A morris tune for a dance of the same name.
|: DG G2 | F/G/A/B/ c2 | BG GB | A/G/F/G/ A2 |
DG G2 | F/G/A/B/ c2 | B/A/G A/G/F | G2 G2 :|
|: dB/c/ dB | c/B/A/B/ cA | BG GB | A/G/F/G/ A2 |
dB/c/ dB | c/B/A/B/ cA | B/A/G A/G/F | G2 G2 :|
From your notation as you’ve given it ~
| D G G2 F1/2 G1/2 A1/2 B1/2 c1/2 z z1/2 | B G G B A1/2 G1/2 F1/2 G1/2 A1/2 z z1/2 |
| D G G2 F1/2 G1/2 A1/2 B1/2 c1/2 z z1/2 | B1/2 A1/2 G A1/2 G1/2 F G2 G1/2 z z1/2 :|
| d B1/2 c1/2 d B c1/2 B1/2 A1/2 B1/2 c A | B G G B A1/2 G1/2 F1/2 G1/2 A z |
| d B1/2 c1/2 d B c1/2 B1/2 A1/2 B1/2 c A | B1/2 A1/2 G A1/2 G1/2 F G2 G z :|
~ to the first reduction/corrections ~
|: DG G2 F/G/A/B/ c<z | BG GB A/G/F/G/ A<z |
DG G2 F/G/A/B/ c<z | B/A/G A/G/F G2 Gz :|
|: dB/c/ dB c/B/A/B/ cA | BG GB A/G/F/G/ A<z |
dB/c/ dB c/B/A/B/ cA | B/A/G A/G/F G2 Gz :|
& then to the 2/4 version given just before this…
4/4 ~ if you were to insist ~
|: D2 G2 G4 | FGAB c4 | B2 G2 G2 B2 | AGFG A4 |
D2 G2 G4 | FGAB c4 | BA G2 AG F2 | G4 G4 :|
|: d2 Bc d2 B2 | cBAB c2 A2 | B2 G2 G2 B2 | AGFG A4 |
d2 Bc d2 B2 | cBAB c2 A2 | BA G2 AG F2 | G4 G4 :|
Though I think it reads better in 2/4…
"A morris tune for a dance of the same name." ~ Robert Hickman
What’s your source?
2/4! ~ a good two beat bar, though I know some folks transcribe polkas in general as 4/4 (see above)
Good to have an audio connected to this, thanks. I’ll do a transcription from this and add it later…
ABC notation ~
Even in the old hand ABC notation, dating back to at least the 1800s, 1/2 was never used that I know of. Some used to do it with a forward slash followed by a 2, or a 4 ~ /2 & /4, but most, including with the ascii computer code version, take a simple forward slash as halving the value of the note that it modifies, the one before it, so, again using your notation, one bar’s worth, or two really ~
| D G G2 F1/2 G1/2 A1/2 B1/2 c1/2 z z1/2 |
DG G2 F/ G/ A/ B/ c/ z z/ |
DG G2 | F/G/A/B/ cz |
S: Widders Morris - Welsh Border Morris Dancers - Chepstow
I manage that site
The widders site isn’t the source of the transcription becouse I manage the site. I transcribed as I could not find this tune anywhere. Any mistakes originate as I’m not verry good at playing by ear.
Thank you for the corrections and also the variations on the tune, they sound great.
Just ran across this; it is in fact called "The Old Town Polka" (it isn’t and never has been a reel), and although the three versions are all close none are quite right. How do I know this for certain? Because I wrote it. It was composed specifically for The Old Town Dance, a dance created by my wife and me for what was then Silhill Morris and Silhill Ladies’ Morris; in those days the two sides were just beginning to join forces to do some Border in the winter, and it was long before Silhill transformed into a purely Border side. I’m playing it here:
On The Old Triumph Band’s last album "A Bit Of A Knees-Up"
It’s in 2/4. Always has been. I have no idea how ABC works, and even if I did I wouldn’t be able to post the "definitive" version because house rules don’t permit posting one’s own compositions………..
Graham-I think that rule only applies to the initial post of a tune. After three settings have already been posted I think we all would be very glad to have the composer’s version.
In that case….
Thanks for that info. I’d better find out about ABC then……it’s a complete mystery to me. Can’t be that hard, though, can it?
The original tune as written
OK, the latest setting is the "plain vanilla" bones of the tune as originally composed. I confess I don’t play it quite like this these days - I add a fair few passing notes and the odd bit of decoration, but this is the tune "as writ". I’ve posted it in G as that’s the most widely used key for morris tunes, but in fact I normally play it in C on a 4-stop 1-row melodeon (the instrument on which it first saw the light of day).
The header details when adding a setting seem to be fixed, so that although the tune displays correctly in 2/4 above, the time signature still appears as 4/4 and I can’t call it a Polka rather than a Reel, so for the sake of a more accurate rendition here’s the ABC code. I’ve never ever used ABC before, so there’s probably some obvious way round this that I’ve missed……
T:The Old Town Polka
:DG GG|F/G/A/B/ c2|BG GB|A/G/F/G/ A2|DG GG|F/G/A/B/ c2|BG A/G/F|G4 :|]
:dB dB|c/B/A/B/ c2 |BG GB|A/G/F/G/ A2 |dB dB|c/B/A/B/ c2 |BG A/G/F|G4 :|]
Thanks Graham for posting the origional. As above I learnet it by ear from Mike Lewis of the Widders, who I believe used to dance with Sillhill. My inclanation was to treet it as 4/4 as that’s how we count when dancing it.