The Futterat wi’ the Grey Tail
T:The Futterat wi’ the Grey Tail
B:Keith Norman MacDonald : "The Skye collection of the best reels & strathspeys extant" : 1887
The Futterat With The Grey Tail
What on earth is a futterat?!..
That what ‘flutters’ nicholas…
Z: Ralph Palmer ~ lifting from other sources
Not so appreciated, except maybe in the ‘comments’ for a tune, is the full scale rip off from other collections, old tomes or from the huge ABC databases online. Often it is obvious, like here, and often there are problems with the transcription. It is bad enough that notation lacks life, but that is more so when it is dumped here from somewhere else with not personal connection to the tune.
Something highly appreciated ~
"This is how I learned it, from ~ !"
"Here’s a transcription from one of my favourite musicians, ~ !"
"This is how we play it in our local session, here in ~ !"
Such sources have soul, show proof of caring for the melody by having bothered to put the time in to transcribe it from a current or reliable source ~ while this particular cut-and-paste lacks any real connection, thought or effort.
Maybe someone will add their take on it here in the comments, where historic reference is better suited.
So, javivr, to you actually play this tune yourself? Is it one you like? Do you play it EXACTLY as transcribed here? If you do play it, likely different from this transcription if so, it would be valuable to see your take on it, or the way your local session or friends or mentor plays it, don’t yuh think?
“The Futtereat” ~ I think we have a thing with teeth, a ferret, not a flutter?
~ a poem by Sheena Blackhall http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/corpus/search/document.php?documentid=159
The futterat snaps up mice fur a wager, ~
~ text from "Minnie" by Sheena Blackhall
"Isie reached the Earth Hoosie first, wi Minnie close ahin. They crept in backwyse inno the low moo o it, nae muckle bigger nur the moo o a tod’s den, a lang human burrow that grew braider an heicher as ye neared the eyn it, sae heich ye cud staun up in the pitmirk cweel, like a brock or a rubbit or a futterat. Whyles, the twa made a den o the auld Earth Hoosie, an stumps o caunle lay fizzled oot on the yirdy fleer. It wis dry, an secret, cuttit twal fit inno the hill. The cottar bairns niver kent o the Earth Hoosie, they biggit their hoosies an dens frae fir branches inno the Fir Widdie, or auld beech boughs in Kilrogie Wids. ~"
More on the futterat ~
"Fowk think we niver ett meat in the country, bit we did, ay we did. I eesed tae cairry the fairmer’s gun an sheet the odd pheasant fur denner. Whyles we killt a chucken. Bit maist aften, I gied oot snarin rubbits, or catchin them wi ma futterat.
Ma futterat niver eence bit me. No, he niver eence turned his teeth on me ava. I eesed tae cairry him in ma pooch…he jist curled up inno a baa an fell asleep. He wis a broon futterat, affa good at catchin rubbits.
The best time tae takk the rubbits wi the futterat wis November.Onywye,
fitiver time o year yer catchin rubbits, fin ye come tae the warren, ye cover aa the holes wi nets tae stop the rubbits escapin. Then, ye pit the ferret in doon a hole, an wait fur the rubbits tae come fleein oot. They’re feart o the futterat, ye see. He eats them. Fin the rubbits rin intae the net, ye chap them ower the heid wi a stick an kill them. Then, ye takk them hame tae the wife.
It disna dee if the futterart’s ower hungry afore he gis doon the hole, because if he is, an he kills a rubbit aneth the grun, he jist lies doon wi it an eats it then an there, an likely faas asleep. Ye cud wait lang enough fur him tae come oot syne. If the futterat lies doon like that, ye’ve tae dig him oot, dig doon intae the burrow an haul him oot."
“The Futterat wi’ the Grey Tail”
A tune appreciated, we first learned this while living on Cape Breton Island, including dancing to it, but I haven’t yet found a recording of it to transcribe from, and it has been some time since we played it. I’ll keep looking…
In "The Skye Collection" this transcription was originally lifted from, before being cut-and-pasted to here, it’s on page 116…
“The Futterat wi’ the Grey Tail” ~
On holiday and both of us ill, staying in today with lots of liquids, I did do a search, but no luck so far. I also spent some time with it. Here find a few other options for this one ~
T: Futterat wi’ the Grey Tail, The
A<ee>d e<AA>B | d>cB>^A B<EE>G | D>EGA B>^AB<g | (3GGG BG c2 B>^G |
A<ee>^d e<A A2 | d>cB>^A B<EE>G | D>EGA B>^AB<g | G2 BG c>GB>^G ||
A<aa>^g a<ee>f | g>ag>e d/c/B/A/ G>g | e>^de>g a>ba<g | e>gd>B c2 (3BA^G |
A<aa>^g a<e e2 | g>a (3gfe d<B G2 | e>^de<g a2 a<g | e>g (3dcB c2 |]
I also enjoy stepping down that finish before a repeat…
~ | e>gd>B c>AB>^G |]
And that, on every beat, opens up the possibilities of triplets, just two example given…
~ | (3efg d>B (3cBA B<^G |]
The grey-tailed ferret.
Not recommend as pets for users of waterbeds and air mattresses.🙂
more often spelt "futret" as in the "Cuddly Futret" sketch from Scotland the What -