A ‘tusand takk’ to the Swede for giving the world the ‘Cowhalling’ (definitely not the barndance type:
crochet=196!) and a million thanks to the Work & Play Band for giving us this brilliant, energising version.
They got it from the Swedish group: Filar Folk, but ‘when the Swedes heard our version,
they say that we Irishised it’ writes Eric Fleming*.
*I don’t know what the original might have sounded like, but there is a sense that this tune does not fall naturally into any one meter in particular (or perhaps 3/4?)
Does any one know more about this or can point to a relevant link?
To make musical sense of this score, I stress the f’s in parts 2 & 4 and the g’s in part 3.
In addition, and to give it a more Scandinavian feel, the fiddlers do a basic rhythmical back up -as in echo- on the notes
I underlined with ‘slurs’ in the ABC.
This tune is particularly suited to the pipes AND the drones as Leo Rickard’s lead on the track brilliantly demonstrates.
that might be nearer to the original : (?)
D:Filarfolket 1980-1990 Amalthea CDAM76
P:AA B AA B CC DD
N:Posted to the woodenflute mailing list February 2002
Z:Steve Mansfield 16 February 2002
D2 d2 d2 d2 | d=cBA F2D2 | GBdB A2 FD | EFGB A2FE | D2 d2 d2 d2 |
d=cBA F2D2 | GBdB A2 FD |1 EFE2 D2 D2 :|2 EFE2 D2 f2 ||
d2 ec d2 f2 | d2 ec d2 f2 | d2 ~E2 D2 f2 | d2 ec d2 f2 |
d2 ec d2 f2 | d2 ec d2 (fe | d) (FED) (fed) (F | ED) (ce(d d3)) ||
aa |: abaf gage | f2 dc B g2 e | f2 d2 edce |
A2 FE D2 aa | abaf gage | f2 dc B g2 e |
g2 d2 edce |1 d2 FE D2 aa :|2 [M:2/4 L:1/16] d4 f4 |:
[M:4/4 L:1/8] d2 ec d2 f2 | d2 ec d2 d2 | Bfff fgfd |1 edce d2 f2 :|2
edce d4 ||
W:Played AA B AA B CC DD
Filarfolket’s version is very much fiddle and oriental-like flute music with some folk-rock touch from the drums!