I was reminded of this tune recently. It should be played fairly fast and as I remember when played on a fiddle the high a low A sequence in the second part is plucked on the high a then the fiddle is struck with the heel of the bow to resonate the low A. Four strikes (one on each bout), four posts. Definitely the tune to "try" someone elses fiddle on, especially if yours is a good one.
Re: a recent thread in discussions about music for weddings
I think this tune is more Scots than Irish , but it’s agreat topical tune for playing at weddings(In fact, I have my suspicions that it is actually a descendant of a Danish bridal march).
David you may be right. I first heard this tune played by Nick Spencer of Black Eyed Biddy in South west Scotland, about a hundred miles or so from the Danish Kingdom centred about the Dhub Linn, such are the mixings of the Tradition. So both your thoughts could be right. For my part an apology, this is my first effort at ABC and I’ve made the obvious mistake with the last bar which is an octave too high. my apologies.
Dave Swarbrick played this tune in the early 70s and soon fiddles all over England were sporting four dents on the varnish on the four quarters of the belly. The first note of each pair was played pizzicato with the ringfinger of the left hand, probably doing the A and E strings open. The next note was the bang.
I later heard this played on a melodian by two good morris musicians independently. They got plenty of draw on the A part of the tune then played the four posts as note followed by a big bang inwards on the air button.
Quite different from Dave Swarbrick’s setting, but that’s not news.
Four Poster Bed
Yes, Swarbrick’s fiddles would show, I get the "pop" with a drumstick or back of the bow screw on anything convenient, pluck the strings with the 4th finger. I doubt there’s a more lively electric version than his.
Re: The Four Poster Bed
There’s quite a nice video teaching this tune at https://youtu.be/D8uD1MHUrQA. It looks as though no fiddles were injured during the making of the video.