This lovely slip jig was composed by Mark Kelly of Altan and appears on their classic "Harvest Storm" album.
I’ve included some very basic guiter chords here which can be used as a starting point for coming up with a nice accompaniment.
When I play this tune, I add hardly any ornamentation. I simply play it nice and clear and not too fast.
Glad to see someone else likes this tune as much as I do!
Incidentally it goes well with another tune which Altan play - The Road To Durham - which is played on its own (i.e. not as part of a set). I like to play "Durham", slow and steady, and then lock into The Snowy Path.
These chords are exact or close to exact as to how Altan plays this lovely piece. It takes on a haunting sound to substitute Bmin for the Dmaj at the beginning (and related changes thereafter).
My dance teacher first introduced me to this tune when she choreographed a lovely dance to it, and have been playing it ever since.
I learned this tune at Maine Fiddle camp. When I tried to play along with Atlan’s recording on Harvest Storm, it sounded awful! Turns out they play it flat: A is about 427 hz.
The Snowy Path (slip jig)
Here´s another one who loves this tune a lot, especially it´s smooth groove. I enjoy using F#minor instead of Amajor in bar 9.
I just got Altan’s Harvest Storm cd, and I just fell in love in love with this tune. Thanks for submitting it! 🙂
they do play it flat! for once it’s not me!
I believe the last quaver in bar 2 is erroneously shown in the sheet music as an A when it should be a G. The error is repeated in bar 6.
It really does change the feel of the song with the D-Bm sub. It’s quite nice.
Lovely tune and goes quite nicely into that old standard, The Butterfly I think.
BTW is this tune D major? That opening C# in the second part always sounds flat in the context of this tune - why is that? What note does it resolve to - a B?
Sounds like a Hop Jig to me (like The Butterfly, BTW)
The Snowy Path-music help!
In Altan’s "Harvest Storm" they play a beautiful rendition of The Snowy Path. I was wondering if anyone has or could write out for me the fiddle part at the beginning, before the tune actually starts. I think it is mostly on the D and maybe some on the G string, but I would greatly appreciate the help! Oh, and if not sheet music, can you tell me the length of each note (quarter note, eighth note, etc.)
Dead s l o w . . . .
this is a magic tune. i play it on the fiddle at around 35 BPM and i swear i can hear the faerie orchestra joining in on that approach to the C# halfway through.
Aaargh i think i’ll have another guiness and play it again….
If my ears serve me well, on Altan’s original recording, the chords are as follows:
D | G | D | A | D | G | Bm | A |
F#m | G | Bm | D7 | F# | G | D | A ||
D | G | D | A | D | G | Bm | A |
F#m | G | Bm | D7 | F#m | G | D | A ||
Does anyone know the mode used?
It kinda sounds G Lydian with the C# in the second part, but I’m still unfamiliar with the names…
Re: What mode?
Simply, D major. You’ll notice a lot of recent compositions avoid starting or resolving on the home keynote, and this is one such. The last triplet in the final bar may be an introduction to the first note of the repeat, or to the first note of the next tune, or to a final D (dotted) minim if this is the end of the set.
The Snowy Path, X:2
This is the version of Snowy Path used by the STL Irish Session Players, whose session I go to. I found an incredibly thing fun to do with this on the Fiddle involving the two dotted crotchets in the 1st ending of part B. Slur them together and slide your finger from the C natural to the C sharp. It creates a lovely slow moan, and is made infinitely better by the three eighth notes after it, which rocket you back into the tune.