Alistair Anderson’s Fancy
A Willy Atkinson tune that does not appear to be published as abc.
The Angels of the North are playing this as a set after Will Atkinson’s Early Morning Reel and Willy Tayklor’s Emma’s Reel. All three are lovely chuggy tunes.
“Alistair Anderson’s Fancy” C: Will Atkinson - first entered as a reel:
The structure and melody of this one just kept directing me to swing it as a hornpipe. So here it is, one take of it anyway, as a hornpipe. I well know that hornpipes can be taken straight, it is done plenty of times, quite commonly in North America, but also in England and elsewhere. If you take some of the old collections and transcriptions, many tend to give hornpipes without any obvious swing, the same as for reels, 4/4 and straight, any swing taken for granted, or as an option. Here’s this one swung…
X: 3 “Alistair Anderson’s Fancy” C: Will Atkinson
I went looking to see if I could find any recordings of this one and in doing so I came across another transcription for it as a hornpipe in several places, but the same transcription and transcriber:
Z: Peter Dunk
Discussion: What am I playing??
Discussion: Something For The Weekend?
http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/AL.html ~ X: 388
For comparison’s sake I’ve added it here, with minor adjustments to the B-part, Peter’s originally dividing that into a B and C part, but my taking it as happens with many such tunes, where the last four bars/measures of the A and B part agree, are the same, another trait not uncommon amongst hornpipes. Here’s hoping dear Peter won’t mind, but ever ready to ask Jeremy to remove it if there’s a problem…