The Abbess barndance

By Andy Cutting

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Abbess has been added to 3 tune sets.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Abbess
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGA|B4 B3 c|d4 G4|e3 e edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D3 d BAGF|E2 cB AB/A/ GF|G4- GDGA|
B4 B3 c|d4 GABd|e3 e edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D3 d BAGF|E2 cB AB/A/ GF|G4- GABc||
d2 dG g3 d|cBAG d3 c|BAGF EccB|BAAB D2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D3 d BAGF|E2 cB AB/A/ GF|G4- GABc|
d2 dG g3 d|cBAe ddef|g2 fg e2 dB|[M:3/2] ABef d3 c BAGF|
[M:4/4]
E2 c2 A3 F|D3 d BAGF|E2 cB AB/A/ GF|G2 G2- G||
2
X: 2
T: The Abbess
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B4 B3 c|d3 G G2 Bd|e2 e2- edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A2 AF|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|1 G4 -GDGA:|2 G4 GABc||
d4 e3 d|cBAG d2 dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|FG G2 GABc|
dGBd e2 ed|cBce ddef|gBfg e2 dB|[M:3/2] ABef d2 dc BAGF|
[M:4/4]
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|FG G2- GDGA||
B2 BA B2 Bc|d6 Bd|e4 edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G2 G2 GDGA|
B2 BA B2 Bc|d8|z e3 edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G2 G2 GABc||
d4 e2 ed|cBAG d2 dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|FGGF GABc|
dGBd e2 dB|cBce ddef|gBfg e2 dB|[M:3/2] ABef d2- dc BAGF|
[M:4/4]
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G2 G2 GDGA||
B4 B3 c|d6 Bd|e2 e2- edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G2 G2 GDGA|
zBBA B2 Bc|d6 Bd|e2 e2- edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
E2 c2 A3 F|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G4 GABc||
d3 B e3 d|cBAG d2 dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2 GF|
E2 c2 A2 AF|D2 d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|G2 G2 GABc|
dGBd e2 dB|cBce ddef|gBfg e2 dB|ABef d3 c|
BAGF E2 c2|A3 F D2 d2|BAGF E2 cB|~A2 GF G2 GF|G8||
3
X: 3
T: The Abbess
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGA|"G"B4 "Am"B3 c|"Bm"d4 G4|"C"e3 e edcB|"Am"cBAG "D"d2 GF|
"Am"E2 c2 "D"A3 F|"Bm"D3 d "Em"BAGF|"C"E2 cB "D"AB/A/ GF|"C" G4- GDGA|
"G"B4 "Am"B3 c|"Bm"d4 GABd|"C"e3 e edcB|"Am"cBAG "D"d2 GF|
"Am"E2 c2 "D"A3 F|"Bm"D3 d "Em"BAGF|"C"E2 cB "D"AB/A/ GF|"C" G4- GABc||
"G"d2 dG "C"e3 d|"Am"cBAG "D"d3 c|"G"BAGF "C"EccB|"Am"BAAB "D"D2 GF|
"Am"E2 c2 "D"A3 F|"Bm"D3 d "Em"BAGF|"C"E2 cB "D"AB/A/ GF|"C" G4- GABc|
"G"d2 dG "C"e3 d|"Am"cBAe "D"ddef|"G"g2 fg "C"e2 dB|"Am"ABef "D"d3 c|
"G"BAGF "C"E2 c2|[M:3/2] "D"A3 F "Bm"D3 d "Em"BAGF|[M:4/4] "C"E2 cB "D"AB/A/ GF|"C"G8||

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"The Abbess" ~ C: Andy Cutting

A slow piece/air ~ a reliable source informed me this is a favourite at the session in Billinge, Lancashire. The transcription I’ve given here is from the playing of Andy Cutting:

"Old Light" / "The Abbess" - Andy Cutting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3XMGlbUYpI


& for other listens of this on YouTube, in other keys:

"The Abbess" - Sandy Shallis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ytDwuTkeI


"The Abbess" - Roland Carson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RhDelNyUUM

"The Abbess"

Thanks to ceolachan for posting this great tune. On Andy Cutting’s CD version he includes a number of nice variations, which I have included here.
X:1
T:The Abbess (Andy Cutting)
R:Slow march
Z:2010 ATG
L:1/8
Q:1/4=120
M:C|
K:G
|B4B3c|d3GG2 Bd|e2e3dcB|cBAGd2 GF|
|E2c2A2AF|D2d2BA GF|E2cB ~A2 GF|[1G4-G DGA:|[2G4GABc||
|d4e3d|cBAG d2 dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2 GF|
|E2c2A3 F|D2d2 BAGF|E2 cB ~A2 GF|FG G2 GABc|
|dGBd e2ed| cBce ddef|gBfg e2dB|AB ef d2dc|
|BAGFE2 c2|A3 FD2d2|BAGF E2cB| ~A2GF FG G3 DGA |
|B2BA B2Bc|d6 Bd|e4 edcB| cBAG d2GF|
|E2c2A3F|D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF| G2 G2 GDGA|
|B2BA B2Bc|d8|z e3 edcB|cBAG d2 GF|
|E2c2A3F|D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF| G2 G2 GABc|
|d4e2 ed|cBAGd2dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2GF|
|E2c2 A3F|D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF|FGGF GABc|
|dGBd e2dB|cBce ddef|gBfg e2dB|ABefd3 c|
|BAGFE2c2|A3F D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF|G2G2G DGA|
|B4 B3c|d6 Bd|e2e3 dcB|cBAGd2GF|
|E2c2A3F|D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF|G2G2GDGA|
|zBBAB2Bc|d6 Bd|e2e3 dcB|cBAGd2GF|
|E2c2A3F|D2d2BAGF|E2cB ~A2GF|G4 GABc|
|d3Be3d|cBAGd2dc|BAGF EGcB|BAAB D2GF|
|E2c2A2AF|D2d2 BAGF|E2cB~A2GF|G2G2 GABc|
|dGBd e2dB|cBce ddef|gBfg e2dB|ABef d3c|
BAGF E2c2|A3F D2d2|BAGF E2cB|~A2GFG2GF|G8||

Thanks Alan, I’ve added your transcription above… Check the dots and if anything was missed let me know and I’ll edit it…

The Abbess

Also a regular at the Ballydehob session. Often played with "Mrs. Saggs"… I think.

(The Abbess) Is not a barn dance

Samson1 ~ read the comments! 😏

I have

Re: The Abbess

I understand this was composed by Andy. What about Old Light?