The Mouth Organ barndance

Also known as Ged Foley’s, Moonshine.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Mouth Organ has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Mouth Organ
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2BB BAGA|Bdde dBGA|B2Bc BGAF|G2G2 G2gd||
e2d2 d2gd|e2d2 d2GA|B2Bc BAGA|BAAB A2gd|
e2d2 d[fB]gd|e2d2 dBGA|B2Bc BGAF|G2G2 G2||

Twelve comments

This 2/4 March? Scottische? shares its introductory bar with Willy Taylor’s High Tea (barndance)
(see comments section for similar sounding scottisches/barndances/marches)

It is played after a song on The BattlefieldBand’s There’s a Buzz (or is it on ‘Wae’s me…’?) But neither the track list nor the ‘sheet notes’ (The LP came with a floating sheet inside it)mention its presence or name.
Would some helpful soul at thesession have some info about its Real name? Or some hints? I remember it as The Mouth Organ March because it is played on Mouth Organ on that LP.

Battlefield tune……

I seem to remember it as being played at the end of the song "Shining Clear", and that it was an American tune.

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I’ll be emailing Dougie Pincock some time this week - I’ll ask him if he remembers.

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That’ll be great, thanks!
An American tune then? Perhaps one of those marches current during the Revolution on both side of the… battlefield?

An American Reel

For me this is neither a March or a Schottishe but it sits nicely with some of the American reels that I play so I have to go with that catagory I feel.

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I’ve just tried it out with a few American tunes, in particular with "Indian ate the Woodchuck" which can be found on page 92 of the Portland collection Vol 2. This is NOT the same as the "Indian Ate the Woodchuck" to be found here in the session archive.

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I’ve also tried it out with "Pere Doiron" on page 156 of the same book. this one is in A mix (I think, someone correct me if I am wrong as I’m not very up on modes) and the change of key I think is good.

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Had a reply from Dougie Pincock. He doesn’t have a name for it, but is pretty sure that it is North American in origin, and that it was Ged Foley who he learned it from. Dougie mentioned that Scottish pipers have taken the tune up since it was recorded by the Scottish "bagpipes and samba" band "Macumba". I remembered I have a recording of them playing this tune, and the name they gave it on the CD was "Moonshine". That may be a "made-up" name, but would certainly point to American origins. I’ll put it in as an "alternative" title, and see if it comes up in any recordings which maybe somebody else could check.

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Nae luck……………………

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That’s great! Thanks for your trouble.