The Fiddle Cushion reel

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Fiddle Cushion has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Fiddle Cushion has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Fiddle Cushion
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3E DB,G,B,|C2 CD EGGF|G2 GE DB,G,B,|A,2A,B, DEFD|
G3E DB,G,B,|CB,CD EDEF|GDEG EE3|A,B,CD B,G,G,2:|
G3A BddB|cBcd eg g2|edBA B2Bc|dBAG FADF|
G2BG DGBd|cBcd efgf|gfgd BcdB|ABcd BGGD:|
Ecc2 c2ec|d2BG DGBd|dcAF DFAd|edd^c d2BA|
EccB cdec|BcdB G3D|Ecec dBAG|DcBA G4|
Ecc2 c2ec|d2BG DGBd|dcAF DFAd|edd^c d2dg|
eccB cdef|gfge dBGB|c2ec dBBd|cAAc BGGD||
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2
X: 2
T: The Fiddle Cushion
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3E DB,G,B,|CB,CD EGGF|G3E DB,G,B,|A,2A,B, DFFD|
G3E DB,G,B,|CB,CD EGGF|G2 EG DEB,D|A,DDC B,G,G,F:|
G3A BddB|cBcd eggf|edBA B3 c|dAAG FDDF|
G2BG DGBd|cBcd eggf|g2 eg deBd|1 Addc BGDF:|2 Addc BGGF ||
EccE cdec|d2BG D3 B|dcAF DFAd|edd^c d2GF|
EccE cdec|BcdB G2 FG|EGce dBGE|DcBA G3 D|
EccE cdec|dBGE D3 B|dcAF DFAd|edd^c d3 g|
edcd edef|gage dBGB|c2ec dBBd|cAAc BGAF||
3
X: 3
T: The Fiddle Cushion
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:"A"A3F ECA,C|"D"DCDE FAAG|"A"A3F ECA,C|"E"B,2B,D "E7"EGGE|
"A"A3F ECA,C|"D"DCDE FAAG|"A"A2 FA "E"EFCE|"E7"B,EED "A"CA,A,G:|
|:"A"A3B ceec|"D"dcde faag|"D"fecB c3 d|"E"eBBA "E7"GEEG|"A"A2(3(cBA) EAce|
"D"dcde faag|"F#m"a2 fa "C#m"efce|"E7" Beed "A"cAEG:|2 "E7"Beed "A"cAAG |]
"D"FddF defd|"A"(3(efe) cA E3 c|"E"edBG EGBe|"A"fee^d e2A^G|
"D"FddF defd|"A"cdec A2 GA|"D"FAdf "A"ecAF|"E"EdcB "A"A2 E=F|
"D"Fd-dF def=f|"A"ecAF E3 c|edBG EGBe|"A"fee^d e3 a|
"D"fede fefg|"A"abaf ecAc|"D"d2fd "A"ecce|"E"dB (3(Bcd) "A"cAB"E"G!D.C.!|]

Six comments

Great tune

Apparently named after someone sat down on a fiddle.

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Written by Simon Bradley.

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The Fiddle Cushion

I wonder what it sounded like - the sitting down on, I mean.
The German for "viola" is "Bratsche", and the word is fairly descriptive of the resulting noise if a viola is the unfortunate victim 🙂

The Fiddle Cushion, X:2

This setting is closer to how Simon plays the tune, although he also tends to play it in A major

The Fiddle Cushion, X:3

Here is the A major version as found in "Buncrana to Baleshare" by Simon Bradley. I bought the book from Simon at the 10th Anniversary SHISSF (Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle) where he was teaching with Anna-Wendy Stevenson.

I recently heard Elizabeth and Ben Anderson playing this tune in Portsmouth, NH, and remembered how I liked the third part. The chords are my own, and I deleted one original note (the low A) in the 4th measure to fit.

The preface to Simon’s book reads. "Ornamentation and variations are left to the player’s own discretion." A worthy sentiment. The back story of the tune reads. "A session where people stood up from their seats to join in on a Mexican Wave. When we went to sit down, an unforgettable ‘crack’ was heard and my fiddle died."