The Brexit reel

Also known as Farewell To Europe.

The Brexit has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Brexit has been added to 110 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Brexit
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AB |: cF (3FFF dFcF | ABcA BcAB | cF (3FFF dFcF | ABcA B2 AB |
cF (3FFF dFcF | ABcA Bcef | af ~f2 fecA |1 ABcA B2 AB :|2 ABcA B2 ef ||
|: af ~f2 fecA | ABcA Bcef | af ~f2 fecA | ABcA B2 ef |
af ~f2 fecA | ABcA Bcef | bfaf ec ~c2 |1 ABcA B2 ef :|2 ABcA B2 AB |]

Thirty-nine comments

The Brexit

Well this is in F# minor and mostly pentatonic. There’s a few d notes in the A part which give a nice "semitonal grate" in this case. A tune I wrote today (day after the referendum) a bit sad, a bit angry and a bit rueful with a hint of trepidation.

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Thanks for sharing!

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Nice tune! Might make a nice set with Repeal of the Union…

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Hmmm. Your tune sounds pretty jolly to my ears. How putting it with Home Ruler or No More Cages? Music and politics: ice cream and vinegar.

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Nice tune… I think the attitude of it works.

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Thanks for the comments and feedback. I’m happy that you’re willing to give it a whirl, however you approach it. :)

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Great tune. F#minor is so cool. A pity about the politics that inspired it!

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Well thesession member "Thing" (https://thesession.org/members/90638) decided to add his alternative title "Nigel’s Delight". I’m mentioning it here as a comment as I’d like to disassociate my tune from this vile man and remove that alternative title. "Thing" can still have his little "joke" in the comment here.

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Well done, Steve. We played it at my local session in Alabama last night!

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@Thomaston - Fantastic. I’m chuffed :D

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Great tune, thanks very much for sharing. I’ve just uploaded a ukulele/guitar version of it to my Youtube channel, I hope you’ll like even if it’s a bit different to what you had in mind?
https://youtu.be/ZdXl9CsmF1I


Cheers,
Jon

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Hi Jon,

You’re right about what I had in mind, but I loved hearing your take on it. Very cool.

Thanks!

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I was amused to find a tune called "The Brexit", didn’t know it existed. Gonna give it try now given the recent turn of events. Thanks for sharing!

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What’s interesting is that the tune doesn’t resolve.

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@Phantom Button - Maybe I was subconsciously hoping that Brexit wouldn’t either ;)

I had thought that a simple harmony could be against a repeating two bar sequence throughout.
||:F#m |A Bm :|| This would resolve to a final F#m chord.

There are many other possibilities though…

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Jon Lewis playing sounds great!

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You should get a bit sad, a bit angry and a bit rueful with a hint of trepidation, more often. This is a fantastic tune. Thanks for sharing it.

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:) Thanks for the feedback everyone. It’s my pleasure to know it’s being played.

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I’ve been playing this tune quite a bit across the pond the past couple days…

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Very nice tune I hope to be able to compose like you one day!!! :)

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Cheers Rob! Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

Thanks Kellie. Actually I don’t compose by intention. Sometimes a tune just comes out - mostly they’re unremarkable, but rarely something special happens. You’ll know when it does. After thirty or so years of playing, I can count on one hand those ‘special’ tunes!

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Well, looks like you have another one of those "special tunes" with this excellent composition added to the list :)

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Great tune, Steve, thanks for sharing it. I really like it but made a few changes. The A part is magnificent, and the B part reflects it well, but I feel as though the two endings leave the tune in limbo. The last measure before the 1st ending, with the change to the high B signals an end to the tune, and it makes it feel a bit repetitive when you then head back to the beginning of the B part again. If you changed the B part to the following, it might help the direction.

|: af ~f2 fecA | ABcA Bcef | af ~f2 fecA | ABcA B2 ef |
|1 af ~f2 fecA | ABcA BcAB | cF (3FFF dFcF | ABcA B2ef :|
|2 af ~f2 fecA | ABcA Bcef | bfaf eAAF | ABcA B2AB |]

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Thanks for your comments and input Thady! It hadn’t occurred to me to phrase the B part as you’ve done. It’s interesting, but personally I feel that the |cF (3FFF dFcF| phrase has been done enough by that point in the tune. If it suits you like this though, then that’s great :)

Cheers!

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I like it. It reminds of Old Maids of Galway in the A part quite alot

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Thanks Denise :)

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Good tune, but sadly it doesn’t make up for being sold out by a bunch of spivs and charlatans. I have printed it out and I’ll take it along to my next session

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@Thady Quill: I quite like the feeling of it ending in ‘Limbo’ - seems appropriate, somehow… kind of like what happens when you don’t make a f***ing plan to deal with something and it all ends in the proverbial.

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Thanks supermollusc :) You’re right. It doesn’t, but it allowed me to work out some frustration!

Matt - Yes! Thanks for ‘getting it’ :)

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Great tune! Just one comment. I know you didn’t add a single g# but to show it as F#m I think you should change its key to Amaj (3#’s) rather than Dmaj.

Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks javivr. I had thought a lot about that when I submitted the tune. In the end I decided that as the K: field had to be abused either way, I’d go for fitting with the modal (rather than classical) system of keys used on this site even though it’s not in a ‘standard’ mode and used the first comment to point out the key. This had an additional bonus of showing that it can be played diatonically on a D instrument.

Cheers!

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Sorry for the bad audio quality I had to use my laptops camera audio to record.

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Thanks Kellie! It makes me happy that you liked it enough to learn it and then record yourself playing :)

Cheers!

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I might show it to the people at my session this weekend I think they’d like it, and I know I’ve said this a million times and it’s probably getting old but seriously great job!!! :)

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This is a wonderful tune, simply put! Well done. I prefer the title "Farewell to Europe" though, bit more poetic than the millenial jargon of "Brexit"!

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Thanks pianoter! "Farewell to Europe" was in fact the first title I thought of.