To Drive The Cold Winter Away jig

Also known as Drive The Cold Winter Away.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

To Drive The Cold Winter Away has been added to 2 tune sets.

To Drive The Cold Winter Away has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: To Drive The Cold Winter Away
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EF|G>FE B2 e|d>cB g2 G|A2 B c>dc|B3- B:|
|:fe|d>cB d2 B|cc/B/A c>dc|1 B>AG F2 E|g3 g:|2 BAG F2 G|E3- E||
X: 2
T: To Drive The Cold Winter Away
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E|G2 E B2 e|d>cB g2 G|A2 B cBA|B3- B2:|
e|d2 B dcB|c2 A cBA|B2 G F2 E|g3- gfe|
d2 G dd/c/B|c>BA c2 d|BAG FE^D|E3- E2||

Ten comments

“To Drive the Cold Winter Away” - song & country dance and other keys too

“Playford - The English Dancing Master”, 1651

More to follow, but in a mood, thinking about a dear friend, we used to play this one in a mix with others for several occassions, the longest night of the year, around that time, and for a bit of Winter celebration, with dance to warm us up ~ and just for the hell of it too. It’s short and sweet and comes in several flavours, as to repetitions and key signatures, taken flat or with the swing given, and in a mix too…

For more, check the entry at Andrew Kuntz’s ‘Fiddler’s Companion’ ~

Submitting this one was a bit of a mystery and had to be done by bits, because I kept getting this ~

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In the end I submitted just the A-part and then edited the ABCs quickly to add the B-part.

More transcriptions to follow for comparison, including another key we often played this in, and as given in ealry country dance collections, including Playford ~ D minor…

D minor -

Using the D-fingering given here on a C woodwind will give you D minor… Here’s a transcription of this in D minor minus the swing….

X: 2
T: To Drive The Cold Winter Away
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmin
|: D |\
FED A2 d | cBA f2 F | G2 A BcB | A3 A2 :|
|: d |\
cBA c3 | BAG B3 |[1 AGF E2 D | f3 f2 :|[2 AGF EFE | D3- D2 |]

Playford’s The Dancing Master, 1651 - 1728

“To Drive the Cold Winter Away” ~ in these curious times of weather extremes

Drive The Cold Winter Away played on a Sobell mandolin, Wheatstone Aeola, Santa Cruz guitar and a double bass

Horslips - Drive The Cold Winter Away - 1975

Choir ~
“To Drive the Cold Winter Away”

Aufnahme des Weihnachtsprogramms in der ev. Philippus Kirche, Mainz Bretzenheim am 09.12.2012.

Musik und Text: England
Satz: Pascal Martiné
Interpret: Frauenchor Luna

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man’s friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

The court in all state now opens her gate
And gives a free welcome to most;
The city likewise, tho’ somewhat precise,
Doth willingly part with her roast:
But yet by report from city and court
The country will e’er gain the day;
More liquor is spent and with better content
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.

Info from the Coope, Boyes and Simpson (clip above) sleeve notes

“… printed by Henry Gosson in the early 1600s. His shop was on London Bridge … … we’ve shortened and adapted this version from the much longer two section form printed in Willam Chappell’s ‘popular Music of Olden Time’ (1859)” (sleeve notes to “Fire and Sleet and Candlelight” NMCD21)

(I had to hunt around - the CD was still on top of the player by the fire)

Quite close to the way we used to take it ~ preferring it more up tempo ~ for dancers and dancing, and as we used to sing it when I was in a madrigal group, with good cheer and smiles all round ~ a very, very, very long time ago. 😉

You’ve got your player near the fire? 😛

You’ve reminded me of one book that went walkies when we were being generous with our ‘collections’, open access, in the care of a friend, and missing, with others ~ William Chappell’s “Popular Music of Olden Time”. 🙁

I had an immediate urge to pull it off the shelf and check, and then remembered…