"d2"tacet"D2 E2F2 | G2A2 B2dd |
"D7"c2d2 A2c2 | F2A2 D2dd |"G"B2d2 G2B2 | D2G2 B,2D2 |
"C"E3F G2E2 |"G"D2G2 B2d2 |"D7"cBAG F2A2|"G"G6z2 |]

airport ~ don’t yuh know they have old time sessions in Ulster, and they sometimes mix things up, especially after sharing a bottle of one of those lovely Irish spirits the island is famous for… πŸ˜‰

I suppose I should have some of those spirits, and a chill biscuit to go with it!

American tunes

I hate to be a spoil-sport, but though there IS room for tunes from ALL over (I just downloaded a lively Russian Polka) there does seem to be a lot of American tunes - modern ones at that — eeeer ‘creeping’ some might say rushing in. (Sorry no pun intended.)

American tunes

A tune is a tune, I submitted a tune recently that I learned from a Kevin Burke recording that turned out to be written by two Americans, what can you do? I just liked the tune, and just because I had never heard it at a session doesn’t mean that it isn’t played in Irish trad circles somewhere.

Well, I haven’t yet tried out this tune myself.

Maybe it’s a good ‘un - maybe it’s not. But if the guy that posted it likes it, maybe others will too.

And for those that don’t, no-one’s forcing you to play it, so wheres’s the harm?

A good tune is a good tune, no matter where it comes from or how old it is …. πŸ™‚

I’ve been playing this one in sessions and for dances for a couple or three years now and it is an absolute cracker either way. It is a joy to hear and play.
I was aware that it was American although I didn’t know the composer and so on. Whatever its provenance ‘a good tune is a good tune’. Give it some shtick I would say but don’t overdo it on the speed.

C: Judi Morningstar ~ White Lake, Michigan

Copyright 1985, Judi Morningstar, all rights reserved…

Information courtesy of "The Portland Colleciton" (Vol. 1)
Sue Songer & Clyde Curley

Page 130: "March of St. Timothy"
Page 257: notes on the tune

This gets plenty of air play for contra dancing in North America. I’ve also seen it paired up with "Swinging on a Gate"…


‘Collection’ ~ I tend to transpose letters when my mind is fried…

I have played this tune πŸ™‚

I’ve played this tune for lots of different contra dances and it especially works where the dancers do a 4 in line up or down the set at the B part. This is also where musicians tend to throw in variations either at the ‘break’ or the whole B part. When we recorded it for Lloyd Shaw Found. we needed to do it 11 times thru so we included a LOT of creative variations. My favorites are some of the ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ references.
Judi (now from Highland, Michigan)

Re: The March Of Saint Timothy

This tune seems to have become popular among English trad musicians of late. I heard it at Bromyard Folk Festival this weekend, played in a very English style, and assumed it was of English origin. I can’t quite imagine it fitting into an Irish session in quite the same way - but it would only take one high profile Irish musician to record it to suddenly make it ‘cool’ in Irish circles.

Re: The March Of Saint Timothy

It’s been adopted by the long-running and much loved English dance band The Old Swan Band, and if they find a good tune from just about anywhere in the world it’s almost a certainty to start cropping up in English sessions. I learnt it from them at one of their workshop weekends a couple of years ago and it’s a real ear-worm tune