Kas A Barh reel

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Kas A Barh has been added to 1 tune set.

Kas A Barh has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Kas A Barh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: A2AB c3B | A2c2 B2B2 | A2AB c3B | A2c2 B4 :|
|: A2AB c3c | e2c2 B4 | d2cB A3B | A2G2 A4 :|
|: A2A2 A3B | cdcB A2A2 | B2B2 B3d | c2B2 c2A2 |
A2A2 A3B | cdcB A2A2 | B2B2 B3d | c2B2 A4 :|
|: e2e2 e2dc | dcde d2d2 | c2c2 c2BA | B3c B2B2 |
e2d2 B3d | c2B2 A4 :||
2
X: 2
T: Kas A Barh
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: A2AB c3B | A2c2 B2B2 | A2AB c3B | A2c2 B4 :|
|: A2AB c3c | e2c2 B4 | d2cB A3B | A2G2 A4 :|
|: A2A2 A3B | cdcB A2A2 | B2B2 B3d | c2B2 c2A2 |
A2A2 A3B | cdcB A2A2 | B2B2 B3d | c2B2 A4 :|
e2e2 e2dc | dcde d2d2 | c2c2 c2BA | B3c B2B2 |
e2e2 e2dc | dcde d2d2 | e2d2 B3d | c2B2 A4 ||

Three comments

Kas A Barh

26/4/2017
I learnt this a few days ago at a Breton dance workshop, and played it later on in the day for Breton dancers.

It has a very similar name to the reel previously submitted here as tune https://thesession.org/tunes/1456, but differs sufficiently to justify this new submission. In particular, "Kas a barh" is not the name of a tune but the name of a Breton dance, and what you see here in effect consists of two nameless tunes: the first, Parts A and B, is played 3 times, including repeats, and then the dance moves on to the second tune (Parts C and D) which is likewise played 3 times, including repeats. Part C has 8 bars, and Part D has 6 bars.

The dancing speed is crotchet (quarter note) = 180, which means that the dancers will get through it in a lively 3 minutes.

The tune as submitted is fairly straighforward, so our Breton teacher, who played a 2-1/2 row box, advised us to use plenty of ornamentation. Being a box player he was illustrating this with mordents, but other instrumentalists would use ornamanents appropriate to their instrument. The main proviso regarding ornamentation was to avoid using it on the first or last notes of a phrase, and the first and last notes of the tune, obviously.

Kas A Barh, X:2

This is a version in which the 4th Part is 8 bars, instead of the 6 x 2 of the original. This would be useful for dances in which the 8-bar pattern is required.

Re: Kas A Barh

Well done Ficiden !

Actually you v’e got here two tunes in AA-BB form. The first two lines compose the first tune and the three last lines an other tune. The A phrase of the 2nd tune shouldn’t be repeated ‘cause it’s already done in those two lines! The rythme is respected for the dance but it’sa bit too slow, just a bit !

Friendly,
Mark