Composed by the late Newfoundland fiddler Emile Benoit; transcription based on the playing of Kelly Russell from the album All the Best Folk Music of St. John’s, Newfoundland. This is a completely different tune from the Bridgett’s that is already in the database.
According to Séamus Creagh’s liner notes for ‘Came the Dawn’, this and the second tune in the set, ‘Jim Hodder’s’ were composed by the Newfoundland fiddler Émile Benoît (see wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89mile_Beno%C3%AEt).
First reel. Pat Moran, a Newfoundland fiddler who has spent time playing with many bands:
Starts playing it at speed around 1 min 27s in:
Some variations from The STEP Fiddlers. Have reversed the order of the parts, as this is how Séamus Creagh, Tickle Harbour, and The Celtic Fiddlers play it. Ends more nicely going into other reels this way too. The f#, e, d, B, A, G in the fourth bar of the B Part could have been e, d, B, d, B, G, although, the f# really stands out in a good way.
Slightly different ending, a few variations, different chords, and pick-up notes.
Some other possible variations for second/third passings of the tune: 1st bar of the A Part could be "A2 AB c3d", 7th bar of the A Part could be "g4 e2 dB" or "g3g e2 dB", and the 7th bar of the B Part could be "ed B2 e2 dB" or "ed e2 g2 ed". Tried to fit a long e-roll into the 7th bar of the B Part, but couldn’t make it sound right with the timing / flow of the tune.
For whistlers/flutists, a few good breathe spots for the A Part are to drop the G/A after the held G/A notes, and in the B Part after the e2 in the 6th bar.
"e2 Bd e2 dB" also works in the 7th bar of the B Part.