Learnt this barndance from Paul Shaughnessy at a workshop in Chew Magna in 2001.
The "folk process" has been at work again. This is a Donegal barndance version of the air from the traditional Scottish song "Corn RIGS".
The late much-lamented Tony Cuffe did a brilliant version of the song on one of "Ossian"s recordings.
The recording was Seal Song, also where they recorded The Sound of Sleat.
Corn Rigs - variant
Here is a variant version of this tune that I found in a New England collection of fiddle music. Note that this version is in 4/4 time.
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|dcde fgef|d2 a2 a2 (3ABc|
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 (3ABc:|
|:d2 a2 fg a2|cBcd ec A2|d2 a2 fgef|d2 ab a2 (3ABc|
d2 a2 bagf|gfed cdeA|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 A2:||
Corn Rigs - also a name for this dance:
"THE CORN RIGS"
This dance was also danced to 16 bar ‘Highlands’, this is just ‘one (2!) version’ in the family:
NOTE: as in other dances in this family, you can dance it smooth, sans the hop/skip, or with that little extra ‘lift’. I’ll describe it here with the skip, which on the whole is mainly just a lift and drop of the heel, sane considering the dance surfaces tended to be unforgiving, not ‘sprung’.
HOLD - partners facing and taking hands crossed, rights over lefts, elbows bent and down, at about chest height with compromise, man’s back (usually but not religiously) to the center of the dance space/woman facing him. Start with weight on Man’s R/Woman’s L.
PHRASE 8 bars - - -
Bar 1: dance to the side Hop-123
(M: HopLRL/W: HopRLR)
Bar 2: REPEAT with opposite footwork and direction
Bar 3: ‘Plaiting Step’ = 2 X Hop-Step
Hop (‘chugging’ forward on the ‘hop’) and bring the free foot behind and Step/REPEAT with opposite footwork.
(M: Hop,L,Hop,R/W: Hop,R,Hop,L)
Bar 4: dance ‘Plait’ once more and stepping behing 123. This can be the ‘rocking step’.
(M: HopLRL/W: Hop RLR)
Bars 5-8: REPEAT with opposite footwork and direction.
(NOTE #2: a close variant - Bars 3-4 can be just the ‘Plaiting Step’ = 4 X Hop-Step, and Bars 5-8 can be a REPEAT with the same footwork and direction.)
PHRASE 8 bars - - -
Bars 1-6: dance ‘round with 6 X Hop123, couple turning Clockwise while travelling around the dance area Anti-Clockwise (ACW/CCW).
(M begins HopLRL/W begins HopRLR)
Bars 7-8: the couple can continue dancing around with Hop123 twice more, or 4 X Hop-Step.
(Hop-Step - M: Hop,L,Hop,R,Hop,L,Hop,R/W: opposite footwork)
Here’s a version in G I found in on the ‘net that is very close to the version I learned recently (for which I don’t have the ABC). I think it’s the same tune, as a reel.
T: Corn Riggs
Z: Richard Robinson
D2|G2GA B2AG| FEFG A2D2| G2GA BcBA| G2de d2D2|!
G2GA B2AG| FEFG A3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2::|!
D2|G2d2 BcdB| F2A2 A2D2| G2d2 BcdB| GABc d2D2|!
G2d2 edcB| cBAG F3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2:|
Corn Riggs: Reel in G
Sorry I didn’t put a subject in my previous post!
Corn Rigs Are Bonny - William Coulter, Celtic Sessions
There is a nice version of this tune on William Coulter’s Celtic Sessions CD. I think it is closest to the #2 setting above.
Coulter’s version is in C.
Fits well on a Low G whistle.
Re: Corn Riggs
I am learning this tune at the moment, from a fiddler friend
of mine. He said it’s sometimes played in like this ( Donegal )
Where all the C’s are natural’s ( ie =c )
T:The Corn Riggs
|:ag|f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|f2 ed f2 ed|e2 a2 ab ag|
f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:|
|:fg|ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|ab ag f2 ed|e2 a2 a2 fg|
ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:||
Re: Corn Riggs
Hi Jim - I’ve been playing the Donegal version of this for years since hearing "Beginish" play it at a concert here in Aberdeen. They called it - and recorded it - as "Corn Reeks". Didn’t have the c’s as natural though - I’ll give it a try [ but ah ha’e ma doots" :) ].