Nice Liz Carroll tune that gets played at my local session, and wow, that transcription must have taken ages and ages with all the variations and all, and not a note out of place!!! Amazing for your first tune submission! But which setting do you play Dirk? And were you going to give us some comments on it, like how long you’ve been playing it, where you first heard the tune, who gave you the tune, whether it gets played at your local session, etc etc….?????
Wissahickon Drive is a street in northwest Philadelphia, just in case y’all were wondering.
I wonder if Liz Carroll was aware of the striking similarity between the first part of this tune and that of the Old Time tune, Bill Cheetham’s.
Sorry to pick nits.
Thinking of Cara’s comment, I got a little chuckle out of the fact that the tunes Wissahickon Drive and Plough and the Stars were posted right next to each other. In Philadelphia, I pass signs for Wissahickon Drive (I might even use the street— I’m not very good with names) when I drive to the Plough and Stars restaurant for the session on Sundays. Guess I’m easily amused.
Philadelphia’s Wissahickon is mentioned in an excellent book on Revolutionary War espionage, too—"Turncoats, Traitors, and Heroes", by John Bakeless, for anyone interested.
I love this tune. It is so…happy. Heard it a session this weekend and am now getting to where I can almost play it. It is teaching me to do that little "boop-beep-boop" figure in the 3rd measure (I’m a little slow on the uptake.)
This tune is one of my favorites, however, I play it in G. I think this irritates some fiddlers, but folks in my local sessions don’t frown to hard or too long at me when I play it. In fact, I think that they are starting to enjoy it. I first heard the tune on the wondeful Wild Asparagus recording Call of the Wild, and their setting has shaped the way I play the tune. They actually play it in yet another key, but I found that I was able to play along on a C whistle using "G" fingering, so I transposed those fingerings over to my D whistle and my flute, and thus ended up in G. I tend to play this tune at a rather lazy pace and often segue into Bensusan’s The Last Pint.
Is there any easy way to get the e in the - F2dF eFde|fedf - part without going onto the e string and back to F on the fiddle?
G Major Version
Pipes and whistle friendly version.
@DerryMusicMan you can get it by using your fourth finger where you would play B’ but on the A string, it is tricky to get at first but sounds good when you get used to it!
Wissahickon Drive, X:3
Slight variation we play in Austin, TX