Coil The Hawser reel

Also known as Coil Awa’ Da Hauser, Coil Awa’ Da Hawser.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Coil The Hawser has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Coil The Hawser
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
D|:EAAG G2 GA|BG G2 cBAG|EGGF G2 GA|BcdB cBAG|
EA A2 AEAc|BGBd e2 ef|gfge dBGA|1 BAGB A2 AG:|2 BAGB A2 Bd||
|:eaag a2 ga|ba a2 bgag|edef g2gf|gaba gedg|
eaag a2 ga|baag e2ef|gfge dBGA|BAGB A2 Bd:|
2
X: 2
T: Coil The Hawser
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:BA|GABc d2 ef|gB B2 gB B2|AGGA G2 Bd|eAAB c2:|
|:BA|ggaf g2 ef|gedc BG G2|ggaf ef|gAAB c2:|

Six comments

Coil The Hawser

From the playing of John Rea. I have not come across this tune anywhere else - another of John Rea’s unique tunes.

Coil The Hawser, X:2

The late Shetland fiddler Gibbie Hutchison recorded a setting of this on his 1999 album Shetland Springs. He called it "Coil Awa’ da Hawser" and says that it "relates to seafaring, ‘hawser’ is a name given to a rope, as in coil away the rope [and] there are some words to the tune describing this."

X:2 is a setting I got from another Shetland fiddler whose name escapes me.

Re: Coil The Hawser

The tune is good. What does "Coil The Hawser" mean please?

Re: Coil The Hawser

Coil the rope.

Re: Coil The Hawser

Hawser is ship’s anchor cable before advent of anchor chain so is a thick rope several hundred feet long and as thick as your arm or more so it was hard work coiling it.
Nice tune.

Re: Coil The Hawser

A hawser is actually the very thick mooring rope that feeds through the hawse-hole at the hawse, which is at the top of the bow. On large ship they are far, far, thicker than your arm. An anchor cable is different thing, at least nowadays.

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