Having submitted 10 consecutive Irish tunes, I wish to exercise my Jeremy-given right to submit something from another culture.
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This is an old slip jig from the Northumbrian tradition, which I think does not deviate too far from the Irish orientation of this site. I particularly appreciate the F naturals in this tune - I think they make it what it is.
I’m not absolutely sure if the 2nd part is supposed to be repeated, but I reckon it sounds better not.
Wedding at Blyth
What a great slipjig this is. Dow’s right, theB part is usually repeated. The High Level Ranters recorded this on one of their early albums in the 70s.The Angels of the North use it as partofa set for the Dropsof Brandy/Strip the Window.
Blyth is a little harbour town not far North of Newcastle.Once a fishing port then a colliery port, it now has an aluminium refinery and an enormous drugs problem. Its no longer a place to have a wedding.
Angels of the North
I wasn’t going to comment on that in case I got told off!!!
The Wedding O’ Blyth
It seems that this tune used to be better known as "Blue’s Gaen Oot O’ The Fashion". A C major setting appears under this title in the Thomas Doubleday manuscript (c. 1887). Apart from the key, this setting is quite close to what I play in that the 2nd part is not repeated, so at least I’ve been playing a "valid" setting. Obviously this tune is unlikely to have been played in C on the fiddle with all those high notes. I’ve only ever heard it played in G. An abc transcription of the Doubleday setting is below (with a 1st note added so that the repeats make sense and * used to represent Scotch snap since the comments section here reads the "less than" as part of an html command and wipes it):
|:G|cde f2d efg|a2f gec B2G|cde f2d eg_b|a2f gec c2:|
g|c’d’c’ bc’b ac’a|gag gec d2g|c’d’c’ bc’b ac’a|g*c’a gec c2g|
c’d’c’ bc’b ac’a|g>ag gec d2G|cde f2d eg_b|a2f gec c2||
I think the F# in bar 6 of the B-part of my setting should be an A. I remember now that that’s what I used to play. It’s where there’s a pause in the song before the final line of lyrics. The abc has been updated but sheetmusic stays as is.